22 days in South America Itinerary

22 days in South America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South America holiday planner
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Fly to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont, Bus to Conceição de Jacareí, Ferry to Ilha Grande
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Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 3 nights
Ferry to Conceição de Jacareí, Bus to Rio de Janeiro
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 3 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.
Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna.

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Barcelona, Spain to Machu Picchu is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Barcelona to Machu Picchu, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cusco.
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Historic Sites

Cusco, Peru — 2 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.
On the 11th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, then steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte Precolombino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cusco trip planner.

Drive from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Santiago.
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Historic Sites · Museums

Santiago, Chile — 2 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.
On the 13th (Thu), walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, examine the collection at La Chascona, then examine the collection at Museo de la Moda, and finally get great views at Sky Costanera. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, then go for a walk through Plaza de Armas, then admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and finally steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

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You can fly from Cusco to Santiago in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time (PET) to Chile Standard Time (CLT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Buenos Aires.
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Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Buenos Aires, Argentina — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada, get a taste of the local shopping with Puerto Madero, then admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with El Ateneo Grand Splendid. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, then make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and finally admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Santiago to Buenos Aires in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time to Argentina Standard Time is 1 hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Iguazu National Park.
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Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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 (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin, then admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin, and then admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Iguazu National Park travel route planner.

Fly from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in October, expect nights in Iguazu National Park to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Foz do Iguacu.
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Nature · Parks · Wildlife

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 (Wed): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Foz do Iguacu trip website.

You can drive from Iguazu National Park to Foz do Iguacu in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Foz do Iguacu can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ilha Grande.
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Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Ilha Grande, Brazil — 3 nights

A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Ilha Grande is known for beaches, nature, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Pico do Papagaio, enjoy the sand and surf at Grande das Palmas Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoa Azul, and explore the ancient world of Aqueduto.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ilha Grande route planner.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Foz do Iguacu to Ilha Grande in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In October, daytime highs in Ilha Grande are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 2 nights

Marvelous City

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 24th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, contemplate the long history of Parque Lage, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro and then enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach.

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Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In October, daytime highs in Rio de Janeiro are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can fly to Fernando de Noronha.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Fernando de Noronha, Brazil — 3 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 sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Baia do Sancho, stroll through Praia do Sueste, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and see the interesting displays at Shark Museum.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Fernando de Noronha trip planner.

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. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in October, Fernando de Noronha is a bit warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
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