30 days in South America & Brazil Itinerary

30 days in South America & Brazil Itinerary

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30 days in South America & Brazil Itinerary

Start: Wellington, New Zealand
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  30​h
1
El Chalten, Argentina
— 3 nights
Bus:  3​h
2
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
7
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h
8
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Wellington, New Zealand

3
nights
El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten ©
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
El Chalten is known for nature, historic sites, scenic drive, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Laguna de los Tres, explore the activities along Lago del Desierto, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glaciar Piedras Blancas, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fitz Roy.

Before you visit El Chalten, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Wellington, New Zealand to El Chalten is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Wellington to El Chalten is minus 15 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Laguna de los Tres, Lago del Desierto
Highlights from your plan
Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre

2
nights
El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate ©
El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
On the 20th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lago Argentino and then head outdoors with Enjoy!.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the El Calafate trip planner .

Traveling by bus from El Chalten to El Calafate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daily temperatures in El Calafate can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in El Calafate

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino

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.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, historic sites, parks, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, take a stroll through Palermo, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, and get a taste of the local shopping with Puerto Madero.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires road trip planning website .

You can fly from El Calafate to Buenos Aires in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from El Calafate, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Buenos Aires, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

2
nights
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.
On the 26th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez and then head off the coast to Isla San Martin.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Iguazu National Park trip tool .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in February, expect nights in Iguazu National Park to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin
Isla San Martin ©
Isla San Martin

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 28th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu trip planning app .

You can drive from Iguazu National Park to Foz do Iguacu in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Foz do Iguacu are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Itaipu Dam ©
Itaipu Dam

4
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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, parks, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, stroll through Praia de Ipanema, and take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Tijuca.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro vacation planner .

You can fly from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February in Rio de Janeiro, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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

5
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.
Fernando de Noronha is known for beaches, museums, wildlife, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Baia do Sancho, head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos, stroll through Praia do Sueste, and stroll around Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Fernando de Noronha driving holiday planner .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha by flight takes about 7 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Morro dois Irmaos ©
Morro dois Irmaos
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos

4
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Santiago is known for parks, museums, shopping, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through San Cristóbal Hill, don't miss a visit to Patio Bellavista, examine the collection at La Chascona, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Santiago road trip site .

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Santiago in 12 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Santiago is minus 2 hours. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
La Chascona ©
La Chascona
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

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