51 days in South America Itinerary

51 days in South America Itinerary

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51 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + shuttle + ferry + bus:  15​h 30​min
2
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 6 nights
+2
ferry + shuttle + Fly:  16​h
3
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+4
train + foot + bus + taxi + Fly:  22​h 30​min
5
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 7 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
6
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
8
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
10
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

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 Santiago's surroundings by going to Concha y Toro (in Pirque) and Ski Portillo (in Portillo). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, don't miss a visit to Santa Lucia Hill, fly down the slopes at Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, and examine the collection at La Chascona.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Santiago travel planning site .

Auckland, New Zealand to Santiago is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Auckland to Santiago. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Concha y Toro, 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

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.
Change things up with a short trip to North Seymour Island in Baltra (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Charles Darwin Research Station, cast your line with a fishing tour, make a trip to Dragon Hill (Cerro Dragon), and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de los Alemanes.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora tour builder .

Do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus from Santiago to Puerto Ayora in 15.5 hours. The time zone changes from Chile Time to Ecuador Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, 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
Galeria Aymara ©
Galeria Aymara

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray) and Pisac (in Pisac). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cusco planning tool .

Getting from Puerto Ayora to Cusco by combination of ferry and flight takes about 16 hours. When traveling from Puerto Ayora in September, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Cusco: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then get great views at Intipuncu. On your second day here, take in the natural beauty of Banos Termales de Cocalmayo and then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

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

7
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: kick back and relax at Baia do Sancho, tour the pleasant surroundings at Conceicao Beach, explore the striking landscape of Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park, and get outside with Baia dos Porcos.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Fernando de Noronha trip planner .

Getting from Machu Picchu to Fernando de Noronha by combination of train, bus, and flight takes about 22.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Machu Picchu to Fernando de Noronha is 3 hours. October in Fernando de Noronha sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough 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, pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, take some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach.

Start your trip to Rio de Janeiro by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro in 8 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rio de Janeiro, with lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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

3
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.
Foz do Iguacu is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, adventure, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see human ingenuity at work at Iguazu Falls, steep yourself in history at Marco Das Tres Fronteiras, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and admire the sheer force of Garganta do Diabo.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu attractions planner.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Foz do Iguacu when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in October, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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 18th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin and then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Iguazu National Park journey website .

Traveling by car from Foz do Iguacu to Iguazu National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Iguazu National Park, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks 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: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, steep yourself in history at Casa Rosada, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Buenos Aires holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Iguazu National Park in October, you will find days in Buenos Aires are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough 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

3
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.
Los Glaciares National Park is known for nature and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno Glacier and trek along Laguna de los Tres.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Los Glaciares National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Los Glaciares National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in October, you will find days in Los Glaciares National Park are cooler (9°C), and nights are a bit cooler (8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

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

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