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
Fly:  10​h
1
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  13​h
2
Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + ferry:  7​h 30​min
3
Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 4 nights
+2
ferry + foot + bus:  4​h
4
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
5
Porto Seguro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Itacare, Brazil
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + ferry:  5​h
7
Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 3 nights
+4
ferry + foot + bus + Fly + shuttle:  8​h
8
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Maragogi, Brazil
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
10
Praia da Pipa, Brazil
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h
11
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Patagonia Ski School and Sendero de los Arrayanes. Step off the beaten path and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Playa Bonita. There's still lots to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the sheer force of Cascada de los Duendes, and stop by VanWynsberghe Chocolats.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Carlos de Bariloche trip builder .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to San Carlos de Bariloche is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo in August, expect San Carlos de Bariloche to be cooler, temps between 9°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Armacao dos Buzios.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Sendero de los Arrayanes ©
Sendero de los Arrayanes
Fishing Charters & Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil

Armacao dos Buzios ©
Perched on the tip of a peninsula about 175 km (109 mi) east of Rio de Janeiro, the coastal town of Armacao dos Buzios attracts visitors looking to enjoy a beachside getaway without the crowds and chaos of the big city.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Prainha and Dunas Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Forno Beach and Passagem Neighborhood. Change things up with a short trip to Paróquia Nossa Senhora da Assunção - Igreja São Pedro in Cabo Frio (about 58 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Serra das Emerencias, and appreciate the history behind Escultura Os Tres Pescadores.

Make your Armacao dos Buzios itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from San Carlos de Bariloche to Armacao dos Buzios takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in August, things will get much warmer in Armacao dos Buzios: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Armacao dos Buzios

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cabo Frio
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Forno Beach ©
Forno Beach
Passagem Neighborhood ©
Passagem Neighborhood
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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.
Visit Grumixama Beach and Leste e do Sul Beach for some beach relaxation. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Proveta Beach and Vermelha Beach. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Camiranga Beach, delve into the distant past at Aqueduto da Ilha Grande, stroll through Aracatibinha Beach, and see the interesting displays at Ecomuseu Ilha Grande.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ilha Grande road trip website .

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Armacao dos Buzios to Ilha Grande in 7.5 hours. August in Ilha Grande sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Santo Antonio Beach ©
Santo Antonio Beach
Aracatibinha Beach ©
Aracatibinha Beach
Camiranga Beach ©
Camiranga Beach

3
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 get in some beach time at Piratininga Beach and Pepe Beach. Pedra do Telegrafo and Sao Francisco da Penitencia Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, get engrossed in the history at Forte de Copacabana, and explore and take pictures at Forte Duque de Caxias.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro day trip site .

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro in 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Porto Seguro.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Piratininga Beach
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Pedra do Telegrafo ©
Pedra do Telegrafo
Pepe Beach ©
Pepe Beach
Piratininga Beach ©
Piratininga Beach

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Corumbau Beach and Rio da Barra Beach. Relax by the water at Barra do Sul Beach and Mundai Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Santo Andre Beach in Santo Andre (about 1h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, examine the collection at Museu do Descobrimento - Porto Seguro, and don't miss a visit to Praca Caminho do Mar.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Porto Seguro trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Porto Seguro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Porto Seguro sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Itacare.

Things to do in Porto Seguro

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Cruz Cabralia, Corumbau Beach
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Rio da Barra Beach ©
Rio da Barra Beach
Mundai Beach ©
Mundai Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Itacare, Brazil

Itacare ©
Most visitors remember their Itacare vacation by the area's wide beaches, lapped by breakers ideal for both experienced surfers and novice wave riders still perfecting their skills.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pe de Serra Beach and Cachoeira do Tremembe. Step out of the city life by going to Sao Jose Beach and Algodoes Beach. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Resende Beach, make a trip to Passarela da Vila, and take some stellar pictures from Ponta do Xareu.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Itacare route builder app .

