21 days in South America Itinerary

21 days in South America Itinerary

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Santiago, Chile
— 1 night
Fly
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Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly to San Cristóbal Airport, Drive to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 1 night
Ferry
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 1 night
Ferry
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Ferry to San Cristobal, Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Fernando de Noronha
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly to El Calafate, Bus to El Chalten
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El Chalten, Argentina
— 1 day
Bus to El Calafate, Fly to Melbourne

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Santiago, Chile — 1 night

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): go for a walk through Plaza de Armas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Cerro Santa Lucia, examine the collection at La Chascona, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, and finally admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Santiago holiday planning tool.

Melbourne, Australia to Santiago is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Santiago, you'll gain 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Cusco.
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Cusco, Peru — 3 nights

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.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Salinas de Maras. Sacsayhuaman and Tipon will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, trek along exploor, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip app.

You can fly from Santiago to Cusco in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Cusco due to the time zone difference. November in Cusco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador — 1 night

The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): stroll through Cerro Tijeretas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Oro, then stroll through Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, and finally hike along Punta Pitt.

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Explore your travel options from Cusco to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno with the Route module. When traveling from Cusco in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador — 1 night

Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puerto Villamil, look for all kinds of wild species at Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, stroll through Laguna Salinas, then stroll through Posada de flamengos, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Cristo Salvador, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Concha de Perla.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Puerto Villamil online travel route planner.

Getting from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Villamil by ferry takes about 6 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Villamil. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador — 2 nights

The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
On the 15th (Sun), stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, view the masterpieces at Samay Latin Art, then stroll through Black Turtle Cove, then get engrossed in the history at Maprae, and finally get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Think Galapagos, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then stroll through El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Puerto Ayora online journey planner.

Getting from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora by ferry takes about 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora is 1 hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Fernando de Noronha.
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil — 3 nights

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.
Get in touch with nature at Baia do Sancho and Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park. There's lots more to do: get outside with Morro dois Irmaos, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and trek along Trilha Costa Esmeralda.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Fernando de Noronha online tour planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Fernando de Noronha takes 27.5 hours. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time (ECT) to Fernando de Noronha Standard Time (FNT), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Puerto Ayora in November: high temperatures in Fernando de Noronha hover around 35°C and lows are around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Rio de Janeiro.
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 2 nights

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Ilha Fiscal, pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, then stroll through Copacabana Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, take some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach, and then take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Tijuca.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro in 7 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha in November, plan for little chillier nights in Rio de Janeiro, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Buenos Aires.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 2 nights

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 23rd (Mon), don't miss a visit to Plaza de Mayo, wander the streets of Puerto Madero, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, then get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, and finally stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Calle Defensa, take a stroll through La Boca, and then explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires online attractions planner.

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, Buenos Aires is little chillier than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to El Chalten.
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El Chalten, Argentina — 1 day

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 25th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado, then trek along Laguna de los Tres, and then explore the activities along Laguna Torre.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our El Chalten road trip site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to El Chalten takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel back home.
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Chile travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.

Peru travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Brazil travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.

Argentina travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.