59 days in South America Itinerary

59 days in South America Itinerary

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59 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Calgary, Canada
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
2
Porto Seguro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly + shuttle:  10​h
4
Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
6
Bombinhas, Brazil
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Florianopolis, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  8​h
8
Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h 15​min
9
Province of Jujuy, Argentina
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  8​h 45​min
10
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 5 nights
+4
bus + foot + bus + shuttle + Fly:  18​h
11
Hanga Roa, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Calgary, Canada

2
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like San Felipe de Barajas Castle and Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa. Do some cultural sightseeing at Scuba & Snorkeling and Plaza Santo Domingo. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Torre del Reloj, pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu, and contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cartagena day trip planning tool .

Calgary, Canada to Cartagena is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Calgary to Cartagena. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Calgary in January; daily highs in Cartagena reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Porto Seguro.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Torre del Reloj ©
Torre del Reloj
Scuba & Snorkeling
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa ©
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nativos Beach and Coqueiros Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Taipe Beach and Ponta de Itapororoca. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Santo Andre Beach, identify plant and animal life at Recife de Fora, pause for some serene contemplation at Nossa Senhora da Ajuda Church, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Mucugê.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Porto Seguro online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Cartagena to Porto Seguro in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Colombia Time (COT) to Brasilia Time (BRT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. In January in Porto Seguro, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to fly to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Porto Seguro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Coroa Vermelha Beach
Highlights from your plan
Muta Beach ©
Muta Beach
Coroa Vermelha Beach ©
Coroa Vermelha Beach
Praia de Taipe ©
Praia de Taipe

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Boldro Beacch and Porto de Santo Antonio Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS and Capela de Sao Pedro. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Fernando de Noronha, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Sueste, enjoy breathtaking views from Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro, and head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Fernando de Noronha online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Porto Seguro to Fernando de Noronha in 7.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto Seguro to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. January in Fernando de Noronha sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Armacao dos Buzios.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

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

5
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Brava Beach and Armacao Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Mirante de Joao Fernandes and Ossos Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Armacao dos Buzios: Cabo Frio (Praia do Pero, Praia das Conchas, & more) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Arraial do Cabo). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Azeda Beach and stroll through Ferradura Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Armacao dos Buzios trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Fernando de Noronha to Armacao dos Buzios in 10 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Armacao dos Buzios due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in Armacao dos Buzios are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Armacao dos Buzios

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cabo Frio, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Armacao Beach ©
Armacao Beach
Azedinha Beach ©
Azedinha Beach
Praia das Conchas ©
Praia das Conchas

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Pedra do Arpoador and Barra da Tijuca Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Praia de Ipanema and Copacabana Beach. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Praia de Grumari, get great views at Leblon Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro trip app .

Traveling by car from Armacao dos Buzios to Rio de Janeiro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bombinhas.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Parque Nacional Tijuca ©
Parque Nacional Tijuca

6
nights
Bombinhas, Brazil

Bombinhas ©
A municipality geared towards seaside tourism, tiny Bombinhas makes up for its diminutive size with ample opportunities off its shores, including snorkeling, diving, and boat tours.
Get outdoors at Praia de Palmas and Bombas Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Lagoinha Beach (Trapiche) and Mariscal Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Central Beach (in Balneario Camboriu) and Itapema (Meia-Praia Beach & Itapema Beach). There's lots more to do: stroll through Praia De Quatro Ilhas, kick back and relax at Bombinhas Beach, and explore the striking landscape at Morro do Macaco.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bombinhas travel app .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Rio de Janeiro to Bombinhas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, expect Bombinhas to be little chillier, temps between 34°C and 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Bombinhas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Itapema, Central Beach, Praia de Palmas, Praia de Bombas
Highlights from your plan
Praia da Tainha ©
Praia da Tainha
Praia de Mariscal ©
Praia de Mariscal
Praia De Quatro Ilhas ©
Praia De Quatro Ilhas

