50 days in South America Itinerary

50 days in South America Itinerary

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50 days in South America Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
2
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
3
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
5
Gramado, Brazil
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
6
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + ferry:  4​h
7
Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 5 nights
+3
ferry + foot + bus + Fly:  9​h
8
Porto Seguro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
9
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
10
Natal, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
11
Jericoacoara, Brazil
— 4 nights
+2
shuttle + taxi + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: London, United Kingdom

3
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Puerto Madero and Palermo. Popular historic sites such as San Telmo and Recoleta are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA), make a trip to Plaza de Mayo, try your luck at Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo, and have fun and explore at Museo de Los Niños Abasto.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Buenos Aires vacation trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Southampton, UK to Buenos Aires. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Argentine Time (ART), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Southampton in July, with highs in Buenos Aires at 17°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can fly to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Palermo ©
Palermo
San Telmo ©
San Telmo

5
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Barlan Travel & Adventure and Catedral de San Carlos de Bariloche. Get outdoors at Cerro Catedral Ski Resort and Cerro Otto. The adventure continues: get impressive views of Cerro Tronador, stroll through Circuito Chico, and indulge your taste buds at Patagonia Vinos.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Carlos de Bariloche trip generator.

Fly from Buenos Aires to San Carlos de Bariloche in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, San Carlos de Bariloche is little chillier than Buenos Aires - with highs of 7°C and lows of -1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Santiago.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Catedral Alta Patagonis
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Circuito Chico ©
Circuito Chico
Cerro Tronador ©
Cerro Tronador

4
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.
Get outdoors at Ski Portillo and Cerro San Cristobal. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at La Chascona and Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Cerro Santa Lucia and admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Santiago vacation trip planner.

Fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Santiago in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in July, expect Santiago to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Cusco.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Ski Portillo
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Ski Portillo ©
Ski Portillo
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©

5
nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Salinas de Maras and Terra Explorer Peru. Explore hidden gems such as Centro Historico De Cusco and Convento de Santo Domingo. When in Cusco, make a side trip to see Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo in Ollantaytambo, approximately 1:35 hours away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, examine the collection at Planetarium Cusco, and admire the striking features of Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cusco itinerary builder.

Getting from Santiago to Cusco by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santiago to Cusco, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Santiago in July, you will find days in Cusco are somewhat warmer (23°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

2
nights
Gramado, Brazil

Gramado ©
Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo and Jolimont Winery. Explore hidden gems such as Parque do Caracol and Mundo a Vapor. When in Gramado, make a side trip to see Trilha Passo da Ilha in Cambara do Sul, approximately 1:40 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Pedra and get in on the family fun at Snowland.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Gramado itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Cusco to Gramado in 12 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco to Gramado, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Canela, Trilha Passo da Ilha
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Caracol State Park ©
Caracol State Park
Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo ©
Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo
Mundo a Vapor ©
Mundo a Vapor

5
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Praia de Ipanema and Barra Da Tijuca. Escape the urban bustle at Parque Nacional Tijuca and Praia de Grumari. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirante da Prainha, see the interesting displays at Maracanã, get engrossed in the history at Imaginarias Igreja N. Sra. do Carmo da Lapa do Desterro Museum, and take some stellar pictures from Pedra Bonita.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip generator.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Gramado to Rio de Janeiro in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Parque Nacional Tijuca ©
Parque Nacional Tijuca
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

5
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.
Visiting Lopes Mendes Beach and Passaterra Beach will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Praia de Dois Rios and Morcego Beach. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Grumixama Beach, kick back and relax at Parnaioca Beach, and enjoy the sea views from Castelhanos Lighthouse.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ilha Grande trip generator.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande in 4.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Ilha Grande can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 15th (Tue), you'll travel to Porto Seguro.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Aventureiro ©
Aventureiro
Parnaioca Beach ©
Parnaioca Beach
Grumixama Beach ©
Grumixama Beach

5
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Centro Historico and Igreja Matriz Nossa Senhora da Pena are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Espelho Beach (Praia do Espelho) and Jacuma Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Porto Seguro side-trips: Trancoso (Quadrado & Amores Beach) and Arraial d'Ajuda (Mucuge Street & Pitinga Beach). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Taperapua Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Axe Moi Complexo de Lazer.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Porto Seguro trip generator.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Ilha Grande to Porto Seguro in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 21°C. On the 20th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Porto Seguro

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Praia do Espelho ©
Praia do Espelho
Pitinga Beach ©
Pitinga Beach
Taperapua Beach ©
Taperapua Beach

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Baia do Sancho and Baia dos Porcos. Step out of the city life by going to Praia do Cacimba do Padre and Conceicao Beach. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Sueste, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bode Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela de Sao Pedro, and take in panoramic vistas at Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Fernando de Noronha custom trip planner.

You can fly from Porto Seguro to Fernando de Noronha in 7.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto Seguro to Fernando de Noronha. In August, Fernando de Noronha is somewhat warmer than Porto Seguro - with highs of 33°C and lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Natal.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Praia do Leão ©
Praia do Leão
Praia do Cacimba do Padre ©
Praia do Cacimba do Padre
Conceicao Beach ©
Conceicao Beach

4
nights
Natal, Brazil

Natal ©
The promise of sun, sand, and surf generates plenty of tourism in Natal.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphins Bay and Chapadao Hill. Visiting Dunas de Genipabu and Madeiro Beach will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Natal to Tibau do Sul to see Cacimbinhas Beach about 1:25 hours away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Genipabu Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Natal trip itinerery planner.

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Natal in 2 hours. The time zone difference moving from Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Natal when traveling from Fernando de Noronha in August, with lows around 24°C. On the 29th (Tue), you're off toJericoacoara.

Things to do in Natal

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Praia da Pipa, Cacimbinhas Beach
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Cacimbinhas Beach ©
Cacimbinhas Beach
Dunas de Genipabu ©
Dunas de Genipabu
Dolphins Bay ©
Dolphins Bay

4
nights
Jericoacoara, Brazil

Jericoacoara ©
A charming coastal retreat known for its unspoiled natural landscape, laid-back atmosphere, and remote location, Jericoacoara offers plenty for visitors in search of a relaxing break in Brazil.
Step out of the city life by going to Jericoacoara Beach and Lagoa do Paraiso. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Camocim Beach (das Barreiras) and Imburanas Beach. Spend the 2nd (Sat) exploring nature at Jericoacoara National Park. There's more to do: explore the striking landscape at Duna do Por do Sol.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Jericoacoara trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Natal to Jericoacoara takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Natal to Jericoacoara is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jericoacoara

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Camocim, Jericoacoara National Park
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Jericoacoara National Park ©
Jericoacoara National Park
Camocim Beach ©
Camocim Beach
Jericoacoara Beach ©
Jericoacoara Beach

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