31 days in South America Itinerary

31 days in South America Itinerary

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Fly
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paraty, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive to Angra dos Reis, Ferry to Ilha Grande
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Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 6 nights
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Ferry to Conceição de Jacareí, Bus to Rio de Janeiro, Fly to Ezeiza
5
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
+2
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to San Cristobal, Ferry to Puerto Ayora
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Emerald of the Atlantic

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Baia do Sancho and Praia do Sueste. There's lots more to do: get outside with Baia dos Porcos, stroll through Praia do Leão, take in panoramic vistas at Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro, and kick back and relax at Atalaia Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Fernando de Noronha sightseeing planner.

Kalamazoo, USA to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kalamazoo to Fernando de Noronha is 3 hours. In December, Fernando de Noronha is warmer than Kalamazoo - with highs of 86°F and lows of 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites
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2
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria, then appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Copacabana Beach, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Parque Lage, get great views at Leblon Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro takes 7.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro is minus 1 hour. December in Rio de Janeiro sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 74°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Paraty.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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2
nights
Paraty, Brazil

Gazing out over a bay of tiny tropical islands, with rainforests climbing mountains in the background, it's easy to see why tourism in Paraty gets more popular by the year.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Iriri Beach, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then get to know the fascinating history of The Gold Path, then wander the streets of Centro Historico, and finally stop by Atelier de Ceramica Lulu Silva Telles. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at Centro Cultural Sesc Paraty, contemplate the waterfront views at Paraty Bay, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Paraty trip planning tool.

Drive from Rio de Janeiro to Paraty in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Paraty

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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6
nights
Ilha Grande, Brazil

A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Camiranga Beach and LiG Lanchas. The adventure continues: take a peaceful walk through Tropical Forest, kick back and relax at Vermelha Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tapera Beach, and explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of Achaia.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ilha Grande road trip site.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Paraty to Ilha Grande in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In December in Ilha Grande, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 72°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Wed) before leaving for Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
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3
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Queen of La Plata

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.
Kids will enjoy Cemiterio de Recoleta and Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, take a stroll through Puerto Madero, and get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires trip planning app.

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Ilha Grande to Buenos Aires in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. December in Buenos Aires sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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5
nights
Cusco, Peru

Imperial City

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 Centro Historico De Cusco. Attractions like Sacsayhuaman and Sacred Valley of the Incas make great kid-friendly stops. Spend the 23rd (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, take in the exciting artwork at Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and explore the ancient world of Tipon.

To see ratings and tourist information, refer to the Cusco holiday builder.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Cusco in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Cusco is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Buenos Aires in December, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Cusco: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Cusco

Side Trip

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5
nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Family-friendly places like Think Galapagos and El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes, and wander the wide-open spaces of Rancho Primicias.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora trip builder tool.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cusco to Puerto Ayora in 19.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus. When traveling from Cusco in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Puerto Ayora, with highs around 82°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

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