48 days in South America Itinerary

48 days in South America Itinerary

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Start: London, United Kingdom
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  19 h 45 min
1
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 7 nights
Fly:  7 h
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
4
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
6
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
7
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  19 h 30 min
8
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
9
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
+4
Fly + Foot + Fly + Foot + Ferry:  16 h
10
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
+5
Ferry + Foot + Fly + Foot + Fly + Train:  23 h 30 min
End: London, United Kingdom

7
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: stroll through Baia do Sancho, explore the striking landscape of Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park, trek along Trilha Costa Esmeralda, and kick back and relax at Fernado de Noronha Island.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Fernando de Noronha sightseeing planner.

London, UK to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 20- hour combination of train, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Fernando de Noronha Standard Time (FNT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from London in December, with highs in Fernando de Noronha at 35°C and lows at 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Rio de Janeiro.

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
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: take a memorable ride with Sugarloaf Mountain, don't miss a visit to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, kick back and relax at Praia de Grumari, and stroll through Barra da Tijuca Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro takes 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro is minus 1 hour. In January, daytime highs in Rio de Janeiro are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Keep things going the next day: admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Foz do Iguacu road trip planning site.

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January since evenings lows in Foz do Iguacu dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Iguazu National Park.

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

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 16th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin and then admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez.

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Traveling by car from Foz do Iguacu to Iguazu National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Iguazu National Park can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

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

6
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: wander the streets of Puerto Madero, visit Palermo, admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Iguazu National Park in January, plan for little chillier days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Los Glaciares 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
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 24th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Spegazzini and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Perito Moreno National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): stroll through Laguna de los Tres.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Glaciares National Park route app.

Fly from Buenos Aires to Los Glaciares National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in Los Glaciares National Park, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Perito Moreno National Park
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Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Perito Moreno National Park ©
Perito Moreno National Park
Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to La Sebastiana (in Valparaiso), Casa de Isla Negra (in Isla Negra) and Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile (in Valle Nevado). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), and admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Los Glaciares National Park to Santiago in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Glaciares National Park to Santiago is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

La Sebastiana, Casa de Isla Negra, Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
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Food Tours
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip itinerary planning website.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Santiago to Machu Picchu in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time to Peru Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) 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
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

5
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.
Step out of Cusco to go to Maras and see Salinas de Maras, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, delve into the distant past at Tipon, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cusco trip itinerary planning site.

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 February, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

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

5
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 much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora day trip planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cusco to Puerto Ayora in 19 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus. While traveling from Cusco, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Puerto Ayora, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island, Tunel de Lava Bellavista
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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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