31 days in South America Itinerary

31 days in South America Itinerary

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Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, Fly to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Train to Ollantaytambo, Bus to Cusco
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly
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Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 5 nights
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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.
To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu holiday planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Machu Picchu is an approximately 20-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Peru Standard Time (PET) is minus 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:
Highlights from your trip

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cusco side-trips: Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, trek along exploor, wander the streets of San Blas, and admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco sightseeing tool.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in Cusco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to fly to Santiago.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 22:

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.
When in Santiago, make a side trip to see Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile in Valle Nevado, approximately Valle Nevado away. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, examine the collection at Museo Interactivo Mirador, make a trip to Cerro Santa Lucia, and admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Santiago trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Cusco to Santiago in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco to Santiago, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 27:

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 nightlife, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Puerto Madero, admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Mayo, and explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Buenos Aires takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Argentina Standard Time (ART), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can fly to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Casinos
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 31:

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.
On the 1st (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin, admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez, and then step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Iguazu National Park online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Iguazu National Park: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 2:

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Devil's Throat. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Foz do Iguacu holiday app.

Getting from Iguazu National Park to Foz do Iguacu by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 4:

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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, kick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach, admire the striking features of Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pedra Bonita.

Start your trip to Rio de Janeiro by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rio de Janeiro, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 9:

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, wildlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Baia do Sancho, hike along Trilha do Piquinho, stroll through Atalaia Beach, and head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Fernando de Noronha trip builder site.

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha in 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in August since evenings lows in Fernando de Noronha dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 14: