15 days in South America Itinerary

15 days in South America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South America itinerary planner

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Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to San Cristobal, Ferry to Puerto Ayora
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Drive to San Cristóbal Airport, Fly to Cusco
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights


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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Samay Latin Art and Maprae. Get outdoors at Charles Darwin Research Station and El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve. There's lots more to do: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, get outside with Galapagos Sub Aqua, and take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora trip site.

Rome, Italy to Puerto Ayora is an approximately 27.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. Traveling from Rome to Puerto Ayora, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Rome in May: high temperatures in Puerto Ayora hover around 34°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 8 — 11:

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 (Thu): take a tour by water with Planet Ocean Dive Center and then get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Puerto Chino Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno holiday tool.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 3.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 11 — 14:

Cusco, Peru

— 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sacsayhuaman and Plaza de Armas. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Salinas de Maras and San Blas. Change things up with a short trip to Moray in Maras (about 1h 20 min away). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco, and see exploor.

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Explore your travel options from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Cusco with the Route module. When traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Cusco, with highs around 24°C, while nights are colder with lows around 4°C. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 14 — 18:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 4 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Copacabana Beach and Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer. Escape the urban bustle at Praia de Ipanema and Pedra do Arpoador. The adventure continues: take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Tijuca, get great views at Leblon Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, and learn about all things military at Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro route planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Rio de Janeiro takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cusco to Rio de Janeiro. When traveling from Cusco in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Rio de Janeiro, with highs around 31°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay May 18 — 22: