32 days in South America Itinerary

32 days in South America Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
2
El Chalten, Argentina
— 2 nights
3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
4
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
5
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
6
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
7
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 3 nights
8
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
9
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
10
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
11
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights

2
nights
El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate ©
El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lago Argentino and then head outdoors with Enjoy!.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our El Calafate day trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to El Calafate is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to El Calafate is minus 13 hours. Expect colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in April: highs in El Calafate hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino

2
nights
El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten ©
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): hike along Laguna de los Tres and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fitz Roy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri, thentake in the awesome beauty at Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado, and then explore the activities along Laguna Torre.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the El Chalten road trip planning tool.

Getting from El Calafate to El Chalten by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Laguna de los Tres
Highlights from your plan
Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre

3
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, and stop by El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip planner.

Traveling by flight from El Chalten to Buenos Aires takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta

1
night
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): head off the coast to Isla San Martin and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Iguazu National Park route planning site.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Iguazu National Park, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Isla San Martin ©
Isla San Martin

2
nights
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. On the next day, admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam and then get to know the resident critters at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Foz do Iguacu vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Iguazu National Park to Foz do Iguacu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Itaipu Dam ©
Itaipu Dam

3
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, stroll through Leblon Beach, pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, and don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip builder website.

You can fly from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Foz do Iguacu in May; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach °C and lows reach °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

3
nights
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha ©
With 21 lush islands scattered among pristine waters in the Atlantic Ocean, a Fernando de Noronha holiday is well worth the effort it takes to get there.
Fernando de Noronha is known for beaches, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Baia do Sancho, head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Conceicao Beach.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Fernando de Noronha trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha in 7.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May since evenings lows in Fernando de Noronha dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Morro dois Irmaos ©
Morro dois Irmaos
Enseada da Caieira ©
Enseada da Caieira

4
nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Step out of Puerto Ayora with an excursion to North Seymour Island in Baltra--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Aymara, and take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora trip site.

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Puerto Ayora in 26 hours. The time zone difference moving from Fernando de Noronha Standard Time to Ecuador Time is minus 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island, Tunel de Lava Bellavista
Highlights from your plan
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
North Seymour Island ©
North Seymour Island
Galeria Aymara ©
Galeria Aymara

2
nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, stop by Hilo, hike along exploor, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cusco journey planning website.

You can fly from Puerto Ayora to Cusco in 19.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Puerto Ayora in May: highs in Cusco hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Museo de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo de Arte Precolombino

1
night
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Machu Picchu trip builder tool.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu

2
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Santiago is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, and see the interesting displays at La Chascona.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Santiago travel planner.

Fly from Machu Picchu to Santiago in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time to Chile Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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