61 days in South America Itinerary

61 days in South America Itinerary

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61 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Alicante, Spain
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Salvador, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Fortaleza, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
6
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
7
Lima, Peru
— 5 nights
8
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
9
Quito, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
10
Santiago, Chile
— 6 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
11
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 4 nights
12
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
13
Florianopolis, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
14
Gramado, Brazil
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  25​h
End: Alicante, Spain

5
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Head to Bom Retiro and Galeria Arte Brasileirafor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Praiamar Shopping Center (in Santos), Iguatemi Esplanada (in Sorocaba) and Campinas (Galleria Shopping & Shopping Center Iguatemi Campinas). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, stop by Shopping Eldorado, and stroll around Parque Ibirapuera.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo holiday planning tool .

Alicante, Spain to Sao Paulo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Alicante to Sao Paulo is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Alicante in August, things will get slightly colder in Sao Paulo: highs are around 28°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trips

Campinas, Praiamar Shopping Center, Iguatemi Esplanada, Centervale Shopping
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Livraria Cultura ©
Livraria Cultura
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Bom Retiro ©
Bom Retiro

6
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.
Head to Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas and Shopping Leblonfor plenty of shopping. Get some cultural insight at Copacabana Beach and Praia de Ipanema. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, look for gifts at Feira da Praca XV, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Grumari, and kick back and relax at Mirante da Prainha.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro itinerary planning app .

Getting from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro by combination of bus and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rio de Janeiro when traveling from Sao Paulo in August, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Salvador.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer

2
nights
Salvador, Brazil

Salvador ©
Nowhere are the traditions of Brazil's African-background community as strong as in Salvador, the colorful, historical capital of Bahia state.
On the 2nd (Fri), browse the fresh offerings at Mercado do Rio Vermelho, stop by Salvador Shopping, then browse the different shops at Salvador Norte Shopping, then look for gifts at Cocadas Juriti, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): look for gifts at Boto-Cor-de-Rosa Livros Arte & Cafe and then take a stroll through Pelourinho.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Salvador day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Salvador takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Salvador are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Salvador

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Salvador Shopping ©
Salvador Shopping
Pelourinho ©
Pelourinho
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim ©

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.
Visiting Baia do Sancho and Praia do Sueste will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS and Capela de Sao Pedro. The adventure continues: get outside with Baia dos Porcos, tour the pleasant surroundings at Conceicao Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Cacimba do Padre, and take in panoramic vistas at Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Fernando de Noronha trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Salvador to Fernando de Noronha in 4 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Salvador to Fernando de Noronha is 1 hour. September in Fernando de Noronha sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Fortaleza.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos

2
nights
Fortaleza, Brazil

Fortaleza ©
They don't call Fortaleza "Brazilian Miami" for nothing.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): stop by Casarao dos Fabricantes, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Futuro, then buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping Iguatemi Fortaleza, and finally look for gifts at Shopping Patio Dom Luis.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Fortaleza route planner.

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Fortaleza in 5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is minus 1 hour. September in Fortaleza sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Fortaleza

Shopping Beaches Outdoors
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North Shopping Joquei ©
North Shopping Joquei
Praia de Futuro ©
Praia de Futuro

3
nights
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 11th (Sun): look for gifts at Duty Free Shop Puerto Iguazu and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Foz do Iguacu day trip site .

Fly from Fortaleza to Foz do Iguacu in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Fortaleza in September, expect Foz do Iguacu to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Lima.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Duty Free Shop Puerto Iguazu, Iguazu Falls
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Duty Free Shop Puerto Iguazu ©
Duty Free Shop Puerto Iguazu

5
nights
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Huaca Pucllana and Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco. For shopping fun, head to Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar) or Mercado nro 1 de Surquillo. There's more to do: stop by Dedalo arte & artesania and admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Lima tour itinerary builder site .

Getting from Foz do Iguacu to Lima by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Peru Time (PET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Foz do Iguacu in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Lima: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Shopping Wildlife Parks
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Dedalo arte & artesania ©
Dedalo arte & artesania
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©

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.
Head to Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco and Pedazo de Artefor plenty of shopping. Let the collections at Museo de Arte Precolombino and Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores capture your imagination. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, look for gifts at Hilo, indulge in some personalized pampering at Paramatma Holistic Healing, and head outdoors with Terra Explorer Peru.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cusco, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Lima in September since evenings lows in Cusco dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Cusco

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo de Arte Precolombino

4
nights
Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©
High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Guayasamin Museum and Olga Fisch Folklore. Shop till you drop at Shepherd Ecuador and Galeria Ecuador. Step out of Quito to go to Otavalo and see JJ Leathersmith, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at La Capilla Del Hombre, look for gifts at Bigalli Hats, and identify plant and animal life at Cuyabeno Lodge.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Quito holiday maker tool .

Getting from Cusco to Quito by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Quito, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Quito

Shopping Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

JJ Leathersmith
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Olga Fisch Folklore ©
Olga Fisch Folklore
Guayasamin Museum ©
Guayasamin Museum
La Capilla Del Hombre ©
La Capilla Del Hombre

6
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 in touch with nature at San Cristóbal Hill and Ski Portillo. Do your shopping at Costanera Center and Damien Mercier. Explore Santiago's surroundings by going to AJ Orfebres (in Valparaiso) and Lapislázuli Faba Viña del Mar (in Vina del Mar). There's much more to do: examine the collection at La Chascona, stop by Santiago wine club, admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and make a trip to Santa Lucia Hill.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Santiago trip builder tool .

You can fly from Quito to Santiago in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Quito to Santiago is 1 hour. On the 3rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

AJ Orfebres, Lapislázuli Faba Viña del Mar, Ski Portillo
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La Chascona ©
La Chascona
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Ski Portillo ©
Ski Portillo

4
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.
Head to Evo Sports and Benroth Chocolatesfor plenty of shopping. Step out of the city life by going to Catedral Alta Patagonis and Epic Bariloche. The adventure continues: trek along Circuito Chico, stop by Almacen de Vinos, and head outdoors with Barlan Travel & Adventure.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Carlos de Bariloche planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Santiago to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Santiago to San Carlos de Bariloche, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in San Carlos de Bariloche can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Benroth Chocolates
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Catedral Alta Patagonis
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Circuito Chico ©
Circuito Chico
Epic Bariloche ©
Epic Bariloche

6
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.
Get some cultural insight at Puerto Madero and Parque 3 de Febrero. Head to Palermo and Humawacafor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, try your luck at Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo, make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, and view the masterpieces at Quorum.

Planning Buenos Aires trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Buenos Aires in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in October, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Buenos Aires: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

3
nights
Florianopolis, Brazil

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Continente Shopping and Quintal da Ilha. Visiting Praia Mole and Jurere Internacional will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Lagoinha do Leste and stop by Arteeiro Arte e Artesanato.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Florianopolis journey tool .

Getting from Buenos Aires to Florianopolis by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in October, expect Florianopolis to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Head to Parada da Pipa and Barroco Atelierfor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gramado: Casa das Cucas Vitiaceri (in Bento Goncalves) and Kukos (in Nova Petropolis). And it doesn't end there: walk around Mini Mundo, stop by Divina Tavola Especiarias, admire the majestic nature at Parque Estadual do Caracol, and pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Gramado online journey planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Florianopolis to Gramado in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gramado

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trips

Canela, Casa das Cucas Vitiaceri, Kukos
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Mini Mundo ©
Mini Mundo
Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo ©
Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo
Parque Estadual do Caracol ©
Parque Estadual do Caracol

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