59 days in South America Itinerary

59 days in South America Itinerary

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59 days in South America Itinerary

London, United Kingdom
Fly:  19​h 30​min
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 10 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Maceio, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 3 nights
bus + shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Santiago, Chile
— 7 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Bogota, Colombia
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h
London, United Kingdom

9
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.
You'll explore and learn at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS and Museu do Tubarao. Fernando de Noronha Memorial and Igreja Nossa Senhora dos Remedios are good opportunities to explore the local culture. It doesn't end there: stroll through Praia do Sueste and enjoy the sand and surf at Atalaia Beach.

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London, UK to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In February, Fernando de Noronha is much warmer than London - with highs of 35°C and lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Porto de Galinhas.

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Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Cacimba do Padre ©
Praia do Cacimba do Padre

6
days
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Muro Alto Beach and Carneiros Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get out of town with these interesting Porto de Galinhas side-trips: Gales de Maragogi (in Maragogi), Cachaca's Museum (in Lagoa do Carro) and Capela de Sao Benedito (in Tamandare). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pontal De Maracaipe, view the masterpieces at Casa Jerimum, admire the landmark architecture of Massangana Sugar Cane Mill, and kick back and relax at Cupe beach.

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Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Fernando de Noronha to Porto de Galinhas takes 4 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Porto de Galinhas is minus 1 hour. In March in Porto de Galinhas, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Maceio.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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Tamandare, Gales de Maragogi, Cachaca's Museum
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Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
Carneiros Beach ©
Carneiros Beach

5
days
Maceio, Brazil

Maceio ©
Dazzling waters, long stretches of white sand beach, and the splendid colors of nearby mineral cliffs typify Maceio, the laid-back capital of Alagoas state.
Visit Gunga Beach and Frances Beach for some beach relaxation. Visiting Praia de Pajucara and Praia de Sao Miguel dos Milagres will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Ponta Verde Beach.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Maceio travel planner.

Traveling by car from Porto de Galinhas to Maceio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Maceio

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Frances Beach, Gunga Beach
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Gunga Beach ©
Gunga Beach
Frances Beach ©
Frances Beach
Praia de Pajucara ©
Praia de Pajucara

7
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Ilha Fiscal and Parque Lage. CULTURAL CENTER OF BRAZIL'S SEAT and Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Rio de Janeiro with an excursion to Imperial Museum in Petropolis--about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: stroll through Copacabana Beach, don't miss a visit to Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruínas, take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Tijuca, and admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro itinerary builder.

You can fly from Maceio to Rio de Janeiro in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in March, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Imperial Museum
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Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

3
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.
Buddhist Temple and Sao Miguel do Iguacu Historic Municipal Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Iguazu Falls and Parque das Aves. There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab and see the interesting displays at Museu de Cera Dreamland.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Foz do Iguacu sightseeing planner.

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Foz do Iguacu when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in March, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sao Miguel do Iguacu Historic Municipal Museum
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves ©
Parque das Aves
Buddhist Temple ©
Buddhist Temple

7
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.
Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires and Museo de los Ninos will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Puerto Madero and Parque 3 de Febrero. Change things up with a short trip to Catedral de la Plata in La Plata (about 1h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, make a trip to Recoleta Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana, and take a stroll through La Boca.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Foz do Iguacu to Buenos Aires takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Foz do Iguacu in March, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Buenos Aires: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 20°C at night. On the 2nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Catedral de la Plata
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San Telmo ©
San Telmo
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

6
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino and Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos. Your inner history buff will appreciate Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania and Castillo Hidalgo. Explore Santiago's surroundings by going to Concha y Toro vineyard (in Pirque), Cajon del Maipo (in San Jose de Maipo) and Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile (in Valle Nevado). On the 7th (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Ski Portillo. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at La Chascona, wander the streets of Barrio Bellavista, take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera, and stroll through Cerro San Cristobal.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Santiago online itinerary creator.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Santiago takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago. Traveling from Buenos Aires in April, Santiago is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, Cajon del Maipo, Concha y Toro vineyard, Ski Portillo
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Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Concha y Toro vineyard ©
Concha y Toro vineyard

6
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sacsayhuaman and Pre-Columbian Art Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Plaza de Armas and Qorikancha. Take a break from Cusco with a short trip to Perolniyoq Waterfall in Ollantaytambo, about 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco, take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, and appreciate the extensive heritage of San Blas.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Cusco takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santiago to Cusco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Santiago, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Cusco, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Perolniyoq Waterfall, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

5
days
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar. Get some historical perspective at Catedral de Sal and Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate. Venture out of the city with trips to Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Parque Natural Chicaque (in Chicaque). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque de Usaquen, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Monserrate.

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Traveling by flight from Cusco to Bogota takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Cusco in April since evenings lows in Bogota dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Laguna de Guatavita, Catedral de Sal, Parque Natural Chicaque
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Mount Monserrate ©
Mount Monserrate
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita

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