50 days in South America Itinerary

50 days in South America Itinerary

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50 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly + Shuttle:  7​h
1
Praia da Pipa, Brazil
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3​h
2
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Taxi:  4​h 15​min
3
Maragogi, Brazil
— 4 nights
+4
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  9​h 15​min
4
Itacare, Brazil
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Porto Seguro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
6
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Ferry:  4​h
7
Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 4 nights
Ferry + Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Ubatuba, Brazil
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Ilhabela, Brazil
— 4 nights
+2
Ferry + Bus + Fly:  10​h 15​min
10
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
11
Florianopolis, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Baia Formosa Beach and Praias Do Amor E Do Moleque. Get a sense of the local culture at Bacopari Lighthouse and Sao Sebastiao Church. There's much more to do: stroll through Cacimbinhas Beach, identify plant and animal life at Santuario Ecologico de Pipa, browse the different shops at Vila da Pipa Shopping, and enjoy the sand and surf at Pipa Beach.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Praia da Pipa driving holiday planning tool .

Rio de Janeiro to Praia da Pipa is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Praia da Pipa are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Fernando de Noronha.

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
Praias Do Amor E Do Moleque ©
Praias Do Amor E Do Moleque
Cacimbinhas Beach ©
Cacimbinhas Beach
Santuario Ecologico de Pipa ©
Santuario Ecologico de Pipa

6
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.
Visit Baia do Sancho and Praia do Cachorro for some beach relaxation. Discover out-of-the-way places like Conceicao Beach and Atalaia Beach. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Fernado de Noronha Island, explore the striking landscape of Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Capela de Sao Pedro, and head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, read Fernando de Noronha driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Praia da Pipa to Fernando de Noronha takes 3 hours. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Fernando de Noronha can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Maragogi.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Boldro Beacch ©
Boldro Beacch
Conceicao Beach ©
Conceicao Beach
Fernado de Noronha Island ©
Fernado de Noronha Island

4
nights
Maragogi, Brazil

Maragogi ©
Located on the scenic Costa dos Corais, the municipality of Maragogi has become a hot spot for ecotourism.
Visit Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach and Lages Beach for some beach relaxation. Visiting Peroba Beach and Tatuamunha Beach will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Porto de Galinhas (Pontal de Maracaipe & Piscinas Naturais de Porto de Galinhas) and So Arte (in Nossa Senhora do O). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Bitingui Beach, see the vivid underwater world at Piscinas Naturais de Japaratinga, look for all kinds of wild species at Gales de Maragogi, and pause for some photo ops at Monumento aos Cabanos.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Maragogi trip builder .

Traveling by combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi from Fernando de Noronha to Maragogi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Fernando de Noronha Time to Brasilia Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Maragogi, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Itacare.

Things to do in Maragogi

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Porto de Galinhas, Porto de Pedras, Japaratinga, So Arte
Highlights from your plan
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
Lages Beach ©
Lages Beach
Peroba Beach ©
Peroba Beach

1
night
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 29th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Jeribucacu Beach, then stroll through Itacarezinho Beach, and then admire the sheer force of Cachoeira do Tremembe. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Concha Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Prainha Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Resende Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Itacare online trip maker .

Getting from Maragogi to Itacare by combination of bus and flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In December in Itacare, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Porto Seguro.

Things to do in Itacare

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cachoeira do Tremembe
Highlights from your plan
Jeribucacu Beach ©
Jeribucacu Beach
Prainha Beach ©
Prainha Beach
Cachoeira do Tremembe ©
Cachoeira do Tremembe

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.
Igreja de Sao Joao Batista and Quadrado are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Rio da Barra Beach and Santo Andre Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Guaiu Beach in Santo Andre (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Rio Verde Beach, stroll through Mirror Beach, go for a walk through Sitio Arqueologico das Ruinas da Igreja do Outeiro Da Gloria, and don't miss a visit to Macuco Artesanato.

