32 days in South America Itinerary

32 days in South America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South America itinerary planner

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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 1 night
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Iguazu, Fly to Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Puerto Natales, Fly to Hanga Roa
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Hanga Roa, Chile
— 2 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
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Copiapo, Chile
— 2 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive to Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport, Fly to San Cristóbal Airport
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 4 nights
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Manaus, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Lencois Maranhenses National Park, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
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Sao Paulo, Brazil

— 1 night

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, take a stroll through Paulista Avenue, then admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sao Paulo trip builder site.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Sao Paulo is an approximately 30-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8.5 hours traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Sao Paulo. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in April, things will get a bit cooler in Sao Paulo: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

— 2 nights

Land of the Waterfalls

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.
On the 29th (Thu), get to know the resident critters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls, and then get outside with Thermas Cataratas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Devil's Throat, stop by Orquidario Vale Das Orquideas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple, and finally see human ingenuity at work at Itaipu Dam.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Foz do Iguacu driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguacu in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 3 nights

Queen of La Plata

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Puerto Madero and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Head to Palermo and Recoletafor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, take a stroll through Calle Defensa, listen to music at Centro Cultural Borges, and admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero.

Make your Buenos Aires itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Foz do Iguacu to Buenos Aires in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Foz do Iguacu in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Buenos Aires: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

El Calafate, Argentina

— 3 nights
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.
On the 4th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno Glacier. Here are some ideas for day two: see Estancia Cristina, then hunt for treasures at Paseo de Los Artesanos, then look for gifts at Vellon Negro, and finally head outdoors with Enjoy!.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the El Calafate road trip app.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to El Calafate in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in May, expect nights in El Calafate to be a bit cooler, around 5°C, while days are colder, around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in El Calafate

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Hanga Roa, Chile

— 2 nights
The main town and capital of Chile's Easter Island, Hanga Roa serves as a base for most visitors to the island, with all explorations of Easter Island and its famous moai monoliths beginning here.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Papa Vaka, contemplate the geological forces at Rano Raraku, then don't miss a visit to Ahu Tongariki, then delve into the distant past at Ahu Nau Nau, and finally kick back and relax at Anakena. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get impressive views of Rano Kau and then contemplate the waterfront views at Orongo.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hanga Roa trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from El Calafate to Hanga Roa in 24 hours. Traveling from El Calafate to Hanga Roa, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from El Calafate in May; daily highs in Hanga Roa reach 27°C and lows reach 19°C. On the 8th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Santiago, Chile

— 2 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): wander the streets of Barrio Bellavista, then examine the collection at La Chascona, then explore the world behind art at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a walk through Plaza de Armas, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), then make a trip to Patio Bellavista, and finally walk around Cerro Santa Lucia.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Santiago trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hanga Roa to Santiago takes 7 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Hanga Roa to Santiago. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Copiapo.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods

Copiapo, Chile

— 2 nights
Surrounded by the Atacama Desert, Copiapo receives very little rainfall and owes its existence to the mining industry.
On the 11th (Tue), get outside with Bahia Cisne, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bahia Inglesa, then admire the local landmark of Plaza Prat, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Verde.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Copiapo road trip site.

Fly from Santiago to Copiapo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Copiapo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 3 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mandor, explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, and then contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at Wonderful Hands Spa, witness a stunning natural landmark at Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip itinerary maker app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Copiapo to Machu Picchu. The time zone difference when traveling from Copiapo to Machu Picchu is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

— 4 nights
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Interpretation Center and Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion. Get in touch with nature at Ecuagringo Fishing and Punta Pitt. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at La Loberia, stroll through Playa de Oro, don't miss a visit to Segunda Zona Naval de la Armada del Ecuador, and take a leisurely stroll along Malecon San Cristobal.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Puerto Baquerizo Moreno online trip itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Machu Picchu to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. May in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Manaus.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Manaus, Brazil

— 2 nights

Paris of the Tropics

It's hard not to get excited when planning a trip to Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas, and the largest city on the mighty Amazon River.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take a peaceful walk through Amazon Rainforest.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Manaus trip itinerary planning website.

Explore your travel options from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Manaus with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Manaus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Lencois Maranhenses National Park.

Things to do in Manaus

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Lencois Maranhenses National Park, Brazil

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa da Esperanca.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lencois Maranhenses National Park trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Manaus to Lencois Maranhenses National Park with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Amazon Standard Time (AMT) to Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) is 1 hour. In May in Lencois Maranhenses National Park, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Lencois Maranhenses National Park

Nature · Parks

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 4 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Relax by the water at Copacabana Beach and Pedra do Arpoador. Do some cultural sightseeing at Praia de Ipanema and Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Grumari, trek along Pedra da Gavea, appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, and stroll through Barra da Tijuca Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro trip builder site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lencois Maranhenses National Park to Rio de Janeiro. Traveling from Lencois Maranhenses National Park in May, expect Rio de Janeiro to be a bit cooler, temps between 31°C and 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Easter Island travel guide

4.7
Beaches · Ruins · Volcanos
Shrouded in centuries of mystery, Easter Island remains one of the world's most geographically and culturally isolated places. Just over 6,000 people call the Chilean island home, with nearly double that number of visitors arriving each year to unravel the enigma of the island's giant stone heads, known as moai. Built by the island's original inhabitants, the Rapa Nui people, the monolithic moai continue to keep watch over the windswept coastline and serve as top Easter Island tourist attractions. During your Easter Island vacation, you can explore the hilly landscape on foot, by bicycle, or on horseback.

Atacama Region travel guide

3.9
Beaches · National Parks · Nightlife

Sacred Valley travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Landmarks · Mountains
Sacred Valley, once the heart of the Incan Empire, remains a favorite destination for tourists, not solely because of its proximity to Cuzco and Machu Picchu. The lush, fertile valley formed by the Urubamba river and surrounded by the imposing Peruvian Andes, contains numerous Incan ruins, sleepy villages, and scenic hiking trails. Besides an array of archaeological sites, attractions in Sacred Valley include picturesque colonial towns and their famous markets, as well as opportunities for trekking, rafting, and rock climbing.

Galapagos Islands travel guide

4.4
World heritage site · Nature & Parks · Beaches
Famous worldwide thanks to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, the remote World Heritage-listed Galapagos Islands are situated in the Pacific Ocean and belong to Ecuador. On a tour of Galapagos Islands, you can witness the staggering amount of endemic wildlife the archipelago is noted for. Besides a couple of cities on the main islands, the landscape remains mostly pristine, as the guided tours follow strict rules and limit visitor numbers. Fascinating creatures, untouched nature, unrivalled snorkeling, scuba diving, and more await you on your Galapagos Islands trip.

State of Amazonas travel guide

4.3
Theaters · Bodies of Water · Beaches
One of the least densely populated Brazilian regions despite its size, State of Amazonas occupies a huge section of the tropical forest zone irrigated by the Amazon River. Largest city Manaus serves as the starting point for most State of Amazonas tours, offering plenty of urban attractions, modern amenities, and easy links to the surrounding area. Adventurers interested in getting lost in the wilderness during their State of Amazonas holiday can visit some of the world's biggest nature reserves, where they can hike, fish, camp, and sail without ever running into another tourist. Using seeds, wood, and vines, local tribes living in the region's forests produce baskets, ornaments, and hammocks, all of which make excellent souvenirs.