32 days in South America Itinerary

32 days in South America Itinerary

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32 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 4 nights
+4
Fly + taxi + bus + foot + train:  22​h 30​min
2
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
3
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + shuttle:  8​h 30​min
5
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
8
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

4
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, wildlife, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Baia do Sancho, examine the collection at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Fernando de Noronha driving holiday planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Fernando de Noronha, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Tel Aviv in May, with highs in Fernando de Noronha at 34°C and lows at 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos

2
nights
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.
Machu Picchu is known for historic sites, nature, spas, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu travel planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from Fernando de Noronha to Machu Picchu takes 22.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Machu Picchu due to the time zone difference. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

3
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, classes, trails, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, explore the ancient world of Sacred Valley of the Incas, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by combination of train and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

3
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, museums, parks, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), see the interesting displays at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, and hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central).

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Cusco to Santiago in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Time to Chile Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
La Chascona ©
La Chascona
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

1
night
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
On the 17th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Seco and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Spegazzini.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Los Glaciares National Park online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Los Glaciares National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Los Glaciares National Park. In May, daily temperatures in Los Glaciares National Park can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

4
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 nightlife, museums, parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, get a taste of the local shopping with Palermo, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires vacation tool .

Fly from Los Glaciares National Park to Buenos Aires in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Los Glaciares National Park in May, plan for much warmer days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 20°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

2
nights
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.
On the 23rd (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez and then step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Iguazu National Park trip builder .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Iguazu National Park: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): see human ingenuity at work at Itaipu Dam and then get to know the resident critters at Parque das Aves Bird Park. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple and then see human ingenuity at work at Iguazu Falls.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Iguazu National Park to Foz do Iguacu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Foz do Iguacu are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can 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

6
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, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pao de Acucar, kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Grumari, and appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Rio de Janeiro using our trip planner.

You can fly from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Foz do Iguacu in May, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at 31°C and lows at 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer

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