21 days in South America Itinerary

21 days in South America Itinerary

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21 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Sofia, Bulgaria
Fly + Drive:  22​h
1
Visconde de Maua, Brazil
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Paraty, Brazil
— 2 nights
+2
bus + tram + Fly:  8​h
3
Porto Seguro, Brazil
— 2 nights
+4
Fly + bus + foot + subway + bus:  7​h 30​min
4
Alto Paraiso de Goias, Brazil
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11​h 45​min
5
Bodoquena, Brazil
— 1 day
Drive:  9​h
6
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 1 day
Drive:  15​min
7
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 2 nights
shuttle:  30​min
8
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— Few hours
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  10​h 45​min
9
Pucon, Chile
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Puerto Varas, Chile
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  16​h 45​min
11
Banos, Ecuador
— 1 night
Drive:  22​h 45​min
12
Canaima National Park, Venezuela
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  33​h
End: Sofia, Bulgaria

1
day
Visconde de Maua, Brazil

Visconde de Maua ©
Visconde de Maua serves as a series of three remote valley towns barely connected to the surrounding region.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Escorrega Waterfall. On the 11th (Mon), browse the exhibits of Centro Cultural Visconde de Maua and then take in the dramatic scenery at Escorrega Waterfall.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Visconde de Maua trip planner .

Sofia, Bulgaria to Visconde de Maua is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Sofia to Visconde de Maua is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Sofia in November, things will get warmer in Visconde de Maua: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Paraty.

Things to do in Visconde de Maua

Nature Parks Shopping
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Escorrega Waterfall ©
Escorrega Waterfall
Centro Cultural Visconde de Maua ©
Centro Cultural Visconde de Maua

2
nights
Paraty, Brazil

Paraty ©
Gazing out over a bay of tiny tropical islands, with rainforests climbing mountains in the background, it's easy to see why tourism in Paraty gets more popular by the year.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): kick back and relax at Meio Beach and then kick back and relax at Praia do Cachadaco. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Poco dos Ingleses, admire the landmark architecture of Church of Our Lady of Remedies, then kick back and relax at Sono Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Generous Woman.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Paraty road trip planning tool .

Drive from Visconde de Maua to Paraty in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Porto Seguro.

Things to do in Paraty

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sono Beach ©
Sono Beach
Praia do Cachadaco ©
Praia do Cachadaco
Church of Our Lady of Remedies ©
Church of Our Lady of Remedies

2
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.
Visit Muta Beach and Taperapua Beach for some beach relaxation. Step off the beaten path and head to Coroa Vermelha Beach and Pitinga Beach. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Capela de Nossa Senhora da Ajuda, look for all kinds of wild species at Recife de Fora, and stop by Emporio Da Pimenta.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Porto Seguro trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Paraty to Porto Seguro takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. In November in Porto Seguro, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Alto Paraiso de Goias.

Things to do in Porto Seguro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Coroa Vermelha Beach
Highlights from your plan
Muta Beach ©
Muta Beach
Coroa Vermelha Beach ©
Coroa Vermelha Beach
Pitinga Beach ©
Pitinga Beach

2
nights
Alto Paraiso de Goias, Brazil

Alto Paraiso de Goias ©
Developed from a 19th-century cattle ranch, Alto Paraiso de Goias serves as the major gateway to a World Heritage-listed national park known for containing some of the world's oldest natural rock formations.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cachoeira Loquinhas, Almecegas I Waterfalls and Catarata dos Couros. On the 17th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Catarata dos Couros and then take in the dramatic natural features at Vale da Lua. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Cachoeira Loquinhas and then admire the sheer force of Almecegas I Waterfalls.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Alto Paraiso de Goias journey planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Porto Seguro to Alto Paraiso de Goias takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Porto Seguro to Alto Paraiso de Goias due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Bodoquena.

Things to do in Alto Paraiso de Goias

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cachoeira Loquinhas ©
Cachoeira Loquinhas
Almecegas I Waterfalls ©
Almecegas I Waterfalls
Vale da Lua ©
Vale da Lua

1
day
Bodoquena, Brazil

Bodoquena
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Serra da Bodoquena Waterfalls.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bodoquena trip builder site .

Explore your travel options from Alto Paraiso de Goias to Bodoquena with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Bodoquena

Nature Parks

1
day
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Garganta do Diabo. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): examine the collection at Museu de Cera Dreamland and then admire the sheer force of Garganta do Diabo.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Foz do Iguacu trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Bodoquena to Foz do Iguacu takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Bodoquena to Foz do Iguacu, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Puerto Iguazu.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Devil's Throat ©
Devil's Throat
Museu de Cera Dreamland ©
Museu de Cera Dreamland

2
nights
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

Puerto Iguazu ©
The gateway to a national park inscribed on the World Heritage List, growing Puerto Iguazu sits on the confluence of two major rivers near the border with Paraguay and Brazil.
You've now added Garganta del Diablo to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): admire the sheer force of Garganta del Diablo. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Iguazu.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Iguazu day trip planning site .

Puerto Iguazu is just a stone's throw from Foz do Iguacu. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to take a shuttle to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Puerto Iguazu

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Garganta del Diablo ©
Garganta del Diablo

few
hours
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Iguazu National Park itinerary planner.

Iguazu National Park is just a stone's throw from Puerto Iguazu. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in November, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll travel to Pucon.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

1
night
Pucon, Chile

Pucon ©
Nestled in the shadow of the snow-capped Villarrica volcano, Pucon ranks among the world's premier destinations for adventure sports and high-thrills activities.
You've now added Ojos del Caburga to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Sat), admire the sheer force of Ojos del Caburga. Keep things going the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Termas Geometricas.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Pucon trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Iguazu National Park to Pucon takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Argentine Time (ART) to Chile Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Pucon

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ojos del Caburga ©
Ojos del Caburga
Termas Geometricas ©
Termas Geometricas

1
night
Puerto Varas, Chile

Puerto Varas ©
Overlooking a lake, with a conical volcano looming in the background, Puerto Varas enjoys memorable scenery but retains its authentic atmosphere.
On the 25th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Museo Pablo Fierro, explore the activities along Lago Todos Los Santos, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Llanquihue.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Puerto Varas online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Pucon to Puerto Varas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Puerto Varas, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Banos.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lake Llanquihue ©
Lake Llanquihue
Lago Todos Los Santos ©
Lago Todos Los Santos
Museo Pablo Fierro ©
Museo Pablo Fierro

1
night
Banos, Ecuador

Banos ©
A trip to Banos, a relatively small town in the picturesque Andean highlands, ensures plenty of chances for outdoor activities like horseback riding, hiking, climbing, canyoning, and mountain biking.
You've now added Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): get outside with Canopy double puerta del cielo and then take in the dramatic scenery at Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron).

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Banos vacation app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Puerto Varas to Banos takes 17 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Chile Time to Ecuador Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Canaima National Park.

Things to do in Banos

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) ©
Canopy double puerta del cielo ©
Canopy double puerta del cielo

2
nights
Canaima National Park, Venezuela

Canaima National Park ©
One of the largest national parks in the world, Canaima National Park encompasses 30,000 sq km (12 sq mi) of distinct landscapes, varied wildlife, and the world's highest waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Aponguao.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Canaima National Park driving holiday planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Banos to Canaima National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Canaima National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Salto Aponguao ©
Salto Aponguao

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