44 days in South America Itinerary

44 days in South America Itinerary

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Fly
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arraial do Cabo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Bus to Conceição de Jacareí, Ferry to Ilha Grande
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Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 4 nights
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Ferry to Angra dos Reis, Drive to Paraty, Bus to Ubatuba, Taxi to São Sebastião, Ferry to Ilhabela
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Ilhabela, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Alameda São Sebastião, 12, Bus to Sao Paulo, Fly to Porto Seguro
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Porto Seguro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly to Salvador, Ferry to Morro de Sao Paulo
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Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Ferry to Salvador, Fly to Praia da Pipa
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Praia da Pipa, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly
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Florianopolis, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly
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Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
Bus
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El Chalten, Argentina
— 2 nights
Bus to El Calafate, Fly to San Carlos de Bariloche
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puerto Varas, Chile
— 3 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 2 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Leblon Beach and Ilha Fiscal. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, explore the activities along Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pedra da Gavea.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro holiday planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You'll gain 13 hours traveling from Brisbane to Rio de Janeiro due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in February, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at 38°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Arraial do Cabo.
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Arraial do Cabo, Brazil — 2 nights

Diving Capital

Located on a peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, the municipality of Arraial do Cabo has become a popular tourist destination because of its pristine beaches and relaxing atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): kick back and relax at Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia, then stroll through Farol Beach, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Prainha, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Grande, and then cruise along Mirante do Pontal do Atalaia.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Arraial do Cabo journey planning tool.

You can drive from Rio de Janeiro to Arraial do Cabo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Arraial do Cabo sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ilha Grande.
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Ilha Grande, Brazil — 4 nights

A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Step off the beaten path and head to Meros Beach and Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Abraaozinho Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Castelhanos Lighthouse, and kick back and relax at Crena Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ilha Grande travel planner.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Arraial do Cabo to Ilha Grande in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. March in Ilha Grande sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ilhabela.
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Ilhabela, Brazil — 2 nights

Capital of Sailing

Translated as "beautiful island," Ilhabela has the natural landscape to live up to its name.
On the 6th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Baia de Castelhanos Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Do Bonete, then enjoy the sand and surf at Juliao Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Curral Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Praia Da Feiticeira and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jabaquara Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ilhabela trip itinerary maker tool.

You can do a combination of ferry, car, bus, and taxi from Ilha Grande to Ilhabela in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Ilha Grande in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Ilhabela, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Porto Seguro.
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Porto Seguro, Brazil — 4 nights

In a sense, Porto Seguro is where Brazil as a country began, marking the spot where Portuguese explorers first arrived in the 16th century.
Explore hidden gems such as Praia de Taipe and Parracho Beach. Take a break from Porto Seguro with a short trip to Coroa Vermelha Beach in Santa Cruz Cabralia, about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Muta Beach, explore the gorgeous colors at Recife de Fora, stroll through Praia dos Coqueiros, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Porto Seguro trip itinerary builder.

Do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Ilhabela to Porto Seguro in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Ilhabela in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Porto Seguro, with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Morro de Sao Paulo.
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Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Farol do Morro, enjoy the sand and surf at Quarta Praia, then kick back and relax at Terceira Praia, then kick back and relax at Segunda Praia, and finally kick back and relax at Quinta Praia (Praia do Encanto). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Da Nossa Senhora Da Luz, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gamboa Beach, and then kick back and relax at Garapua Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Morro de Sao Paulo online trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Porto Seguro to Morro de Sao Paulo takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In March, daytime highs in Morro de Sao Paulo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Praia da Pipa.
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Praia da Pipa, Brazil — 2 nights

Some of Brazil's finest beaches stand among top Praia de Pipa tourist attractions, though the area also features lively nightlife and a big selection of cafes, restaurants, bars, art galleries, and artisan workshops.
On the 14th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra de Cunhau, then stroll through Madeiro Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Amor Beach, and finally get great views at Chapadao Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Baia dos Golfinhos, then identify plant and animal life at Santuario Ecologico de Pipa, then kick back and relax at Praia Tibau do Sul, and finally kick back and relax at Tibau do Sul Beach.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Praia da Pipa itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Morro de Sao Paulo to Praia da Pipa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Praia da Pipa can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Fernando de Noronha.
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil — 4 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fernado de Noronha Island and Praia do Leão. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Fundacao Projeto Tamar - Fernando de Noronha, stroll through Praia do Bode, enjoy the sand and surf at Baia dos Porcos, and explore the activities along Buraco do Galego.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Fernando de Noronha attractions tool.

