42 days in South America Itinerary

42 days in South America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South America travel route maker

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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 6 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Bus to Conceição de Jacareí, Ferry to Ilha Grande
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Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 6 nights
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Ferry to Conceição de Jacareí, Bus to Rodoviaria, Fly to Foz do Iguacu
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
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Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to San Cristobal, Ferry to Puerto Ayora
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 6 nights
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Bus to Santa Cruz Ferry Terminal, Ferry to Baltra Ferry Terminal, Fly to Stockholm

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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

— 6 nights

Emerald of the Atlantic

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, kick back and relax at Praia do Bode, and don't miss a visit to Fortaleza N S dos Remedios.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Fernando de Noronha tour planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Fernando de Noronha Standard Time (FNT) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Stockholm in October, things will get warmer in Fernando de Noronha: highs are around 34°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

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 parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra da Tijuca Beach, and hike along Pedra da Gavea.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro in 7 hours. The time zone difference moving from Fernando de Noronha Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha in October, Rio de Janeiro is slightly colder at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Ilha Grande, Brazil

— 6 nights
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Ilha Grande is known for beaches, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Pico do Papagaio, discover the deep blue sea with Aquamarina Mergulho, enjoy the sand and surf at Crena Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dois Rios Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ilha Grande trip planning site.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In October in Ilha Grande, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 23°C at night. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam and then get to know the resident critters at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Foz do Iguacu road trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Ilha Grande to Foz do Iguacu takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. In November, daytime highs in Foz do Iguacu are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Iguazu National Park, Argentina

— 2 nights
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 8th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. On the next day, head off the coast to Isla San Martin, admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Salto Bernabe Mendez.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Iguazu National Park journey site.

Traveling by car from Foz do Iguacu to Iguazu National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Iguazu National Park can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 5 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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japones, contemplate the long history of Casa Rosada, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires attractions planner.

You can fly from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Iguazu National Park in November, you will find days in Buenos Aires are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Casinos

Side Trip

Santiago, Chile

— 3 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.
Santiago is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Cerro Santa Lucia, examine the collection at La Chascona, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, and hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central).

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Santiago journey planner.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Santiago by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Chile Standard Time (CLT) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to fly to Cusco.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Cusco, Peru

— 4 nights

Imperial City

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: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco, get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Santiago to Cusco by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time to Peru Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In November, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 1 night
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 22nd (Mon), steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu trip builder website.

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

— 6 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Puerto Ayora is known for parks, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: race across the water with a speed boat tour, relax in the rural setting at Highland View Galapagos, stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, and shop like a local with Galeria Aymara.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Machu Picchu to Puerto Ayora in 20.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, flight, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in November, and nighttime lows around 25°C. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips