43 days in South America Itinerary

43 days in South America Itinerary

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43 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
+3
Fly + Shuttle + Ferry + Bus:  32​h
1
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Ferry:  2​h 30​min
2
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  21​h 45​min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  14​h 45​min
5
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h
7
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
8
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

4
nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Family-friendly places like Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and El Garrapatero will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa las Bachas, don't miss a visit to Columpio Magico, relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Ecologico Galapagos, and look for all kinds of wild species at Charles Darwin Research Station.

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

Sydney, Australia to Puerto Ayora is an approximately 32-hour combination of flight, ferry, and bus. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. Traveling from Sydney to Puerto Ayora, you'll gain 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 24°C in Puerto Ayora. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, El Trapiche Ecologico Galapagos
Highlights from your plan
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Playa las Bachas ©
Playa las Bachas
Playa de los Alemanes ©
Playa de los Alemanes

5
nights
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Kids will enjoy Cerro Brujo and La Loberia. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Punta Pitt, kick back and relax at Playa Punta Carola, stroll through Puerto Chino Beach, and make a trip to La Casa del Ceibo.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip itinerary app .

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

San Cristobal
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Brujo ©
Cerro Brujo
Puerto Chino Beach ©
Puerto Chino Beach
La Loberia ©
La Loberia

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu online itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Machu Picchu. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

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.
When in Cusco, make a side trip to see Salinas de Maras in Maras, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cusco tour itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Salinas de Maras
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

4
nights
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Attractions like Muro Alto Beach and Praia dos Carneiros make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: stroll through Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach, kick back and relax at Pontal de Maracaipe, take in the dramatic natural features at Outeiro church and panoramic view, and look for gifts at Nata Artesanato.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Porto de Galinhas trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Cusco to Porto de Galinhas takes 15 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time (PET) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is 2 hours. When traveling from Cusco in October, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Porto de Galinhas: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Praia dos Carneiros
Highlights from your plan
Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
Praia dos Carneiros ©
Praia dos Carneiros

6
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.
Bring the kids along to Baia do Sancho and Praia do Cacimba do Padre. The adventure continues: stroll through Praia do Sueste and enjoy the sand and surf at Enseada da Caieira.

Plan my trip to Fernando de Noronha with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Porto de Galinhas to Fernando de Noronha takes 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto de Galinhas to Fernando de Noronha is 1 hour. In October, daytime highs in Fernando de Noronha are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to fly to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Fernado de Noronha Island ©
Fernado de Noronha Island

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Copacabana Beach and Praia de Ipanema. Step out of Rio de Janeiro with an excursion to Imperial Museum in Petropolis--about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, explore the world behind art at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, enjoy the sand and surf at Mirante da Prainha, and contemplate the long history of Parque Lage.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro trip maker tool .

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro in 7 hours. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha in October, expect little chillier with lows of 24°C in Rio de Janeiro. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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.
On the 3rd (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and then admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 22°C in Foz do Iguacu. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Itaipu Dam ©
Itaipu Dam

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.
Family-friendly places like Cemiterio de Recoleta and Palacio Barolo will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, shop like a local with Puerto Madero, get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, and explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Foz do Iguacu to Buenos Aires takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Foz do Iguacu in November: highs in Buenos Aires hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile and Central Market (Mercado Central). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, explore the world behind art at Museo de Artes Visuales, see the interesting displays at La Chascona, and contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

Plan my trip to Santiago with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time to Chile Time is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Shopping Winter Sports

Side Trip

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Highlights from your plan
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Central Market (Mercado Central) ©
Central Market (Mercado Central)
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill

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