23 days in South America Itinerary

23 days in South America Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  19 h 45 min
1
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  10 h
2
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  2 h 15 min
4
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  6 h 15 min
5
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 7 nights
Fly:  20 h 45 min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sacsayhuaman and Salinas de Maras. Plaza de Armas and Qorikancha are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Cusco with a short trip to Moray in Maras, about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Tipon, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, take a memorable excursion with exploor, and delve into the distant past at Tambomachay.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip planning tool.

Manchester, UK to Cusco is an approximately 20- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Manchester to Cusco. Traveling from Manchester in October, you will find days in Cusco are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Maras
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras

2
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cemiterio de Recoleta and Plaza de Mayo. Do some cultural sightseeing at Puerto Madero and Parque 3 de Febrero. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Calle Defensa, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, take an in-depth tour of El Zanjon de Granados, and explore the historical opulence of Palacio de Aguas Corrientes.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip planning website.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Cusco to Buenos Aires in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time (PET) to Argentina Standard Time (ART), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Cusco in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Buenos Aires. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): head off the coast to Isla San Martin, admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Salto Bernabe Mendez.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Iguazu National Park online trip builder.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Buenos Aires in October, expect nights in Iguazu National Park to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

4
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Copacabana Beach and Pedra do Arpoador. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ilha Fiscal and Parque Lage. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, stroll through Barra da Tijuca Beach, head outdoors with Leblon Beach, and take in the awesome beauty at Pedra Bonita.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro journey builder.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Iguazu National Park to Rio de Janeiro in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Iguazu National Park in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rio de Janeiro, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

3
nights
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Muro Alto Beach and Pontal de Maracaipe. Escape the urban bustle at Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach and Praia dos Carneiros. There's lots more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Piscinas Naturais de Porto de Galinhas, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cachacaria e Pimentaria Tio Gilson, enjoy the sand and surf at Serrambi Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cupe beach.

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You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Rio de Janeiro to Porto de Galinhas in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Porto de Galinhas, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Praia dos Carneiros
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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

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.
Get some cultural insight at Fort of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao and Aulas de Energia – Espaco Usina Solar Fernando de Noronha. Visiting Baia do Sancho and Praia do Sueste will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: stroll through Praia do Cacimba do Padre, enjoy the sand and surf at Enseada da Caieira, head outdoors with Morro dois Irmaos, and walk around Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Fernando de Noronha day trip app.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Porto de Galinhas to Fernando de Noronha in 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto de Galinhas to Fernando de Noronha. In October, daytime highs in Fernando de Noronha are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to 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
Praia do Cacimba do Padre ©
Praia do Cacimba do Padre

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