45 days in South America Itinerary

45 days in South America Itinerary

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45 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
Fly:  29​h
1
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
Bus:  3​h
8
El Chalten, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive:  25​h 45​min
9
Castro, Chile
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Shuttle + Fly:  8​h
10
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  19​h 30​min
11
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3​h 15​min
12
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
+4
Fly + Foot + Fly + Foot + Ferry:  16​h
13
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
+4
Bus + Ferry + Shuttle + Foot + Fly:  33​h
End: Mumbai, India

4
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.
Fernando de Noronha is known for beaches, museums, wildlife, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Baia do Sancho, get outside with Morro dois Irmaos, kick back and relax at Conceicao Beach, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Fernando de Noronha day trip planner .

Mumbai, India to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Fernando de Noronha Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. When traveling from Mumbai in April, plan for little chillier days in Fernando de Noronha, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Morro dois Irmaos ©
Morro dois Irmaos
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos

4
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.
For shopping fun, head to Centro Cultural Carioca or Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas. There's still lots to do: stroll through Copacabana Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Barra da Tijuca Beach, don't miss a visit to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Tijuca.

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

Getting from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha in April, Rio de Janeiro is little chillier at night with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Shopping Leblon ©
Shopping Leblon
Centro Cultural Carioca ©
Centro Cultural Carioca

4
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo and Bom Retiro. Step out of Sao Paulo with an excursion to Feira de Arte e Artesanato in Embu das Artes--about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, take a stroll around Sesc Sao Paulo, and engage your brain at Galeria de Arte Digital do Sesi-SP.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sao Paulo trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in April, with highs in Sao Paulo at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trip

Feira de Arte e Artesanato
Highlights from your plan
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo ©
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Keep things going the next day: admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Foz do Iguacu trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguacu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In April in Foz do Iguacu, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Iguazu National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Foz do Iguacu to Iguazu National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
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.
Shop till you drop at Puerto Madero and El Ateneo Grand Splendid. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Palermo, get a taste of the local shopping with Recoleta, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, and ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Iguazu National Park in April, plan for a bit cooler 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 21st (Tue) so you can travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Palermo ©
Palermo
El Ateneo Grand Splendid ©
El Ateneo Grand Splendid

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 22nd (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. On the next day, look for gifts at La Despensa Espacio de Sabores and then head outdoors with Enjoy!.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our El Calafate road trip planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to El Calafate in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in April, expect nights in El Calafate to be slightly colder, around 9°C, while days are cooler, around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Nature Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares

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.
On the 24th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fitz Roy and then hike along Laguna de los Tres. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): explore the activities along Laguna Capri, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Torre.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the El Chalten route website .

You can take a bus from El Calafate to El Chalten in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Castro.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Outdoors

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

3
nights
Castro, Chile

Castro ©
Main city on Chile's Chiloe Island, Castro represents one of the country's oldest inhabited settlements, making its fortune as both a tourist center and transportation hub.
Shop till you drop at Feria Artesanal Dalcahue and DecoCalen. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Castro: Quemchi (Iglesia de Colo & Isla Aucar) and Museo Regional de Ancud (in Ancud). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Church of San Francisco, see the interesting displays at Museo Historico Etnografico, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and browse the different shops at Mall Paseo Chiloe.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Castro trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from El Chalten to Castro takes 26 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from El Chalten to Castro due to the time zone difference. In April, daily temperatures in Castro can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Castro

Shopping Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Dalcahue, Quemchi, Mall Paseo Chiloe, Museo Regional de Ancud
Highlights from your plan
Feria Artesanal Dalcahue ©
Feria Artesanal Dalcahue
DecoCalen ©
DecoCalen
Mall Paseo Chiloe ©
Mall Paseo Chiloe

3
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.
Head to Central Market (Mercado Central) and Costanera Centerfor some retail therapy. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from San Cristóbal Hill, explore the world behind art at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, examine the collection at La Chascona, and view the masterpieces at E.N.D. Espacio Nacional de Diseno.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Santiago trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Castro to Santiago takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Santiago

Shopping Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Central Market (Mercado Central) ©
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista
Costanera Center ©
Costanera Center

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.
Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Santiago to Machu Picchu in 19.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time (CLT) to Peru Time (PET) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

3
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.
Do your shopping at Hilo and Mercado Central de San Pedro. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, and delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco online attractions planner .

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. May in Cusco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Mercado Central de San Pedro ©
Mercado Central de San Pedro
Hilo ©
Hilo

5
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.
Do your shopping at Galeria Aymara and Maki-Art Gallery. When in Puerto Ayora, make a side trip to see North Seymour Island in Baltra, approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, get a taste of the local shopping with The Angelique Art Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, and buy something for everyone on your list at Camacha Shopping.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cusco to Puerto Ayora takes 16 hours. While traveling from Cusco, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Puerto Ayora, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island, Tunel de Lava Bellavista
Highlights from your plan
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Galeria Aymara ©
Galeria Aymara
Galeria Exotico Ecuador ©
Galeria Exotico Ecuador

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