35 days in South America Itinerary

35 days in South America Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
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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
— 2 nights
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 2 nights
Bus to Punta Arenas Airport, Fly to Hanga Roa
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Hanga Roa, Chile
— 2 nights
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Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to San Cristobal, Ferry to Puerto Ayora
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
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Bus to Santa Cruz Ferry Terminal, Ferry to Isla Baltra Ferry Terminal, Fly to Lima
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Lencois Maranhenses National Park, Brazil
— 3 nights
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Manaus, Brazil
— 2 nights
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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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, stroll through Barra da Tijuca Beach, trek along Pedra da Gavea, and head outdoors with Leblon Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

Mumbai, India to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time is minus 8.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Mumbai in April: highs in Rio de Janeiro hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

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), admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls and then get interesting insight from Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja Batista de Tres Lagoas, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and then see human ingenuity at work at Itaipu Dam.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Foz do Iguacu trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in April since evenings lows in Foz do Iguacu dip 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 · Historic Sites

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, then take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japones. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Plaza de Mayo, then take a stroll through Puerto Madero, then get engrossed in the history at El Zanjon de Granados, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires itinerary planner.

You can 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. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in April, you will find days in Buenos Aires are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

El Calafate, Argentina

— 1 night
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 (Mon), surround yourself with nature on Estancia Cristina and then head outdoors with Enjoy!.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our El Calafate attractions planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to El Calafate in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in El Calafate, ranging from highs of 6°C to lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to take a shuttle to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in El Calafate

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

— 2 nights
Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
On the 4th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Glacier Grey.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) route planner.

Traveling by shuttle from El Calafate to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from El Calafate to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from El Calafate in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), with lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your 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 6th (Thu): stroll through Anakena, then delve into the distant past at Ahu Nau Nau, then don't miss a visit to Ahu Riata, and finally get impressive views of Rano Kau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Ahu Tongariki, then make a trip to Rano Raraku, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Tau Kiani Rapa Nui.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Hanga Roa takes 17 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Hanga Roa. In May, Hanga Roa is much hotter than Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) - with highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

— 4 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
When in Puerto Ayora, make a side trip to see North Seymour Island in Baltra, approximately Baltra away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, shop like a local with Galeria Aymara, admire the masterpieces at Galeria Exotico Ecuador, and take an in-depth tour of Maprae.

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You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Hanga Roa to Puerto Ayora in 26 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hanga Roa to Puerto Ayora. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hanga Roa in May: high temperatures in Puerto Ayora hover around 34°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Lima.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lima, Peru

— 2 nights

City of the Kings

Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): ponder the world of politics at Palacio de Torre Tagle, then contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, then don't miss a visit to Miraflores, and finally walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then explore the galleries of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lima journey planner.

Do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight from Puerto Ayora to Lima in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Puerto Ayora in May, expect Lima to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

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 15th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Wonderful Hands Spa.

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Fly from Lima to Machu Picchu in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Spas · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 2 nights
Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
On the 18th (Tue), make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, and then admire nature's extreme beauty at Atacama Desert. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor and then take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Pedro de Atacama attractions planner.

Fly from Machu Picchu to San Pedro de Atacama in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Machu Picchu to San Pedro de Atacama is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Uyuni.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Uyuni, Bolivia

— 2 nights
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Plaza Arce, learn more about the world around you at Museo Arquecologia y Antropologico de los Andes Meridionales, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Uyuni online attractions planner.

Drive from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in May, plan for cooler days and about the same nights in Uyuni: temperatures range from 3°C by day to 3°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Lencois Maranhenses National Park.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature · Parks · Museums

Lencois Maranhenses National Park, Brazil

— 3 nights
On the 23rd (Sun), explore the activities along Lagoa da Esperanca.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lencois Maranhenses National Park road trip site.

Explore your travel options from Uyuni to Lencois Maranhenses National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Uyuni to Lencois Maranhenses National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Uyuni in May, with highs in Lencois Maranhenses National Park at 36°C and lows at 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Tue) before leaving for Manaus.

Things to do in Lencois Maranhenses National Park

Nature · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Adolpho Lisboa Municipal Market, then contemplate the waterfront views at Meeting of Waters, and then see the interesting displays at Pinacoteca do Amazonas.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Manaus online trip maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lencois Maranhenses National Park to Manaus. Traveling from Lencois Maranhenses National Park to Manaus, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Manaus are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manaus

Nature · Parks · Shopping · 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.

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.

Sacred Valley travel guide

4.3
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.

Amazon River travel guide

4.2
Theaters · Bodies of Water · Beaches