22 days in South America Itinerary

22 days in South America Itinerary

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22 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + ferry:  18​h 15​min
2
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + shuttle + Fly:  18​h
3
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 45​min
4
Santiago, Chile
— 1 night
5
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  9​h 30​min
6
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

3
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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.
Let the collections at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro and Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas capture your imagination. Step out of the city life by going to Praia de Ipanema and Parque Nacional Tijuca. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, stroll through Praia de Grumari, appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, and take some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro sightseeing planner.

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major airport is Rio Galeão – Tom Jobim International Airport. In January, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

2
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.
Head to Galeria Aymara and Maki-Art Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and Playa de los Alemanes. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Charles Darwin Research Station, admire the masterpieces at Galeria Exotico Ecuador, and take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora trip planning app .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Puerto Ayora by combination of bus, flight, and ferry takes about 18.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Ecuador Time (ECT) is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January: highs in Puerto Ayora hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
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El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Art Museum and then contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cusco trip builder tool .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Cusco in 18 hours. When traveling from Puerto Ayora in January, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Cusco: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Winay Wayna
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo de Arte Precolombino

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia, examine the collection at La Chascona, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, tour the pleasant surroundings at San Cristóbal Hill, and then examine the collection at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Santiago trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Cusco to Santiago in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cusco to Santiago is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Nature
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La Chascona ©
La Chascona
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©

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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.
Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires and Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo will appeal to museum buffs. Head to Puerto Madero and Palermofor some retail therapy. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana, and make a trip to Recoleta Cemetery.

Make your Buenos Aires itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Santiago to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time to Argentine Time is 1 hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

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nights
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Get in touch with nature at Carneiros Beach and Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Muro Alto Beach and Pontal de Maracaipe. Go for a jaunt from Porto de Galinhas to Recife to see Instituto Ricardo Brennand about 1h 15 min away.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Porto de Galinhas day trip app .

Getting from Buenos Aires to Porto de Galinhas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Buenos Aires in January, Porto de Galinhas is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Praia dos Carneiros, Instituto Ricardo Brennand
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Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
Praia dos Carneiros ©
Praia dos Carneiros

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS and Aulas de Energia - Espaco Usina Solar Fernando de Noronha. Relax by the water at Praia do Sueste and Praia do Cacimba do Padre. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Baia do Sancho, explore the activities along Buraco do Galego, pause for some serene contemplation at Capela de Sao Pedro, and stroll through Praia do Leão.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Fernando de Noronha road trip app .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Porto de Galinhas to Fernando de Noronha in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT) is 1 hour. In January, daily temperatures in Fernando de Noronha can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Praia do Cacimba do Padre ©
Praia do Cacimba do Padre

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