20 days in South America Itinerary

20 days in South America Itinerary

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20 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Detroit, United States
Fly + Drive:  21​h 45​min
1
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+4
train + foot + bus + taxi + Fly:  14​h 15​min
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
3
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
4
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
5
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
6
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  9​h
7
El Chalten, Argentina
— 1 day
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  12​h 45​min
8
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
9
Medellin, Colombia
— 1 day
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Detroit, United States

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 6th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then explore the ancient world of Intipuncu. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Virgen Del Carmen, stop by Artesanias, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, then take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Phutuq K'usi.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu trip planner .

Detroit, USA to Machu Picchu is an approximately 22-hour flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Phutuq K'usi ©
Phutuq K'usi

2
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 beaches, parks, museums, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, stroll through Copacabana Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, and steep yourself in history at Parque Lage.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to Rio de Janeiro in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Machu Picchu to Rio de Janeiro is 2 hours. July in Rio de Janeiro sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Beaches
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Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

2
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, outdoors, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Baia do Sancho, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Cacimba do Padre, see the sky in a new way at Aulas de Energia - Espaco Usina Solar Fernando de Noronha, and head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos.

Before you visit Fernando de Noronha, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha takes 8 hours. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Fernando de Noronha when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July, with lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): admire the engineering at Iguazu Falls. Keep things going the next day: admire the engineering at Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque das Aves, and then identify plant and animal life at Guiraoga.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu tour itinerary maker .

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Foz do Iguacu in 10.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Fernando de Noronha, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Foz do Iguacu, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Guiraoga
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam ©
Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam

1
night
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.
On the 16th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Iguazu National Park online trip builder .

Iguazu National Park is very close to Foz do Iguacu. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in July, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls

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.
On the 17th (Wed), take a stroll through Puerto Madero, make a trip to Recoleta Cemetery, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero. Keep things going the next day: take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires, then look for gifts at El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and finally have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires road trip tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Iguazu National Park in July, you will find days in Buenos Aires are a bit cooler (58°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Recoleta Cemetery ©
Recoleta Cemetery
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

1
day
El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten ©
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Torre, hike along Laguna de los Tres, and then look for gifts at Marcopolo Bookstore.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our El Chalten road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to El Chalten in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Laguna de los Tres
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Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Marcopolo Bookstore ©
Marcopolo Bookstore

2
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 parks, museums, shopping, historic sites, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cerro Santa Lucia, get engrossed in the history at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera, and examine the collection at La Chascona.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago itinerary maker site .

Getting from El Chalten to Santiago by combination of bus and flight takes about 13 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from El Chalten to Santiago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill

1
day
Medellin, Colombia

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Medellin tour itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Medellin takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Medellin due to the time zone difference. In July in Medellin, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours
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Walking tours
Plaza Botero ©
Plaza Botero

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