57 days in South America Itinerary

57 days in South America Itinerary

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57 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Salt Lake City, United States
+4
Fly + Foot + Fly + Foot + Ferry:  24​h
1
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 6 nights
+3
Bus + Ferry + Shuttle + Fly:  15​h 30​min
2
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Shuttle:  8​h 30​min
3
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
Bus:  2​h
4
El Calafate, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
7
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
8
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly + Bus:  1​h 30​min
9
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
10
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 6 nights
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  22​h 30​min
11
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3​h 15​min
12
Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Salt Lake City, United States

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.
Go for a jaunt from Puerto Ayora to Baltra to see North Seymour Island about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Charles Darwin Research Station, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Aymara, and explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora trip builder site .

Salt Lake City, USA to Puerto Ayora is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Ecuador Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Salt Lake City in April; daily highs in Puerto Ayora reach 87°F and lows reach 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

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
North Seymour Island ©
North Seymour Island

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: Valparaiso (Walking tours & La Sebastiana) and Casa de Isla Negra (in Isla Negra). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera, make a trip to Patio Bellavista, and take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Santiago trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight from Puerto Ayora to Santiago in 15.5 hours. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time (ECT) to Chile Time (CLT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Valparaiso, Casa de Isla Negra
Highlights from your plan
La Chascona ©
La Chascona
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

1
night
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 2nd (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Perito Moreno Glacier. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Laguna de los Tres.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Los Glaciares National Park tour site .

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Los Glaciares National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Chile Time (CLT) to Argentine Time (ART), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May in Los Glaciares National Park, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier

3
nights
El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate ©
El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
Spend the 4th (Mon) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Enjoy!, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Argentino, and take in the dramatic natural features at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read El Calafate trip builder .

You can take a bus from Los Glaciares National Park to El Calafate in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 42°F in May, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino

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, shop like a local with Palermo, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires route planning website .

Traveling by flight from El Calafate to Buenos Aires takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from El Calafate in May, plan for much hotter days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 64°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Iguazu 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
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez and then head off the coast to Isla San Martin.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Iguazu National Park online trip planner .

Getting from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Iguazu National Park: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

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

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: take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls, get to know the resident critters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple, and admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Foz do Iguacu journey maker .

Traveling by car from Iguazu National Park to Foz do Iguacu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

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
Devil's Throat ©
Devil's Throat

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 your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pao de Acucar, admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, and stroll through Copacabana Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in May, expect Rio de Janeiro to be a bit warmer, temps between 80°F and 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

5
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sao Paulo: Skydiving (in Boituva) and National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida (in Aparecida). The adventure continues: stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, examine the collection at Museu de Arte Brasileira - FAAP, admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, and take a stroll through Paulista Avenue.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Sao Paulo planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May, with highs in Sao Paulo at 73°F and lows at 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Skydiving, National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida
Highlights from your plan
Pixel Realidade Virtual ©
Pixel Realidade Virtual
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

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: enjoy the sand and surf at Baia do Sancho, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Cacimba do Padre, and get outside with Baia dos Porcos.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Fernando de Noronha online trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Sao Paulo to Fernando de Noronha in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Fernando de Noronha, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, Fernando de Noronha is somewhat warmer than Sao Paulo - with highs of 85°F and lows of 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

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 Cacimba do Padre ©
Praia do Cacimba do Padre

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: explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Fernando de Noronha to Machu Picchu in 22.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Fernando de Noronha Time to Peru Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) 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

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cusco: Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cusco trip planner .

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 June, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

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

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