19 days in South America Itinerary

19 days in South America Itinerary

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19 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
2
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
6
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h
8
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 1 day
bus:  3​h 45​min
9
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  26​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Santa Lucia Hill, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, and then steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then see the interesting displays at La Chascona, and then don't miss a visit to Patio Bellavista.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Santiago trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Santiago is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Santiago, you'll gain 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Santiago

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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

1
night
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): don't miss a visit to La Casa del Ceibo, then kick back and relax at Puerto Chino Beach, and then deepen your understanding at Interpretation Center.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Santiago to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Traveling from Santiago to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. April in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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La Loberia ©
La Loberia
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
Puerto Chino Beach ©
Puerto Chino Beach

2
nights
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 6th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, then ponder the world of politics at Serpost, and finally delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then explore the ancient world of Intipuncu.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Machu Picchu. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

3
nights
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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, trails, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cusco trip maker site .

Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by combination of train and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Maracanã, take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, then view the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas, and finally pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, then kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, and finally admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro holiday site .

Fly from Cusco to Rio de Janeiro in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Time to Brasilia Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Cusco in April, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Rio de Janeiro: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

1
night
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
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 14th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Cataratas del Iguazu.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Iguazu National Park holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Iguazu National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Iguazu National Park when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in April, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Wed), wander the streets of Puerto Madero, don't miss a visit to Casa Rosada, then take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, and finally make a trip to Recoleta Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Buenos Aires driving holiday planner.

Fly from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Iguazu National Park in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

1
day
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)
Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Torres del Paine National Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) trip website .

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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1
night
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Seco and then take in the dramatic natural features at Perito Moreno Glacier.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Los Glaciares National Park trip planner .

Take a bus from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Los Glaciares National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time (CLT) to Argentine Time (ART) is 1 hour. While traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Los Glaciares National Park, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Nature Parks
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Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

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