12 days in South America Itinerary

12 days in South America Itinerary

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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
Fly
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Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly to Iguazu, Shuttle to Foz do Iguacu
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 1 night
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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu visit planner.

London, UK to Machu Picchu is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Machu Picchu is minus 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cusco.
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Cusco, Peru — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): hike along exploor, contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, and then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cusco road trip site.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Santiago.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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Santiago, Chile — 2 nights

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas, then see the interesting displays at La Chascona, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro Santa Lucia, and finally contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and then don't miss a visit to Patio Bellavista.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago road trip planning website.

You can fly from Cusco to Santiago in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cusco to Santiago is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Buenos Aires.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 1 night

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.
On the 23rd (Tue), explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, then get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, and finally take a stroll through Puerto Madero.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Buenos Aires takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Buenos Aires is 1 hour. August in Buenos Aires sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil — 1 night

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 24th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu online driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Buenos Aires to Foz do Iguacu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Foz do Iguacu, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Rio de Janeiro.
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 2 nights

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas, appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, then stroll through Praia de Ipanema, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach. On the next day, get your bearings at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro takes 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Fernando de Noronha.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Shark Museum, then kick back and relax at Baia dos Porcos, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Baia do Sancho.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Fernando de Noronha online trip builder.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha in 7 hours. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Fernando de Noronha Standard Time (FNT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
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