48 days in South America Itinerary

48 days in South America Itinerary

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48 days in South America Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
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
+2
shuttle + taxi + Fly:  7​h 45​min
7
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
8
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
9
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + ferry:  16​h
10
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
+3
bus + ferry + shuttle + Fly:  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, wildlife, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Baia do Sancho, head outdoors with Morro dois Irmaos, explore the striking landscape of Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park, and stroll through Praia do Sueste.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Fernando de Noronha trip itinerary builder site .

London, UK to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from London to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from London in December, with highs in Fernando de Noronha at 35°C and lows at 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos

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, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bondinho Pao de Acucar, kick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, and pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro takes 7 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
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): take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. On the next day, see human ingenuity at work at Itaipu Dam and then meet the residents at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Foz do Iguacu vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January since evenings lows in Foz do Iguacu dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to 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 take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin and then admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Iguazu National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Foz do Iguacu to Iguazu National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Iguazu National Park sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 24°C at night. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez

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 nightlife, historic sites, parks, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, and take in the history at Plaza de Mayo.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires in 3.5 hours. Other options are to 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to 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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Spegazzini and then explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno Glacier. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Laguna de los Tres.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Los Glaciares National Park sightseeing tool .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Los Glaciares National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in January, you will find days in Los Glaciares National Park are much colder (17°C), and nights are a bit cooler (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santiago: Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile (in Valle Nevado), Casa de Isla Negra (in Isla Negra) and La Sebastiana (in Valparaiso). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas, hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central), and make a trip to Patio Bellavista.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Santiago vacation planning tool .

Getting from Los Glaciares National Park to Santiago by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentine Time (ART) to Chile Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trips

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, Casa de Isla Negra, La Sebastiana
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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, parks, spas, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu tour builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Santiago to Machu Picchu takes 19.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time (CLT) to Peru Time (PET) is minus 1 hour. On the 3rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Salinas de Maras in Maras (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cusco trip maker website .

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, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time 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.
Go for a jaunt from Puerto Ayora to Baltra to see North Seymour Island about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, don't miss a visit to Dragon Hill (Cerro Dragon), explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de los Alemanes.

Start your trip to Puerto Ayora by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Cusco to Puerto Ayora in 16 hours. Traveling from Cusco in February, expect nights in Puerto Ayora to be warmer, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Finish up 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, Tunel de Lava Bellavista, North Seymour Island
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay

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