31 days in South America Itinerary

31 days in South America Itinerary

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Caracas, Venezuela
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
Train to Ollantaytambo, Bus to Cusco
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Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
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San Andres Island, Colombia
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Caracas, Venezuela — 3 nights

Tropical weather, great food, and memorable jungle surroundings seem like all the ingredients Caracas needs to become a must-see destination.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Nuestra Senora de Las Mercedes, then identify plant and animal life at Parque de Recreacion Los Chorros, and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional El Avila. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana de Caracas, shop like a local with Centro Paseo El Hatillo, and then view the masterpieces at Hacienda La Trinidad Parque Cultural.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Caracas trip maker.

New York City, USA to Caracas is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Venezuela Time is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Fernando de Noronha.
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil — 2 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.
Attractions like Praia do Cachorro and Shark Diving make great kid-friendly stops. Fundacao Projeto Tamar - Fernando de Noronha and Fernando de Noronha Memorial will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Meio Beach, see the sky in a new way at Aulas de Energia – Espaco Usina Solar Fernando de Noronha, explore the activities along Buraco do Galego, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Fernando de Noronha planner.

Traveling by flight from Caracas to Fernando de Noronha takes 23.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Venezuela Time to Fernando de Noronha Standard Time is 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in May, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can 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 (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Morro Dois Irmaos, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, then kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Copacabana Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Leme, then brush up on your military savvy at Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Francisco da Penitencia Church.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro trip builder.

Getting from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 7 hours. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Fernando de Noronha in May, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at 31°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Buenos Aires.
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cemiterio de Recoleta and Catedral de San Isidro. Get outdoors at Parque 3 de Febrero and Peru Beach. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Puerto Madero, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento, admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and contemplate the long history of Recoleta.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May; daily highs in Buenos Aires reach 20°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can fly to Santiago.
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Santiago, Chile — 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion and Plop! Galeria. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Museo Interactivo Mirador and Museo Historico Nacional. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santiago: Allmountain (in Pirque) and Vina Undurraga (in Talagante). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at La Chascona, shop like a local with Patio Bellavista, and get engrossed in the history at Casa de Las Causas.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Santiago travel route builder website.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Santiago by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago is minus 1 hour. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Machu Picchu.
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Machu Picchu, Peru — 3 nights

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Escape the urban bustle at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Mandor. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon and Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, relax and rejuvenate at Otto's Salon Spa & Boutique, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas Allcamayo, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Mariposario de Machupicchu.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu tour planner.

You can fly from Santiago to Machu Picchu in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Machu Picchu. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cusco.
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Cusco, Peru — 3 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.
On the 6th (Sun), browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central de San Pedro, contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, contemplate the long history of Tipon, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and finally get outside with exploor.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip planner.

Do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Cusco are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Puerto Ayora.
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador — 3 nights

The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
You'll explore and learn at Samay Latin Art and The Angelique Art Gallery. Galeria Exotico Ecuador and Maprae are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna las Ninfas, make a trip to Malecon de Puerto Ayora, and take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora online trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Cusco to Puerto Ayora in 20.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cusco in June: highs in Puerto Ayora hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador — 3 nights

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 12th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Baquerizo, get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center, and then head outdoors with Cerro Tijeretas. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Oro, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Loberia.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno travel itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 3.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to San Andres Island.
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San Andres Island, Colombia — 3 nights

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): see the vivid underwater world at West View, stroll through La Piscinita, and then step off the mainland to explore Cayo Acuario. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with Karibik Diver, then stop by Esmeraldas Colombianas, then examine the collection at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Andres Island trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to San Andres Island with the Route module. June in San Andres Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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