31 days in South America Itinerary

31 days in South America Itinerary

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31 days in South America Itinerary

Chicago, United States
Fly:  16​h 30​min
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + ferry:  7​h 45​min
Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 4 nights
+3
ferry + foot + bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
Porto Seguro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil
— 4 nights
bus + foot + ferry:  7​h 45​min
Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
Hanga Roa, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  28​h
Chicago, United States

4
days
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.
Visit Meio Beach and Boldro Beacch for some beach relaxation. Let the collections at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS and Museu do Tubarao capture your imagination. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Praia do Sueste, stroll through Conceicao Beach, get outside with Baia dos Porcos, and enjoy breathtaking views from Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro.

To see maps and other tourist information, you can read our Fernando de Noronha travel planner .

Chicago, USA to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Chicago to Fernando de Noronha. Traveling from Chicago in April, expect Fernando de Noronha to be much warmer, temps between 85°F and 77°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Morro de Sao Paulo.

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Boldro Beacch ©
Boldro Beacch
Praia do Leão ©
Praia do Leão
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos

3
days
Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil

Morro de Sao Paulo ©
One of the island of Tinhare's five villages, Morro de Sao Paulo stands as an old, charming settlement, with plenty of natural attractions and all the facilities to make visitors feel at home.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Quinta Praia (Praia do Encanto) and Primeira Praia Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Terceira Praia Beach and Gamboa Beach. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sea views from Farol do Morro, kick back and relax at Praia do Mirante, and pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Da Nossa Senhora Da Luz.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Morro de Sao Paulo trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Fernando de Noronha to Morro de Sao Paulo takes 8 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Morro de Sao Paulo is minus 1 hour. In April, daytime highs in Morro de Sao Paulo are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Porto Seguro.

Things to do in Morro de Sao Paulo

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Primeira Praia Beach ©
Primeira Praia Beach
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Terceira Praia
Quinta Praia (Praia do Encanto) ©
Quinta Praia (Praia do Encanto)

4
days
Porto Seguro, Brazil

Porto Seguro ©
In a sense, Porto Seguro is where Brazil as a country began, marking the spot where Portuguese explorers first arrived in the 16th century.
Visiting Taipe Beach and Muta Beach will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Reserva Pataxo da Jaqueira and Coroa Vermelha Beach. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Mucuge Beach, take an in-depth tour of Memorial da Epopeia do Descobrimento, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nossa Senhora da Ajuda Church, and identify plant and animal life at Recife de Fora.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Porto Seguro trip itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Morro de Sao Paulo to Porto Seguro in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Porto Seguro when traveling from Morro de Sao Paulo in April, with lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Porto Seguro

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Side Trip

Coroa Vermelha Beach
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Taipe Beach ©
Taipe Beach
Coroa Vermelha Beach ©
Coroa Vermelha Beach
Muta Beach ©
Muta Beach

4
days
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.
Get some cultural insight at Pedra do Arpoador and Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro. Get in touch with nature at Praia de Ipanema and Copacabana Beach. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Praia de Grumari, stroll through Parque Lage, pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, and admire all the interesting features of Maracanã.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro road trip planning app .

You can fly from Porto Seguro to Rio de Janeiro in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April in Rio de Janeiro, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Armacao dos Buzios.

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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador

3
days
Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil

Armacao dos Buzios ©
Perched on the tip of a peninsula about 175 km (109 mi) east of Rio de Janeiro, the coastal town of Armacao dos Buzios attracts visitors looking to enjoy a beachside getaway without the crowds and chaos of the big city.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Brava Beach and Azeda Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Praia das Conchas and Azedinha Beach. Take a break from Armacao dos Buzios with a short trip to San Matheus Fort in Cabo Frio, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Ferradura Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Armacao dos Buzios trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Rio de Janeiro to Armacao dos Buzios takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in April, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Armacao dos Buzios

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

Cabo Frio
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Brava Beach ©
Brava Beach
Praia das Conchas ©
Praia das Conchas
Azedinha Beach ©
Azedinha Beach

3
days
Ilha Grande, Brazil

Ilha Grande ©
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Get in touch with nature at Meros Beach and Praia de Dois Rios. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dois Rios Village and Grumixama Beach. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Preta.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ilha Grande travel route planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Armacao dos Buzios to Ilha Grande in 8 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in April, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

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Meros Beach ©
Meros Beach
Praia Preta ©
Praia Preta
Dois Rios Beach ©
Dois Rios Beach

4
days
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.
Orongo and Rano Raraku will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Ovahe and Rapa Nui National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Ahu Tongariki, steep yourself in history at Ahu Vinapu, tour the pleasant surroundings at Anakena Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Pea.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hanga Roa trip itinerary builder website .

Explore your travel options from Ilha Grande to Hanga Roa with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time to Easter Is. Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Ilha Grande in April, you will find days in Hanga Roa are slightly colder (77°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Easter Island
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Playa Ovahe ©
Playa Ovahe
Rano Raraku ©
Rano Raraku
Ahu Tongariki ©
Ahu Tongariki

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