27 days in South America Itinerary

27 days in South America Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 8 nights
2
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
3
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
5
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
6
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
7
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights

8
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rio de Janeiro: Petropolis (Imperial Museum & Cervejaria Bohemia). There's much more to do: take a memorable ride with Sugarloaf Mountain, tour the pleasant surroundings at Copacabana Beach, take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Tijuca, and appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer.

Before you visit Rio de Janeiro, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Brussels, Belgium to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 17-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Brasilia Standard Time (BRT), which is usually a -4 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Brussels in July since evenings lows in Rio de Janeiro dip to °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 Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Petropolis
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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.
On the 14th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam and then get to know the resident critters at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

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

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, Foz do Iguacu is a bit cooler than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive 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
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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.
On the 16th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez and then head off the coast to Isla San Martin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Iguazu National Park online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Foz do Iguacu to Iguazu National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Iguazu National Park can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow 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 Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Isla San Martin ©
Isla San Martin

3
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: take a stroll through Puerto Madero, make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, and admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires vacation app.

Getting from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Iguazu National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Buenos Aires: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta

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.
Santiago is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, take an in-depth tour of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, admire all the interesting features of Cerro Santa Lucia, and take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Santiago road trip planning app.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Shopping Museums
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Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill

3
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, look for gifts at Artesanias, don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, and delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Machu Picchu journey planning website.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Machu Picchu takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santiago to Machu Picchu, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Choquequirao Archeological Park
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Choquequirao Archeological Park ©
Choquequirao Archeological Park
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

3
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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 these side-trips from Cusco: Cerveceria Willkamayu (in Urubamba) and Salinas de Maras (in Maras). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, examine the collection at Museo de Arte Precolombino, get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, and steep yourself in history at Qorikancha.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by combination of train and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Cerveceria Willkamayu, Salinas de Maras
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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