52 days in South America Itinerary

52 days in South America Itinerary

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52 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + shuttle + ferry + bus:  15​h 30​min
2
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
3
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h
4
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
5
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+4
train + foot + bus + taxi + Fly:  22​h 30​min
6
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
7
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
8
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
9
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
10
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
11
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  33​h
End: Sydney, Australia

5
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.
Step out of Santiago with an excursion to Ski Portillo in Portillo--about 1h 55 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll through San Cristóbal Hill, examine the collection at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, don't miss a visit to Santa Lucia Hill, and hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central).

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Santiago day trip tool .

Sydney, Australia to Santiago is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Chile Time (CLT), which is usually a -14 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Ski Portillo, Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Santa Lucia Hill ©
Santa Lucia Hill
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

5
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.
Take a break from Puerto Ayora with a short trip to North Seymour Island in Baltra, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Charles Darwin Research Station, relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Ecologico Galapagos, view the masterpieces at Galeria Aymara, and get a taste of life in the country at Rancho Primicias.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and bus from Santiago to Puerto Ayora takes 15.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Puerto Ayora due to the time zone difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, El Trapiche Ecologico Galapagos, North Seymour Island
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay

5
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.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is known for wildlife, museums, nature, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn more about the world around you at Interpretation Center, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cerro Tijeretas, head off the coast to Isla Lobos, and kick back and relax at Cerro Brujo.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 2.5 hours. November in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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Punta Pitt ©
Punta Pitt
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas

4
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.
Explore Cusco's surroundings by going to Pisac (in Pisac) and Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Precolombino, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco travel itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Cusco. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in November: highs in Cusco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Maras, Pisac, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 1:
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exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the ancient world of Intipuncu and then explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Here are some ideas for day two: witness a stunning natural landmark at Banos Termales de Cocalmayo and then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Banos Termales de Cocalmayo
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

6
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: enjoy the sand and surf at Baia do Sancho, get outside with Baia dos Porcos, stroll through Ponta das Caracas, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Fernando de Noronha tour planning tool .

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to Fernando de Noronha takes 22.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Machu Picchu to Fernando de Noronha, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time 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

5
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: get great views at Pao de Acucar, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, tour the pleasant surroundings at Leblon Beach, and pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro tour builder tool .

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro in 8 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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

3
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.
Foz do Iguacu is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, adventure, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see human ingenuity at work at Iguazu Falls, make a trip to Marco Das Tres Fronteiras, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and admire the sheer force of Garganta do Diabo.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Foz do Iguacu holiday maker .

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December since evenings lows in Foz do Iguacu dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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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.
On the 20th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Isla San Martin and then admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Iguazu National Park day trip site .

Traveling by car from Foz do Iguacu to Iguazu National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) 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

5
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: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, wander the streets of Palermo, and take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Buenos Aires driving holiday tool .

Traveling by flight from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

3
nights
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Seco and then take in the dramatic natural features at Perito Moreno Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Laguna de los Tres.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Los Glaciares National Park tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Los Glaciares National Park by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in December, expect nights in Los Glaciares National Park to be a bit cooler, around 15°C, while days are much colder, around 16°C. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

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