59 days in South America Itinerary

59 days in South America Itinerary

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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
Drive
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Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Puerto Villamil
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 6 nights
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Canaima National Park, Venezuela
— 5 nights
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Drive
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Paraty, Brazil
— 3 nights
Drive to Angra dos Reis, Ferry to Ilha Grande
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Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 6 nights
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Ferry to Conceição de Jacareí, Bus to Rodoviaria, Fly to Foz do Iguacu
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 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 Santiago

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Machu Picchu, Peru — 1 night

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 11th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu online route builder.

Santiago, Chile to Machu Picchu is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santiago to Machu Picchu, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cusco.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, then steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, gain insight with exploor, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, and finally wander the streets of San Blas.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Cusco trip itinerary planning site.

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 November, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Puerto Villamil.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador — 4 nights

Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Puerto Villamil is known for nature, parks, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Sierra Negra, head off the coast to Turtle Island, take in the dramatic natural features at Los Tuneles, and kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Villamil.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Villamil itinerary planner.

Getting from Cusco to Puerto Villamil by flight takes about 14 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Cusco to Puerto Villamil is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.
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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.
Puerto Ayora is known for parks, wildlife, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Think Galapagos, tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, view the masterpieces at Samay Latin Art, and explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora trip app.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora takes 3.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora due to the time zone difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador — 6 nights

The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is known for sightseeing, wildlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see what you can catch with Eco-Challenger Galapagos Tour Agency, make a trip to Kicker Rock, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion, and take in the waterfront at Malecon San Cristobal.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno route planner.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in November, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Canaima National Park.
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Canaima National Park, Venezuela — 5 nights

One of the largest national parks in the world, Canaima National Park encompasses 30,000 sq km (12 sq mi) of distinct landscapes, varied wildlife, and the world's highest waterfalls.
Canaima National Park is known for nature and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Kama - Kama Meru, contemplate the waterfront views at Sorowapo, and take in the dramatic natural features at Salto Kawi.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Canaima National Park online tour itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Canaima National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fernando de Noronha.
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Parks · Nature
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil — 6 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.
Spend the 10th (Sat) exploring nature at Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Baia do Sancho, kick back and relax at Praia do Cacimba do Padre, enjoy breathtaking views from Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro, and get outside with Morro dois Irmaos.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Fernando de Noronha sightseeing planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Canaima National Park to Fernando de Noronha. The time zone difference when traveling from Canaima National Park to Fernando de Noronha is 3 hours. December in Fernando de Noronha sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can fly to Rio de Janeiro.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi in Niteroi (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, admire the landmark architecture of Ilha Fiscal, explore the world behind art at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

Getting from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 7 hours. The time zone changes from Fernando de Noronha Standard Time (FNT) to Brasilia Standard Time (BRT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Paraty.
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Paraty, Brazil — 3 nights

Gazing out over a bay of tiny tropical islands, with rainforests climbing mountains in the background, it's easy to see why tourism in Paraty gets more popular by the year.
Paraty is known for beaches, nature, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Centro Historico, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Alambique Paratiana, stroll through Jurumirim Beach, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Aecio Sarti.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Paraty day trip app.

Traveling by car from Rio de Janeiro to Paraty takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ilha Grande.
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Ilha Grande, Brazil — 6 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: enjoy the sand and surf at Camiranga Beach, stroll through Lagoa Azul, delve into the distant past at Aqueduto, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pico do Papagaio.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ilha Grande travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Paraty to Ilha Grande by combination of car and ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In December in Ilha Grande, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Foz do Iguacu.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple, and then admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Foz do Iguacu trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Ilha Grande to Foz do Iguacu takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Foz do Iguacu can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Iguazu National Park.
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Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
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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 30th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin, then admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin, and then identify plant and animal life at Salto Bernabe Mendez.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Iguazu National Park online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Foz do Iguacu to Iguazu National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Iguazu National Park can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Buenos Aires.
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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 historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio de la Recoleta, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, and wander the streets of Puerto Madero.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires sightseeing planner.

Getting from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in Buenos Aires, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to El Chalten.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fitz Roy. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri, trek along Laguna de los Tres, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Laguna Torre.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our El Chalten trip planner.

Getting from Buenos Aires to El Chalten by combination of flight and bus takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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