Plan trip to Porto Seguro with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Itacare to Porto Seguro by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Rio de Janeiro.

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
Mundai Beach ©
Mundai Beach

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Bondinho Pao de Acucar and Copacabana Beach. Relax by the water at Praia de Ipanema and Praia de Grumari. When in Rio de Janeiro, make a side trip to see Camboinhas Beach in Niteroi, approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Reserva Beach, stroll through Praia do Leme, make a trip to Maua Square, and take in panoramic vistas at Morro Dois Irmaos.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro sightseeing planning website .

Fly from Porto Seguro to Rio de Janeiro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Rio de Janeiro, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Camboinhas Beach
Highlights from your plan
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Grumari ©
Praia de Grumari

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lagoa Azul and Dois Rios Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Aventureiro and Praia Preta. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Abraaozinho Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Amor, and delve into the distant past at Aqueduto.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ilha Grande sightseeing app .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande in 4 hours. In January in Ilha Grande, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ubatuba.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

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

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Juquehy Beach and Itamambuca Beach. Visiting Domingas Dias Beach and Fazenda Beach will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Ubatuba side-trips: Paraty (Centro Historico & Fora Beach (Ranchos)) and Praia do Cachadaco (in Trindade). There's lots more to do: stroll through Santa Rita Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Sape Beach, don't miss a visit to Praca do Cruzeiro, and take in the dramatic scenery at Prumirim Waterfall.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ubatuba trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Ilha Grande to Ubatuba in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Ilha Grande to Ubatuba, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to 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

4
nights
Ilhabela, Brazil

Ilhabela ©
Translated as "beautiful island," Ilhabela has the natural landscape to live up to its name.
Get in touch with nature at Fome Beach and Praia das Calhetas. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Curral Beach and Pacuiba Beach. Step out of Ilhabela with an excursion to Maresias Beach in Maresias--about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Portinho Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Pinto Beach, and get great views at Mirante do Piuva.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ilhabela trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Ubatuba to Ilhabela in 3 hours. The time zone difference moving from Amazon Time (AMT) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is 1 hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Ilhabela

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Sao Sebastiao
Highlights from your plan
Fome Beach ©
Fome Beach
Curral Beach ©
Curral Beach
Pacuiba Beach ©
Pacuiba Beach

4
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vina Santa Rita and Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa El Canelillo and Playa Grande Las Cruces. Venture out of the city with trips to Kingston Family Vineyards (in Casablanca), Vina Undurraga (in Talagante) and Casa de Isla Negra (in Isla Negra). There's much more to do: get great views at San Cristóbal Hill, wander the streets of Barrio Italia, take in panoramic vistas at Grand Santiago Tower, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Santiago trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Ilhabela to Santiago takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Ilhabela to Santiago is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Santiago

Outdoors Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Casa de Isla Negra, Vina Santa Rita, Kingston Family Vineyards, Playa El Canelillo, Playa Grande Las Cruces
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Vina Undurraga ©
Vina Undurraga
Vina Santa Rita ©
Vina Santa Rita

6
nights
Florianopolis, Brazil

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Take a break from the city and head to Forte Beach and Ferrugem Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Brava Beach and Silveira Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florianopolis: Itapema Beach (in Itapema), Balneario Camboriu (Pr dos Amores, Igreja de Santa Ines, & more) and Cabecudas Beach (in Itajai). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Praia da Solidao, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da Galheta, pause for some serene contemplation at Paroquia Nossa Senhora do Carmo, and stroll around Manguezal do Itacorubi.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Florianopolis trip site .

You can fly from Santiago to Florianopolis in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Florianopolis. In January, daily temperatures in Florianopolis can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Balneario Camboriu, Itajai, Garopaba, Itapema Beach
Highlights from your plan
Pr dos Amores ©
Pr dos Amores
Ferrugem Beach ©
Ferrugem Beach
Forte Beach ©
Forte Beach

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