31 days in South America Itinerary

31 days in South America Itinerary

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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 5 nights
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Cusco, Peru

— 4 nights

Imperial City

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, wander the streets of San Blas, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cusco road trip planner.

London, UK to Cusco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Cusco. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from London in August since evenings lows in Cusco dip to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 5:

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 2 nights
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 6th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

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You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sat) before leaving for Santiago.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 7:
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Santiago, Chile

— 5 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Change things up with a short trip to Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile in Valle Nevado (about 1h 35 min away). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Cristóbal Hill, hit the slopes at La Parva Ski Resort, see the interesting displays at La Chascona, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Santiago tour itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Machu Picchu to Santiago in 10.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Machu Picchu to Santiago is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Museums · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 12:

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 4 nights

Queen of La Plata

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: wander the streets of Puerto Madero, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, get engrossed in the history at El Zanjon de Granados, and admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires travel itinerary 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. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Casinos
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 16:

Iguazu National Park, Argentina

— 2 nights
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Salto Bernabe Mendez, then admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin, and then head off the coast to Isla San Martin.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Iguazu National Park online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in August, expect nights in Iguazu National Park to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 18:

Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

— 2 nights

Land of the Waterfalls

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and then admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu online tour planner.

You can drive from Iguazu National Park to Foz do Iguacu in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. August in Foz do Iguacu sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 20:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 5 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rio de Janeiro: Petropolis (Cervejaria Brewpoint, Museu Casa de Santos Dumont, &more). There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and stroll through Pedra Bonita.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro online road trip 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 August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rio de Janeiro, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 20 — 25:

Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

— 5 nights

Emerald of the Atlantic

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, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Baia do Sancho, examine the collection at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS, get outside with Baia dos Porcos, and look and learn at Aulas de Energia – Espaco Usina Solar Fernando de Noronha.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Fernando de Noronha trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha takes 7.5 hours. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Fernando de Noronha Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in Fernando de Noronha. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 30: