40 days in South America Itinerary

40 days in South America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South America holiday planner

Make it your trip
+2
Fly to Baltra Island, Ferry to Santa Cruz Ferry Terminal, Bus to Puerto Ayora
1
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
+2
Bus to Santa Cruz Ferry Terminal, Ferry to Isla Baltra Ferry Terminal, Fly to Lima
2
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly
3
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly
5
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 3 nights
Fly
6
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly
7
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
+2
Fly to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont, Bus to Conceição de Jacareí, Ferry to Ilha Grande
9
Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 4 nights
Ferry to Conceição de Jacareí, Bus to Rio de Janeiro
10
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly
11
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28

Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

— 5 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 with an excursion to North Seymour Island in Baltra--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, get a taste of life in the country at Rancho Primicias, take in the exciting artwork at Samay Latin Art, and kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora trip builder.

Stockholm, Sweden to Puerto Ayora is an approximately 30.5-hour combination of flight, ferry, and bus. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Stockholm to Puerto Ayora due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Stockholm in April, things will get warmer in Puerto Ayora: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. You will leave for Lima on the 21st (Thu).

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 21:

Lima, Peru

— 3 nights

City of the Kings

Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
Lima is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, browse the exhibits of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), and contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lima online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, ferry, and flight from Puerto Ayora to Lima takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. In April, Lima is a bit cooler than Puerto Ayora - with highs of 28°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can fly to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 24:

Cusco, Peru

— 2 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 25th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, then get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte Precolombino, then contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, and finally contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco, then admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cusco trip planner.

You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Lima, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Cusco, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to fly to Santiago.

Things to do in Cusco

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 26:

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, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, go for a walk through Plaza de Armas, admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and explore the world behind art at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago holiday builder.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Santiago takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to Santiago. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Montevideo.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 29:

Montevideo, Uruguay

— 3 nights
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Go for a jaunt from Montevideo to Canelones to see Pizzorno Family Estates about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, visit Pocitos, see the interesting displays at 1972 Museum, and admire the striking features of Palacio Salvo.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Montevideo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Montevideo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Uruguay Standard Time (UYT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April, daily temperatures in Montevideo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 2:

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 5 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 nightlife, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, look for gifts at El Ateneo Grand Splendid, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires trip planning site.

You can fly from Montevideo to Buenos Aires in 3 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Find places to stay May 2 — 7:

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.
On the 8th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin, then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez, and then step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Iguazu National Park road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Iguazu National Park, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 7 — 9:

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.
On the 10th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Foz do Iguacu travel route planning site.

Getting from Iguazu National Park to Foz do Iguacu by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In May in Foz do Iguacu, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

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: surround yourself with nature on LiG Lanchas, stroll through Praia Preta, enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoa Azul, and delve into the lush surroundings at Tropical Forest.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ilha Grande road trip planning site.

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. In May, Ilha Grande is a bit warmer than Foz do Iguacu - with highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay May 11 — 15:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 5 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 beaches, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, explore the historical opulence of Ilha Fiscal, stroll through Praia de Ipanema, and admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In May, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to fly to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay May 15 — 20:

Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

— 4 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 museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Baia do Sancho, enjoy the sand and surf at Atalaia Beach, hike along Trilha Costa Esmeralda, and head outdoors with Morro dois Irmaos.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Fernando de Noronha sightseeing planner.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha by flight takes about 7 hours. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Fernando de Noronha Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May, Fernando de Noronha is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails
Find places to stay May 20 — 24: