32 days in South America Itinerary

32 days in South America Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
— 2 nights
2
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 5 nights
3
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 3 nights
4
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
5
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
6
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
7
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
8
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
9
Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
10
Bogota, Colombia
— 1 night
11
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
12
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night

2
nights
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Relax by the water at Muro Alto Beach and Pontal de Maracaipe. Get outdoors at Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach and Praia dos Carneiros. Change things up with a short trip to Ricardo Brennand Institute in Recife (about 1h 10 min away).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto de Galinhas online holiday planner.

Santa Maria, USA to Porto de Galinhas is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Santa Maria to Porto de Galinhas, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Santa Maria in February, you will find days in Porto de Galinhas are somewhat warmer (86°F), and nights are warmer (77°F). On the 27th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
Fernando de Noronha Memorial and Igreja Nossa Senhora dos Remedios are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Aberto da Tartaruga Marinha de Fernando de Noronha Museum and Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS. The adventure continues: stroll through Baia do Sancho, kick back and relax at Boldro Beacch, head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos, and examine the collection at Shark Museum.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Fernando de Noronha route planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Porto de Galinhas to Fernando de Noronha takes 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Fernando de Noronha Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In February, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Sao Paulo.

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

3
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
On the 5th (Sun), walk around Parque Ibirapuera, then explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, and then explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, then take a stroll through Liberdade, then don't miss a visit to Paulista Avenue, and finally wander the streets of Jardins District.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sao Paulo journey planner.

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Sao Paulo in 7 hours. The time zone changes from Fernando de Noronha Standard Time (FNT) to Brasilia Standard Time (BRT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Fernando de Noronha in March; daily highs in Sao Paulo reach 81°F and lows reach 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
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Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Copacabana Beach and Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer. Get in touch with nature at Praia de Ipanema and Pedra do Arpoador. Take a break from Rio de Janeiro with a short trip to Cristo in Guapore, about 19 hours away. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, explore the world behind art at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, contemplate the long history of Parque Lage, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Tijuca.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in March; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach 87°F and lows reach 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Cristo
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer

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 10th (Fri), trek along Sendero Macuco and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Parque das Aves Bird Park and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Foz do Iguacu trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Foz do Iguacu, with lows of 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Sendero Macuco, Iguazu Falls
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cemiterio de Recoleta and Parque 3 de Febrero. Let the collections at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Coleccion de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, get to know the fascinating history of Calle Defensa, steep yourself in history at Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo, and wander the streets of La Boca.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip builder.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Foz do Iguacu to Buenos Aires in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Foz do Iguacu in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Buenos Aires: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo

1
night
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 15th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Los Glaciares National Park route maker website.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Los Glaciares National Park by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in March: highs in Los Glaciares National Park hover around 55°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the galleries of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, then admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and finally see the interesting displays at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Sky Costanera, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, then examine the collection at La Chascona, and finally don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Los Glaciares National Park to Santiago takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Chile Standard Time (CLT) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santiago

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

2
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cartagena day trip planner.

Fly from Santiago to Cartagena in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Colombia Standard Time (COT) is minus 1 hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Transportation · Adventure
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Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Boats4U ©
Boats4U

1
night
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
On the 21st (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Colombia and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bogota day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Bogota takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Cartagena in March; daily highs in Bogota reach 68°F and lows reach 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira

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.
Sacsayhuaman and Centro Historico De Cusco are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Plaza de Armas and Choquequirao Archeological Park for their historical value. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, look for gifts at Hilo, take a stroll through San Blas, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Cusco trip simple and quick.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Cusco takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Cusco are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Choquequirao Archeological Park
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, don't miss a visit to Intipuncu, and then steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

Plan my day in Machu Picchu using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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