6
nights
Florianopolis, Brazil

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ferrugem Beach and Praia da Solidao. Get outdoors at Forte Beach and Jurere Tradicional. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Lagoinha do Leste, get a taste of the local shopping with Lagoa da Conceicao, take a stroll through Costa da Lagoa, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Prainha da Barra da Lagoa.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Florianopolis trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Bombinhas to Florianopolis takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Ferrugem Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ferrugem Beach ©
Ferrugem Beach
Daniela's Beach ©
Daniela's Beach
Lagoinha do Leste ©
Lagoinha do Leste

5
nights
Punta del Este, Uruguay

Punta del Este ©
With plenty of modern casinos, well-developed beaches, chic restaurants, and upscale hotels, Punta del Este vacations draw visitors from Argentina, Brazil, and beyond.
Escape the urban bustle at La Pedrera and Playa de Jose Ignacio. Faro Cabo Santa Maria and Ralli Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Punta del Este's surroundings by going to Playa Los Botes (in La Paloma), Beaches at Cabo Polonio (in Cabo Polonio) and Rocha (Playa Grande & Playa La Moza). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Brava and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Punta Ballena.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Punta del Este itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Florianopolis to Punta del Este by combination of flight and bus takes about 8 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. While traveling from Florianopolis, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Punta del Este, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Province of Jujuy.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Rocha, Maldonado, Jose Ignacio, La Paloma, Beaches at Cabo Polonio
Highlights from your plan
Playa Brava ©
Playa Brava
Playa de Jose Ignacio ©
Playa de Jose Ignacio
La Pedrera ©
La Pedrera

3
nights
Province of Jujuy, Argentina

Province of Jujuy ©
San Salvador de Jujuy, commonly known as Jujuy and locally often referred to as San Salvador, is the capital city of Jujuy Province in northwest Argentina. Step off the beaten path and head to Quebrada de Humahuaca and The Devil's Throat. Escape the urban bustle at Salinas Grandes and Paseo de los Colorados. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Pucara de Tilcara and take in the awesome beauty at The Hill of Seven Colors.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Province of Jujuy online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Punta del Este to Province of Jujuy in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. While traveling from Punta del Este, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Province of Jujuy, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Province of Jujuy

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Hill of Seven Colors ©
The Hill of Seven Colors
Quebrada de Humahuaca ©
Quebrada de Humahuaca
Paseo de los Colorados ©
Paseo de los Colorados

5
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, scenic San Carlos de Bariloche hugs the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and ranks among Argentina's top destinations for active outdoor vacations.
Explore hidden gems such as Kayaking & Canoeing and Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo del Lago Gutierrez and Catedral de San Carlos de Bariloche. Go for a jaunt from San Carlos de Bariloche to Villa La Angostura to see Rio Correntoso about 1h 30 min away. Spend the 23rd (Sat) exploring nature at San Carlos de Baraloche to Puerto Varas. There's lots more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Bahia Serena, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Carlos de Bariloche day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Province of Jujuy to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Province of Jujuy in February, you will find days in San Carlos de Bariloche are little chillier (27°C), and nights are colder (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Rio Correntoso
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro ©
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Hanga Roa, Chile

Hanga Roa ©
The main town and capital of Chile's Easter Island, Hanga Roa serves as a base for most visitors to the island, with all explorations of Easter Island and its famous moai monoliths beginning here.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Orongo and Ahu Tahai. Get in touch with nature at Playa Ovahe and Rano Kau. Spend the 26th (Tue) exploring nature at Rapa Nui National Park. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Rano Raraku, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Pea, don't miss a visit to Ahu Tongariki, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Anakena Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hanga Roa online day trip planner .

Getting from San Carlos de Bariloche to Hanga Roa by combination of bus, shuttle, and flight takes about 18 hours. The time zone changes from Argentine Time to Easter Is. Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. When traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Hanga Roa, with highs around 31°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Easter Island
Highlights from your plan
Ovahe ©
Ovahe
Anakena ©
Anakena
Rano Raraku ©
Rano Raraku

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