50 days in South America Itinerary

50 days in South America Itinerary

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50 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  25 h
1
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  7 h
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  9 h 45 min
6
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
7
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  20 h 45 min
8
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
9
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
10
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 8 nights
Fly:  32 h
End: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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.
Fernando de Noronha is known for beaches, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Baia do Sancho, trek along trilha Costa Azul, head outdoors with Morro dois Irmaos, and stroll through Conceicao Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Fernando de Noronha trip builder site.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 25- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Abu Dhabi in August: highs in Fernando de Noronha hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi (in Niteroi) and Petropolis (Museu Casa de Santos Dumont, Imperial Museum, &more). There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, take a stroll through Santa Teresa, admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro online travel planner.

Fly from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro in 7 hours. The time zone changes from Fernando de Noronha Time to Brasilia Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Rio de Janeiro, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Petropolis, Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

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 13th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple and then admire the sheer force of 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 plan Foz do Iguacu vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in August since evenings lows in Foz do Iguacu dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

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

5
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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires road trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Foz do Iguacu to Buenos Aires in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in August, expect Buenos Aires to be slightly colder, temps between 20°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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.
Santiago is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, take a stroll through Barrio Bellavista, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central).

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago trip app.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Santiago by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time (ART) to Chile Time (CLT) is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
La Chascona ©
La Chascona
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill

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 24th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Machu Picchu online route maker.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Santiago to Machu Picchu in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Santiago to Machu Picchu, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

5
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.
Explore Cusco's surroundings by going to Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, trek along exploor, and explore the ancient world of Tambomachay.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. August in Cusco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Maras
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha

5
nights
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Puerto Villamil is known for nature, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Sierra Negra, step off the mainland to explore Turtle Island, kick back and relax at El Faro, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Villamil trip planning website.

Explore your travel options from Cusco to Puerto Villamil with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Cusco to Puerto Villamil is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Sierra Negra
Highlights from your plan
Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras

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.
Puerto Ayora is known for parks, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, enjoy the sand and surf at El Garrapatero, and wander the wide-open spaces of Rancho Primicias.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Puerto Ayora driving holiday planning tool.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora in 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Galapagos Time to Ecuador Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Bellavista
Highlights from your plan
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Galeria Aymara ©
Galeria Aymara

8
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.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is known for wildlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Interpretation Center, make a trip to Malecon San Cristobal, stroll through Cerro Tijeretas, and kick back and relax at Cerro Brujo.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno online road trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
Dona Pilo ©
Dona Pilo

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