22 days in South America Itinerary

22 days in South America Itinerary

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22 days in South America Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Salta, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h
4
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
5
Porto Seguro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: London, United Kingdom

3
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Plaza Fernandez Madrid. Templo de Santo Domingo and Iglesia de Santo Toribio will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, take a stroll through Bairro Getsemani, contemplate the long history of Centro Historico, and appreciate the history behind Escultura de Adolfo Mejia.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip itinerary maker .

London, UK to Cartagena is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Colombia Time (COT) is minus 5 hours. Traveling from London in July, expect nights in Cartagena to be much warmer, around 30°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Aviario Nacional de Colombia
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Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Bairro Getsemani ©
Bairro Getsemani
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sacred Valley of the Incas and Moray. Get outdoors at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi and Salinas de Maras. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and get to know the fascinating history of San Blas.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cusco attractions planner .

You can fly from Cartagena to Cusco in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Cartagena in July, expect Cusco to be colder, temps between 24°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Salta.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Moray ©
Moray
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

1
night
Salta, Argentina

Salta ©
Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
On the 8th (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Cuesta del Obispo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia San Francisco, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Salta, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Virgen de los Tres Cerritos, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Cerro San Bernardo.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Salta trip itinerary builder website .

Fly from Cusco to Salta in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cusco to Salta. In July, daily temperatures in Salta can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Salta

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Cuesta del Obispo ©
Cuesta del Obispo
Virgen de los Tres Cerritos ©
Virgen de los Tres Cerritos
Basilica Menor San Francisco ©
Basilica Menor San Francisco

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.
Get outdoors at Pao de Acucar and Parque Nacional Tijuca. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Copacabana Beach and Pedra do Arpoador. Step out of Rio de Janeiro with an excursion to Scuba & Snorkeling in Arraial do Cabo--about 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and walk around Parque Lage.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro journey builder .

You can fly from Salta to Rio de Janeiro in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Salta in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Rio de Janeiro, with highs around 30°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Porto Seguro.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Parque Nacional Tijuca ©
Parque Nacional Tijuca

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Porto Seguro, Brazil

Porto Seguro ©
In a sense, Porto Seguro is where Brazil as a country began, marking the spot where Portuguese explorers first arrived in the 16th century.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Igreja de Sao Joao Batista and Capela de Nossa Senhora da Ajuda. Discover out-of-the-way places like Muta Beach and Coroa Vermelha Beach. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Largo da Ajuda, stroll through Taperapua Beach, and see the vivid underwater world at Recife de Fora.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Porto Seguro trip simple and quick.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Porto Seguro by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Porto Seguro are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Porto Seguro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Coroa Vermelha Beach
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Coroa Vermelha Beach ©
Coroa Vermelha Beach
Muta Beach ©
Muta Beach
Igreja de Sao Joao Batista ©
Igreja de Sao Joao Batista

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Baia dos Porcos and Fernando de Noronha. Get outdoors at Baia do Sancho and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela de Sao Pedro, see the interesting displays at Aberto da Tartaruga Marinha de Fernando de Noronha Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Cachorro, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Atalaia Beach.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Fernando de Noronha holiday builder website .

You can fly from Porto Seguro to Fernando de Noronha in 7 hours. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT) is 1 hour. Traveling from Porto Seguro in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Fernando de Noronha, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Atalaia Beach ©
Atalaia Beach
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos
Fernado de Noronha Island
Fernado de Noronha Island

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