30 days in South America Itinerary

30 days in South America Itinerary

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30 days in South America Itinerary

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly + taxi + train:  29​h
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle + bus:  5​h 15​min
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Intipuncu and then contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor and then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Machu Picchu is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of car, flight, and train. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Dubai to Machu Picchu due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Cusco.

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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

3
days
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.
Step out of Cusco with an excursion to Pisac in Pisac--about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Art Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at The Company of Jesus Church.

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You can take a train from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March in Cusco, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Cusco

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Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Pisac ©
Pisac
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

3
days
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Santiago is known for parks, museums, shopping, historic sites, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cerro Santa Lucia, get engrossed in the history at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and ponder the world of politics at Ex Congreso Nacional.

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

Fly from Cusco to Santiago in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cusco to Santiago is 1 hour. Traveling from Cusco in March, expect Santiago to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

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Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill

4
days
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.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, historic sites, museums, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Recoleta Cemetery, admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, take a stroll through Puerto Madero, and explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

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You can fly from Santiago to Buenos Aires in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time (CLT) to Argentine Time (ART) is 1 hour. Traveling from Santiago in March, you will find days in Buenos Aires are little chillier (28°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Recoleta Cemetery ©
Recoleta Cemetery

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): see human ingenuity at work at Iguazu Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque das Aves.

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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to Foz do Iguacu in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Foz do Iguacu, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Salto Bernabe Mendez
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves ©
Parque das Aves
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez

2
days
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
On the 30th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Museu de Arte Sacra de São Paulo and then pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museum of Art of São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand, take a stroll through Paulista Avenue, and then admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Foz do Iguacu to Sao Paulo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

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Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Ibirapuera Park ©
Ibirapuera Park
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue

4
days
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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, parks, museums, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador, and delve into the lush surroundings at Parque Nacional Tijuca.

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You can fly from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Rio de Janeiro. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

4
days
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.
Fernando de Noronha is known for beaches, museums, outdoors, adventure, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Baia do Sancho, stroll through Bode Beach, and head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Fernando de Noronha online trip planner .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha by flight takes about 7.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time to Fernando de Noronha Time is 1 hour. In April, daytime highs in Fernando de Noronha are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos

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