3 Weeks in South America Itinerary: Rio de Janeiro, Machu Picchu, and Galapagos

Updated: Oct 18, 2021

There is so much beauty in South America that many travelers find it overwhelming to plan their trip. If you are dreaming about having the adventure of a lifetime continue reading this article and find out all about an this amazing 3 weeks in South America itinerary, exploring Peru, Argentina, Brazil, and Ecuador, filled with natural beauty, culture, history and the best local cuisine.

3 weeks in South Ameirca Itinerary: A Glimpse of Buenos Aires: Exploring Argentina’s Amazing Culture

Your South American itinerary begins with your arrival in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to explore the “Paris” of South America.

Your next days will be filled with exploring the memorable highlights of Buenos Aires, as well as delicious meals paired with the best Argentine wines. You will also have the chance to catch a glimpse of the San Antonio de Areco’s local markets, where you will learn all about Argentinean beef cuts and local produce, as well as enjoy a fun Argentine cooking lesson. And let’s not forget about the tango show that promises to amaze your eyes and fill your soul.

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Explore Buenos Aires’ colourful history

3 weeks of South America Itinerary: From Argentina to the Brazilian Wonders – Bustling Rio de Janeiro & Relaxing Iguassu Falls

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In one of the widest stretches across the Iguazu River, awaits the most important and monumental waterfall of Iguazu cascades system: the Devil’s Throat.

Your 3 weeks in South America, exploring Peru, Argentina, Brazil, and Ecuador continue with a short flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu, where you will indulge in the beauty of the Iguazu falls National Park, Indulge in delicious local meals and admire the wildlife of the park, while getting ready to leave Argentina and begin exploring colorful Brazil.

Moira first taste of Argentinean Mate on her South America trip to Iguazu Falls.

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Wander around the beautifully arranged streets of Brazil, taste your way around the city while sampling delicious local foods, check out the amazing beaches, and relax in the luxurious accommodation available for you.

3 weeks South America Itinerary – Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas Rio de Janeiro, Brasil 🇧🇷 📸signorelliphoto

Then, visit Corcovado and Sugar Loaf and admire the the natural beauty of Rio de Janeiro from above, and indulge in Rio’s culinary delights during a memorable food walking tour and a fun cooking class.

Cristo redentor at night by @nisegfs

3 weeks of South America Itinerary: A Memorable Peruvian Escape: Six Days in Peru

The tenth day of your 3 weeks in South America, exploring Peru, Argentina, Brazil, and Ecuador will take you to charming Lima, in Peru, and give you the chance to see the city’s main attractions, followed by a tasty dinner and a Peruvian typical dance show. Your unforgettable South American escape continues with a fun Peruvian gastronomic experience in Lima’s renowned “Surquillo” market, before flying yo lovely Cusco.

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Enjoy a delicious Peruvian-style lunch

After admiring Cusco and letting your taste buds run while during mouthwatering local meals, head towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas and let the village and the typical country accommodation get you closer to the soul of this stunning country.

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Stroll Cusco’s Plaza de Armas

Last but not least, visit the famous Machu Picchu, explore the breathtaking ancient ruins and indulge in a sensational lunch, before returning to Cusco City.

Tourist looking at Machu Picchu — Image by © Picturegarden/Corbis

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Exploring Ecuador’s Natural Beauty in Seven Breathtaking Days

On day 16, you will fly from Cusco to Quito, Ecuador’s mesmerizing capital. Besides delicious meals and lavish accommodation, your Ecuador adventure also brings you the chance to see some of the most beautiful islands in the Galapagos archipelago.

Friendly sea lions in Galapago’s beaches 📸 @euetuporai

After a few days spent exploring the Galapagos Islands, you will fall in love with their fascinating natural beauty and wildlife, as well as with the tasty meals and friendly locals you will meet.

However, day 21 comes with a memorable snorkeling session at the Carrion Point on Santa Cruz Island, followed by your flight from Baltra Airport to Quito.

The next day brings the end of your 3 weeks in South America, exploring Peru, Argentina, Brazil, and Ecuador, when, after a tasty breakfast you will be privately transferred to the airport for your return flight home.

Though your bucket list might only contain the Galapagos Island, to make the most out of your trip, consider extending your Ecuador tour to visit the Amazon jungle.

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