You can drive from Porto Seguro to Itacare in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In September, daily temperatures in Itacare can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Morro de Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Itacare

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Algodoes Beach, Pe de Serra Beach, Cachoeira do Tremembe
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Cachoeira do Tremembe ©
Cachoeira do Tremembe
Passarela da Vila ©
Passarela da Vila
Ponta do Xareu ©
Ponta do Xareu

3
nights
Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil

Morro de Sao Paulo ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Garapua Beach and Quinta Praia (Praia do Encanto). Escape the urban bustle at Praia do Mirante and Praia do Pontal. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Da Nossa Senhora Da Luz, head outdoors with Praia Pratigi, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Morro de Sao Paulo tour planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Itacare to Morro de Sao Paulo takes 5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Morro de Sao Paulo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Morro de Sao Paulo

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Quinta Praia (Praia do Encanto) ©
Quinta Praia (Praia do Encanto)
Praia do Mirante ©
Praia do Mirante
Igreja Da Nossa Senhora Da Luz ©
Igreja Da Nossa Senhora Da Luz

2
nights
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Get a sense of the local culture at Centro Historico and Se Cathedral. Discover out-of-the-way places like Praia de Calhetas and Serrambi Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Church and Monastery of Sao Bento (in Olinda) and Recife (Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand & Museu Cais do Sertao). There's more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and sample the fine beverages at Cachakaria Destak.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Porto de Galinhas online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, flight, and shuttle from Morro de Sao Paulo to Porto de Galinhas takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and shuttle. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Maragogi.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Olinda, Recife, Praia de Calhetas, Cachakaria Destak
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Praia de Calhetas ©
Praia de Calhetas
Serrambi Beach ©
Serrambi Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Maragogi, Brazil

Maragogi ©
Located on the scenic Costa dos Corais, the municipality of Maragogi has become a hot spot for ecotourism.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Boqueirao Beach and Taocas. Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Piscinas Naturais de Japaratinga. Step out of Maragogi with an excursion to Barreiras do Boqueirao Beach in Japaratinga--about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bitingui Beach, see the vivid underwater world at Piscinas Naturais de Barra Grande, and take some stellar pictures from Mirante do Cruzeiro.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Maragogi itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Porto de Galinhas to Maragogi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Porto de Galinhas in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Maragogi, with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Praia da Pipa.

Things to do in Maragogi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Japaratinga
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Barreiras do Boqueirao Beach ©
Barreiras do Boqueirao Beach
Boqueirao Beach ©
Boqueirao Beach
Bitingui Beach ©
Bitingui Beach

3
nights
Praia da Pipa, Brazil

Praia da Pipa ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Praias Do Amor E Do Moleque and Baia Formosa Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Guarairas Beach and Sibauma Beach. Explore Praia da Pipa's surroundings by going to Clidenor de Lima Galvao Museum (in Arez) and Bacopari Lighthouse (in Baia Formosa). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Santuario Ecologico de Pipa, enjoy the sand and surf at Cacimbinhas Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Cacimbinhas Cliffs, and make a trip to Rua Beija Flor.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Praia da Pipa travel route site .

Traveling by car from Maragogi to Praia da Pipa takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Praia da Pipa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tibau do Sul, Baia Formosa, Clidenor de Lima Galvao Museum, Vila da Pipa Shopping
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Sibauma Beach ©
Sibauma Beach
Cacimbinhas Beach ©
Cacimbinhas Beach
Praias Do Amor E Do Moleque ©
Praias Do Amor E Do Moleque

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.
Relax by the water at Praia do Bode and Praia do Americano. Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Ponta das Caracas. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Enseada da Caieira, take an in-depth tour of Fernando de Noronha Memorial, look and learn at Aulas de Energia - Espaco Usina Solar Fernando de Noronha, and hike along Trilha Costa Esmeralda.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Fernando de Noronha road trip tool .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Praia da Pipa to Fernando de Noronha in 3 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Praia da Pipa to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Praia da Pipa in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Fernando de Noronha, with lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Praia do Bode ©
Praia do Bode
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Capela de Sao Pedro ©
Capela de Sao Pedro

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