48 days in South America Itinerary

48 days in South America Itinerary

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48 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Nyon, Switzerland
Drive + Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil
— 7 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  10 h
3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
4
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  8 h
5
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  12 h
6
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 4 nights
+5
Taxi + Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  11 h 30 min
7
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  22 h 30 min
8
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly:  30 min
9
Baltra, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly:  30 min
10
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Travel:  5 h
11
Floreana, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Travel:  4 h 30 min
12
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  22 h 30 min
End: Nyon, Switzerland

4
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.
Visit Ilha Fiscal and Sao Bento Monastery for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Imperial Museum and Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro. Explore Rio de Janeiro's surroundings by going to Petropolis (Museu de Porcelana de Petropolis, Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara, &more). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Copacabana Beach, kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, and take in the exciting artwork at Espaco GaleRio.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro road trip app .

Nyon, Switzerland to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 16-hour combination of car and flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Nyon to Rio de Janeiro due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Nyon in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Rio de Janeiro, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Armacao dos Buzios.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Petropolis
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer

7
nights
Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil

Armacao dos Buzios ©
Perched on the tip of a peninsula about 175 km (109 mi) east of Rio de Janeiro, the coastal town of Armacao dos Buzios attracts visitors looking to enjoy a beachside getaway without the crowds and chaos of the big city.
Get a sense of the local culture at San Matheus Fort and Mosaicos Portella. Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth and Fazenda Sao Joao will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Capela Sao Joao Batista (in Barra de Sao Joao), Arraial do Cabo (Forno Beach & Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia) and Cabo Frio (Passagem Neighborhood, Paróquia Nossa Senhora da Assunção - Igreja São Pedro, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Rua das Pedras, enjoy the sand and surf at Ferradurinha Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Geriba Beach, and cool off at Tartaruga Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Armacao dos Buzios trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Rio de Janeiro to Armacao dos Buzios in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Armacao dos Buzios

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cabo Frio, Casimiro de Abreu, Arraial do Cabo, Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth, Igreja Matriz de São Pedro
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Joao Fernandes Beach ©
Joao Fernandes Beach
Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia ©
Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia
Forno Beach ©
Forno Beach

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.
Get some cultural insight at Puerto Madero and El Zanjon de Granados. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cemiterio de Recoleta and La Boca. Go for a jaunt from Buenos Aires to Tigre to see Museo de arte Tigre about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, make a trip to Plaza de Mayo, take a stroll through Recoleta, and steep yourself in history at Casa Rosada.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Buenos Aires online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Armacao dos Buzios to Buenos Aires in 10 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Armacao dos Buzios in August, expect Buenos Aires to be little chillier, temps between 20°C and 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Museo de arte Tigre
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Palermo ©
Palermo

4
nights
Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia ©
Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
Popular historic sites such as Faro de San Juan de Salvamento and Parroquia Sagrada Familia are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia and Iglesia de la Merced. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ushuaia: Unidad Postal Del Fin Mundo (in Tierra del Fuego National Park) and Cerro Jeujepen (in Tolhuin). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Tierra del Fuego National Park, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Fin del Mundo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Larga, and contemplate the waterfront views at Mirador de Lagos Escondido y Fagnano.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ushuaia online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in August, you will find days in Ushuaia are much colder (5°C), and nights are slightly colder (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tolhuin, Faro de San Juan de Salvamento, Unidad Postal Del Fin Mundo
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Tierra del Fuego National Park ©
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia ©
Museo del Fin del Mundo ©
Museo del Fin del Mundo

4
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at La Chascona and Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. Do your shopping at Patio Bellavista and Costanera Center. Take a break from Santiago with a short trip to Concha y Toro in Pirque, about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, and take some stellar pictures from Sky Costanera.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Santiago visit planner.

You can fly from Ushuaia to Santiago in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ushuaia to Santiago. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Santiago

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trip

Concha y Toro
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La Chascona ©
La Chascona
Concha y Toro ©
Concha y Toro
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

4
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
You've now added Salar de Uyuni to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Train Cemetery and Museo de la Llama y la Sal. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi, get a new perspective on nature at Museo Arquecologia y Antropologico de los Andes Meridionales, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and contemplate the geological forces at Tunupa Volcano.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Uyuni trip planner.

Getting from Santiago to Uyuni by combination of flight and taxi takes about 12 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August in Uyuni, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Museo de la Llama y la Sal
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Train Cemetery ©
Train Cemetery
Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez ©
Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Choquequirao Archeological Park and Intipuncu. For shopping fun, head to Arte Joyeria Rumiwasi or Mercado de Artesanias. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac.

To plan Machu Picchu vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, bus, and train from Uyuni to Machu Picchu takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Uyuni to Machu Picchu is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Choquequirao Archeological Park
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Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Choquequirao Archeological Park ©
Choquequirao Archeological Park
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

2
nights
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): don't miss a visit to Segunda Zona Naval de la Armada del Ecuador, then enjoy the sand and surf at La Loberia, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, then enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Chino Beach, then learn more about the world around you at Interpretation Center, and finally stroll through Playa Mann.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Machu Picchu to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can fly to Baltra.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
Puerto Chino Beach ©
Puerto Chino Beach
La Loberia ©
La Loberia

2
nights
Baltra, Ecuador

Baltra ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the activities along Canal de Itabaca and then head off the coast to North Seymour Island.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Baltra online travel route planner .

Baltra is just a short distance from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. September in Baltra sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. You will leave for Puerto Villamil on the 5th (Sat).

Things to do in Baltra

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Canal de Itabaca
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North Seymour Island ©
North Seymour Island
Canal de Itabaca ©
Canal de Itabaca

2
nights
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Cristo Salvador, kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Villamil, then take in the waterfront at Malecon Cuna del Sol, and finally visit Los Tuneles. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan, then step off the mainland to explore Las Tintoreras, and then don't miss a visit to The Wall of Tears.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Puerto Villamil online itinerary planner .

Puerto Villamil is very close to Baltra. The time zone difference moving from Ecuador Time (ECT) to Galapagos Time (GALT) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras
Iglesia Cristo Salvador ©
Iglesia Cristo Salvador

2
nights
Floreana, Ecuador

Floreana ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cormorant Point, then stroll through Playa Negra, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Asilo de la Paz, and finally don't miss a visit to Post Office Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Crown.

To find out how to plan a trip to Floreana, use our trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Villamil to Floreana. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Floreana due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Floreana

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Devil's Crown ©
Devil's Crown
Post Office Bay ©
Post Office Bay

2
nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
On the 10th (Thu), view the masterpieces at Galeria Aymara, stop by Chocolapagos Darwin's Favourites, stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, then explore the world behind art at Galeria Exotico Ecuador, then take an in-depth tour of Maprae, and finally stroll through Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): stroll through El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, then view the masterpieces at Maki-Art Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at The Angelique Art Gallery.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Puerto Ayora trip itinerary builder app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Floreana to Puerto Ayora. September in Puerto Ayora sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
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Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Galeria Aymara ©
Galeria Aymara
Spas

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