32 days in South America Itinerary

32 days in South America Itinerary

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32 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong, China
Fly + Drive:  40​h
1
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 day
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
3
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + shuttle:  8​h 30​min
4
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
6
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
7
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
8
Gramado, Brazil
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  5​h
9
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
10
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  48​h
End: Hong Kong, China

1
day
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 27th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then explore the ancient world of Intipuncu.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu online trip planner .

London, UK to Machu Picchu is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Machu Picchu due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

4
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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, trails, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco, take a stroll through San Blas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cusco online trip maker .

Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by combination of train and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Cusco are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
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exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

3
nights
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.
Dedicate the 2nd (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from San Cristóbal Hill, take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, and steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Santiago driving holiday planning app .

Getting from Cusco to Santiago by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time (PET) to Chile Time (CLT) is 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in Santiago

Tours Museums Nature
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Wine Tours & Tastings
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Santa Lucia Hill ©
Santa Lucia Hill

1
day
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
On the 5th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Seco and then explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno Glacier.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Los Glaciares National Park online visit planner .

You can fly from Santiago to Los Glaciares National Park in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time (CLT) to Argentine Time (ART) is 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Los Glaciares National Park can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Nature Parks
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Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

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 nightlife, museums, parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Recoleta Cemetery, take a stroll through La Boca, admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, and take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Buenos Aires vacation planner.

You can fly from Los Glaciares National Park to Buenos Aires in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Los Glaciares National Park in September, with highs in Buenos Aires at 20°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

2
nights
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 10th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Cataratas del Iguazu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Isla San Martin, then admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Iguazu National Park online travel route planner .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Iguazu National Park: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto 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.
On the 12th (Thu), see human ingenuity at work at Iguazu Falls and then have fun at Wake Iguassu Cable Park. Keep things going the next day: see human ingenuity at work at Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple, and then get to know the resident critters at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Foz do Iguacu trip planning tool .

Foz do Iguacu is very close to Iguazu National Park. September in Foz do Iguacu sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gramado.

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

1
night
Gramado, Brazil

Gramado ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): make a trip to Caro Watson Escape Game, then don't miss a visit to Rua Coberta, then contemplate the waterfront views at Black Lake, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Mini Mundo, get in on the family fun at Snowland, and then learn about winemaking at Casa Seganfredo.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Gramado online travel planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Foz do Iguacu to Gramado in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Gramado

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites
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Mini Mundo ©
Mini Mundo
Snowland ©
Snowland
Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo ©
Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo

4
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, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Sugarloaf Mountain, step into the grandiose world of Ilha Fiscal, enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Rio de Janeiro in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Beaches
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Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

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, wildlife, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Baia do Sancho, stroll through Praia do Cachorro, head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos, and see the interesting displays at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Fernando de Noronha trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha takes 8 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Fernando de Noronha, with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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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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