45 days in South America Itinerary

45 days in South America Itinerary

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45 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, Holland
Fly:  19​h
1
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Punta Arenas, Chile
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  7​h
3
Pucon, Chile
— 1 night
+3
bus + foot + Fly + Drive:  26​h
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+4
train + foot + bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Huanchaco, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 30​min
6
Caracas, Venezuela
— 6 nights
foot + Fly:  10​h 45​min
7
Manaus, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
8
Fortaleza, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
9
Bombinhas, Brazil
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
10
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  5​h 30​min
11
Ilhabela, Brazil
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + ferry:  6​h
12
Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 3 nights
+3
ferry + foot + bus + Fly:  11​h 15​min
13
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Amsterdam, Holland

3
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
On the 29th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Francisco Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion, and then take some stellar pictures from San Cristóbal Hill. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Vina Undurraga and then learn about winemaking at Santa Rita Winery.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago trip builder site .

Amsterdam, Holland to Santiago is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Chile Time (CLT) is minus 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Santiago

Wineries Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Vina Undurraga
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Santa Rita Winery ©
Santa Rita Winery
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Vina Undurraga ©
Vina Undurraga

1
night
Punta Arenas, Chile

An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): stop by Chocolates Ignis Terra and then head outdoors with Antarctica21. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Municipal, then see the interesting displays at Nao Victoria Museo, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Punta Arenas trip site .

Getting from Santiago to Punta Arenas by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. January in Punta Arenas sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Pucon.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nao Victoria Museo ©
Nao Victoria Museo
Antarctica21 ©
Antarctica21

1
night
Pucon, Chile

Nestled in the shadow of the snow-capped Villarrica volcano, Pucon ranks among the world's premier destinations for adventure sports and high-thrills activities.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): head outdoors with Sierra Nevada Aventura, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Pucon route builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Punta Arenas to Pucon in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Pucon

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Zipline
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor. On your second day here, make a trip to Intipuncu and then delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and car from Pucon to Machu Picchu takes 26 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Pucon to Machu Picchu is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Huanchaco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

1
night
Huanchaco, Peru

Huanchaco ©
In a historic town on the famous "Moche Route" tourist circuit, vacations in Huanchaco tend to be as active as they are culturally enriching.
On the 7th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Huanchaco Al Rescate, enjoy the sand and surf at Huanchaco Beach, and then stop by Corazon Verde. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio de Chan Chan.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Huanchaco trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to Huanchaco in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Caracas.

Things to do in Huanchaco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Huanchaco Beach ©
Huanchaco Beach
Huanchaco Al Rescate ©
Huanchaco Al Rescate
Museo de Sitio de Chan Chan ©
Museo de Sitio de Chan Chan

6
nights
Caracas, Venezuela

Caracas ©
Tropical weather, great food, and memorable jungle surroundings seem like all the ingredients Caracas needs to become a must-see destination.
Get some cultural insight at Hacienda La Trinidad Parque Cultural and Casa Natal & Museo Bolivar. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Ensenada de Tuja and Playa Caribe. Get out of town with these interesting Caracas side-trips: La Guaira (Castillo de Las Salinas & Museo de Las Piedras), Club Marina Grande (in Catia La Mar) and Salto El Sapo (in Canaima National Park). There's much more to do: get outside with Parque Nacional el Avila, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Teresa, admire the sheer force of Salto Kama - Kama Meru, and identify plant and animal life at Parque de Recreacion Los Chorros.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Caracas route site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Huanchaco to Caracas. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Huanchaco to Caracas. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Manaus.

Things to do in Caracas

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Canaima National Park, La Guaira, Playa Ensenada de Tuja, Playa Caribe, Club Marina Grande
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Yurani Falls ©
Yurani Falls
Salto El Sapo ©
Salto El Sapo
Hacienda La Trinidad Parque Cultural ©

5
nights
Manaus, Brazil

Manaus ©
It's hard not to get excited when planning a trip to Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas, and the largest city on the mighty Amazon River.
Get in touch with nature at Praia do Tupe and Meeting of Waters. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Justice Palace and Acutuba Beach. On the 16th (Sun), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Make the 19th (Wed) an awe-inspiring day at Amazon Rainforest. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Palacete Provincial, kick back and relax at Ponta Negra Beach, grab your bike and head to Praca Heliodoro Balbi, and contemplate the long history of Museu Casa Eduardo Ribeiro.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Manaus trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Caracas to Manaus takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Manaus can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Fortaleza.

