26 days in South America Itinerary

26 days in South America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South America visit planner
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Recife, Brazil
— 1 night
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
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Recife, Brazil — 1 night

Brazilian Venice

Once the capital of Dutch Brazil, Recife has a history spanning back to 1537, when it was little more than a handful of fishing houses on the beach.
On the 1st (Thu), walk around Projeto Hippocampus, see the interesting displays at Museu Cais do Sertao, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Recife Antigo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand, see the interesting displays at Ricardo Brennand Institute, and then make a trip to Praca do Marco Zero.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Recife trip planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Recife is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Brasilia Standard Time (BRT), which is usually a -4 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Barcelona in September since evenings lows in Recife dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can fly to Rio de Janeiro.
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Find places to stay Sep 1 — 2:

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 sightseeing, beaches, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, get great views at Leblon Beach, admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and step into the grandiose world of Ilha Fiscal.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro journey planner.

You can fly from Recife to Rio de Janeiro in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Recife in September, plan for little chillier nights in Rio de Janeiro, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Foz do Iguacu.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 7:

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 8th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple, see the interesting displays at Museu de Cera Dreamland, then get to know the resident critters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Diocesana Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe, see human ingenuity at work at Itaipu Dam, look for gifts at Orquidario Vale Das Orquideas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Itaipu Natureza.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Foz do Iguacu road trip site.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September, plan for little chillier nights in Foz do Iguacu, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Iguazu National Park.
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Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:

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 10th (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin, then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez, and then admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

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Drive from Foz do Iguacu to Iguazu National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Buenos Aires.
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Find places to stay Sep 9 — 11:

Buenos Aires, Argentina — 4 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: shop like a local with Puerto Madero, appreciate the extensive heritage of Calle Defensa, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and catch a live event at Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo.

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Getting from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Iguazu National Park in September, expect Buenos Aires to be a bit cooler, temps between 20°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can fly to Santiago.
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Find places to stay Sep 11 — 15:

Santiago, Chile — 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from Santiago to Valle Nevado to see Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, browse the exhibits of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, see the interesting displays at La Chascona, and wander the streets of Barrio Bellavista.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Santiago trip site.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Santiago takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Cusco.
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Find places to stay Sep 15 — 19:

Cusco, Peru — 4 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.
When in Cusco, make a side trip to see Cerveceria Willkamayu in Urubamba, approximately Urubamba away. On the 23rd (Fri), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, delve into the distant past at Qorikancha, hike along exploor, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco online tour builder.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Cusco takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Cusco is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Machu Picchu.
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Find places to stay Sep 19 — 23:

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then stroll through Mandor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac and then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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