29 days in South America Itinerary

29 days in South America Itinerary

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29 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Ferry:  17 h 45 min
1
Ilha Grande
— 2 nights
Ferry + Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Ubatuba
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Ilhabela
— 3 nights
Ferry + Drive:  7 h 15 min
4
Armacao dos Buzios
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Rio de Janeiro
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
6
Porto Seguro
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
7
Itacare
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  10 h 30 min
8
Fernando de Noronha
— 4 nights
Fly:  17 h
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande ©
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Visiting Lagoa Azul and Aventureiro will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Dois Rios Beach and Caxadaco Beach. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Preta, stroll through Santo Antonio Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ilha Grande route planner.

Amsterdam, Holland to Ilha Grande is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is minus 4 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Amsterdam in January: high temperatures in Ilha Grande hover around 37°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ubatuba.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Aventureiro ©
Aventureiro
Lagoa Azul ©
Lagoa Azul
Dois Rios Beach ©
Dois Rios Beach

3
nights
Ubatuba

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Meio Beach and Felix Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Itamambuca Beach and Praia das Toninhas. Change things up with a short trip to Praia do Cachadaco in Trindade (about 1h 10 min away). It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Prumirim Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ubatuba online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Ilha Grande to Ubatuba takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Ilha Grande to Ubatuba, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ilhabela.

Things to do in Ubatuba

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Paraty
Highlights from your plan
Meio Beach ©
Meio Beach
Itamambuca Beach ©
Itamambuca Beach
Prumirim Beach ©
Prumirim Beach

3
nights
Ilhabela

Ilhabela ©
Translated as "beautiful island," Ilhabela has the natural landscape to live up to its name.
Step out of the city life by going to Baia de Castelhanos Beach and Curral Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Praia Da Feiticeira and Maresias Beach. The adventure continues: trek along Bonete Beach and pause for some serene contemplation at Nossa Senhora D'Ajuda e Bom Sucesso Church.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ilhabela online trip builder .

Drive from Ubatuba to Ilhabela in 3 hours. The time zone difference moving from Amazon Time to Brasilia Time is 1 hour. In January, daytime highs in Ilhabela are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Armacao dos Buzios.

Things to do in Ilhabela

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Maresias Beach
Highlights from your plan
Praia Da Feiticeira ©
Praia Da Feiticeira
Baia de Castelhanos Beach ©
Baia de Castelhanos Beach
Bonete Beach ©
Bonete Beach

3
nights
Armacao dos Buzios

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.
Get in touch with nature at Azedinha Beach and Joao Fernandinho Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mirante de Joao Fernandes and Porto da Barra Buzios. Change things up with these side-trips from Armacao dos Buzios: Arraial do Cabo (Mirante do Pontal do Atalaia & Praia Grande). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Ferradura Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Azeda Beach, and don't miss a visit to Rua das Pedras.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Armacao dos Buzios trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Ilhabela to Armacao dos Buzios in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Ilhabela in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 26°C in Armacao dos Buzios. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Armacao dos Buzios

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Arraial do Cabo
Highlights from your plan
Mirante de Joao Fernandes ©
Mirante de Joao Fernandes
Azedinha Beach ©
Azedinha Beach
Joao Fernandinho Beach ©
Joao Fernandinho Beach

3
nights
Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
You'll get in some beach time at Copacabana Beach and Leblon Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pao de Acucar and Praia de Ipanema. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Grumari, kick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach, make a trip to Escadaria Selaron, and admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Armacao dos Buzios to Rio de Janeiro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. January in Rio de Janeiro sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Porto Seguro.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

4
nights
Porto Seguro

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Coroa Vermelha Beach and Pitinga Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Taipe Beach and Muta Beach. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Pataxo da Jaqueira, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela de Nossa Senhora da Ajuda, tour the pleasant surroundings at Taperapua Beach, and explore the gorgeous colors at Recife de Fora.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Porto Seguro trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Porto Seguro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January: highs in Porto Seguro hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Itacare.

Things to do in Porto Seguro

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Coroa Vermelha Beach
Highlights from your plan
Muta Beach ©
Muta Beach
Praia de Taipe ©
Praia de Taipe
Igreja de Sao Joao Batista ©
Igreja de Sao Joao Batista

3
nights
Itacare

Itacare ©
Most visitors remember their Itacare vacation by the area's wide beaches, lapped by breakers ideal for both experienced surfers and novice wave riders still perfecting their skills.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jeribucacu Beach and Prainha Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Havaizinho Beach and Praia da Tiririca. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Ribeira Beach and enjoy the sand and surf at Itacarezinho Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Itacare vacation planning tool .

You can drive from Porto Seguro to Itacare in 6 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Itacare

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ribeira Beach ©
Ribeira Beach
Prainha Beach ©
Prainha Beach
Jeribucacu Beach ©
Jeribucacu Beach

4
nights
Fernando de Noronha

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS and Aulas de Energia – Espaco Usina Solar Fernando de Noronha. Discover out-of-the-way places like Conceicao Beach and Praia do Cachorro. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Porto de Santo Antonio Beach, head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos, enjoy breathtaking views from Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Cacimba do Padre.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Fernando de Noronha trip planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Itacare to Fernando de Noronha in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Itacare to Fernando de Noronha. January in Fernando de Noronha sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Praia do Cachorro ©
Praia do Cachorro
Conceicao Beach ©
Conceicao Beach
Atalaia Beach ©
Atalaia Beach

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