27 days in South America & Caribbean Itinerary

27 days in South America & Caribbean Itinerary

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27 days in South America & Caribbean Itinerary

Start: Birmingham, United Kingdom
foot + Fly:  17​h
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
2
Oranjestad, Aruba
— 5 nights
+4
Fly + taxi + bus + foot + train:  14​h 15​min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
+4
train + foot + bus + taxi + Fly:  17​h 45​min
4
Hanga Roa, Chile
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  16​h 15​min
5
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + train + subway + train:  28​h
End: Birmingham, United Kingdom

5
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.
When in Rio de Janeiro, make a side trip to see Imperial Museum in Petropolis, approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, stroll through Barra da Tijuca Beach, don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro road trip planning site .

Birmingham, UK to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Birmingham to Rio de Janeiro. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Birmingham in December: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 36°C and lows are around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Oranjestad.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Imperial Museum
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

5
nights
Oranjestad, Aruba

Oranjestad ©
When vacationing on Aruba, don't miss taking a tour of Oranjestad, the capital of the small Caribbean island.
Step out of Oranjestad with an excursion to Baby Beach in San Nicolas--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll through Eagle Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Beach, steep yourself in history at Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins, and enjoy the sea views from California Lighthouse.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Oranjestad trip planner .

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Oranjestad in 11.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Oranjestad due to the time zone difference. In December in Oranjestad, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Oranjestad

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Aruba, Palm - Eagle Beach, Santa Cruz, Noord, Baby Beach
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Eagle Beach ©
Eagle Beach
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach
Baby Beach ©
Baby Beach

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.
Machu Picchu is known for historic sites, nature, spas, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, take in the natural beauty of Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, look for gifts at Mapi Art, and steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Machu Picchu online holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Oranjestad to Machu Picchu in 14.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time to Peru Time is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Banos Termales de Cocalmayo
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

3
nights
Hanga Roa, Chile

Hanga Roa ©
The main town and capital of Chile's Easter Island, Hanga Roa serves as a base for most visitors to the island, with all explorations of Easter Island and its famous moai monoliths beginning here.
Hanga Roa is known for nightlife, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Rano Raraku, take in the dramatic natural features at Orongo, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rapa Nui Parque Nacional, and don't miss a visit to Ahu Tongariki.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Hanga Roa trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to Hanga Roa in 18 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Machu Picchu to Hanga Roa is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Easter Island
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Rano Raraku ©
Rano Raraku
Ahu Tongariki ©
Ahu Tongariki
Anakena ©
Anakena

5
nights
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) is known for nature, adventure, museums, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Historical Museum,Municipality of Puerto Natales, explore the striking landscape of Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and Head underground at Mylodon Cave Natural Monument.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) tour itinerary website .

Getting from Hanga Roa to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) by combination of flight and bus takes about 16.5 hours. Other options: fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Hanga Roa to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) is 2 hours. When traveling from Hanga Roa in December, plan for colder days in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), with highs around 15°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Horseback Riding Tours
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument ©
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument

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