55 days in South America Itinerary

55 days in South America Itinerary

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55 days in South America Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
+3
Fly + shuttle + ferry + bus:  25​h
1
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 6 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
2
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
8
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
10
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
11
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 9 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: London, United Kingdom

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.
Change things up with a short trip to North Seymour Island in Baltra (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Charles Darwin Research Station, stroll through Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and get a taste of life in the country at Rancho Primicias.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora tour itinerary builder website .

London, UK to Puerto Ayora is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Puerto Ayora due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Puerto Ayora: highs are around 31°C and lows about 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Tunel de Lava Bellavista, North Seymour Island
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 22:
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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

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, nature, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center, head off the coast to Isla Lobos, kick back and relax at Playa Punta Carola, and head outdoors with Cerro Tijeretas.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno road trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
Dona Pilo ©
Dona Pilo

2
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.
Machu Picchu is known for historic sites, nature, spas, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, witness a stunning natural landmark at Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, and take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip itinerary site .

Explore your travel options from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Machu Picchu with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Banos Termales de Cocalmayo
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 30:
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
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.
When in Cusco, make a side trip to see Salinas de Maras in Maras, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, explore the ancient world of Sacred Valley of the Incas, admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, and get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cusco trip tool .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In July in Cusco, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 3:
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santiago: Ski Portillo (in Portillo) and Concha y Toro (in Pirque). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Santa Lucia Hill, take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central), and examine the collection at La Chascona.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Santiago takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Time (PET) to Chile Time (CLT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, Ski Portillo Just For The Day, Concha y Toro
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

5
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: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, appreciate the extensive heritage of San Telmo, and take a stroll through Puerto Madero.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Buenos Aires planning site .

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Buenos Aires takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Buenos Aires is 1 hour. August in Buenos Aires sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Isla San Martin and then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Iguazu National Park day trip planning website .

Getting from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Iguazu National Park: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 16:
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

3
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.
Foz do Iguacu is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, adventure, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple, contemplate the long history of Marco Das Tres Fronteiras, and get to know the resident critters at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Foz do Iguacu vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Iguazu National Park to Foz do Iguacu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Itaipu Dam ©
Itaipu Dam

5
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.
Step out of Rio de Janeiro with an excursion to Imperial Museum in Petropolis--about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Pao de Acucar, kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, tour the pleasant surroundings at Copacabana Beach, and admire the landmark architecture of Ilha Fiscal.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro online tour planner .

You can fly from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 22°C in Rio de Janeiro. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Imperial Museum
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

4
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and get your game on at Pixel Realidade Virtual.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sao Paulo road trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Sao Paulo, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Fun & Games
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Pixel Realidade Virtual ©
Pixel Realidade Virtual
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue

9
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 Fernando de Noronha, hike along trilha Costa Azul, and get outside with Baia dos Porcos.

Plan trip to Fernando de Noronha with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Fly from Sao Paulo to Fernando de Noronha in 6.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time to Fernando de Noronha Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Sao Paulo in August, expect Fernando de Noronha to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 28 — Sep 7:
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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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