24 days in South America Itinerary

24 days in South America Itinerary

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24 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
2
Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
3
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
4
Porto Seguro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
5
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h
6
Praia da Pipa, Brazil
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  19​h 30​min
7
Punta Arenas, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Seattle, United States


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2
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Museo Historico Regional, then explore the ancient world of Tipon, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas, and finally explore the ancient world of Piquillacta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, admire the landmark architecture of The Company of Jesus Church, then identify plant and animal life at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, then delve into the distant past at Q'enqo, and finally hunt for treasures at Mercado Central de San Pedro.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco trip planner .

Seattle, USA to Cusco is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Peru Time is 3 hours. While traveling from Seattle, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Cusco, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas, Piquillacta
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San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas ©
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Piquillacta ©
Piquillacta

2
nights
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, look for gifts at La Iberica, examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista), and finally take in panoramic vistas at Yanahuara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Iglesia Santo Domingo, explore the galleries of Tristan del Pozo (Continental Bank Exhibition Gallery), then get your bearings at San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally steep yourself in history at Petroglifos de Toro Muerto.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Arequipa road trip site .

Getting from Cusco to Arequipa by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Arequipa, with lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Petroglifos de Toro Muerto
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Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Yanahuara ©
Yanahuara

3
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.
Relax by the water at Praia Da Joatinga and Praia do Leme. Get a sense of the local culture at Reserva Beach and Praia de Ipanema. Go for a jaunt from Rio de Janeiro to Niteroi to see Santa Cruz da Barra Fortress about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Morro Dois Irmaos, kick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach, make a trip to Jerusalem Cultural Center, and take an in-depth tour of Forte de Copacabana.

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Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Rio de Janeiro takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Peru Time (PET) to Brasilia Time (BRT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Arequipa in August: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 79°F and lows are around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Porto Seguro.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra
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Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

3
nights
Porto Seguro, Brazil

Porto Seguro ©
In a sense, Porto Seguro is where Brazil as a country began, marking the spot where Portuguese explorers first arrived in the 16th century.
Get some cultural insight at Igreja de Sao Joao Batista and Igreja de Sao Benedito. Take a break from the city and head to Santo Andre Beach and Mundai Beach. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Rio da Barra Beach, look for gifts at Terima Kasih, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take an in-depth tour of Ilha dos Aquarios.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Porto Seguro day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Porto Seguro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Porto Seguro are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to fly to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Porto Seguro

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Santo Andre Beach
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Rio da Barra Beach ©
Rio da Barra Beach
Mundai Beach ©
Mundai Beach
Igreja de Sao Joao Batista ©
Igreja de Sao Joao Batista

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Baia dos Golfinhos and Fernando de Noronha. We've included these beaches for you: Porto de Santo Antonio Beach and Praia do Leão. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS, stroll through Atalaia Beach, look and learn at Aulas de Energia – Espaco Usina Solar Fernando de Noronha, and take an in-depth tour of Fernando de Noronha Memorial.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Fernando de Noronha trip site .

You can fly from Porto Seguro to Fernando de Noronha in 7.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto Seguro to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Porto Seguro in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Fernando de Noronha: highs are around 83°F and lows about 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Praia da Pipa.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Baia dos Golfinhos ©
Baia dos Golfinhos
Fernando de Noronha
Fernando de Noronha
Atalaia Beach ©
Atalaia Beach

3
nights
Praia da Pipa, Brazil

Praia da Pipa ©
Some of Brazil's finest beaches stand among top Praia de Pipa tourist attractions, though the area also features lively nightlife and a big selection of cafes, restaurants, bars, art galleries, and artisan workshops.
Take a break from the city and head to Guarairas Beach and Dolphins Bay. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Pipa Beach and Centro Beach. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Madeiro Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sao Sebastiao Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Amor Beach, and make a trip to Rua Beija Flor.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Praia da Pipa online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Fernando de Noronha to Praia da Pipa takes 3 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Praia da Pipa is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 70°F in Praia da Pipa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Praia da Pipa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Vila da Pipa Shopping
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Pipa Beach ©
Pipa Beach
Centro Beach ©
Centro Beach
Baia dos Golfinhos ©
Baia dos Golfinhos

3
nights
Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas ©
An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
Nao Victoria Museo and Centro Artesanal are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Do your shopping at La Galeria: Tienda de Arte y Diseno and Casa La Porfia. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Palacio Sara Braun, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Sagrado Corazon, look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva nacional Magallanes, and make a trip to Plaza de Armas.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Punta Arenas sightseeing planning website .

Getting from Praia da Pipa to Punta Arenas by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 19.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Praia da Pipa to Punta Arenas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Praia da Pipa in September, things will get much colder in Punta Arenas: highs are around 47°F and lows about 34°F. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
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Centro Artesanal ©
Centro Artesanal
Nao Victoria Museo ©
Nao Victoria Museo
Palacio Sara Braun ©
Palacio Sara Braun

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