26 days in South America Itinerary

26 days in South America Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
2
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
3
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
4
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 2 nights
5
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 3 nights
6
Alto Paraiso de Goias, Brazil
— 3 nights
7
Porto Seguro, Brazil
— 3 nights
8
Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
9
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 3 nights

3
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 4th (Sun): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, and then take a stroll through San Blas.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cusco trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Cusco is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Peru Standard Time (PET), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in October: highs in Cusco hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow time for travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Cusco

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 6:
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Q'enqo ©
Q'enqo
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus ©
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus

3
nights
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques and then explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, then contemplate the waterfront views at Tebinquinche Lake, and then identify plant and animal life at Salar de Tara.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read San Pedro de Atacama driving holiday website.

Fly from Cusco to San Pedro de Atacama in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco to San Pedro de Atacama, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Cusco, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in San Pedro de Atacama, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 9:
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Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques ©
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques
Tebinquinche Lake ©
Tebinquinche Lake
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara

2
nights
El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Argentino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trot along with Cabalgata del Glaciar and then take in the dramatic natural features at Upsala Glacier.

Make your El Calafate itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro de Atacama to El Calafate takes 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to El Calafate, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in October: highs in El Calafate hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in El Calafate

Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Cabalgata del Glaciar ©
Cabalgata del Glaciar
Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino

2
nights
Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia ©
Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, take in the awesome beauty at Glacier Martial, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Esmeralda. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia, make a trip to Galeria Tematica Historia Fueguina, and then make a trip to Les Éclaireurs Lighthouse.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ushuaia trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from El Calafate to Ushuaia in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from El Calafate in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Ushuaia, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Martial ©
Glacier Martial
Laguna Esmeralda ©
Laguna Esmeralda
Helicopter Tours

3
nights
Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
On the 14th (Wed), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through Playa El Doradillo, and then identify plant and animal life at Loberia de Punta Loma. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Punta Tombo.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Madryn day trip planning website.

Getting from Ushuaia to Puerto Madryn by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Alto Paraiso de Goias.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Punta Tombo
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Punta Tombo ©
Punta Tombo
Playa El Doradillo ©
Playa El Doradillo
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Alto Paraiso de Goias, Brazil

Alto Paraiso de Goias ©
Developed from a 19th-century cattle ranch, Alto Paraiso de Goias serves as the major gateway to a World Heritage-listed national park known for containing some of the world's oldest natural rock formations.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Veadeiros. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Catarata dos Couros, contemplate the waterfront views at Vale da Lua, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally soar above the sights with Balonismo na Chapada.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Alto Paraiso de Goias online trip builder.

Getting from Puerto Madryn to Alto Paraiso de Goias by combination of flight and bus takes about 19 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentina Standard Time to Amazon Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Porto Seguro.

Things to do in Alto Paraiso de Goias

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Veadeiros ©
Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Veadeiros
Catarata dos Couros
Catarata dos Couros
Almecegas I Waterfalls ©
Almecegas I Waterfalls

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Muta Beach and Taperapua Beach. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Joao Batista, enjoy the sand and surf at Mirror Beach, stroll through Pitinga Beach, and enjoy breathtaking views from Quadrado.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto Seguro trip site.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Alto Paraiso de Goias to Porto Seguro in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alto Paraiso de Goias to Porto Seguro, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Morro de Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Porto Seguro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Mirror Beach ©
Mirror Beach
Muta Beach ©
Muta Beach
Igreja de Sao Joao Batista ©
Igreja de Sao Joao Batista

2
nights
Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil

Morro de Sao Paulo ©
One of the island of Tinhare's five villages, Morro de Sao Paulo stands as an old, charming settlement, with plenty of natural attractions and all the facilities to make visitors feel at home.
On the 23rd (Fri), visit a coastal fixture at Farol do Morro, tour the pleasant surroundings at Quarta Praia, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Segunda Praia.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Morro de Sao Paulo holiday builder app.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Porto Seguro to Morro de Sao Paulo takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Morro de Sao Paulo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. You'll set off for Fernando de Noronha on the 24th (Sat).

Things to do in Morro de Sao Paulo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Quarta Praia ©
Quarta Praia
Farol do Morro ©
Farol do Morro
Segunda Praia ©
Segunda Praia

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Baia dos Porcos and Buraco do Galego. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Boldro Beacch, tour the pleasant surroundings at Conceicao Beach, get outside with Morro dois Irmaos, and paddle through the water with Noronha Canoe Clube.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Fernando de Noronha trip itinerary planning site.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Morro de Sao Paulo to Fernando de Noronha in 10.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Morro de Sao Paulo to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos
Boldro Beacch ©
Boldro Beacch
Praia do Cachorro ©
Praia do Cachorro

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