18 days in South America Itinerary

18 days in South America Itinerary

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18 days in South America Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  8 h 45 min
2
El Chalten, Argentina
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  10 h 30 min
3
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
4
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h
6
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  19 h 45 min
End: London, United Kingdom

3
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, historic sites, parks, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, shop like a local with Palermo, and steep yourself in history at Casa Rosada.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip itinerary builder app .

London, UK to Buenos Aires is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from London to Buenos Aires due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from London in February: high temperatures in Buenos Aires hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

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.
On the 3rd (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri and then stroll through Laguna Torre. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Fitz Roy and then trek along Laguna de los Tres.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read El Chalten sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to El Chalten takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Laguna de los Tres
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Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre

1
night
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 5th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Salto Bernabe Mendez and then step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Iguazu National Park trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to Iguazu National Park takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin
Isla San Martin ©
Isla San Martin

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.
On the 7th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Iguazu National Park to Foz do Iguacu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Foz do Iguacu can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Itaipu Dam ©
Itaipu Dam

3
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, parks, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, take some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra da Tijuca Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro holiday builder tool .

You can fly from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 27°C in Rio de Janeiro. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

4
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 outside with Morro dois Irmaos, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stroll through Conceicao Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Fernando de Noronha road trip tool .

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha in 7 hours. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In March in Fernando de Noronha, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Morro dois Irmaos ©
Morro dois Irmaos

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