52 days in South America Itinerary

52 days in South America Itinerary

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Drive to London Heathrow Airport, Fly to Pinto Martins International Airport, Drive to Canoa Quebrada
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Canoa Quebrada, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 7 nights
Fly to Brasilia, Bus to Alto Paraiso de Goias
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Alto Paraiso de Goias, Brazil
— 6 nights
Bus to Brasília, Fly to Rio de Janeiro
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Drive
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Campos Do Jordao, Brazil
— 3 nights
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly
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Florianopolis, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly to Porto Alegre, Bus to Gramado
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Gramado, Brazil
— 4 nights
Bus to Porto Alegre, Fly to Foz do Iguacu
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 night
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Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bogota, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Canoa Quebrada, Brazil

— 4 nights
A small fishing village backed by impressive sand dunes and red sandstone cliffs, Canoa Quebrada entices a growing number of foreign visitors with its near-perfect tropical weather and sun-kissed beaches.
Canoa Quebrada is known for beaches, nature, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Canoa Quebrada, tour the pleasant surroundings at Barrinha Beach, wander the streets of Vila do Estevao, and take in the dramatic natural features at Por-do-Sol Dune.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Canoa Quebrada trip itinerary planning site.

London, UK to Canoa Quebrada is an approximately 18-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from London to Canoa Quebrada. Traveling from London in July, things will get much warmer in Canoa Quebrada: highs are around 40°C and lows about 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Canoa Quebrada

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

— 7 nights

Emerald of the Atlantic

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, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Baia do Sancho, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Sueste, trek along Trilha do Piquinho, and look and learn at Aulas de Energia – Espaco Usina Solar Fernando de Noronha.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Fernando de Noronha trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Canoa Quebrada to Fernando de Noronha takes 6 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Canoa Quebrada to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Canoa Quebrada in July, you will find days in Fernando de Noronha are little chillier (33°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Alto Paraiso de Goias.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Alto Paraiso de Goias, Brazil

— 6 nights

Highland Paradise

Developed from a 19th-century cattle ranch, Alto Paraiso de Goias serves as the major gateway to a World Heritage-listed national park known for containing some of the world's oldest natural rock formations.
Spend the 2nd (Mon) exploring nature at Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Veadeiros. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Catarata dos Couros, take an unorthodox tour of Jardim de Maytreia, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and don't miss a visit to Gota Kaliandra - Espaco de Musica e Silencio.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Alto Paraiso de Goias trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Fernando de Noronha to Alto Paraiso de Goias takes 11.5 hours. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Alto Paraiso de Goias, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Alto Paraiso de Goias

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 5 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Explore Rio de Janeiro's surroundings by going to Petropolis (Museu Casa de Santos Dumont, Imperial Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, tour the pleasant surroundings at Copacabana Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro road trip planning app.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Alto Paraiso de Goias to Rio de Janeiro in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Alto Paraiso de Goias to Rio de Janeiro is 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Rio de Janeiro are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Campos Do Jordao.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Campos Do Jordao, Brazil

— 3 nights

Brazilian Switzerland

Pointed roofs, wooden alpine houses, and mountain views typify Campos do Jordao, which at 1,628 m (5,341 ft) above sea level comes in as Brazil's highest city.
Campos Do Jordao is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Zoom Bike Park, see the interesting displays at Museu Felicia Leirner, and admire the majestic nature at Parque Estadual de Campos do Jordão - Horto Florestal.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Campos Do Jordao trip planner.

You can drive from Rio de Janeiro to Campos Do Jordao in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time to Amazon Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Campos Do Jordao

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Sao Paulo, Brazil

— 4 nights

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo is known for shopping, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, take a stroll through Paulista Avenue, see the interesting displays at Afro Brazil Museum, and get into the urban bustle at The Julio Prestes Cultural Center - Sala Sao Paulo.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sao Paulo online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Campos Do Jordao to Sao Paulo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Campos Do Jordao to Sao Paulo. In August, daytime highs in Sao Paulo are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Florianopolis, Brazil

— 2 nights

Magic Island

Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the local highlights with Walking tours. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroquia Santo Antonio, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography, and then get to know the fascinating history of Santo Antonio de Lisboa.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Florianopolis trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Florianopolis in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Gramado, Brazil

— 4 nights

Hydrangea Garden

Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gramado: Bento Goncalves (Caminhos de Pedra, Casa Fontanari, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Negro, pause for some serene contemplation at Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Lourdes, do a tasting at Casa Seganfredo, and immerse yourself in nature at Parque Estadual do Caracol.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Gramado trip maker website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Florianopolis to Gramado takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks · Nature · Fun & Games · Wineries

Side Trips

Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

— 3 nights

Land of the Waterfalls

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and then admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu visit planning website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Foz do Iguacu takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Uyuni.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Uyuni, Bolivia

— 1 night
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi and then explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Uyuni tour planner.

Fly from Foz do Iguacu to Uyuni in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Foz do Iguacu to Uyuni is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Foz do Iguacu in August, plan for cooler days in Uyuni, with highs around 7°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can fly to Cusco.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks · Nature

Cusco, Peru

— 5 nights

Imperial City

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and see exploor.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Cusco online visit planner.

Getting from Uyuni to Cusco by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uyuni to Cusco. When traveling from Uyuni in August, plan for warmer days and little chillier nights in Cusco: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 2 nights
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 4th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. On the 5th (Sun), you're off to Bogota.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Bogota, Colombia

— 4 nights

Athens of South America

Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Step out of Bogota to go to Zipaquira and see Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, which is approximately 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and make a trip to Casa Libreria Wilborada 1047.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bogota road trip site.

Fly from Machu Picchu to Bogota in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Brazil travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.

Bolivia travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.

Peru travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.