53 days in South America Itinerary

53 days in South America Itinerary

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53 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Porto, Portugal
+2
Fly + shuttle + ferry:  24​h
1
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
2
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 5 nights
ferry:  6​h
3
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
8
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 1 night
9
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
+4
Fly + bus + foot + subway + bus:  7​h 15​min
10
Alto Paraiso de Goias, Brazil
— 4 nights
+4
bus + subway + foot + bus + Fly:  10​h 45​min
11
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Porto, Portugal

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.
Visit Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and Playa las Bachas for some beach relaxation. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Maprae and Galeria Exotico Ecuador. When in Puerto Ayora, make a side trip to see North Seymour Island in Baltra, approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Charles Darwin Research Station, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the fascinating underground world of Tunel de Lava Bellavista, and take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora trip planner .

Porto, Portugal to Puerto Ayora is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto to Puerto Ayora is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Porto in June, expect Puerto Ayora to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Tunel de Lava Bellavista, North Seymour Island
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Reserva El Chato ©
Reserva El Chato
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Visit Playa Puerto Villamil and El Faro for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Sierra Negra and Isabela Island Wetlands Complex. Next up on the itinerary: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, take in the dramatic natural features at El Tunel del Estero, identify plant and animal life at Concha de Perla, and explore the activities along Laguna Salinas.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Villamil journey planner .

Ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil in 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Ecuador Time to Galapagos Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Sierra Negra
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Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

4
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.
Visiting Cerro Tijeretas and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Punta Pitt and La Loberia. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, kick back and relax at Playa Punta Carola, learn more about the world around you at Interpretation Center, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno visit planner.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 6 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado ©
Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
On the 23rd (Sun), explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu attractions app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Machu Picchu. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (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 ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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.
Sacsayhuaman and Centro Historico De Cusco will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Plaza de Armas and Sacred Valley of the Incas. Get out of town with these interesting Cusco side-trips: Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, contemplate the long history of Tipon, and delve into the distant past at Tambomachay.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Cusco itinerary planning 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. June in Cusco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
Take a break from the city and head to San Cristóbal Hill and Ski Portillo. Get a sense of the local culture at La Chascona and Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. Go for a jaunt from Santiago to Pirque to see Concha y Toro about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Santa Lucia Hill, admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and fly down the slopes at Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago journey builder .

Fly from Cusco to Santiago in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Concha y Toro, Ski Portillo, Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Ski Portillo ©
Ski Portillo
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile

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.
Popular historic sites such as Plaza de Mayo and La Boca are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Parque 3 de Febrero and Casa Rosada. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Puerto Madero, step into the grandiose world of Palacio de Aguas Corrientes, admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Buenos Aires journey builder .

Getting from Santiago to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Buenos Aires is 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero

1
night
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 9th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple and then see human ingenuity at work at Iguazu Falls. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Garganta do Diabo and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Foz do Iguacu trip maker .

Getting from Buenos Aires to Foz do Iguacu by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in July: highs in Foz do Iguacu hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Garganta do Diabo ©
Garganta do Diabo
Buddhist Temple ©
Buddhist Temple

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.
Praia de Ipanema and Corcovado Christ the Redeemer are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Ilha Fiscal and Jerusalem Cultural Center will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, stroll through Praia de Grumari, get great views at Sugarloaf Mountain, and take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Tijuca.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro tour itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in July, expect Rio de Janeiro to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Alto Paraiso de Goias.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Beaches
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

4
nights
Alto Paraiso de Goias, Brazil

Alto Paraiso de Goias ©
Developed from a 19th-century cattle ranch, Alto Paraiso de Goias serves as the major gateway to a World Heritage-listed national park known for containing some of the world's oldest natural rock formations.
Get in touch with nature at Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Veadeiros and Vale da Lua. Step out of Alto Paraiso de Goias to go to Cavalcante and see Santa Barbara Waterfall, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Santa Barbara Falls, don't miss a visit to Gota Kaliandra - Espaco de Musica e Silencio, and trek along Sertao Zen.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Alto Paraiso de Goias online driving holiday planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Alto Paraiso de Goias in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time to Amazon Time is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Alto Paraiso de Goias

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, Santa Barbara Waterfall
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Cachoeira do Segredo ©
Cachoeira do Segredo
Catarata dos Couros ©
Catarata dos Couros

5
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Baia do Sancho and Fernando de Noronha. Get outdoors at Praia do Sueste and Conceicao Beach. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Cacimba do Padre, enjoy the sand and surf at Enseada da Caieira, hike along Trilha Costa Esmeralda, and head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Fernando de Noronha journey site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Alto Paraiso de Goias to Fernando de Noronha in 11 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Alto Paraiso de Goias to Fernando de Noronha. July in Fernando de Noronha sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) 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
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Fernando de Noronha
Fernando de Noronha

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