51 days in South America Itinerary

51 days in South America Itinerary

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51 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly + Drive:  29​h
1
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 5 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
2
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
3
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  21​h 45​min
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
8
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h
10
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 8 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

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 parks, nature, zoos & aquariums, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get impressive views of Sierra Negra, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan, stroll through El Faro, and admire all the interesting features of Isabela Island Wetlands Complex.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Puerto Villamil online trip builder .

Manchester, UK to Puerto Villamil is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Galapagos Time (GALT) is minus 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can ride a 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.
Take a break from Puerto Ayora with a short trip to North Seymour Island in Baltra, about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, make a trip to Dragon Hill (Cerro Dragon), enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, and take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora trip builder tool .

Getting from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Puerto Ayora are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Bellavista, North Seymour Island
Highlights from your plan
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
North Seymour Island ©
North Seymour Island

6
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, nature, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn more about the world around you at Interpretation Center, don't miss a visit to Dona Pilo, step off the mainland to explore Isla Lobos, and enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Chino Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip planning website .

Ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

San Cristobal
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
Cerro Brujo ©
Cerro Brujo

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.
On the 8th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip itinerary tool .

Explore your travel options from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Machu Picchu with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Salinas de Maras in Maras (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, examine the collection at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cusco online trip maker .

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 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santiago: Concha y Toro (in Pirque) and Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile (in Valle Nevado). The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from San Cristóbal Hill, don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia, see the interesting displays at La Chascona, and hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central).

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago trip planner .

You can fly from Cusco to Santiago in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time to Chile Time is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Concha y Toro, Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

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 nightlife, historic sites, parks, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, contemplate the long history of Casa Rosada, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Buenos Aires online vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Buenos Aires takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Buenos Aires due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

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
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Keep things going the next day: see human ingenuity at work at Itaipu Dam and then get to know the resident critters at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu driving holiday app .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Buenos Aires to Foz do Iguacu in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Buenos Aires in September; daily highs in Foz do Iguacu reach 32°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

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
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 Bondinho Pao de Acucar, kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Ilha Fiscal, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Grumari.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro day trip planning tool .

Fly from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in September, Rio de Janeiro is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

8
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: enjoy the sand and surf at Baia do Sancho, stroll through Praia do Cacimba do Padre, trek along trilha Costa Azul, and head outdoors with Morro dois Irmaos.

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

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha in 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha is 1 hour. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Fernando de Noronha, with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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

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