26 days in Brazil, Argentina & Peru Itinerary

26 days in Brazil, Argentina & Peru Itinerary

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26 days in Brazil, Argentina & Peru Itinerary

Start: Milan, Italy
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
4
Gramado, Brazil
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
6
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
7
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
8
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
9
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  28​h
End: Milan, Italy

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: kick back and relax at Baia do Sancho, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fernando de Noronha, hike along Trilha Costa Esmeralda, and get outside with Baia dos Porcos.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Fernando de Noronha tour planner.

Milan, Italy to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Milan to Fernando de Noronha, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Milan in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Fernando de Noronha, with lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste

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, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Pao de Acucar, don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Tijuca, and stroll through Copacabana Beach.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro sightseeing website .

Getting from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 8 hours. The time zone changes from Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT) to Brasilia Time (BRT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha in July, expect Rio de Janeiro to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Beaches
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Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take a stroll through Paulista Avenue, then walk around Parque Ibirapuera, and then savor the flavors at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, and then have some family-friendly fun at Pixel Realidade Virtual.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sao Paulo vacation builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July, with highs in Sao Paulo at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Parks
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Pixel Realidade Virtual ©
Pixel Realidade Virtual
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

2
nights
Gramado, Brazil

Gramado ©
Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): stroll around Mini Mundo, find something for the whole family at Snowland, and then do a tasting at Casa Seganfredo. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo, make a trip to Rua Coberta, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Pedra, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Parque Estadual do Caracol.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Gramado trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Sao Paulo to Gramado takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Canela
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Mini Mundo ©
Mini Mundo
Snowland ©
Snowland
Parque Estadual do Caracol ©
Parque Estadual do Caracol

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 18th (Sat), see human ingenuity at work at Iguazu Falls. On the next day, admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple, and then get to know the resident critters at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu itinerary maker app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Foz do Iguacu in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Iguazu National Park.

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

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 20th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin and then identify plant and animal life at Salto Bernabe Mendez.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Iguazu National Park journey website .

Traveling by car from Foz do Iguacu to Iguazu National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

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, museums, parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japones, take a stroll through Palermo, and admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Buenos Aires online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Iguazu National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Cusco.

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

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.
When in Cusco, make a side trip to see Salinas de Maras in Maras, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, hike along exploor, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cusco tour planning website .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Cusco in 10.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentine Time to Peru Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in July: highs in Cusco hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Salinas de Maras
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exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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.
On the 29th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

Plan a Machu Picchu trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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