35 days in South America Itinerary

35 days in South America Itinerary

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35 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
+3
Fly + foot + bus + Drive:  33​h
1
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
train + foot + bus:  4​h
2
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  11​h 45​min
3
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
6
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
7
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Sydney, Australia

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Machu Picchu and then don't miss a visit to Machu Picchu Cusco Trek.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Machu Picchu itinerary maker.

Sydney, Australia to Machu Picchu is an approximately 33-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Sydney to Machu Picchu. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

4
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.
Shop till you drop at Ceramicas Seminario and Mercado Central de San Pedro. Get some historical perspective at Sacsayhuaman and Centro Historico De Cusco. Step out of Cusco to go to Ollantaytambo and see Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas, stop by Hilo, and get to know the fascinating history of San Blas.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in July, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Choquequirao Archeological Park, Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Seminario Ceramics
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

3
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Duty Free Shop Puerto Iguazu and Capriccio Alfajores & Gourmet. When in Foz do Iguacu, make a side trip to see Iguazu Falls in Iguazu National Park, approximately 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the engineering at Iguazu Falls and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque das Aves.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Foz do Iguacu takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cusco to Foz do Iguacu. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Foz do Iguacu when traveling from Cusco in July, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Puerto Iguazu, Iguazu Falls
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Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Duty Free Shop Puerto Iguazu ©
Duty Free Shop Puerto Iguazu
Capriccio Alfajores & Gourmet ©
Capriccio Alfajores & Gourmet

4
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.
Shop till you drop at Paulista Avenue and Chocolat Du Jour. And it doesn't end there: pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal De São Paulo, look for gifts at Livraria Cultura, explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, and get into the urban bustle at Sala São Paulo.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sao Paulo travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Foz do Iguacu to Sao Paulo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Sao Paulo sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Shopping Museums Parks
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Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo ©
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo

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.
Get some historical perspective at Parque Lage and The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian. Attractions like Copacabana Beach and Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, take in nature's colorful creations at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, get great views at Leblon Beach, and take a stroll through Santa Teresa.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro by combination of bus and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in July; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cristo
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Capela de Sao Pedro and Igreja Nossa Senhora dos Remedios. Attractions like Baia do Sancho and Praia do Cacimba do Padre make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Praia do Sueste, stroll through Praia do Leão, make a trip to Forte De Nossa Senhora Dos Remedios, and take in panoramic vistas at Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Fernando de Noronha itinerary planner.

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha in 7.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha is 1 hour. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Fernando de Noronha, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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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

5
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.
For shopping fun, head to Puerto Madero or El Ateneo Grand Splendid. Attractions like Parque 3 de Febrero and Palacio Barolo make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Recoleta Cemetery, explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de Los Niños Abasto, take a stroll through Palermo, and appreciate the extensive heritage of San Telmo.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Fernando de Noronha to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 10 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Buenos Aires. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Fernando de Noronha in July, with highs in Buenos Aires at 16°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta

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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.
Head to Central Market (Mercado Central) and Costanera Centerfor plenty of shopping. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile and Ski Portillo. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia, admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), get engrossed in the history at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and stroll through Cerro San Cristobal.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago travel planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Buenos Aires in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Santiago, with lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Ski Portillo Just For The Day, Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
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Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Ski Portillo Just For The Day ©
Ski Portillo Just For The Day
Central Market (Mercado Central) ©
Central Market (Mercado Central)

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