56 days in South America Itinerary

56 days in South America Itinerary

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56 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
2
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 5 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
3
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
+4
bus + ferry + shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  22​h
4
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  11​h 45​min
6
Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 6 nights
+2
ferry + foot + bus:  4​h
7
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
8
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  8​h 45​min
10
El Chalten, Argentina
— 1 night
bus:  6​h
11
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sacsayhuaman and Sacred Valley of the Incas. Get outdoors at Salinas de Maras and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, stop by Hilo, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip builder .

Melbourne, Australia to Cusco is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Peru Time is minus 15 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Melbourne in February, with highs in Cusco at 23°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

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

5
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.
Visiting La Loberia and Puerto Chino Beach will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Cerro Brujo and Playa Punta Carola. The adventure continues: hike along Punta Pitt, don't miss a visit to Segunda Zona Naval de la Armada del Ecuador, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro Tijeretas.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip builder website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cusco to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Traveling from Cusco in February, expect nights in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to be warmer, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Cerro Brujo ©
Cerro Brujo
Punta Pitt ©
Punta Pitt

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and El Garrapatero. Get some cultural insight at Galeria Aymara and The Angelique Art Gallery. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, explore the fascinating underground world of Tunel de Lava Bellavista, view the masterpieces at Maki-Art Gallery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de los Alemanes.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora sightseeing planner.

Getting from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Tunel de Lava Bellavista
Highlights from your plan
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve

5
nights
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Visit Muro Alto Beach and Pontal de Maracaipe for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach and Cupe beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Porto de Galinhas: Praia dos Carneiros (in Tamandare) and Recife (Paco do Frevo, Instituto Ricardo Brennand, & more). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Praia De Maracaipe, examine the collection at Museu das Tartarugas - ONG Ecoassociados, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cachacaria e Pimentaria Tio Gilson, and view the masterpieces at So Arte.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Porto de Galinhas trip maker tool .

Do a combination of bus, ferry, flight, and shuttle from Puerto Ayora to Porto de Galinhas in 22 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Puerto Ayora to Porto de Galinhas. February in Porto de Galinhas sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Recife, So Arte, Praia dos Carneiros
Highlights from your plan
Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
Praia dos Carneiros ©
Praia dos Carneiros

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Baia do Sancho and Praia do Cacimba do Padre. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS and Aulas de Energia – Espaco Usina Solar Fernando de Noronha. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Praia do Sueste, tour the pleasant surroundings at Baia dos Golfinhos, get outside with Morro dois Irmaos, and explore the striking landscape of Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Fernando de Noronha trip maker site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Porto de Galinhas to Fernando de Noronha in 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Fernando de Noronha Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In February, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Cacimba do Padre ©
Praia do Cacimba do Padre

6
nights
Ilha Grande, Brazil

Ilha Grande ©
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Visiting Lopes Mendes Beach and Meros Beach will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Lagoa Azul and Caxadaco Beach. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Aventureiro, stroll through Crena Beach, and take in the awesome beauty at Pico do Papagaio.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Ilha Grande trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fernando de Noronha to Ilha Grande. The time zone difference when traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Ilha Grande is minus 1 hour. In March, daytime highs in Ilha Grande are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Lagoa Azul ©
Lagoa Azul
Lopes Mendes Beach ©
Lopes Mendes Beach
Aventureiro ©
Aventureiro

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.
Get outdoors at Bondinho Pao de Acucar and Praia de Ipanema. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Copacabana Beach and Barra da Tijuca Beach. There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Tijuca, and take some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro journey planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro takes 4 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar

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 (Wed), admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. On your second day here, head off the coast to Isla San Martin, admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Urugua-i, and finally discover the riches below the earth's surface at Wanda Mines.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Iguazu National Park tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Iguazu National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Iguazu National Park, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Lago Urugua-i, Wanda Mines
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Parque 3 de Febrero and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, get to know the fascinating history of La Boca, and take a stroll through Recoleta.

Before you visit Buenos Aires, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

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 March, you will find days in Buenos Aires are slightly colder (29°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

1
night
El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten ©
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Glaciar Piedras Blancas and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fitz Roy. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Chorillo del Salto, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri, and then get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Torre.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read El Chalten trip itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to El Chalten in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in El Chalten

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Laguna Capri ©
Laguna Capri

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Spegazzini and then explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Seco.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Los Glaciares National Park online route builder .

Take a bus from El Chalten to Los Glaciares National Park in 6 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Los Glaciares National Park can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 29th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

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

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