60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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60 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Queenstown, New Zealand
Fly:  26​h
1
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Ferry:  13​h 15​min
2
Ilhabela, Brazil
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Ubatuba, Brazil
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Paraty, Brazil
— 4 nights
Drive + Ferry:  2​h 15​min
5
Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 3 nights
+2
Ferry + Foot + Bus:  4​h
6
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Tram + Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Porto Seguro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
9
Itacare, Brazil
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Ferry:  5​h
10
Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 3 nights
+3
Ferry + Foot + Bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
11
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Taxi:  5​h 45​min
12
Maragogi, Brazil
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  10​h
13
Florianopolis, Brazil
— 8 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Queenstown, New Zealand

4
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro and Museo del Lago Gutierrez. Escape the urban bustle at Kayaking & Canoeing and Cerro Tronador. Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, step off the mainland to explore Isla Victoria, and take in panoramic vistas at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read San Carlos de Bariloche online itinerary planner .

Queenstown, New Zealand to San Carlos de Bariloche is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Queenstown to San Carlos de Bariloche due to the time zone difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ilhabela.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Ilhabela, Brazil

Ilhabela ©
Translated as "beautiful island," Ilhabela has the natural landscape to live up to its name.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Baia de Castelhanos Beach and Nossa Senhora D'Ajuda e Bom Sucesso Church. Escape the urban bustle at Jabaquara Beach and Maresias Beach. There's much more to do: trek along Bonete Beach, stroll through Curral Beach, and kick back and relax at Praia Da Feiticeira.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ilhabela travel site .

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from San Carlos de Bariloche to Ilhabela in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in April, things will get warmer in Ilhabela: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ubatuba.

Things to do in Ilhabela

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Maresias Beach
Highlights from your plan
Jabaquara Beach ©
Jabaquara Beach
Baia de Castelhanos Beach ©
Baia de Castelhanos Beach
Bonete Beach ©
Bonete 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Juquehy Beach and Itamambuca Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Felix Beach and Domingas Dias Beach. Step out of Ubatuba to go to Campos Do Jordao and see Museu Felicia Leirner, which is approximately 2h 15 min away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Prumirim Beach, stroll through Praia do Lazaro, and meet the residents at Projeto Tamar.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ubatuba trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Ilhabela to Ubatuba takes 3 hours. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Amazon Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Paraty.

Things to do in Ubatuba

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Juquehy Beach, Museu Felicia Leirner
Highlights from your plan
Juquehy Beach ©
Juquehy Beach
Itamambuca Beach ©
Itamambuca Beach
Prumirim Beach ©
Prumirim Beach

4
nights
Paraty, Brazil

Paraty ©
Gazing out over a bay of tiny tropical islands, with rainforests climbing mountains in the background, it's easy to see why tourism in Paraty gets more popular by the year.
Get some cultural insight at Centro Historico and Church of Our Lady of Remedies. Relax by the water at Meio Beach and Sono Beach. Step out of Paraty to go to Cunha and see Contemplario, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Lula Beach, witness a stunning natural landmark at Piscina Natural da Caixa d'Aco, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Cachadaco.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Paraty trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Ubatuba to Paraty in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Amazon Time (AMT) to Brasilia Time (BRT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Paraty

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Contemplario
Highlights from your plan
Piscina Natural da Caixa d'Aco ©
Piscina Natural da Caixa d'Aco
Meio Beach ©
Meio Beach
Sono Beach ©
Sono Beach

3
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.
Visiting Lagoa Azul and Caxadaco Beach will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aventureiro and Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Dois Rios Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Amor.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ilha Grande trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Paraty to Ilha Grande takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, daytime highs in Ilha Grande are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

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

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Copacabana Beach and Praia de Grumari. Visiting Pao de Acucar and Pedra Bonita will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, steep yourself in history at Parque Lage, pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra da Tijuca Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro route planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro in 4 hours. In April, daytime highs in Rio de Janeiro are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Armacao dos Buzios.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Azedinha Beach and Praia Grande. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Praia das Conchas and Porto da Barra Buzios. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Armacao dos Buzios: Arraial do Cabo (Mirante do Pontal do Atalaia & Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Church) and Praia do Pero (in Cabo Frio). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Azeda Beach, don't miss a visit to Rua das Pedras, and kick back and relax at Ferradurinha Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Armacao dos Buzios trip site .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Armacao dos Buzios by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Porto Seguro.

