46 days in South America Itinerary

46 days in South America Itinerary

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Fly to San Cristóbal Airport, Drive to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Cusco
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Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Bus to Foz do Iguacu, Fly to Porto Alegre, Bus to Gramado
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Gramado, Brazil
— 2 nights
Bus to Porto Alegre, Fly to Buenos Aires
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly
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Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador — 5 nights

The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Spend the 3rd (Thu) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Eco-Challenger Galapagos Tour Agency, head outdoors with Cerro Tijeretas, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Oro, and make a trip to Kicker Rock.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno tour planning site.

Auckland, New Zealand to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is an approximately 32-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Ecuador Time (ECT), which is usually a -17 hour difference. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in July: highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador — 5 nights

The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Puerto Ayora is known for parks, nature, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, explore the world behind art at Galeria Exotico Ecuador, and explore the galleries of Maki-Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Puerto Ayora online route builder.

Ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Villamil.
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador — 5 nights

Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Puerto Villamil is known for nature, parks, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Turtle Island, explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva de Sucre, stroll through Concha de Perla, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Villamil trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil takes 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time to Galapagos Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Cusco.
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Cusco, Peru — 3 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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, and contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Puerto Villamil to Cusco in 14 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Villamil to Cusco is 1 hour. July in Cusco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Machu Picchu.
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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 20th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Machu Picchu trip planner.

You can drive from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. On the 21st (Mon), you're off to Rio de Janeiro.
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 5 nights

Marvelous City

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 sightseeing, beaches, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, stroll through Copacabana Beach, and kick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro trip builder site.

Fly from Machu Picchu to Rio de Janeiro in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to fly to Fernando de Noronha.
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil — 6 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: stroll through Baia dos Porcos, enjoy the sand and surf at Baia dos Golfinhos, see the interesting displays at Shark Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela de Sao Pedro.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Fernando de Noronha attractions app.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha in 7 hours. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Fernando de Noronha Standard Time (FNT) is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July since evenings lows in Fernando de Noronha dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Foz do Iguacu.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple, and then see human ingenuity at work at Itaipu Dam. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Foz do Iguacu trip planning site.

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Foz do Iguacu in 9.5 hours. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Foz do Iguacu, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Fernando de Noronha in August, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Foz do Iguacu: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Iguazu National Park.
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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.
On the 4th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin, admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez, and then admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Iguazu National Park trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Foz do Iguacu to Iguazu National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Iguazu National Park, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gramado.
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Gramado, Brazil — 2 nights

Hydrangea Garden

Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): stroll around Mini Mundo, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Negro, then do a tasting at Casa Seganfredo, and finally don't miss a visit to Rua Coberta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Gram Bier, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Lourdes.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Gramado online day trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Iguazu National Park to Gramado in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, train, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 3 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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, take an in-depth tour of El Zanjon de Granados, contemplate the long history of Casa Rosada, and take in the history at Plaza de Mayo.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip builder.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Buenos Aires in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. August in Buenos Aires sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to fly to Santiago.
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Santiago, Chile — 4 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.
Santiago is known for shopping, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, stroll through Cerro Santa Lucia, and don't miss a visit to Patio Bellavista.

Discover how to plan a Santiago trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Santiago takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can fly back home.
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