25 days in South America Itinerary

25 days in South America Itinerary

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 4 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Bus to Conceição de Jacareí, Ferry to Ilha Grande
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Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 4 nights
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Ferry to Conceição de Jacareí, Bus to Avenida Vinte De Janeiro próximo ao 290, Fly to Cusco
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Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 2 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: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, try your luck at Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo, and ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Buenos Aires is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Argentina Standard Time (ART), which is usually a -13 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Buenos Aires, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to fly to Iguazu National Park.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Casinos
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): head off the coast to Isla San Martin, then admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin, and then identify plant and animal life at Salto Bernabe Mendez. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Iguazu National Park trip planner.

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 October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Iguazu National Park: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Foz do Iguacu.
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Nature · Parks · Wildlife
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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.
On the 6th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu holiday planning website.

You can drive from Iguazu National Park to Foz do Iguacu in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. You will leave for Fernando de Noronha on the 7th (Sat).
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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 sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Baia do Sancho, kick back and relax at Praia do Cacimba do Padre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela de Sao Pedro, and take in panoramic vistas at Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Fernando de Noronha trip planner.

Getting from Foz do Iguacu to Fernando de Noronha by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Foz do Iguacu to Fernando de Noronha. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Fernando de Noronha when traveling from Foz do Iguacu in October, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Rio de Janeiro.
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Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 3 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, don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, steep yourself in history at Parque Lage, and explore the striking landscape at Pedra do Sal.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro tour builder tool.

Fly from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro in 7 hours. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Rio de Janeiro when traveling from Fernando de Noronha in October, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Ilha Grande.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
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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: identify plant and animal life at Aquamarina Mergulho, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Preta, indulge in some personalized pampering at Namaste Terapias Corporais, and kick back and relax at Santo Antonio Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ilha Grande trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In October, daytime highs in Ilha Grande are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cusco.
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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.
On the 19th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and finally trek along exploor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, then explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cusco trip maker app.

Getting from Ilha Grande to Cusco by combination of ferry, bus, and flight takes about 15 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Peru Standard Time (PET) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Ilha Grande in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Cusco, with highs around 24°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Machu Picchu.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then relax and rejuvenate at Centro de Masajes Samay.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Machu Picchu online tour itinerary builder.

Drive from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. You'll set off for Santiago on the 22nd (Sun).
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Historic Sites · Spas
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Santiago, Chile — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, then admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and then go for a walk through Plaza de Armas. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, examine the collection at La Chascona, and then stop by Patio Bellavista.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Santiago road trip planner.

You can fly from Machu Picchu to Santiago in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time to Chile Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Parks · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites
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