56 days in South America Itinerary

56 days in South America Itinerary

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Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 5 nights
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 6 nights
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 8 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 3 nights
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights

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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.
Explore Cusco's surroundings by going to Cerveceria Willkamayu (in Urubamba) and Salinas de Maras (in Maras). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cusco trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Cusco is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Brisbane to Cusco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in November, you will find days in Cusco are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are cooler (8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Cerveceria Willkamayu, Salinas de Maras
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 5:
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exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and then get great views at Intipuncu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Mandor and then delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

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Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 8:
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

5
nights
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is known for wildlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Mann, don't miss a visit to Dona Pilo, get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center, and head off the coast to Isla Lobos.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Machu Picchu to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 13:
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Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Playa Mann ©
Playa Mann
Dona Pilo ©
Dona Pilo

6
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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.
When in Puerto Ayora, make a side trip to see North Seymour Island in Baltra, approximately Baltra away. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Think Galapagos, tour the pleasant surroundings at El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Aymara.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Puerto Ayora online itinerary maker.

Ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora in 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Bellavista, North Seymour Island
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 19:
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay

8
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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: stroll through Baia do Sancho, kick back and relax at Praia do Sueste, take in panoramic vistas at Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro, and get outside with Morro dois Irmaos.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Fernando de Noronha trip itinerary site.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Fernando de Noronha in 26 hours. The time zone difference moving from Ecuador Time (ECT) to Fernando de Noronha Standard Time (FNT) is 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 28:
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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Rio de Janeiro to Petropolis to see Imperial Museum about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, enjoy the sand and surf at Barra da Tijuca Beach, see a show at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, and stroll through Pedra do Arpoador.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro takes 7.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Fernando de Noronha Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In December, daytime highs in Rio de Janeiro are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Imperial Museum
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 3:
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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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.
Foz do Iguacu is known for nature, zoos & aquariums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls, admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam, take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple, and examine the collection at Museu de Cera Dreamland.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Foz do Iguacu travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Foz do Iguacu when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Itaipu Dam ©
Itaipu Dam

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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), take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Keep things going the next day: go deep underground at Wanda Mines, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Urugua-i, then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin, and finally step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Iguazu National Park travel route builder site.

Traveling by car from Foz do Iguacu to Iguazu National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Iguazu National Park, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Lago Urugua-i, Wanda Mines
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez

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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, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, and wander the streets of Palermo.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Iguazu National Park in January, expect nights in Buenos Aires to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 13:
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

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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.
Spend the 14th (Thu) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno, see the interesting displays at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Argentino, and get outside with Enjoy!.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our El Calafate trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to El Calafate takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in El Calafate, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino

5
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Santiago, Chile

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santiago: Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile (in Valle Nevado) and Concha y Toro (in Pirque). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, see the interesting displays at Museo de la Moda, stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, and go for a walk through Plaza de Armas.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Santiago trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from El Calafate to Santiago in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from El Calafate to Santiago is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, Concha y Toro
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 22:
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Food Tours
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

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