36 days in South America Itinerary

36 days in South America Itinerary

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36 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
+3
Fly + Shuttle + Ferry + Bus:  28 h
1
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
+4
Ferry + Foot + Fly + Foot + Fly:  19 h
2
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  9 h 45 min
4
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
7
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h 15 min
8
Gramado, Brazil
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  5 h
9
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h
10
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Dublin, Ireland

4
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.
Puerto Ayora is known for parks, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, get a taste of life in the country at Rancho Primicias, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora route planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Puerto Ayora is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight, ferry, and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Ecuador Time (ECT), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Dublin in July; daily highs in Puerto Ayora reach 31°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Bellavista
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Galeria Aymara ©
Galeria Aymara

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cusco: Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and stop by Hilo.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cusco driving holiday planning app .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Cusco in 19 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight. Traveling from Puerto Ayora in July, you will find days in Cusco are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are much colder (1°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

3
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: walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to Santiago takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Machu Picchu to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

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

4
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: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Buenos Aires trip itinerary planning site .

Fly from Santiago to Buenos Aires in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Buenos Aires. July in Buenos Aires sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin, take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin, and then admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Iguazu National Park visit website .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Iguazu National Park, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks Nature 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 1st (Sat), 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 2nd (Sun): admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam and then meet the residents at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu route planning app .

Traveling by car from Iguazu National Park to Foz do Iguacu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Foz do Iguacu can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) 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

3
nights
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.
Gramado is known for parks, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Negro, make a trip to Caro Watson Escape Game, find something for the whole family at Snowland, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Lourdes.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Gramado itinerary site .

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 your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Canela
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Lago Negro ©
Lago Negro
Mini Mundo ©
Mini Mundo
Caro Watson Escape Game ©
Caro Watson Escape Game

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rio de Janeiro: Petropolis (Museu Casa de Santos Dumont & Imperial Museum). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, take a stroll through Santa Teresa, kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, and stroll through Leblon Beach.

Before you visit Rio de Janeiro, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Rio de Janeiro in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Rio de Janeiro are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Petropolis
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

4
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 Praia do Cachorro, trek along Trilha Costa Esmeralda, and head outdoors with Morro dois Irmaos.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Fernando de Noronha online attractions planner .

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha in 7 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Fernando de Noronha, with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can 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
Morro dois Irmaos ©
Morro dois Irmaos

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