53 days in South America Itinerary

53 days in South America Itinerary

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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly to El Calafate, Bus to El Chalten
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El Chalten, Argentina
— 3 nights
Bus to El Calafate, Fly to Buenos Aires
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
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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
— 7 nights
Ferry to Conceição de Jacareí, Bus to Rio de Janeiro
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 7 nights
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Lima, Peru

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): examine the collection at ChocoMuseo Kennedy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Casa de Aliaga, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, and finally take a stroll through San Isidro.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lima trip itinerary planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Lima is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Lima is minus 5 hours. When traveling from Lisbon in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Lima: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can fly to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Find places to stay Mar 7 — 9:

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi. Get some cultural insight at Horseback Riding Tours and Spas & Wellness. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, and examine the collection at Planetarium Cusco.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco trip site.

Fly from Lima to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Lima in March, plan for slightly colder days in Cusco, with highs around 23°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 12:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): stroll through Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor, and then relax and rejuvenate at Wonderful Hands Spa.

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Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. On the 14th (Mon), you'll travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks · Wildlife · Spas
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 14:

La Paz, Bolivia

— 3 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Chacaltaya Ski Resort, then examine the collection at Museum of Musical Instruments - Museo Instrumentos Musicales de Bolivia, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora de la Paz.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read La Paz tour website.

You can fly from Machu Picchu to La Paz in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Machu Picchu to La Paz is 1 hour. In March, daily temperatures in La Paz can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 17:

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 3 nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Atacama Desert and Off-Road Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Valle Arcoiris and Quebrada del Diablo. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, head outdoors with White And Green International Travel - Day Tour, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Pedro de Atacama online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to San Pedro de Atacama takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from La Paz, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Pedro de Atacama, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to fly to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 17 — 20:

Santiago, Chile

— 5 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.
Get some cultural insight at Vina Undurraga and Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion. Explore hidden gems such as Barrio Italia and Templo Baha'i. Go for a jaunt from Santiago to La Florida to see Panul Community Park about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, see Off-Road Tours, take a stroll through Isidora Goyenechea, and see the interesting displays at La Chascona.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Santiago trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Santiago

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 25:

El Chalten, Argentina

— 3 nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Laguna Torre and Casa Madsen Museo. Get outdoors at Laguna de los Tres and Amanecer en El Chalten. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado, head outdoors with Mirador Rio De Las Vueltas, cast your line with El Chalten Anglers, and relax and rejuvenate at Spa Yaten.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our El Chalten trip itinerary planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Santiago to El Chalten in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or drive. Traveling from Santiago to El Chalten, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. On the 28th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 25 — 28:

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 6 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parque 3 de Febrero and Museo Del Bicentenario. Visit Playa La Balandra and Peru Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Buenos Aires: Berisso (Playa Municipal, Palo Blanco, &more) and Planetario Ciudad de La Plata (in La Plata). Spend the 3rd (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, see the interesting displays at Museo Evita, shop like a local with Puerto Madero, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires visit website.

Getting from El Chalten to Buenos Aires by combination of bus and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March in Buenos Aires, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can fly to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 28 — Apr 3:

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin, then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez, and then step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Iguazu National Park tour planning app.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Iguazu National Park, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 5:

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Bela Vista Biological Refuge, examine the collection at Itaipu Ecomuseu, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Sao Joao Batista.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu trip planning site.

You can drive from Iguazu National Park to Foz do Iguacu in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Foz do Iguacu are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 7:

Ilha Grande, Brazil

— 7 nights
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Get in touch with nature at Lopes Mendes Beach and Pico do Papagaio. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Lagoa Azul and Abraao Beach. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Preta and tour the pleasant surroundings at Comprida Beach (da Bica).

To find out how to plan a trip to Ilha Grande, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Foz do Iguacu to Ilha Grande in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Ilha Grande, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 14:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 6 nights

Marvelous City

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 Copacabana Beach and Sugarloaf Mountain. Relax by the water at Praia de Ipanema and Pedra do Arpoador. Change things up with these side-trips from Rio de Janeiro: Niteroi (Camboinhas Beach, Sossego Beach, &more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Leme, explore the galleries of Forte de Copacabana, take in the exciting artwork at Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas, and explore and take pictures at Parque Lage.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro journey maker app.

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. April in Rio de Janeiro sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 20:

Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

— 7 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Praia do Cacimba do Padre and Conceicao Beach. Get outdoors at Baia do Sancho and Praia do Cachorro. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through Air France Beach, see the interesting displays at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS, and enjoy the sand and surf at Atalaia Beach.

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Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha in 7 hours. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Fernando de Noronha Standard Time (FNT) is 1 hour. In April in Fernando de Noronha, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 27:

Bolivia travel guide

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Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.