32 days in South America & Caribbean Itinerary

32 days in South America & Caribbean Itinerary

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32 days in South America & Caribbean Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
+3
Fly + Shuttle + Ferry + Bus:  18​h 30​min
1
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 3 nights
+4
Ferry + Foot + Fly + Foot + Fly:  16​h
2
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3​h 15​min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  15​h 30​min
4
Porto Seguro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Ferry:  4​h
6
Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 2 nights
+6
Ferry + Foot + Bus + Tram + Fly + Bus + Taxi:  10​h 45​min
7
Ouro Preto, Brazil
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
8
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Taxi:  5​h 45​min
9
Maragogi, Brazil
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Shuttle + Fly:  22​h
10
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: San Francisco, United States

3
nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Visiting Fishing Charters & Tours and North Seymour Island will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Maprae and The Angelique Art Gallery. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva El Chato, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, view the masterpieces at Galeria Aymara, and explore the world behind art at Galeria Exotico Ecuador.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora sightseeing planning tool .

San Francisco, USA to Puerto Ayora is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Ecuador Time (ECT), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in September, Puerto Ayora is a bit warmer at night with lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island
Highlights from your plan
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
Fishing Charters & Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Piquillacta and Tipon. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Horseback Riding Tours and Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero. Change things up with a short trip to Moray in Maras (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, identify plant and animal life at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, and admire the striking features of The Company of Jesus Church.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cusco trip website .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Cusco in 16 hours. Traveling from Puerto Ayora in September, you will find days in Cusco are slightly colder (71°F), and nights are much colder (41°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Piquillacta, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Moray, Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Moray ©
Moray
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

2
nights
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, then identify plant and animal life at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu online visit planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Porto Seguro.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

4
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.
Relax by the water at Guaiu Beach and Barra Do Cahy Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Corumbau Beach and Rio da Barra Beach. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Joao Batista, explore the galleries of Espaco Coral Vivo Mucuge, take in panoramic vistas at Quadrado, and go for a walk through Sitio Arqueologico das Ruinas da Igreja do Outeiro Da Gloria.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Porto Seguro holiday builder .

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to Porto Seguro takes 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Machu Picchu to Porto Seguro. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Porto Seguro

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Guaiu Beach, Corumbau Beach, Barra Do Cahy Beach
Highlights from your plan
Rio da Barra Beach ©
Rio da Barra Beach
Guaiu Beach ©
Guaiu Beach
Barra Do Cahy Beach ©
Barra Do Cahy Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pao de Acucar, then kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerusalem Cultural Center, don't miss a visit to Olimpic Park, then see the interesting displays at Instituto Moreira Salles, then kick back and relax at Praia do Leme, and finally kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro route planner.

Traveling by flight from Porto Seguro to Rio de Janeiro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Rio de Janeiro, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Ilha Grande.

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

2
nights
Ilha Grande, Brazil

Ilha Grande ©
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
On the 22nd (Wed), stroll through Crena Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Santo Antonio Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dois Rios Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Vermelha Beach, stroll through Enseada do Bananal Beach, and then explore the ancient world of Aqueduto.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ilha Grande trip maker app .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande in 4 hours. September in Ilha Grande sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Ouro Preto.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Santo Antonio Beach ©
Santo Antonio Beach
Dois Rios Beach ©
Dois Rios Beach
Aqueduto ©
Aqueduto

1
night
Ouro Preto, Brazil

Ouro Preto ©
Designated a World Heritage Site because of its well-preserved Baroque architecture, the city of Ouro Preto served as the state capital until local governance outgrew the scale of this pleasant valley settlement.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Parque Estadual do Itacolomi, appreciate the extensive heritage of Rua Frei Durao, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Basilica da Se, then admire the local landmark of Centro Historico de Mariana, and finally admire the striking features of Santa Efigenia dos Pretos church. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Estrada Real, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sao Francisco de Assis, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosario, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Pedro dos Clerigos Cathedral, and finally discover the riches below the earth's surface at Minas do Palacio Velho.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Ouro Preto holiday maker site .

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and taxi from Ilha Grande to Ouro Preto takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. September in Ouro Preto sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Ouro Preto

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Mariana
Highlights from your plan
Church of Sao Francisco de Assis ©
Church of Sao Francisco de Assis
Sao Pedro dos Clerigos Cathedral ©
Sao Pedro dos Clerigos Cathedral
Catedral Basilica da Se ©
Catedral Basilica da Se

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Capela de Sao Pedro and Aulas de Energia – Espaco Usina Solar Fernando de Noronha. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Praia do Leão. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Atalaia Beach, examine the collection at Aberto da Tartaruga Marinha de Fernando de Noronha Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Conceicao Beach, and explore the activities along Buraco do Galego.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Fernando de Noronha day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Ouro Preto to Fernando de Noronha in 8.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time to Fernando de Noronha Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Ouro Preto in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 76°F in Fernando de Noronha. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Maragogi.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Praia do Cachorro ©
Praia do Cachorro
Fernado de Noronha Island ©
Fernado de Noronha Island
Atalaia Beach ©
Atalaia Beach

2
nights
Maragogi, Brazil

Maragogi ©
Located on the scenic Costa dos Corais, the municipality of Maragogi has become a hot spot for ecotourism.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): explore the gorgeous colors at Taocas, kick back and relax at Praia Ponta de Mangue, and then see the vivid underwater world at Piscinas Naturais de Barra Grande. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at N S das Candeias Church, then stroll through Bitingui Beach, and then explore the gorgeous colors at Piscinas Naturais de Japaratinga.

You can plan Maragogi trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Fernando de Noronha to Maragogi in 6 hours. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Maragogi, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha in September, plan for little chillier nights in Maragogi, with lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Maragogi

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Japaratinga
Highlights from your plan
Praia Ponta de Mangue ©
Praia Ponta de Mangue
Piscinas Naturais de Barra Grande ©
Piscinas Naturais de Barra Grande
Bitingui Beach ©
Bitingui Beach

2
nights
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

Santiago de Cuba ©
Santiago de Cuba has taken almost as much influence from Haiti and the Dominican Republic as it has from Havana, distilling a concoction of cultures to create a city with a distinct identity.
On the 3rd (Sun), kick back and relax at Playa El Verraco, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Sagrada Familia, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, contemplate the long history of Scalinata di Padre Pico, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Siboney Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Faro del Morro, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Santiago de Cuba trip itinerary tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Maragogi to Santiago de Cuba. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Maragogi to Santiago de Cuba due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Basilica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca ©
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia ©
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia

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