37 days in South America Itinerary

37 days in South America Itinerary

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37 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Adelaide, Australia
Fly + Drive:  39​h
1
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 4 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
— 5 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
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Adelaide, Australia

4
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, trails, sightseeing, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Machu Picchu, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Mariposario de Machupicchu, see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, and identify plant and animal life at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Machu Picchu vacation planner.

Adelaide, Australia to Machu Picchu is an approximately 39-hour flight. You'll gain 14 hours traveling from Adelaide to Machu Picchu due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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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.
When in Cusco, make a side trip to see Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo in Ollantaytambo, approximately 1h 45 min away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, admire the striking features of Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Art Museum, and explore the ancient world of Sacred Valley of the Incas.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cusco sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. October in Cusco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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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.
Step out of Foz do Iguacu with an excursion to Iguazu Falls in Iguazu National Park--about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the engineering at Iguazu Falls, stroll through Parque das Aves, and stop by Duty Free Shop Puerto Iguazu.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Foz do Iguacu custom trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Foz do Iguacu takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cusco to Foz do Iguacu due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cusco in October: high temperatures in Foz do Iguacu hover around 34°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Iguazu Falls, Duty Free Shop Puerto Iguazu
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park

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.
Sao Paulo is known for museums, shopping, parks, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Ibirapuera Park, look for gifts at Livraria Cultura, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral da Se de Sao Paulo, and take a stroll through Liberdade.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sao Paulo sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Foz do Iguacu to Sao Paulo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in October, you will find days in Sao Paulo are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Parks
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Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue

5
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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for sightseeing, beaches, parks, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, step into the grandiose world of Ilha Fiscal, kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, and admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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 is known for beaches, museums, sightseeing, adventure, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Baia do Sancho, tour the pleasant surroundings at Porto de Santo Antonio Beach (Porto), take in panoramic vistas at Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro, and get outside with Baia dos Porcos.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Fernando de Noronha travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha by flight takes about 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 November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 29°C in Fernando de Noronha. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste

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.
Buenos Aires is known for sightseeing, nightlife, historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Recoleta Cemetery, take a stroll through Palermo, get to know the fascinating history of San Telmo, and try to win big at Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires vacation trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Fernando de Noronha to Buenos Aires takes 10 hours. The time zone difference moving from Fernando de Noronha Time to Argentine Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha in November, expect Buenos Aires to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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

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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.
Santiago is known for sightseeing, parks, shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro San Cristobal, get engrossed in the history at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central), and make a trip to Patio Bellavista.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our 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. The time zone changes from Argentine Time (ART) to Chile Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Buenos Aires in November since evenings lows in Santiago dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

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