29 days in South America Itinerary

29 days in South America Itinerary

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29 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Lima, Peru
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  5 h 15 min
1
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
3
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  13 h
4
El Chalten, Argentina
— 1 day
Bus:  3 h
5
El Calafate, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
6
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
7
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
8
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
9
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h
10
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Shuttle + Ferry + Bus:  25 h
11
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 6 nights
+3
Bus + Ferry + Taxi + Fly:  10 h 30 min
End: Lima, Peru

1
night
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu tour planner.

Lima to Machu Picchu is an approximately 5,5- hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu

2
nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and finally explore the world behind art at Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, explore the galleries of Qorikancha, and then explore the ancient world of Tambomachay.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In abril in Cusco, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Ekekos San Blas  - Arte  & Colores ©
Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha

2
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
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, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Santiago takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cusco to Santiago is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Nature
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

1
day
El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten ©
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Torre and then trek along Laguna de los Tres.

Plan a El Chalten trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Santiago to El Chalten in 13 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to El Chalten. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can take a bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Laguna de los Tres
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Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre

1
night
El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate ©
El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our El Calafate tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from El Chalten to El Calafate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In mayo in El Calafate, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares

3
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
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, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, wander the streets of Puerto Madero, ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada, and take in the history at Plaza de Mayo.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires tour planner.

Traveling by flight from El Calafate to Buenos Aires takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from El Calafate in mayo, plan for much hotter days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 20°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

1
night
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
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 7th (Thu), step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Iguazu National Park trip builder website.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in mayo: highs in Iguazu National Park hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks Nature
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Isla San Martin ©
Isla San Martin

2
nights
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
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 8th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): see human ingenuity at work at Itaipu Dam and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Foz do Iguacu day trip planning website.

Getting from Iguazu National Park to Foz do Iguacu by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In mayo in Foz do Iguacu, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Itaipu Dam ©
Itaipu Dam

3
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
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 museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, explore the historical opulence of Ilha Fiscal, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Vermelha Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip app.

Traveling by flight from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Foz do Iguacu in mayo: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 31°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can fly to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

3
nights
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha ©
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 plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Baia do Sancho, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fernado de Noronha Island, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get outside with Morro dois Irmaos.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Fernando de Noronha attractions app.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha in 7 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in mayo since evenings lows in Fernando de Noronha dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Morro dois Irmaos ©
Morro dois Irmaos

6
nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Step out of Puerto Ayora with an excursion to North Seymour Island in Baltra--about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de los Alemanes, don't miss a visit to Santa Cruz Fish Market, and stroll around El Garrapatero.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and bus from Fernando de Noronha to Puerto Ayora takes 25 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Puerto Ayora is minus 3 hours. In mayo, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, El Trapiche Ecologico Galapagos, North Seymour Island
Find places to stay May 17 — 23:
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
North Seymour Island ©
North Seymour Island

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