58 days in South America Itinerary

58 days in South America Itinerary

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58 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Adelaide, Australia
Fly:  41​h
1
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 3 nights
ferry:  6​h
2
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
3
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
+2
ferry + shuttle + Fly:  9​h 45​min
4
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h
5
Lagunas, Peru
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  9​h 15​min
6
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
7
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+4
train + foot + bus + taxi + Fly:  22​h 30​min
8
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 30​min
9
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
10
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
11
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
12
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
13
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
14
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h
15
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
16
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  36​h
End: Adelaide, Australia

3
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.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is known for wildlife, museums, nature, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn more about the world around you at Interpretation Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Chino Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Cerro Tijeretas, and don't miss a visit to Lagoon El Junco.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip planner .

Adelaide, Australia to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is an approximately 41-hour flight. You'll gain 14 hours traveling from Adelaide to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Adelaide in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, with lows around 28°C. You'll set off for Puerto Villamil on the 6th (Thu).

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

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

4
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, get to know the resident critters at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan, step off the mainland to explore Las Tintoreras, and make a trip to The Wall of Tears.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Puerto Villamil holiday maker tool .

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Villamil in 6 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Villamil is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

4
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.
Step out of Puerto Ayora with an excursion to North Seymour Island in Baltra--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Charles Darwin Research Station, don't miss a visit to Santa Cruz Fish Market, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Aymara, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Puerto Ayora tour site .

Getting from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora is 1 hour. February in Puerto Ayora sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island
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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

2
nights
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
Lima is known for parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, wander the streets of Miraflores, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), and walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lima online tour planner .

Getting from Puerto Ayora to Lima by combination of ferry and flight takes about 10 hours. Traveling from Puerto Ayora in February, expect Lima to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lagunas.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

1
night
Lagunas, Peru

Lagunas ©
You've now added Pacaya Samiria National Reserve to your itinerary. On the 18th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lagunas trip itinerary maker website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lima to Lagunas. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 19th (Wed), you're off toCusco.

Things to do in Lagunas

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 19:
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Pacaya Samiria National Reserve ©
Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cusco: Salinas de Maras (in Maras) and Centro Texti Urpi (in Chinchero). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cusco trip maker website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lagunas to Cusco. When traveling from Lagunas in February, plan for a bit cooler days in Cusco, with highs around 23°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Nature

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Centro Texti Urpi, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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.
On the 24th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Intipuncu and then delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, then make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes).

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu attractions planner .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Fernando de Noronha.

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

4
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: enjoy the sand and surf at Baia do Sancho, stroll through Atalaia Beach, get outside with Baia dos Porcos, and enjoy breathtaking views from Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Fernando de Noronha day trip app .

Getting from Machu Picchu to Fernando de Noronha by combination of train, bus, and flight takes about 22.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Machu Picchu to Fernando de Noronha, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In February, daytime highs in Fernando de Noronha are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Porto de Galinhas.

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

3
nights
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Get out of town with these interesting Porto de Galinhas side-trips: Instituto Ricardo Brennand (in Recife) and Praia dos Carneiros (in Tamandare). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Muro Alto Beach, stop by Nata Artesanato, explore the gorgeous colors at Piscinas Naturais de Porto de Galinhas, and see the interesting displays at Museu das Tartarugas - Ecoassociados.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Porto de Galinhas trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Fernando de Noronha to Porto de Galinhas takes 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is minus 1 hour. March in Porto de Galinhas sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Praia dos Carneiros, Instituto Ricardo Brennand
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Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
Praia dos Carneiros ©
Praia dos Carneiros

7
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 Carnival has been added to your itinerary. Step out of Rio de Janeiro with an excursion to Imperial Museum in Petropolis--about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Pao de Acucar, enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, stroll through Praia de Ipanema, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

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

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Porto de Galinhas to Rio de Janeiro takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Rio de Janeiro are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Imperial Museum
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Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer

2
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, then savor the flavors at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, and then walk around Parque Ibirapuera. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, and then take a stroll through Liberdade.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sao Paulo tour planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in March; daily highs in Sao Paulo reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

3
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.
Foz do Iguacu is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, adventure, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see human ingenuity at work at Iguazu Falls, admire the sheer force of Devil's Throat, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Foz do Iguacu route planning app .

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguacu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Itaipu Dam ©
Itaipu Dam

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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 17th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Wanda Mines, then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez, and then step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Iguazu National Park trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Foz do Iguacu to Iguazu National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Iguazu National Park can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Wanda Mines
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin
Isla San Martin ©
Isla San Martin

6
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: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, wander the streets of La Boca, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip maker site .

Getting from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Iguazu National Park in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to 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

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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 25th (Wed), make a trip to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal, then examine the collection at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Argentino.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the El Calafate road trip tool .

Getting from Buenos Aires to El Calafate by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in March, you will find days in El Calafate are much colder (15°C), and nights are slightly colder (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Museums
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino
Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico ©

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Seco and then take in the dramatic natural features at Perito Moreno Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Spegazzini.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Los Glaciares National Park trip planning app .

Take a bus from El Calafate to Los Glaciares National Park in 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

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

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