33 days in South America Itinerary

33 days in South America Itinerary

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Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
2
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  20 h 30 min
3
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  7 h
4
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  2 h 30 min
5
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  9 h
7
El Chalten, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Bus:  33 h
End: Sydney, Australia

5
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate La Chascona and La Sebastiana. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino and Concha y Toro. When in Santiago, make a side trip to see Casa de Isla Negra in Isla Negra, approximately Isla Negra away. There's much more to do: get great views at San Cristóbal Hill, walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Santiago trip itinerary maker site.

Sydney, Australia to Santiago is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Santiago, you'll gain 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

La Sebastiana, Casa de Isla Negra, Concha y Toro
Highlights from your plan
La Chascona ©
La Chascona
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

4
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo de Arte Precolombino and Museo Inka. Get some cultural insight at Sacsayhuaman and Centro Historico De Cusco. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas, examine the collection at Museo Quechua, trek along exploor, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco online tour itinerary maker.

Fly from Santiago to Cusco in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Peru Standard Time (PET) is minus 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

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

5
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Capela de Sao Pedro and Fort of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao. Museum-lovers will get to explore Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS and Aulas de Energia – Espaco Usina Solar Fernando de Noronha. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Baia do Sancho, explore the activities along Buraco do Galego, kick back and relax at Praia do Leão, and walk around Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Fernando de Noronha trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Fernando de Noronha takes 22.5 hours. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Cusco to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cusco in December: highs in Fernando de Noronha hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

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

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Copacabana Beach and Barra da Tijuca Beach. Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro and Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Rio de Janeiro to go to Petropolis and see Imperial Museum, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, explore the activities along Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, and step into the grandiose world of Ilha Fiscal.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro takes 8 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro is minus 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Imperial Museum
Highlights from your plan
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer

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 26th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. On your second day here, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Wanda Mines, explore the activities along Lago Urugua-i, thenadmire the sheer force of Salto San Martin, and finally step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Iguazu National Park trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Iguazu National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Iguazu National Park when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Lago Urugua-i, Wanda Mines
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cemiterio de Recoleta and Puerto Madero. When in Buenos Aires, make a side trip to see Museo de arte Tigre in Tigre, approximately Tigre away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Plaza de Mayo, get to know the fascinating history of Calle Defensa, ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada, and contemplate the long history of Museo Histórico Nacional del Cabildo y la Revolución de Mayo.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Buenos Aires road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Buenos Aires sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Museo de arte Tigre
Highlights from your plan
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

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 1st (Fri): hike along Laguna de los Tres and then take in the awesome beauty at Fitz Roy. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from El Mirador De Los Condores, take in the dramatic scenery at Chorillo del Salto, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Torre.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the El Chalten driving holiday planner.

Getting from Buenos Aires to El Chalten by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to El Calafate.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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.
On the 3rd (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Argentino, see the interesting displays at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico, and then head outdoors with Enjoy!.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read El Calafate trip planner.

You can drive from El Chalten to El Calafate in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in El Calafate can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in El Calafate

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico ©
Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico
Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino

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