50 days in South America Itinerary

50 days in South America Itinerary

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50 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
7
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
8
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
9
Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + ferry:  16​h
10
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 6 nights
+2
ferry + shuttle + Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Zurich, Switzerland

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, wildlife, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Baia do Sancho, kick back and relax at Conceicao Beach, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park, and get outside with Baia dos Porcos.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Fernando de Noronha trip planning site .

Zurich, Switzerland to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Zurich to Fernando de Noronha. Traveling from Zurich in October, expect Fernando de Noronha to be much warmer, temps between 34°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

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

6
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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Pao de Acucar, appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Tijuca, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro takes 8 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Rio de Janeiro when traveling from Fernando de Noronha in November, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar
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 11th (Mon): stop by Kapadokya, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and then see human ingenuity at work at Itaipu Dam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple and then admire the engineering at Iguazu Falls.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Foz do Iguacu trip planner .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Foz do Iguacu when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in November, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time 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

2
nights
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.
On the 13th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Isla San Martin and then identify plant and animal life at Salto Bernabe Mendez.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Iguazu National Park vacation website .

Traveling by car from Foz do Iguacu to Iguazu National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Iguazu National Park are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

6
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 nightlife, museums, parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, wander the streets of Palermo, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and appreciate the extensive heritage of San Telmo.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Iguazu National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Buenos Aires, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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

2
nights
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
On the 21st (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Seco and then explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Laguna de los Tres.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Los Glaciares National Park trip itinerary planning site .

Fly from Buenos Aires to Los Glaciares National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in November, expect nights in Los Glaciares National Park to be a bit cooler, around 13°C, while days are much colder, around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santiago: Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile (in Valle Nevado) and Ski Portillo (in Portillo). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), make a trip to Plaza de Armas, and take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Santiago route builder .

Traveling by flight from Los Glaciares National Park to Santiago takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Glaciares National Park to Santiago is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, Ski Portillo
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Santa Lucia Hill ©
Santa Lucia Hill
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

2
nights
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.
Machu Picchu is known for historic sites, nature, spas, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, witness a stunning natural landmark at Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, and delve into the distant past at Intipuncu.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Santiago to Machu Picchu takes 19.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Chile Time (CLT) to Peru Time (PET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Banos Termales de Cocalmayo
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: Salinas de Maras (in Maras) and Pisac (in Pisac). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, delve into the distant past at Tipon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, and admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco.

Make your Cusco itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

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. In December, daytime highs in Cusco are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Pisac, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

6
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 wildlife, nature, beaches, adventure, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Charles Darwin Research Station, kick back and relax at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, view the masterpieces at Galeria Aymara, and make a trip to Dragon Hill (Cerro Dragon).

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cusco to Puerto Ayora takes 16 hours. When traveling from Cusco in December, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Puerto Ayora: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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