41 days in South America Itinerary

41 days in South America Itinerary

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41 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly + Drive:  19​h
1
Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 5 nights
ferry + Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Ubatuba, Brazil
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Ilhabela, Brazil
— 4 nights
+3
ferry + foot + bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
4
Florianopolis, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h
5
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h 45​min
6
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
7
Porto Seguro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
8
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 6 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + ferry:  7​h 30​min
9
Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Washington DC, United States

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Meros Beach and Praia Preta. Explore hidden gems such as Caxadaco Beach and Grumixama Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Abraaozinho Beach, stroll through Lopes Mendes Beach, contemplate the long history of Dois Rios Village, and explore the activities along Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ilha Grande trip itinerary builder.

Washington DC, USA to Ilha Grande is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Ilha Grande, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in January: high temperatures in Ilha Grande hover around 88°F and lows are around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ubatuba.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande ©
Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande
Lagoa Azul ©
Lagoa Azul
Aventureiro ©
Aventureiro

5
nights
Ubatuba, Brazil

Ubatuba ©
Ubatuba, a municipality with great swathes of lush, green forest and over 100 beaches, offers plenty of excitement and relaxation to suit a range of itineraries.
We've included these beaches for you: Fortaleza Beach and Almada Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Praia do Tenorio and Toninhas Beach. Explore Ubatuba's surroundings by going to Paraty (Sono Beach & Paraty Historical City National Monument) and Praia do Meio (in Trindade). There's more to do: stroll through Prumirim Beach and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Grande Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ubatuba travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Ilha Grande to Ubatuba in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Ilhabela.

Things to do in Ubatuba

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Paraty
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Sono Beach ©
Sono Beach
Meio Beach ©
Meio Beach
Prumirim Beach ©
Prumirim Beach

4
nights
Ilhabela, Brazil

Ilhabela ©
Translated as "beautiful island," Ilhabela has the natural landscape to live up to its name.
We've included these beaches for you: Fome Beach and Viana Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Pereque Beach and Nossa Senhora D'Ajuda e Bom Sucesso Church. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Portinho Beach, admire the sheer force of Tres Tombos Waterfall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Saco do Eustaquio Beach, and don't miss a visit to Mirante do Barreiro.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ilhabela trip generator.

Traveling by bus from Ubatuba to Ilhabela takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in January, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Ilhabela

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Viana Beach ©
Viana Beach
Fome Beach ©
Fome Beach
Parque Estadual de Ilhabela ©
Parque Estadual de Ilhabela

4
nights
Florianopolis, Brazil

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Praia da Lagoinha da Ponta das Canas and Bombas Beach. Get some cultural insight at Santa Cruz de Anhatomirim Fortress and Catedral Metropolitana de Florianopolis. Get out of town with these interesting Florianopolis side-trips: Lagoinha Beach (Trapiche) (in Bombinhas) and Itapema Beach (in Itapema). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Campeche, take in the dramatic scenery at Praia da Solidao, and stroll through Armacao beach.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Florianopolis itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Ilhabela to Florianopolis in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Florianopolis are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Praia de Bombas, Itapema Beach, Santa Cruz de Anhatomirim Fortress, Da Lagoa
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Da Lagoa ©
Da Lagoa
Praia de Bombas ©
Praia de Bombas
Praia da Lagoinha da Ponta das Canas ©

1
night
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.
You've now added Inkas Destination to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, take a spin around town with Inkas Destination, then explore the ancient world of Q'enqo, and finally explore the ancient world of Tambomachay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Tipon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Company of Jesus Church, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cusco travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Florianopolis to Cusco by flight takes about 17 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Florianopolis to Cusco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Florianopolis in January, expect nights in Cusco to be cooler, around 46°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Inkas Destination ©
Inkas Destination
Tipon ©
Tipon
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Capilla San Eduardo. Here are some ideas for day two: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Carlos de Bariloche travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 18 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco to San Carlos de Bariloche, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Cusco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Carlos de Bariloche, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Porto Seguro.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Fishing Charters & Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Rio da Barra Beach and Guaiu Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parracho Beach and Rio da Barra Beach. When in Porto Seguro, make a side trip to see Barra do Sul Beach in Santo Andre, approximately 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Joao Batista, examine the collection at Museu de Porto Seguro, go for a walk through Sitio Arqueologico das Ruinas da Igreja do Outeiro Da Gloria, and stroll through Mundai Beach.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Porto Seguro custom trip planner.

You can fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Porto Seguro in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in February, you will find days in Porto Seguro are somewhat warmer (84°F), and nights are warmer (72°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Porto Seguro

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Cruz Cabralia
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Rio da Barra Beach ©
Rio da Barra Beach
Guaiu Beach ©
Guaiu Beach
Mundai Beach ©
Mundai Beach

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS and Museu do Tubarao. Appreciate the collections at Fernando de Noronha Memorial and Aberto da Tartaruga Marinha de Fernando de Noronha Museum. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Bode Beach, stroll through Praia do Americano, make a trip to Fortaleza N S dos Remedios, and head outdoors with Morro dois Irmaos.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Fernando de Noronha trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Porto Seguro to Fernando de Noronha in 7 hours. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT) is 1 hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Morro de Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Capela de Sao Pedro ©
Capela de Sao Pedro
Praia do Bode ©
Praia do Bode
Buraco da Raquel ©
Buraco da Raquel

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Garapua Beach and Terceira Praia Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Quinta Praia (Praia do Encanto) and Farol do Morro. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Da Nossa Senhora Da Luz, kick back and relax at Gamboa Beach, stroll through Segunda Praia Beach, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Ruinas da Fortaleza do Tapirandu.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Morro de Sao Paulo tour planner.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Fernando de Noronha to Morro de Sao Paulo in 7.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Fernando de Noronha Time to Brasilia Time is minus 1 hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Morro de Sao Paulo

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Farol do Morro ©
Farol do Morro
Gamboa Beach ©
Gamboa Beach
Quinta Praia (Praia do Encanto) ©
Quinta Praia (Praia do Encanto)

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