39 days in Peru, Argentina & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

39 days in Peru, Argentina & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

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39 days in Peru, Argentina & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  26 h
1
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Cusco, Peru
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  17 h 30 min
3
El Chalten, Argentina
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  6 h
4
Trelew, Argentina
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
8
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  21 h 45 min
9
Ica, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  35 h
End: Melbourne, Australia

3
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.
You've now added Centro Historico de Lima to your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Museo Larco and Barranco. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, wander the streets of Miraflores, make a trip to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and walk around Plazuela Chabuca Granda.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lima online tour planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Lima is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Peru Time (PET) is minus 15 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in June: highs in Lima hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Miraflores ©
Miraflores

7
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Inca Trail as well as Rainbow Mountain Peru. For shopping fun, head to Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco or Galeria Arte Olave. Get some historical perspective at Sacsayhuaman and Salinas de Maras. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte Precolombino, wander the streets of San Blas, pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at Museo Maximo Laura.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip planner.

Fly from Lima to Cusco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in June, Cusco is colder at night with lows of 1°C. You will leave for El Chalten on the 27th (Sat).

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Salinas de Maras
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras

5
nights
El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten ©
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Laguna Torre and Casa Madsen Museo. Take a break from the city and head to Fitz Roy and Upsala Glacier. Go for a jaunt from El Chalten to El Calafate to see Rios de Hielo about 2h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Laguna de los Tres, see the interesting displays at Encuentros con la Historia. Estancia Turistica, take in the dramatic scenery at Chorillo del Salto, and explore the activities along Laguna Capri.

To see reviews and tourist information, go to the El Chalten trip itinerary app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cusco to El Chalten in 19 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cusco to El Chalten. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Trelew.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

El Calafate, Laguna de los Tres
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Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre

1
night
Trelew, Argentina

Trelew ©
Founded in 1886 by Welsh settlers, Trelew boasts a rich history and cultural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Valle de Los Altares, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Union, then see the interesting displays at Museo Pueblo de Luis, and finally learn more about the world around you at Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Trelew trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from El Chalten to Trelew. In July, daytime highs in Trelew are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Trelew

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Playa Union
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Valle de Los Altares ©
Valle de Los Altares
Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio ©
Museo Pueblo de Luis ©
Museo Pueblo de Luis

2
nights
Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Playa El Doradillo, and then steep yourself in history at The Town of Gaiman. On the next day, engage your brain at Museo Provincial de Ciencias Naturales y Oceanografico and then contemplate the waterfront views at Peninsula Valdes.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Madryn trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Trelew to Puerto Madryn takes an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Peninsula Valdes ©
Peninsula Valdes
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa El Doradillo ©
Playa El Doradillo

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.
Do your shopping at Puerto Madero and Palermo. You'll explore and learn at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires. There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, wander the streets of Recoleta, and take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires trip app.

You can fly from Puerto Madryn to Buenos Aires in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Puerto Iguazu.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa

3
nights
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

Puerto Iguazu ©
The gateway to a national park inscribed on the World Heritage List, growing Puerto Iguazu sits on the confluence of two major rivers near the border with Paraguay and Brazil.
Get outdoors at Iguazu Falls and Parque Nacional Iguazu. Explore Puerto Iguazu's surroundings by going to Iguazu National Park (Salto San Martin & Salto Bernabe Mendez). There's lots more to do: visit Puerto Iguazu, identify plant and animal life at Jardin de los Picaflores, and look for gifts at Duty Free Shop Puerto Iguazu.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Puerto Iguazu holiday planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Buenos Aires in July, you will find days in Puerto Iguazu are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Puerto Iguazu

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Iguazu National Park
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

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.
Relax by the water at Copacabana Beach and Praia de Ipanema. Get outdoors at Sugarloaf Mountain and Barra da Tijuca Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Rio de Janeiro side-trips: Imperial Museum (in Petropolis) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Arraial do Cabo). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, view the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas, stroll through Pedra do Arpoador, and don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro itinerary planner.

Fly from Puerto Iguazu to Rio de Janeiro in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rio de Janeiro when traveling from Puerto Iguazu in July, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ica.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Imperial Museum, Scuba & Snorkeling, Igreja Sao Lourenco
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

3
nights
Ica, Peru

Ica ©
Located on the Ica River in the desert areas of Peru's southern coast, the city of Ica stands as something of an oasis in the dry, barren landscape.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Buggy Huacachina. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Regional Museum of Ica and Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino.. Escape the urban bustle at Supay Beach and Laguna De Huacachina. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ica: Paracas (The Chandelier & Playa Roja). It doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Tacama.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Ica online day trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Rio de Janeiro to Ica with the Route module. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Ica, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July, with highs in Ica at 23°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Paracas, Buggy Huacachina
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Playa Roja ©
Playa Roja
Tacama ©
Tacama
Supay Beach ©
Supay Beach

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