Traveling by flight from Praia da Pipa to Fernando de Noronha takes 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Praia da Pipa to Fernando de Noronha is 1 hour. In March, daytime highs in Fernando de Noronha are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can fly to Florianopolis.
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Florianopolis, Brazil — 4 nights

Magic Island

Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Praia De Quatro Ilhas and Daniela's Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Guarda do Embau Beach (in Palhoca), Praia do Rosa (in Praia do Rosa) and Ferrugem Beach (in Garopaba). The adventure continues: stroll through Lagoinha do Leste, enjoy the sand and surf at Barra da Lagoa Beach, take a stroll through Costa da Lagoa, and step off the mainland to explore Campeche Island.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Florianopolis online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Fernando de Noronha to Florianopolis takes 9 hours. The time zone difference moving from Fernando de Noronha Standard Time (FNT) to Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Fernando de Noronha in March; daily highs in Florianopolis reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Punta del Este.
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Punta del Este, Uruguay — 3 nights

Monaco of South America

With plenty of modern casinos, well-developed beaches, chic restaurants, and upscale hotels, Punta del Este vacations draw visitors from Argentina, Brazil, and beyond.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mirador Punta Ballena and Playa Brava. Change things up with these side-trips from Punta del Este: Piriapolis (Playa Punta Colorada & Cerro San Antonio). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Puente Leonel Viera, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mansa, admire the masterpieces at Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, and don't miss a visit to La Vista Punta Del Este.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Punta del Este trip maker.

Fly from Florianopolis to Punta del Este in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Florianopolis in March, expect nights in Punta del Este to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are little chillier, around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Ushuaia.
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Ushuaia, Argentina — 3 nights

End of the World

Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ushuaia Bay and Plaza Malvinas. Change things up with a short trip to Lago Roca in Tierra del Fuego National Park (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Galeria Tematica Historia Fueguina, get engrossed in the history at Museo Maritimo & del Presidio de Ushuaia, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Esmeralda, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glacier Martial.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ushuaia trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Punta del Este to Ushuaia takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Punta del Este in March, expect Ushuaia to be much colder, temps between 13°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to El Calafate.
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El Calafate, Argentina — 2 nights

El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour. On the next day, explore the activities along Lago Argentino, then take in the dramatic natural features at Upsala Glacier, and then examine the collection at El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the El Calafate trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Ushuaia to El Calafate in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Ushuaia in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 13°C in El Calafate. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can catch the bus to El Chalten.
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El Chalten, Argentina — 2 nights

Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
On the 1st (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fitz Roy, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Laguna de los Tres, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Torre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): take some stellar pictures from El Mirador De Los Condores, then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri, and then admire the sheer force of Chorillo del Salto.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read El Chalten online day trip planner.

Traveling by bus from El Calafate to El Chalten takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina — 3 nights

Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, scenic San Carlos de Bariloche hugs the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and ranks among Argentina's top destinations for active outdoor vacations.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rio Correntoso and Sendero de los Arrayanes. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museo del Lago Gutierrez, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, identify plant and animal life at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, and contemplate the geological forces at Ventisquero Negro.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in San Carlos de Bariloche can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Puerto Varas.
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Puerto Varas, Chile — 3 nights

City of Roses

Overlooking a lake, with a conical volcano looming in the background, Puerto Varas enjoys memorable scenery but retains its authentic atmosphere.
On the 6th (Thu), contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Osorno, then admire the sheer force of Petrohué Waterfalls, and then have fun at In Puerto Varas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Museo Pablo Fierro, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Todos Los Santos.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Varas route app.

Getting from San Carlos de Bariloche to Puerto Varas by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche to Puerto Varas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in April since evenings lows in Puerto Varas dip to 7°C. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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