30 days in South America Itinerary

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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Fly to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont, Bus to Conceição de Jacareí, Ferry to Ilha Grande
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Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 4 nights
Ferry to Conceição de Jacareí, Bus to Rio de Janeiro
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 5 nights
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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 2nd (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at Centro de Masajes Samay and then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu trip planning website.

New York City, USA to Machu Picchu is an approximately 14-hour flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Cusco.
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Historic Sites · Spas
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 3:

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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cusco trip planner.

You can drive from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can fly to Santiago.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks
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Find places to stay Sep 3 — 6:

Santiago, Chile — 3 nights

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.
Santiago is known for shopping, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Santiago trip maker website.

Fly from Cusco to Santiago in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Standard Time (PET) to Chile Standard Time (CLT) is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to fly to Buenos Aires.
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Museums · Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:

Buenos Aires, Argentina — 3 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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: visit Puerto Madero, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Japones, don't miss a visit to Casa Rosada, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio de la Recoleta.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires attractions planner.

Getting from Santiago to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santiago to Buenos Aires, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Iguazu National Park.
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Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:

Iguazu National Park, Argentina — 2 nights

Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): head off the coast to Isla San Martin, admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin, and then admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Iguazu National Park trip builder app.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Iguazu National Park, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Foz do Iguacu.
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Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:

Foz do Iguacu, Brazil — 2 nights

Land of the Waterfalls

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 15th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu day trip site.

Drive from Iguazu National Park to Foz do Iguacu in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Foz do Iguacu, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ilha Grande.
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Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:

Ilha Grande, Brazil — 4 nights

A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Ilha Grande is known for beaches, nature, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at Namaste Terapias Corporais, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pico do Papagaio, kick back and relax at Praia Preta, and explore the activities along Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ilha Grande trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Foz do Iguacu to Ilha Grande by combination of flight, bus, and ferry takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Ilha Grande, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 20:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 4 nights

Marvelous City

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 sightseeing, beaches, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, steep yourself in history at Parque Lage, step into the grandiose world of Ilha Fiscal, and admire the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

Getting from Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro by combination of ferry and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In September, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can fly to Fernando de Noronha.
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Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 24:

Fernando de Noronha, Brazil — 5 nights

Emerald of the Atlantic

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, wildlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Baia do Sancho, enjoy breathtaking views from Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Sueste, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela de Sao Pedro.

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Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha in 7 hours. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September since evenings lows in Fernando de Noronha dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites
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