22 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

22 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

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Bus to Cornwall, ON, Drive to Massena, Fly to Fernando de Noronha
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 4 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

— 4 nights

Emerald of the Atlantic

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, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Baia do Sancho, stroll through Fernado de Noronha Island, look and learn at Aulas de Energia – Espaco Usina Solar Fernando de Noronha, and get outside with Baia dos Porcos.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Fernando de Noronha driving holiday planning app.

Ottawa, Canada to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 27-hour combination of bus, car, and flight. Traveling from Ottawa to Fernando de Noronha, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Ottawa in July since evenings lows in Fernando de Noronha dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 2 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
On the 7th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Ilha Fiscal, then pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, then stroll through Copacabana Beach, and finally make a trip to Escadaria Selaron. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Pedra do Arpoador, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro vacation builder site.

Traveling by flight from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro takes 7.5 hours. The time zone changes from Fernando de Noronha Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Fernando de Noronha in July; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 3 nights

Queen of La Plata

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 historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japones, and explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Buenos Aires road trip planning tool.

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Buenos Aires: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Santiago, Chile

— 3 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Santiago is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central), and examine the collection at Museo Artequin.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Santiago travel route planner.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Museums · Nature · Winter Sports

Cusco, Peru

— 3 nights

Imperial City

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, then delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and finally trek along exploor.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cusco online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Cusco takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Peru Standard Time (PET) is minus 1 hour. In July in Cusco, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Trails · Parks

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 5 nights
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and ride a horse along Arenal Wilberth Stables.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary maker website.

Getting from Cusco to La Fortuna de San Carlos by flight takes about 13.5 hours. Traveling from Cusco to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

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