22 days in South America Itinerary

22 days in South America Itinerary

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Santiago, Chile
— 1 night
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Puerto Villamil
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 1 night
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Drive to San Cristóbal Airport, Fly to Mataveri Airport, Drive to Hanga Roa
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Hanga Roa, Chile
— 2 nights
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Santiago, Chile — 1 night

City of the Island Hills

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 15th (Sat): admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) and then go for a walk through Plaza de Armas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, and then see the interesting displays at La Chascona.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Santiago trip itinerary app.

Brisbane, Australia to Santiago is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Chile Standard Time (CLT), which is usually a -14 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Buenos Aires.
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Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 2 nights

Queen of La Plata

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Jardin Japones, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Pilar, then don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, and finally admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Plaza de Mayo, then visit Puerto Madero, then get engrossed in the history at El Zanjon de Granados, and finally ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Buenos Aires route tool.

You can fly from Santiago to Buenos Aires in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Buenos Aires due to the time zone difference. In April in Buenos Aires, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can fly to Rio de Janeiro.
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 2 nights

Marvelous City

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 19th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, and then kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Ilha Fiscal, then pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, and then make a trip to Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas.

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Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, Rio de Janeiro is somewhat warmer than Buenos Aires - with highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Machu Picchu.
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Machu Picchu, Peru — 2 nights

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 21st (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu and then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Centro de Masajes Samay.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Machu Picchu takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Peru Standard Time (PET) is minus 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Cusco.
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Cusco, Peru — 3 nights

Imperial City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, then steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, and finally contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco, explore the ancient world of Qorikancha, admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, then hike along exploor, and finally explore the galleries of Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Villamil.
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador — 2 nights

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 26th (Wed): stroll through Concha de Perla, head off the coast to Las Tintoreras, then explore the activities along Laguna de los Diablos, then kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Villamil, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Cuna del Sol. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Turtle Island, take a memorable drive along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, then explore the striking landscape at El Tunel del Estero, then explore the activities along Laguna Salinas, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Cristo Salvador.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Villamil route maker.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Puerto Villamil takes 14 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cusco to Puerto Villamil due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador — 3 nights

The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Step out of Puerto Ayora to go to Baltra and see North Seymour Island, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, view the masterpieces at Samay Latin Art, explore the galleries of The Angelique Art Gallery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de los Alemanes.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora trip tool.

Getting from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora by ferry takes about 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Galapagos Time to Ecuador Time is 1 hour. In April, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Loberia, browse the exhibits of Interpretation Center, and then cast your line with Eco-Challenger Galapagos Tour Agency.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 3.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hanga Roa.
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Hanga Roa, Chile — 2 nights

The main town and capital of Chile's Easter Island, Hanga Roa serves as a base for most visitors to the island, with all explorations of Easter Island and its famous moai monoliths beginning here.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Ahu Hanga Te'e, delve into the distant past at Rano Raraku, then explore the ancient world of Ahu Tongariki, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Tau Kiani Rapa Nui. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Ahu Riata, get impressive views of Rano Kau, then contemplate the long history of Papa Vaka, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Anakena.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hanga Roa vacation planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Hanga Roa. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Hanga Roa. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in May: high temperatures in Hanga Roa hover around 27°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.
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Galapagos Islands travel guide

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World heritage site · Nature & Parks · Beaches
Famous worldwide thanks to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, the remote World Heritage-listed Galapagos Islands are situated in the Pacific Ocean and belong to Ecuador. On a tour of Galapagos Islands, you can witness the staggering amount of endemic wildlife the archipelago is noted for. Besides a couple of cities on the main islands, the landscape remains mostly pristine, as the guided tours follow strict rules and limit visitor numbers. Fascinating creatures, untouched nature, unrivalled snorkeling, scuba diving, and more await you on your Galapagos Islands trip.
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Easter Island travel guide

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Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
Shrouded in centuries of mystery, Easter Island remains one of the world's most geographically and culturally isolated places. Just over 6,000 people call the Chilean island home, with nearly double that number of visitors arriving each year to unravel the enigma of the island's giant stone heads, known as moai. Built by the island's original inhabitants, the Rapa Nui people, the monolithic moai continue to keep watch over the windswept coastline and serve as top Easter Island tourist attractions. During your Easter Island vacation, you can explore the hilly landscape on foot, by bicycle, or on horseback.
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