47 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

47 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

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47 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

Sydney, Australia
Fly:  19​h 30​min
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  9​h 30​min
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 7 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
Florianopolis, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + taxi + shuttle:  10​h 30​min
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
bus:  4​h 30​min
El Chalten, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 3 nights
+3
ferry + Fly + bus + shuttle:  19​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  10​h
San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly:  27​h
Sydney, Australia

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana and then wander the streets of Puerto Madero. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires, then don't miss a visit to Recoleta Cemetery, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Barolo.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires visit planner.

Sydney, Australia to Buenos Aires is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll gain 13 hours traveling from Sydney to Buenos Aires due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Porto de Galinhas.

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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Recoleta Cemetery ©
Recoleta Cemetery

4
days
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Get outdoors at Muro Alto Beach and Maragogi Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach and Serrambi beach. Step out of Porto de Galinhas with an excursion to Carneiros Beach in Tamandare--about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Pontal De Maracaipe.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Porto de Galinhas day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Buenos Aires to Porto de Galinhas in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Buenos Aires in January since evenings lows in Porto de Galinhas dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

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Maragogi Beach, Carneiros Beach
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Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
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Carneiros Beach

7
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Praia do Sueste and Baia dos Golfinhos. Get outdoors at Baia do Sancho and Atalaia Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Cacimba do Padre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Porto de Santo Antonio Beach (Porto), and head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Fernando de Noronha tour itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Porto de Galinhas to Fernando de Noronha takes 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto de Galinhas to Fernando de Noronha is 1 hour. In January, daily temperatures in Fernando de Noronha can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

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Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Cacimba do Padre ©
Praia do Cacimba do Padre

5
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.
Relax by the water at Praia de Ipanema and Leblon Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Copacabana Beach and Praia de Grumari. There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Parque Nacional Tijuca, admire all the interesting features of Maracanã, take in the exciting artwork at Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mirante da Prainha.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro takes 8 hours. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. January in Rio de Janeiro sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Florianopolis.

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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Parque Nacional Tijuca ©
Parque Nacional Tijuca

5
days
Florianopolis, Brazil

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Get in touch with nature at Praia Mole and Joaquina beach. Visit Lagoinha do Leste and Praia da Galheta for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Praia do Campeche, take in the dramatic scenery at Praia da Solidao, admire all the interesting features of Jurere Internacional, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra da Lagoa Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Florianopolis day trip site .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Florianopolis by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January in Florianopolis, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

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Praia Mole ©
Praia Mole
Lagoinha do Leste ©
Lagoinha do Leste
Jurere Internacional ©
Jurere Internacional

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): see human ingenuity at work at Iguazu Falls. Keep things going the next day: admire the engineering at Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam and then meet the residents at Parque das Aves.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu tour planner.

You can fly from Florianopolis to Foz do Iguacu in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Florianopolis, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Foz do Iguacu, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves ©
Parque das Aves
Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam ©
Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam

1
day
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): admire the engineering at Iguazu Falls.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Iguazu National Park trip maker tool .

Getting from Foz do Iguacu to Iguazu National Park by car takes about an hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Los Glaciares National Park.

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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls

1
day
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): don't miss a visit to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our Los Glaciares National Park online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Iguazu National Park to Los Glaciares National Park takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. While traveling from Iguazu National Park, expect cooler days and little chillier nights in Los Glaciares National Park, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 15°C. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares

1
day
El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): trek along Miradores Los Condores y Las Aguilas and then take in the awesome beauty at Cerro Fitz Roy.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read El Chalten vacation builder tool .

Getting from Los Glaciares National Park to El Chalten by bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Puerto Ayora.

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Cerro Fitz Roy ©
Cerro Fitz Roy
Miradores Los Condores y Las Aguilas ©

3
days
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Get outdoors at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and El Garrapatero. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Charles Darwin Research Station, make a trip to Santa Cruz Fish Market, take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas, and kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora trip maker site .

Explore your travel options from El Chalten to Puerto Ayora with the Route module. The time zone changes from Argentine Time to Ecuador Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

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Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
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Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Playa de los Alemanes ©
Playa de los Alemanes

3
days
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and Eco Termales Hot Springs. Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, and look for all kinds of wild species at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos tour builder tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Puerto Ayora to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 19 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Ayora to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

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Arenal Volcano National Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs

4
days
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Escape the urban bustle at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Kitexplorer San Pedro. Spend the 12th (Tue) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get outside with Rum Punch II, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Pedro trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Pedro in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In February in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro

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Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Kitexplorer San Pedro ©
Kitexplorer San Pedro

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