57 days in South America Itinerary

57 days in South America Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
2
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 6 nights
3
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
5
Santiago, Chile
— 6 nights
6
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
7
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
8
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 3 nights
9
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
10
Alto Paraiso de Goias, Brazil
— 6 nights
11
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 8 nights

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.
Puerto Ayora is known for parks, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stop by Chocolapagos Darwin's Favourites.

To find out how to plan a trip to Puerto Ayora, use our trip itinerary maker.

Zurich, Switzerland to Puerto Ayora is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Zurich to Puerto Ayora due to the time zone difference. In September, Puerto Ayora is somewhat warmer than Zurich - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Tunel de Lava Bellavista
Highlights from your plan
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Speed Boats Tours
Playa de los Alemanes ©
Playa de los Alemanes

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: get impressive views of Sierra Negra, trek along Poza Escondida, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirador los tunos, and get to know the resident critters at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Puerto Villamil tour itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil in 3.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sierra Negra
Highlights from your plan
Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla
Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras

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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

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

You can fly from Puerto Villamil to Cusco in 13 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Villamil to Cusco is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around °C in October, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Choquequirao Archeological Park, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

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 14th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Machu Picchu online itinerary planner.

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. On the 15th (Fri), you'll 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

6
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.
Go for a jaunt from Santiago to Valle Nevado to see Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile about 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia, fly down the slopes at La Parva Ski Resort, do a tasting at Vina Cousino Macul, and take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Santiago sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Santiago takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Machu Picchu to Santiago is 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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 historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Puerto Madero, stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, make a trip to Casa Rosada, and try your luck at Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Buenos Aires travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Buenos Aires takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time to Argentina Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October in Buenos Aires, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Estancia El Ombu de Areco
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 27th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez, admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin, and then step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Iguazu National Park road trip planning app.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in October, expect nights in Iguazu National Park to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit warmer, around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (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 Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
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 nature, zoos & aquariums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls, admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam, steep yourself in history at Marco Das Tres Fronteiras, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Foz do Iguacu journey planning website.

Drive from Iguazu National Park to Foz do Iguacu in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Foz do Iguacu sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow 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
Itaipu Dam ©
Itaipu Dam

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, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, make a trip to Escadaria Selaron, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and admire the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro online attractions planner.

You can fly from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rio de Janeiro, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Alto Paraiso de Goias.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro

6
nights
Alto Paraiso de Goias, Brazil

Alto Paraiso de Goias ©
Developed from a 19th-century cattle ranch, Alto Paraiso de Goias serves as the major gateway to a World Heritage-listed national park known for containing some of the world's oldest natural rock formations.
Spend the 7th (Sun) exploring nature at Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Veadeiros. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Catarata dos Couros, delve into the mystery of Jardim de Maytreia, get great views at Janela Lookout, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Alto Paraiso de Goias holiday planner.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Alto Paraiso de Goias in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Alto Paraiso de Goias, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Alto Paraiso de Goias

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Veadeiros ©
Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Veadeiros
Catarata dos Couros
Catarata dos Couros
Almecegas I Waterfalls ©
Almecegas I Waterfalls

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.
Spend the 17th (Wed) exploring nature at Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Baia do Sancho, pause for some serene contemplation at Capela de Sao Pedro, head outdoors with Morro dois Irmaos, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Cacimba do Padre.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Fernando de Noronha vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Alto Paraiso de Goias to Fernando de Noronha in 11.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Alto Paraiso de Goias to Fernando de Noronha. In November, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Morro dois Irmaos ©
Morro dois Irmaos
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos

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