14 days in South America Itinerary

14 days in South America Itinerary

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14 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Guadalajara, Mexico
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  13 h 15 min
2
Florianopolis, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
3
Porto Seguro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
4
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  20 h 30 min
End: Guadalajara, Mexico

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Q'enqo, take a stroll through San Blas, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cusco trip itinerary maker app .

Guadalajara, Mexico to Cusco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Guadalajara to Cusco is 1 hour. Traveling from Guadalajara in March, you will find days in Cusco are little chillier (23°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Q'enqo ©
Q'enqo
Iglesia De Santo Domingo ©
Iglesia De Santo Domingo

2
nights
Florianopolis, Brazil

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Explore hidden gems such as Itapema Beach and Praia do Rosa. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Praia Mole and Praia das Laranjeiras. Take a break from Florianopolis with a short trip to Bombinhas Beach in Bombinhas, about 1h 30 min away.

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

You can fly from Cusco to Florianopolis in 13.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time to Brasilia Time is 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cusco in March: highs in Florianopolis hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Porto Seguro.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Itapema Beach, Praia do Rosa, Praia das Laranjeiras, Bombinhas Beach
Highlights from your plan
Praia do Rosa ©
Praia do Rosa
Praia Mole ©
Praia Mole
Bombinhas Beach ©
Bombinhas Beach

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Coroa Vermelha Beach and Muta Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Praia de Taipe and Taperapua Beach. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Mirror Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico, and enjoy the sand and surf at Pitinga Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Porto Seguro trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Florianopolis to Porto Seguro in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in April, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to fly to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Porto Seguro

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Coroa Vermelha Beach
Highlights from your plan
Coroa Vermelha Beach ©
Coroa Vermelha Beach
Praia de Taipe ©
Praia de Taipe
Muta Beach ©
Muta Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, then kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Copacabana Beach, and finally make a trip to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip builder tool .

Fly from Porto Seguro to Rio de Janeiro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Rio de Janeiro sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Armacao dos Buzios.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Praia das Dunas and Praia Grande. Visit Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia and Tartaruga Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of Armacao dos Buzios with an excursion to Mirante do Pontal do Atalaia in Arraial do Cabo--about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Azeda Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ferradurinha Beach, and make a trip to Rua das Pedras.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Armacao dos Buzios sightseeing planner.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Armacao dos Buzios by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Armacao dos Buzios can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Armacao dos Buzios

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Arraial do Cabo, Praia das Dunas
Highlights from your plan
Rua das Pedras ©
Rua das Pedras
Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia ©
Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia
Azeda Beach ©
Azeda Beach

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