52 days in South America Itinerary

52 days in South America Itinerary

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52 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  32 h
1
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
2
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
3
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  20 h 45 min
4
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
5
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  9 h 45 min
6
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
7
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h 30 min
8
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h 15 min
9
Gramado, Brazil
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  5 h
10
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  7 h
11
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 8 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

4
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: learn more about the world around you at Interpretation Center, stroll through Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, get outside with Cerro Tijeretas, and head off the coast to Isla Lobos.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno holiday planning website.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is an approximately 32- hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Abu Dhabi in July: highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

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

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. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de los Alemanes, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get outside with Think Galapagos.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora road trip planning app.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora takes 2.5 hours. August in Puerto Ayora sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Tunel de Lava 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 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: find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, take a memorable drive along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, visit Los Tuneles, and stroll through Playa Puerto Villamil.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Puerto Villamil trip itinerary tool.

Ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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.
Explore Cusco's surroundings by going to Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, delve into the distant past at Tipon, trek along exploor, and admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cusco trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Villamil to Cusco. Traveling from Puerto Villamil to Cusco, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna.

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You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Santiago.

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

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.
Step out of Santiago with an excursion to Concha y Toro in Pirque--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia, take an in-depth tour of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, examine the collection at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, and hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central).

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago online tour builder.

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to Santiago takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time (PET) to Chile Time (CLT) is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Concha y Toro
Highlights from your plan
La Chascona ©
La Chascona
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill

4
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: stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, and take an in-depth tour of El Zanjon de Granados.

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Traveling by flight from Santiago to Buenos Aires takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Buenos Aires. In August in Buenos Aires, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
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 31st (Mon): see human ingenuity at work at Itaipu Dam and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Foz do Iguacu online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Buenos Aires to Foz do Iguacu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in August: highs in Foz do Iguacu hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Gramado.

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

3
nights
Gramado, Brazil

Gramado ©
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.
Gramado is known for parks, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Negro, stroll around Mini Mundo, get in on the family fun at Snowland, and do a tasting at Casa Seganfredo.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Gramado vacation maker tool.

Getting from Foz do Iguacu to Gramado by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Canela
Highlights from your plan
Lago Negro ©
Lago Negro
Mini Mundo ©
Mini Mundo
Caro Watson Escape Game ©
Caro Watson Escape Game

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.
Step out of Rio de Janeiro to go to Niteroi and see Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, stroll through Barra da Tijuca Beach, admire the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, and enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro itinerary builder app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Rio de Janeiro in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Rio de Janeiro are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to fly to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

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, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Baia do Sancho, stroll through Fernado de Noronha Island, trek along trilha Costa Azul, and stroll around Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Fernando de Noronha holiday planning website.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha takes 7 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Fernando de Noronha when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough 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
Morro dois Irmaos ©
Morro dois Irmaos

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