38 days in South America Itinerary

38 days in South America Itinerary

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38 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly + Drive:  21 h
1
Praia da Pipa, Brazil
— 3 nights
+4
Shuttle + Fly + Bus + Foot + Ferry:  9 h 15 min
2
Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Foot + Bus:  5 h
3
Itacare, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
4
Porto Seguro, Brazil
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Tram + Bus:  6 h
5
Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Ferry:  7 h 30 min
6
Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 2 nights
Ferry + Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Ubatuba, Brazil
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Ilhabela, Brazil
— 3 nights
+3
Ferry + Foot + Bus + Fly:  7 h 45 min
9
Florianopolis, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  10 h 45 min
10
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  19 h 30 min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

3
nights
Praia da Pipa, Brazil

Praia da Pipa ©
Some of Brazil's finest beaches stand among top Praia de Pipa tourist attractions, though the area also features lively nightlife and a big selection of cafes, restaurants, bars, art galleries, and artisan workshops.
Visit Bacopari Lighthouse and Sao Sebastiao Church for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Baia Formosa Beach and Santuario Ecologico de Pipa. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sibauma Beach, kick back and relax at Tibau do Sul Beach, browse the different shops at Vila da Pipa Shopping, and explore the striking landscape at Falesias de Cacimbinhas.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Praia da Pipa road trip planning website .

Cape Town, South Africa to Praia da Pipa is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Cape Town to Praia da Pipa due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape Town in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Praia da Pipa, with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Morro de Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Praia da Pipa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Tibau do Sul, Baia Formosa, Vila da Pipa Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Pipa Beach ©
Pipa Beach
Tibau do Sul Beach ©
Tibau do Sul Beach
Sibauma Beach ©
Sibauma Beach

2
nights
Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil

Morro de Sao Paulo ©
One of the island of Tinhare's five villages, Morro de Sao Paulo stands as an old, charming settlement, with plenty of natural attractions and all the facilities to make visitors feel at home.
Take a break from the city and head to Gamboa Beach and Bainema. Explore hidden gems such as Farol do Morro and Eco Store. Step out of Morro de Sao Paulo to go to Ilha de Boipeba and see Boca da Barra, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Quarta Praia, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and stroll through Praia do Mirante.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Morro de Sao Paulo trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Praia da Pipa to Morro de Sao Paulo by combination of shuttle, flight, bus, and ferry takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In January in Morro de Sao Paulo, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Itacare.

Things to do in Morro de Sao Paulo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Ilha de Boipeba
Highlights from your plan
Farol do Morro ©
Farol do Morro
Gamboa Beach ©
Gamboa Beach
Bainema ©
Bainema

2
nights
Itacare, Brazil

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): kick back and relax at Itacarezinho Beach, then kick back and relax at Jeribucacu Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Resende Beach. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from Tours, enjoy the sea views from Itacare Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Prainha Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Itacare tour itinerary planning website .

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Morro de Sao Paulo to Itacare in 5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Porto Seguro.

Things to do in Itacare

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

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Rio da Barra Beach and Satu Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Memorial da Epopeia do Descobrimento and Espaco Coral Vivo Mucuge. Get out of town with these interesting Porto Seguro side-trips: Santo Andre (Guaiu Beach & Santo Andre Beach). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Rio Verde Beach, don't miss a visit to Macuco Artesanato, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and stroll through Mundai Beach.

Plan my day in Porto Seguro using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Itacare to Porto Seguro in 6 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Armacao dos Buzios.

Things to do in Porto Seguro

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Santa Cruz Cabralia
Highlights from your plan
Rio da Barra Beach ©
Rio da Barra Beach
Guaiu Beach ©
Guaiu Beach
Igreja de Sao Joao Batista ©
Igreja de Sao Joao Batista

4
nights
Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil

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.
Visiting Praia das Dunas and Brava Beach will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Prainha and Passagem Neighborhood. Get out of town with these interesting Armacao dos Buzios side-trips: Foguete Beach (in Cabo Frio) and Arraial do Cabo (Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia & Farol Beach). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirante do Forno, make a trip to Rua das Pedras, stop by Penelope Bikinis, and pause for some photo ops at Estatua de Juscelino Kubitschek.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Armacao dos Buzios attractions planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Porto Seguro to Armacao dos Buzios in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. January in Armacao dos Buzios sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Armacao dos Buzios

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Cabo Frio, Arraial do Cabo
Highlights from your plan
Foguete Beach ©
Foguete Beach
Prainha ©
Prainha
Brava Beach ©
Brava Beach

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.
Get in touch with nature at Lagoa Azul and Aventureiro. Step off the beaten path and head to Praia Preta and Crena Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Abraaozinho Beach, explore the ancient world of Aqueduto, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Santo Antonio Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ilha Grande trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Armacao dos Buzios to Ilha Grande in 7.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Ubatuba.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Praia Preta ©
Praia Preta
Lagoa Azul ©
Lagoa Azul
Aventureiro ©
Aventureiro

5
nights
Ubatuba, Brazil

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Juquehy Beach and Itamambuca Beach. Visiting Felix Beach and Fazenda Beach will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ubatuba: Paraty (Fora Beach (Ranchos) & Alambique Engenho D'Ouro). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Domingas Dias Beach, stroll through Puruba Beach, admire the majestic nature at Parque Estadual da Serra do Mar, and admire the sheer force of Escada Waterfall.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ubatuba online vacation planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Ilha Grande to Ubatuba in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ilha Grande to Ubatuba due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Ilhabela.

Things to do in Ubatuba

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Paraty, Juquehy Beach
Highlights from your plan
Juquehy Beach ©
Juquehy Beach
Itamambuca Beach ©
Itamambuca Beach
Fazenda Beach ©
Fazenda Beach

3
nights
Ilhabela, Brazil

Ilhabela ©
Translated as "beautiful island," Ilhabela has the natural landscape to live up to its name.
Explore hidden gems such as Praia das Calhetas and Viana Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Praia do Guaeca and Praia de Barequecaba. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Saco do Eustaquio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinto Beach, and take some stellar pictures from Mirante do Piuva.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ilhabela trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ubatuba to Ilhabela takes 3 hours. The time zone changes from Amazon Time (AMT) to Brasilia Time (BRT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In February, daily temperatures in Ilhabela can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Ilhabela

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Sao Sebastiao
Highlights from your plan
Viana Beach ©
Viana Beach
Praia do Guaeca ©
Praia do Guaeca
Praia de Barequecaba ©
Praia de Barequecaba

5
nights
Florianopolis, Brazil

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Escape the urban bustle at Forte Beach and Ferrugem Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Meia-Praia Beach and Praia da Solidao. Explore Florianopolis' surroundings by going to Estaleirinho Beach (in Balneario Camboriu), Itapema Beach (in Itapema) and Vigia Beach (in Garopaba). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Pantano do Sul Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jurere Internacional, trek along Trilha Costa da Lagoa, and grab your bike and head to Parque da Luz.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Florianopolis holiday planner.

Do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Ilhabela to Florianopolis in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of ferry and car. In February, daily temperatures in Florianopolis can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Garopaba, Itapema, Estaleirinho Beach
Highlights from your plan
Pantano do Sul Beach ©
Pantano do Sul Beach
Ferrugem Beach ©
Ferrugem Beach
Forte Beach ©
Forte Beach

2
nights
Lima, Peru

Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Museo MATE and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the next day, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), wander the streets of San Isidro, then admire the masterpieces at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lima online journey builder .

You can fly from Florianopolis to Lima in 11 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Florianopolis to Lima. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
San Isidro ©
San Isidro
Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo ©

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