48 days in South America Itinerary

48 days in South America Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Nyon, Switzerland
Drive + Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil
— 7 nights
+2
Shuttle + Fly + Shuttle:  10 h
3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
4
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  8 h
5
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  12 h
6
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 4 nights
+5
Taxi + Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  11 h 30 min
7
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  22 h 30 min
8
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly:  30 min
9
Baltra, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly:  30 min
10
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Travel:  5 h
11
Floreana, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Travel:  4 h 30 min
12
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  22 h 30 min
End: Nyon, Switzerland

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ilha Fiscal and Sao Bento Monastery. Appreciate the collections at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro and Museu de Porcelana de Petropolis. Change things up with these side-trips from Rio de Janeiro: Petropolis (Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara, Imperial Museum, &more). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, view the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador, and don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

Nyon, Switzerland to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 16- hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time is minus 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rio de Janeiro when traveling from Nyon in July, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Armacao dos Buzios.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

7
nights
Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil

Armacao dos Buzios ©
Perched on the tip of a peninsula about 175 km (109 mi) east of Rio de Janeiro, the coastal town of Armacao dos Buzios attracts visitors looking to enjoy a beachside getaway without the crowds and chaos of the big city.
Shop till you drop at Mosaicos Portella and Kenia. Do some cultural sightseeing at Passagem Neighborhood and Fazenda Sao Joao. Explore Armacao dos Buzios' surroundings by going to Capela Sao Joao Batista (in Barra de Sao Joao), Arraial do Cabo (Forno Beach & Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia) and Cabo Frio (San Matheus Fort, Paróquia Nossa Senhora da Assunção - Igreja São Pedro, &more). There's much more to do: make a trip to Rua das Pedras, kick back and relax at Ferradura Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Joao Fernandes Beach, and cool off at Tartaruga Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Armacao dos Buzios itinerary tool.

You can drive from Rio de Janeiro to Armacao dos Buzios in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. August in Armacao dos Buzios sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Armacao dos Buzios

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cabo Frio, Arraial do Cabo, Casimiro de Abreu, Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth, Igreja Matriz de São Pedro
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Joao Fernandes Beach ©
Joao Fernandes Beach
Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia ©
Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia
Forno Beach ©
Forno Beach

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Cemiterio de Recoleta and Casa Rosada are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Take a break from Buenos Aires with a short trip to Museo de arte Tigre in Tigre, about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Puerto Madero, take an in-depth tour of El Zanjon de Granados, explore the world behind art at Museo Xul Solar, and steep yourself in history at Recoleta.

For more things to do and other tourist information, read Buenos Aires route builder.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Armacao dos Buzios to Buenos Aires in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Armacao dos Buzios in August, expect Buenos Aires to be a bit cooler, temps between 20°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Museo de arte Tigre
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Palermo ©
Palermo

4
nights
Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia ©
Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
Appreciate the collections at Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia and Antigua Casa de Gobierno. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo del Fin del Mundo and Faro de San Juan de Salvamento. Get out of town with these interesting Ushuaia side-trips: Unidad Postal Del Fin Mundo (in Tierra del Fuego National Park) and Tolhuin (Cerro Jeujepen & Parroquia Sagrada Familia). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Tierra del Fuego National Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Foto Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Beagle, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Ushuaia trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in Ushuaia, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tolhuin, Unidad Postal Del Fin Mundo, Faro de San Juan de Salvamento
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Tierra del Fuego National Park ©
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia ©
Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia
Museo del Fin del Mundo ©
Museo del Fin del Mundo

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania and Iglesia de La Merced. La Chascona and Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from Santiago with a short trip to Concha y Toro in Pirque, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of San Cristóbal Hill, browse the different shops at Costanera Center, take a stroll through Barrio Bellavista, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central).

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago trip builder.

You can fly from Ushuaia to Santiago in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentina Standard Time to Chile Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Santiago

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trip

Concha y Toro
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La Chascona ©
La Chascona
Concha y Toro ©
Concha y Toro
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

4
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Salar de Uyuni has been added to your itinerary. Let the collections at Train Cemetery and Museo de la Llama y la Sal capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Necropolis & Museum Kawsay Wasy and Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi, get impressive views of Tunupa Volcano, appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenida Ferroviaria, and make a trip to Plaza Arce.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Uyuni trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Santiago to Uyuni by combination of flight and car takes about 12.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in August, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Museo de la Llama y la Sal
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Train Cemetery ©
Train Cemetery
Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez ©
Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Choquequirao Archeological Park and Winay Wayna. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Intipuncu and Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), get a sense of history and politics at Serpost, and hunt for treasures at Mercado de Artesanias.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu road trip planning website.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and train from Uyuni to Machu Picchu in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uyuni to Machu Picchu. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Choquequirao Archeological Park
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Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Choquequirao Archeological Park ©
Choquequirao Archeological Park
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

2
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.
On the 1st (Tue), don't miss a visit to Segunda Zona Naval de la Armada del Ecuador, stroll through La Loberia, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Chino Beach, then explore the galleries of Interpretation Center, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mann.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip itinerary builder tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Machu Picchu to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. September in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Baltra.

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
Puerto Chino Beach ©
Puerto Chino Beach

2
nights
Baltra, Ecuador

Baltra ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the activities along Canal de Itabaca and then head off the coast to North Seymour Island.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, use the Baltra trip itinerary website.

Baltra is just a stone's throw from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 5th (Sat), you're off to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Baltra

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Canal de Itabaca
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North Seymour Island ©
North Seymour Island
Canal de Itabaca ©
Canal de Itabaca

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Cristo Salvador, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Puerto Villamil, then take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Cuna del Sol, and finally visit Los Tuneles. On the next day, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan, then step off the mainland to explore Las Tintoreras, and then don't miss a visit to The Wall of Tears.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Villamil tour itinerary planner.

Puerto Villamil is very close to Baltra. The time zone difference moving from Ecuador Time to Galapagos Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras
Iglesia Cristo Salvador ©
Iglesia Cristo Salvador
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla

2
nights
Floreana, Ecuador

Floreana ©
On the 8th (Tue), stroll through Cormorant Point, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Negra, then get to know the resident critters at Asilo de la Paz, and finally don't miss a visit to Post Office Bay. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Crown.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Floreana trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Puerto Villamil to Floreana with the Route module. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Floreana due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Floreana

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Devil's Crown ©
Devil's Crown
Post Office Bay ©
Post Office Bay

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Aymara, look for gifts at Chocolapagos Darwin's Favourites, stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, admire the masterpieces at Galeria Exotico Ecuador, then admire the masterpieces at Maprae, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, then explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, then view the masterpieces at Maki-Art Gallery, and finally shop like a local with The Angelique Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora online itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Floreana to Puerto Ayora. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
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Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Galeria Aymara ©
Galeria Aymara
Spas

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