32 days in South America Itinerary

32 days in South America Itinerary

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32 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Santa Maria, United States
Fly:  28​h
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  3​h 15​min
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + shuttle:  6​h 15​min
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h 45​min
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
Bogota, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  4​h
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  24​h
End: Santa Maria, United States

3
days
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 Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach and Pontal De Maracaipe. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Muro Alto Beach and Carneiros Beach. Step out of Porto de Galinhas to go to Recife and see Instituto Ricardo Brennand, which is approximately 1h 15 min away.

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Santa Maria, USA to Porto de Galinhas is an approximately 28-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Santa Maria to Porto de Galinhas. Traveling from Santa Maria in February, things will get much hotter in Porto de Galinhas: highs are around 86°F and lows about 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, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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

4
days
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.
Relax by the water at Praia do Sueste and Conceicao Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Baia do Sancho and Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Cacimba do Padre, get outside with Baia dos Porcos, see the interesting displays at Shark Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Boldro Beacch.

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You can do a combination of bus 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 February, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 77°F. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

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#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

2
days
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): stroll through Ibirapuera Park, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art of São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand, and then admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): savor the flavors at Mercado Municipal De São Paulo, then wander the streets of Liberdade, then wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, and finally wander the streets of Jardins District.

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You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Sao Paulo in 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Sao Paulo is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha in March, expect Sao Paulo to be little chillier, temps between 81°F and 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

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#Neighborhoods, #Museums, #Shopping
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Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
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3
days
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Praia de Ipanema and Pedra do Arpoador. You'll get in some beach time at Copacabana Beach and Leblon Beach. There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, get advice or help at CCBB - Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Tijuca, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sao Paulo in March since evenings lows in Rio de Janeiro dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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Cristo
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Parque Nacional Tijuca ©
Parque Nacional Tijuca

2
days
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), hike along Sendero Macuco and then admire the engineering at Iguazu Falls. On the next day, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque das Aves and then see human ingenuity at work at Iguazu Falls.

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Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in March since evenings lows in Foz do Iguacu dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

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

3
days
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo and La Casa Rosada - Palacio de Gobierno. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires and La Boca. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, take a stroll through Puerto Madero, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, and admire the striking features of Palacio Barolo.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires trip builder.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Foz do Iguacu to Buenos Aires in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in March, you will find days in Buenos Aires are slightly colder (76°F), and nights are about the same (64°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Los Glaciares National Park.

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Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

1
day
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.
On the 15th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Los Glaciares National Park vacation planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to Los Glaciares National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in March, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in Los Glaciares National Park: temperatures range from 55°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

#Parks, #Nature

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

2
days
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): see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, get engrossed in the history at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, then admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and finally examine the collection at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro San Cristobal, then see the interesting displays at La Chascona, and finally don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Los Glaciares National Park to Santiago. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Los Glaciares National Park to Santiago. While traveling from Los Glaciares National Park, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in Santiago, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santiago

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of San Felipe de Barajas Castle.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Cartagena takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time to Colombia Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Santiago in March, expect much warmer with lows of 77°F in Cartagena. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

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#Historic Sites, #Tours, #Outdoors
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Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
San Felipe de Barajas Castle ©
San Felipe de Barajas Castle
Boats4U ©
Boats4U

2
days
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), explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sal. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museo Nacional and then stroll through Mount Monserrate.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bogota trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Cartagena to Bogota in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Cartagena in March, expect Bogota to be cooler, temps between 67°F and 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Bogota

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks

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

3
days
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.
Pre-Columbian Art Museum and Museo Inka will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Sacsayhuaman and Centro Historico De Cusco for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, explore the ancient world of Choquequirao, wander the streets of San Blas, and stop by Hilo.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cusco travel itinerary creator.

Fly from Bogota to Cusco in 3.5 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

Choquequirao Archeological Park, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Winawayna, make a trip to Machu Picchu Cusco Trek, and then explore the ancient world of Machu Picchu.

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Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

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