17 days in Brazil, Buenos Aires & Lima Itinerary

17 days in Brazil, Buenos Aires & Lima Itinerary

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17 days in Brazil, Buenos Aires & Lima Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
4
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h
5
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
6
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

2
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museu De Arte Sacra De Sao Paulo, stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, and then explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, take a stroll through Paulista Avenue, and then browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo trip itinerary app .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Sao Paulo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Brasilia Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, Sao Paulo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Parks
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

2
nights
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
On the 24th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja Batista de Tres Lagoas, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and then see human ingenuity at work at Itaipu Dam.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Foz do Iguacu itinerary planner .

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguacu in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December in Foz do Iguacu, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Itaipu Dam ©
Itaipu Dam

3
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.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, historic sites, parks, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, take a stroll through Puerto Madero, and get a taste of the local shopping with Palermo.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Buenos Aires day trip planner.

Getting from Foz do Iguacu to Buenos Aires by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): wander the streets of Miraflores, explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Indigo, and finally walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, and finally shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar).

Make your Lima itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Lima takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires to Lima, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Buenos Aires in December, you will find days in Lima are little chillier (28°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

3
nights
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha ©
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, wildlife, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Baia do Sancho, stroll through Praia do Cacimba do Padre, head outdoors with Morro dois Irmaos, and step off the mainland to explore Morro Sao Jose.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Fernando de Noronha day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Lima to Fernando de Noronha takes 15 hours. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time (PET) to Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT) is 3 hours. Traveling from Lima in December, expect Fernando de Noronha to be a bit warmer, temps between 35°C and 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, then admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, then take in the awesome beauty at Bondinho Pao de Acucar, and finally don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, then kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, then stroll through Praia de Ipanema, and finally kick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro takes 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro is minus 1 hour. In January, daytime highs in Rio de Janeiro are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

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