26 days in South America Itinerary

26 days in South America Itinerary

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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 5 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Bus to Conceição de Jacareí, Ferry to Ilha Grande
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Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 4 nights
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Ferry to Conceição de Jacareí, Bus to Rio de Janeiro, Fly to Foz do Iguacu, Bus to Iguazu National Park
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
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San Andres Island, Colombia
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil — 5 nights

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.
Get some cultural insight at Aulas de Energia – Espaco Usina Solar Fernando de Noronha and Shark Museum. Get in touch with nature at Baia do Sancho and Praia do Sueste. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Baia dos Porcos, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, trek along Trilha Costa Esmeralda, and enjoy the sand and surf at Porto de Santo Antonio Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Fernando de Noronha online trip planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Fernando de Noronha Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Dublin in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Fernando de Noronha, with highs around 33°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Rio de Janeiro.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 3 nights

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Copacabana Beach and Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro. Relax by the water at Praia de Ipanema and Barra da Tijuca Beach. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, learn about all things military at Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana, take in the awesome beauty at Pedra Bonita, and view the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro visit planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro takes 7 hours. The time zone difference moving from Fernando de Noronha Standard Time (FNT) to Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Fernando de Noronha in July; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Ilha Grande.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Ilha Grande, Brazil — 4 nights

A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pico do Papagaio and Dois Rios Beach. Step out of the city life by going to LiG Lanchas and Aracatibinha Beach. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Parnaioca Beach, kick back and relax at Feiticeira Beach, and visit a coastal fixture at Castelhanos Lighthouse.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ilha Grande online trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In July in Ilha Grande, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Iguazu National Park.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

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 30th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin, then admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez, and then step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sun): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Iguazu National Park online road trip planner.

Getting from Ilha Grande to Iguazu National Park by combination of ferry, bus, and flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Traveling from Ilha Grande in July, things will get a bit cooler in Iguazu National Park: highs are around 26°C and lows about 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can fly to Buenos Aires.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Buenos Aires, Argentina — 3 nights

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 historical perspective at Cemiterio de Recoleta and Plaza de Mayo. Get a sense of the local culture at Parque 3 de Febrero and Casa Rosada. There's still lots to do: visit Puerto Madero, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, contemplate the long history of Museo Histórico Nacional del Cabildo y la Revolución de Mayo, and explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires trip planner.

You can fly from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Iguazu National Park in July: highs in Buenos Aires hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Cusco.
Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Cusco, Peru — 5 nights

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Salinas de Maras and exploor. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sacsayhuaman and Centro Historico De Cusco. Step out of Cusco with an excursion to Moray in Maras--about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, take a stroll through San Blas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Cusco in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Peru Standard Time (PET) is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in August: highs in Cusco hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to San Andres Island.
Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature
Side Trip

San Andres Island, Colombia — 2 nights

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
On the 9th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis, then stroll through La Piscinita, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador. On the next day, discover the deep blue sea with Caribe Extremo and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Charquitos.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island trip app.

You can fly from Cusco to San Andres Island in 13.5 hours. When traveling from Cusco in August, plan for a bit warmer days in San Andres Island, with highs around 36°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife