41 days in South America Itinerary

41 days in South America Itinerary

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41 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + ferry:  4​h
2
Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 5 nights
+3
ferry + foot + bus + Fly:  11​h 15​min
3
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 30​min
4
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  16​h
5
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
6
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
7
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 6 nights
+2
ferry + shuttle + Fly:  16​h 30​min
8
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Praia de Ipanema and Pedra do Arpoador. We've included these beaches for you: Copacabana Beach and Barra da Tijuca Beach. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, make a trip to Escadaria Selaron, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerusalem Cultural Center.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro tour planner.

Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 1.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo in August, Rio de Janeiro is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador

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.
Get some cultural insight at Aqueduto da Ilha Grande and Igreja de Sao Sebastiao. Visit Grumixama Beach and Morcego Beach for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Sitio Forte Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ilha dos Macacos Beach.

Make your Ilha Grande itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande by combination of bus and ferry takes about 4 hours. In August in Ilha Grande, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Grumixama Beach ©
Grumixama Beach
Dois Rios Beach ©
Dois Rios Beach
Aventureiro ©
Aventureiro

6
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Capela de Sao Pedro and Fernando de Noronha Memorial. Escape the urban bustle at Fernando de Noronha and Baia dos Porcos. There's still lots to do: stroll through Praia do Cacimba do Padre and enjoy the sand and surf at Conceicao Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Fernando de Noronha vacation planner .

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Ilha Grande to Fernando de Noronha in 11.5 hours. Traveling from Ilha Grande to Fernando de Noronha, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ilha Grande in August, Fernando de Noronha is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Praia do Cacimba do Padre ©
Praia do Cacimba do Padre
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste

4
nights
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Muro Alto Beach and Carneiros Beach. Get some cultural insight at Outeiro church and panoramic view and Museu das Tartarugas - Ecoassociados. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach, stroll through Cupe beach, explore the gorgeous colors at Natural Pools of Porto de Galinhas, and sample the fine beverages at Cachacaria e Pimentaria Tio Gilson.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Porto de Galinhas travel planning app .

Getting from Fernando de Noronha to Porto de Galinhas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT) to Brasilia Time (BRT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Porto de Galinhas can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sacsayhuaman and Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visiting Salinas de Maras and Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, appreciate the extensive heritage of San Blas, pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cusco itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Porto de Galinhas to Cusco takes 16 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Porto de Galinhas to Cusco, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Porto de Galinhas in September: highs in Cusco hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

4
nights
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Escape the urban bustle at Cerro Tijeretas and Cerro Brujo. Visit La Loberia and Playa de Oro for some beach relaxation. There's much more to do: stroll through Puerto Chino Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mann, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cusco to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cusco in September: highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Cerro Brujo ©
Cerro Brujo
La Loberia ©
La Loberia

6
nights
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.
Relax by the water at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and El Garrapatero. Visiting Charles Darwin Research Station and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. Take a break from Puerto Ayora with a short trip to North Seymour Island in Baltra, about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Reserva El Chato, explore the world behind art at Galeria Exotico Ecuador, take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de los Perros.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora day trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora in 2.5 hours. September in Puerto Ayora sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Tunel de Lava Bellavista, North Seymour Island
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Reserva El Chato ©
Reserva El Chato
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Puerto Madero and San Telmo. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, wander the streets of La Boca, make a trip to Plaza de Mayo, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires journey maker website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Buenos Aires takes 16.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Ayora to Buenos Aires, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Puerto Ayora in September, things will get little chillier in Buenos Aires: highs are around 20°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
San Telmo ©
San Telmo

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