20 days in South America Itinerary

20 days in South America Itinerary

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20 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Macae, Brazil
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  9​h 30​min
4
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly + Bus:  9​h 15​min
End: Macae, Brazil

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.
Bring the kids along to Copacabana Beach and Praia de Grumari. Step out of Rio de Janeiro with an excursion to Imperial Museum in Petropolis--about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra da Tijuca Beach, take some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach, and don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro vacation planner.

Macae to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Imperial Museum
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple, then see human ingenuity at work at Itaipu Dam, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museu de Cera Dreamland, then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls, and then have fun at Wake Iguassu Cable Park.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Foz do Iguacu tour itinerary builder website .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Foz do Iguacu when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Museu de Cera Dreamland ©
Museu de Cera Dreamland
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Cemiterio de Recoleta and Coleccion de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, steep yourself in history at Casa Rosada, and get a taste of the local shopping with Puerto Madero.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Foz do Iguacu to Buenos Aires takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in September, things will get slightly colder in Buenos Aires: highs are around 20°C and lows about 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

3
nights
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Kids will enjoy Muro Alto Beach and Praia De Maracaipe. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Porto de Galinhas: Praia dos Carneiros (in Tamandare), Recife (Instituto Ricardo Brennand & Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand) and Zoologico Pet Silvestre (in Maragogi). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Massangana Sugar Cane Mill, stroll through Cupe beach, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cachacaria e Pimentaria Tio Gilson.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Porto de Galinhas travel route builder app .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Buenos Aires to Porto de Galinhas in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Buenos Aires in September; daily highs in Porto de Galinhas reach 32°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Recife, Praia dos Carneiros, Zoologico Pet Silvestre, Capela Nossa Senhora do Desterro
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Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
Praia dos Carneiros ©
Praia dos Carneiros

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.
Attractions like Baia do Sancho and Praia do Sueste make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Fernando de Noronha, head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos, and stroll through Atalaia Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Fernando de Noronha route maker website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Porto de Galinhas to Fernando de Noronha in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Porto de Galinhas to Fernando de Noronha, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Fernado de Noronha Island ©
Fernado de Noronha Island

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