Things to do in Armacao dos Buzios

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Arraial do Cabo, Cabo Frio
Highlights from your plan
Praia do Pero ©
Praia do Pero
Praia das Conchas ©
Praia das Conchas
Azedinha Beach ©
Azedinha Beach

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.
Get some historical perspective at Capela de Nossa Senhora da Ajuda and Igreja de Sao Joao Batista. Step out of the city life by going to Coroa Vermelha Beach and Santo Andre Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia dos Coqueiros, tour the pleasant surroundings at Taipe Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Pataxo da Jaqueira, and explore the gorgeous colors at Recife de Fora.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Porto Seguro trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Armacao dos Buzios to Porto Seguro in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Itacare.

Things to do in Porto Seguro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Cruz Cabralia
Highlights from your plan
Praia dos Coqueiros ©
Praia dos Coqueiros
Coroa Vermelha Beach ©
Coroa Vermelha Beach
Muta Beach ©
Muta Beach

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jeribucacu Beach and Ribeira Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Prainha Beach and Itacarezinho Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Havaizinho Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da Tiririca.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Itacare sightseeing planning app .

Getting from Porto Seguro to Itacare by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Morro de Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Itacare

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Jeribucacu Beach ©
Jeribucacu Beach
Prainha Beach ©
Prainha Beach
Praia da Tiririca ©
Praia da Tiririca

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Farol do Morro and Igreja Da Nossa Senhora Da Luz. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gamboa Beach and Cueira Beach. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Quinta Praia (Praia do Encanto) and tour the pleasant surroundings at Garapua Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Morro de Sao Paulo online holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Itacare to Morro de Sao Paulo takes 5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Morro de Sao Paulo can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Morro de Sao Paulo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cueira Beach
Highlights from your plan
Gamboa Beach ©
Gamboa Beach
Quinta Praia (Praia do Encanto) ©
Quinta Praia (Praia do Encanto)
Farol do Morro ©
Farol do Morro

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.
Get outdoors at Baia do Sancho and Praia do Sueste. Do some cultural sightseeing at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS and Shark Museum. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Conceicao Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Baia dos Golfinhos, get outside with Baia dos Porcos, and take in panoramic vistas at Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Fernando de Noronha trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Morro de Sao Paulo to Fernando de Noronha takes 8.5 hours. Traveling from Morro de Sao Paulo to Fernando de Noronha, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Fernando de Noronha are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can 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

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nights
Maragogi, Brazil

Maragogi ©
Located on the scenic Costa dos Corais, the municipality of Maragogi has become a hot spot for ecotourism.
Get in touch with nature at Praia Ponta de Mangue and Beach Patacho - Ecological Route Miracles. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Japaratinga Beach and Antunes Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Maragogi side-trips: Praia de Tamandare (in Tamandare) and Porto de Galinhas (Outeiro church and panoramic view & Praia De Maracaipe). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Burgalhau Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Maragogi day trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Fernando de Noronha to Maragogi in 6 hours. The time zone changes from Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT) to Brasilia Time (BRT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 24°C in Maragogi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Maragogi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Porto de Galinhas, Beach Patacho - Ecological Route Miracles, Praia de Tamandare, Japaratinga Beach
Highlights from your plan
Praia Ponta de Mangue ©
Praia Ponta de Mangue
Japaratinga Beach ©
Japaratinga Beach

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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 Lagoinha do Leste and Daniela's Beach. Get outdoors at Praia do Santinho and Praia do Campeche. Venture out of the city with trips to Praia do Rosa (in Praia do Rosa), Ferrugem Beach (in Garopaba) and Guarda do Embau Beach (in Palhoca). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Praia de Mariscal, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bombinhas Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Open Sea Turtle Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana de Florianopolis.

For traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Florianopolis route builder site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Maragogi to Florianopolis takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, Florianopolis is little chillier than Maragogi - with highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bombinhas, Ferrugem Beach, Guarda do Embau Beach, Itapema Beach, Praia do Rosa
Highlights from your plan
Ferrugem Beach ©
Ferrugem Beach
Praia de Mariscal ©
Praia de Mariscal
Guarda do Embau Beach ©
Guarda do Embau Beach

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