Things to do in Manaus

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Amazon Rainforest, Acutuba Beach
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Acutuba Beach ©
Acutuba Beach
Justice Palace ©
Justice Palace
Amazon Rainforest ©
Amazon Rainforest

5
nights
Fortaleza, Brazil

Fortaleza ©
They don't call Fortaleza "Brazilian Miami" for nothing.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cachaca Museum and Casa Jose de Alencar. Discover out-of-the-way places like Monumento Natural das Falesias de Beberibe and Uruau Beach (Marambaia). Change things up with these side-trips from Fortaleza: Beach Village Morro Branco (in Beberibe), Aguas Belas Beach (in Cascavel) and Lagoa de Cauipe (in Cumbuco). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Futuro and look for all kinds of wild species at Ecopoint Parque.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Fortaleza trip simple and quick.

You can fly from Manaus to Fortaleza in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manaus to Fortaleza due to the time zone difference. In February in Fortaleza, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Bombinhas.

Things to do in Fortaleza

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Beberibe, Lagoa de Cauipe, Aguas Belas Beach
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Beach Village Morro Branco ©
Beach Village Morro Branco
Aguas Belas Beach ©
Aguas Belas Beach
Praia de Futuro ©
Praia de Futuro

2
nights
Bombinhas, Brazil

Bombinhas ©
A municipality geared towards seaside tourism, tiny Bombinhas makes up for its diminutive size with ample opportunities off its shores, including snorkeling, diving, and boat tours.
On the 27th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Mariscal, then hike along Tainha Trail, and then kick back and relax at Ponta Grande Beach (Cangua). Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Vista Panoramica, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoinha Beach (Trapiche), and then kick back and relax at Praia De Quatro Ilhas.

To find maps and tourist information, refer to the Bombinhas road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Fortaleza to Bombinhas in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Fortaleza in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 26°C in Bombinhas. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Bombinhas

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Praia de Mariscal ©
Praia de Mariscal
Praia De Quatro Ilhas ©
Praia De Quatro Ilhas
Lagoinha Beach (Trapiche) ©
Lagoinha Beach (Trapiche)

2
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.
On the 29th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, then enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, and finally stroll through Sugarloaf Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Morro Dois Irmaos, kick back and relax at Pepe Beach, and then kick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro tour planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Bombinhas to Rio de Janeiro takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Ilhabela.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

2
nights
Ilhabela, Brazil

Ilhabela ©
Translated as "beautiful island," Ilhabela has the natural landscape to live up to its name.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Praia de Barequecaba and Toque Toque Grande Beach. Visit Pereque Beach and Veloso Beach for some beach relaxation. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Cachoeira Da Toca, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nossa Senhora D'Ajuda e Bom Sucesso Church, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ilhabela trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Rio de Janeiro to Ilhabela takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 22°C in Ilhabela. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Ilhabela

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Sao Sebastiao
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Praia de Barequecaba ©
Praia de Barequecaba
Toque Toque Grande Beach ©
Toque Toque Grande Beach
Cachoeira Da Toca ©
Cachoeira Da Toca

3
nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Dois Rios Beach and Julia Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Abraaozinho Beach and Lagoa Azul. There's still lots to do: stroll through Lopes Mendes Beach, kick back and relax at Santo Antonio Beach, see the interesting displays at Ecomuseu Ilha Grande, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Sebastiao.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ilha Grande tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Ilhabela to Ilha Grande by combination of ferry and car takes about 6 hours. Traveling from Ilhabela in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Ilha Grande, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Dois Rios Beach ©
Dois Rios Beach
Abraaozinho Beach ©
Abraaozinho Beach
Lopes Mendes Beach ©
Lopes Mendes Beach

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.
Visiting Capela de Sao Pedro and Praia do Cachorro will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Aberto da Tartaruga Marinha de Fernando de Noronha Museum and Fernando de Noronha Memorial. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Baia do Sancho, kick back and relax at Fernando de Noronha, and see the sky in a new way at Aulas de Energia – Espaco Usina Solar Fernando de Noronha.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Fernando de Noronha trip planner .

Getting from Ilha Grande to Fernando de Noronha by combination of ferry, bus, and flight takes about 11.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ilha Grande to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. In March in Fernando de Noronha, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Fernando de Noronha
Fernando de Noronha
Atalaia Beach ©
Atalaia Beach

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