18 days in South America Itinerary

18 days in South America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South America trip planner

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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 4 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Peru
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

— 4 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, museums, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Baia do Sancho, head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos, take in panoramic vistas at Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro, and enjoy the sand and surf at Atalaia Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Fernando de Noronha trip itinerary planning tool.

London, UK to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 22-hour flight. Traveling from London to Fernando de Noronha, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from London in May: high temperatures in Fernando de Noronha hover around 34°C and lows are around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums
Find places to stay May 12 — 16:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 3 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 beaches, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, steep yourself in history at Parque Lage, enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, and admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro vacation planning site.

Getting from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 7 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha in May, things will get little chillier in Rio de Janeiro: highs are around 31°C and lows about 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay May 16 — 19:

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 4 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 nightlife, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, get a taste of the local shopping with Puerto Madero, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and get to know the fascinating history of Calle Defensa.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires vacation maker tool.

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May; daily highs in Buenos Aires reach 20°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Cusco.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 19 — 23:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Cusco in 10 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Cusco is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Buenos Aires in May, Cusco is little chillier at night with lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 23 — 26:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. On the 28th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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