27 days in South America Itinerary

27 days in South America Itinerary

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27 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
3
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h
4
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Auckland, New Zealand

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate San Telmo and Plaza de Mayo. Get some cultural insight at Puerto Madero and Parque 3 de Febrero. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the striking features of Palacio Barolo, get to know the fascinating history of La Boca, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires online tour itinerary maker .

Auckland, New Zealand to Buenos Aires is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Buenos Aires is minus 15 hours. When traveling from Auckland in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
San Telmo ©
San Telmo

4
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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.
Visit Ilha Fiscal and Parque Lage for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Praia de Ipanema and Parque Nacional Tijuca. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pao de Acucar, get great views at Pedra Bonita, enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, and stroll through Pedra do Arpoador.

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Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rio de Janeiro, with lows of 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

5
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.
Get some historical perspective at Capela de Sao Pedro and Fort of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao. Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Baia dos Porcos. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Baia do Sancho, explore the striking landscape of Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park, stroll through Ponta das Caracas, and have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Fernando de Noronha tour builder .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha by flight takes about 8 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha. In December, daily temperatures in Fernando de Noronha can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Sacsayhuaman and Sacred Valley of the Incas. Popular historic sites such as Centro Historico De Cusco and Cusco Cathedral are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, stop by Yanantin Alpaca y Artesania, and delve into the distant past at Tambomachay.

Discover how to plan a Cusco trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Fly from Fernando de Noronha to Cusco in 19 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Cusco. When traveling from Fernando de Noronha in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Cusco, with highs around 24°C, while nights are colder with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at La Chascona and Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania. Get outdoors at San Cristóbal Hill and Ski Portillo. When in Santiago, make a side trip to see Concha y Toro in Pirque, approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Lucia Hill, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, hit the slopes at Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, and explore the world behind art at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Santiago trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Santiago takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time (PET) to Chile Time (CLT) is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Ski Portillo, Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, Concha y Toro
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Ski Portillo ©
Ski Portillo

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