57 days in South America Itinerary

57 days in South America Itinerary

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57 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
3
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
5
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
6
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
7
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
8
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
9
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
10
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  22​h 30​min
11
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 5 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
12
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
13
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  27​h
14
Canaima National Park, Venezuela
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  35​h
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

5
nights
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, wildlife, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Baia do Sancho, head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Sueste, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Fernando de Noronha trip maker .

Manchester, UK to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Manchester to Fernando de Noronha, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in January, things will get much warmer in Fernando de Noronha: highs are around 34°C and lows about 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos

5
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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Pao de Acucar, stroll through Praia de Ipanema, admire all the interesting features of Leblon Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Barra da Tijuca Beach.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro trip maker .

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro in 8 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro is minus 1 hour. In January, daytime highs in Rio de Janeiro are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and then admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see human ingenuity at work at Iguazu Falls.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Foz do Iguacu, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Itaipu Dam ©
Itaipu Dam

2
nights
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 19th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez, then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin, and then step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Iguazu National Park journey planner.

You can drive from Foz do Iguacu to Iguazu National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin
Isla San Martin ©
Isla San Martin

5
nights
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, museums, parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, take a stroll through Palermo, admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, and explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires online route maker .

You can fly from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Iguazu National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Buenos Aires, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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

2
nights
El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate ©
El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
On the 26th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lago Argentino and then head outdoors with Enjoy!.

For where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our El Calafate day trip planner .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to El Calafate in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in January, plan for cooler days in El Calafate, with highs around 17°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in El Calafate

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Seco and then take in the dramatic natural features at Perito Moreno Glacier. On your second day here, trek along Laguna de los Tres.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Los Glaciares National Park day trip planning tool .

You can take a bus from El Calafate to Los Glaciares National Park in 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

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

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santiago: Ski Portillo (in Portillo) and River Rafting & Tubing (in San Jose de Maipo). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, see the interesting displays at La Chascona, take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Santiago travel itinerary planner .

Fly from Los Glaciares National Park to Santiago in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Los Glaciares National Park to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Santiago

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Ski Portillo
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Ski Portillo ©
Ski Portillo
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Santa Lucia Hill ©
Santa Lucia Hill

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, classes, trails, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, look for gifts at Hilo, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco route maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Cusco takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Cusco. February in Cusco sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
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exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu trip builder .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©

5
nights
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Puerto Villamil ©
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 wildlife, nature, zoos & aquariums, adventure, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get impressive views of Sierra Negra, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan, identify plant and animal life at Concha de Perla, and tour the pleasant surroundings at El Faro.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Villamil trip builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Machu Picchu to Puerto Villamil. The time zone difference when traveling from Machu Picchu to Puerto Villamil is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Isabela
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Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla

5
nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Take a break from Puerto Ayora with a short trip to North Seymour Island in Baltra, about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Charles Darwin Research Station, get a taste of life in the country at Rancho Primicias, explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora trip planner .

Ride a ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora in 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Galapagos Time to Ecuador Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In February in Puerto Ayora, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island, El Trapiche Ecologico Galapagos
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 18:
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay

5
nights
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.
Spend the 21st (Fri) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, enjoy the sand and surf at Cerro Brujo, and take in the dramatic natural features at Punta Pitt.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Puerto Baquerizo Moreno attractions planner.

Ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 2.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Canaima National Park.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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La Loberia ©
La Loberia
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
Cerro Brujo ©
Cerro Brujo

3
nights
Canaima National Park, Venezuela

Canaima National Park ©
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. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Salto Aponguao, take in the dramatic natural features at Salto Kawi, and explore the fascinating underground world of Kavak Cave.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Canaima National Park travel route planner .

Explore your travel options from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Canaima National Park with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Canaima National Park

Nature Parks
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Salto Aponguao ©
Salto Aponguao
Salto Kawi ©
Salto Kawi

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