41 days in South America Itinerary

41 days in South America Itinerary

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41 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  29​h
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
+4
train + foot + bus + taxi + Fly:  14​h 15​min
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 8 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 30​min
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h 45​min
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
+3
shuttle + Fly + taxi + bus:  12​h
El Chalten, Argentina
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  9​h
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

5
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.
Sacsayhuaman and Salinas de Maras will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Plaza de Armas and Sacred Valley of the Incas. Change things up with a short trip to Piquillacta in Huarcapay (about 44 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Choquequirao Archeological Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento de Santo Domingo.

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Melbourne, Australia to Cusco is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Peru Time (PET), which is usually a -15 hour difference. In January, Cusco is a bit cooler than Melbourne - with highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

#Historic Sites, #Nature, #Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Choquequirao Archeological Park, Piquillacta, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

3
nights
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Get some cultural insight at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Winay Wayna. Visiting Banos Termales de Cocalmayo and Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes) will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Intipuncu, look for all kinds of wild species at Los Jardines de Mandor, and stop by Artesanias.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip itinerary maker website .

Take a train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll set off for Rio de Janeiro on the 9th (Wed).

Things to do in Machu Picchu

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Banos Termales de Cocalmayo
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

6
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Praia de Ipanema and Praia de Grumari. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ilha Fiscal and Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, take some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach, admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and see a show at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro itinerary maker tool .

Do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to Rio de Janeiro in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Peru Time to Brasilia Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In January, daytime highs in Rio de Janeiro are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Parque Nacional Tijuca ©
Parque Nacional Tijuca

8
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.
Get some historical perspective at Capela de Sao Pedro and Igreja Nossa Senhora dos Remedios. You'll get in some beach time at Praia do Sueste and Praia do Cacimba do Padre. Spend the 23rd (Wed) exploring nature at Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Baia do Sancho, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Leão, head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos, and see the interesting displays at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Fernando de Noronha day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha takes 8 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha. In January in Fernando de Noronha, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Praia do Cacimba do Padre ©
Praia do Cacimba do Padre

3
nights
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
You'll get in some beach time at Muro Alto Beach and Serrambi beach. Step out of the city life by going to Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach and Pontal De Maracaipe. Get out of town with these interesting Porto de Galinhas side-trips: Tamandare (Capela de Sao Benedito & Carneiros Beach). The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Atelie Gilberto Carcara.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Porto de Galinhas trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Fernando de Noronha to Porto de Galinhas in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is minus 1 hour. In January, daily temperatures in Porto de Galinhas can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Tamandare
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Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
Carneiros Beach ©
Carneiros Beach

3
nights
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
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 27th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Ponte Internacional da Amizade and then see human ingenuity at work at Iguazu Falls.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Foz do Iguacu online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Porto de Galinhas to Foz do Iguacu in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Porto de Galinhas in January since evenings lows in Foz do Iguacu dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves ©
Parque das Aves
Triple Frontier ©
Triple Frontier

1
night
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
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 30th (Wed), admire the engineering at Iguazu Falls.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Iguazu National Park online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Foz do Iguacu to Iguazu National Park takes an hour. In January in Iguazu National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez

2
nights
El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten ©
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
On the 1st (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Cerro Fitz Roy. Keep things going the next day: hike along Laguna de los Tres, then stroll through Laguna Torre, and then trek along Miradores Los Condores y Las Aguilas.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the El Chalten trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Iguazu National Park to El Chalten takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in El Chalten

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trip

Laguna de los Tres
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Cerro Fitz Roy ©
Cerro Fitz Roy
Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre

6
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Parque 3 de Febrero and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Popular historic sites such as Plaza de Mayo and Catedral de la Plata are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Puerto Madero, get to know the fascinating history of San Telmo, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires, and make a trip to Recoleta Cemetery.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires travel route website .

Getting from El Chalten to Buenos Aires by combination of bus and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. February in Buenos Aires sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

#Neighborhoods, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

Side Trip

Catedral de la Plata
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San Telmo ©
San Telmo
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo

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