47 days in South America Itinerary

47 days in South America Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 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 Avenida Vinte De Janeiro próximo ao 290, Fly to Cusco
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Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly
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Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
Fly
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly to Porto Alegre, Bus to Gramado
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Gramado, Brazil
— 5 nights
Bus to Porto Alegre, Fly to Fernando de Noronha
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— 8 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 5 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rio de Janeiro: Petropolis (Museu Casa de Santos Dumont, Imperial Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, explore the world behind art at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To find ratings and other tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro trip maker app.

If you are flying in from Pakistan, the closest major aiport is Rio Galeão – Tom Jobim International Airport. In July, daytime highs in Rio de Janeiro are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

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 your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pico do Papagaio, surround yourself with nature on LiG Lanchas, delve into the lush surroundings at Tropical Forest, and see the interesting displays at Ecomuseu Ilha Grande.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ilha Grande travel planner.

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 July, daily temperatures in Ilha Grande can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. You'll set off for Cusco on the 27th (Tue).

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Cusco, Peru

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cusco side-trips: Pisac (in Pisac) and Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, hike along exploor, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cusco trip itinerary builder site.

Do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Ilha Grande to Cusco in 15 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Ilha Grande to Cusco due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Ilha Grande in July, plan for little chillier days in Cusco, with highs around 24°C, while nights are colder with lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 2 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll set off for Santiago on the 3rd (Tue).

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Santiago, Chile

— 5 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.
When in Santiago, make a side trip to see Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile in Valle Nevado, approximately Valle Nevado away. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia, and hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central).

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago road trip planning website.

You can fly from Machu Picchu to Santiago in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Machu Picchu to Santiago is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trip

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 6 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: admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, get engrossed in the history at El Zanjon de Granados, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires online tour planner.

Fly from Santiago to Buenos Aires in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Argentina Standard Time (ART) is 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Salto Bernabe Mendez, admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin, and then head off the coast to Isla San Martin.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Iguazu National Park vacation planner.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Iguazu National Park, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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 17th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

To see reviews and more tourist information, refer to the Foz do Iguacu road trip planner.

Getting from Iguazu National Park to Foz do Iguacu by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In August in Foz do Iguacu, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Gramado, Brazil

— 5 nights

Hydrangea Garden

Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gramado: Bento Goncalves (Vinicola Torcello, Casa Fontanari, &more). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lago Negro, do a tasting at Casa Seganfredo, try out the rides at Mundo a Vapor, and walk around Mini Mundo.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Gramado trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Foz do Iguacu to Gramado in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. You will leave for Fernando de Noronha on the 23rd (Mon).

Things to do in Gramado

Parks · Wineries · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

— 8 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.
Spend the 27th (Fri) exploring nature at Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Baia do Sancho, look and learn at Aulas de Energia – Espaco Usina Solar Fernando de Noronha, examine the collection at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS, and head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Fernando de Noronha day trip planner.

Getting from Gramado to Fernando de Noronha by combination of bus and flight takes about 12.5 hours. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Fernando de Noronha Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August in Fernando de Noronha, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 28°C at night. You will leave for home on the 31st (Tue).

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature