60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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60 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
2
Florianopolis, Brazil
— 7 nights
Fly + Bus:  8​h 15​min
3
Ubatuba, Brazil
— 7 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
6
Porto Seguro, Brazil
— 7 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Itacare, Brazil
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Ferry:  5​h
8
Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 4 nights
+3
Ferry + Foot + Bus + Fly:  9​h
9
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Taxi:  9​h
10
Ouro Preto, Brazil
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Bus + Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Seattle, United States

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa and Torre del Reloj. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver and Iglesia de la Trinidad. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory, gain insight at Plaza Santo Domingo, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cartagena vacation planning app .

Seattle, USA to Cartagena is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Seattle to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Seattle in February; daily highs in Cartagena reach 88°F and lows reach 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver ©
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver
Torre del Reloj ©
Torre del Reloj
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa ©

7
nights
Florianopolis, Brazil

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Costa da Lagoa and Palacio Cruz e Sousa. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lagoinha do Leste and Guarda do Embau Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florianopolis: Bombinhas Beach (in Bombinhas), Praia do Rosa (in Praia do Rosa) and Itapema Beach (in Itapema). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Daniela's Beach, kick back and relax at Praia Mole, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana de Florianopolis, and don't miss a visit to Ciclovia Beira Mar Norte.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Florianopolis trip planning app .

Getting from Cartagena to Florianopolis by flight takes about 14 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Cartagena to Florianopolis, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. February in Florianopolis sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ubatuba.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Guarda do Embau Beach, Itapema Beach, Praia do Rosa, Bombinhas Beach, Ferrugem Beach
Highlights from your plan
Costa da Lagoa ©
Costa da Lagoa
Guarda do Embau Beach ©
Guarda do Embau Beach
Ferrugem Beach ©
Ferrugem Beach

7
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.
Centro Historico and Church of Our Lady of Remedies will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Meio Beach and Domingas Dias Beach. Explore Ubatuba's surroundings by going to Praia do Cachadaco (in Trindade) and Juquehy Beach (in Sao Sebastiao). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Itamambuca Beach, stroll through Prumirim Beach, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Projeto Tamar.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ubatuba tour planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Florianopolis to Ubatuba in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Amazon Time (AMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Armacao dos Buzios.

Things to do in Ubatuba

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Azedinha Beach and Mirante do Pontal do Atalaia. Relax by the water at Joao Fernandinho Beach and Mirante de Joao Fernandes. Step out of Armacao dos Buzios to go to Arraial do Cabo and see Praia Grande, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Armacao Beach, make a trip to Rua das Pedras, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ferradura Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Armacao dos Buzios trip builder site .

You can drive from Ubatuba to Armacao dos Buzios in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Ubatuba to Armacao dos Buzios is 1 hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Armacao dos Buzios

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Arraial do Cabo
Highlights from your plan
Armacao Beach ©
Armacao Beach
Azedinha Beach ©
Azedinha Beach
Joao Fernandinho Beach ©
Joao Fernandinho Beach

6
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.
Relax by the water at Copacabana Beach and Barra da Tijuca Beach. Visit Parque Lage and Imaginarias Igreja N. Sra. do Carmo da Lapa do Desterro Museum for their historical value. There's much more to do: get great views at Pao de Acucar, take in the awesome beauty at Pedra Bonita, tour the pleasant surroundings at Leblon Beach, and appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro route maker tool .

Getting from Armacao dos Buzios to Rio de Janeiro by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Rio de Janeiro are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Porto Seguro.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Grumari ©
Praia de Grumari

7
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Coroa Vermelha Beach and Muta Beach. Relax by the water at Taipe Beach and Taperapua Beach. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela de Nossa Senhora da Ajuda, look for all kinds of wild species at Recife de Fora, kick back and relax at Praia dos Coqueiros, and don't miss a visit to Largo da Ajuda.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Porto Seguro trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Porto Seguro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Porto Seguro, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Itacare.

Things to do in Porto Seguro

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

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

5
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 Taipus de Fora Beach and Barra Grande Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Jeribucacu Beach and Praia da Tiririca. Take a break from Itacare with a short trip to Sao Sebastiao Cathedral in Ilheus, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Prainha Beach and enjoy the sand and surf at Itacarezinho Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Itacare road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Porto Seguro to Itacare takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In March in Itacare, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 75°F at night. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Morro de Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Itacare

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Taipus de Fora Beach, Barra Grande Beach, Sao Sebastiao Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Jeribucacu Beach ©
Jeribucacu Beach
Taipus de Fora Beach ©
Taipus de Fora Beach
Prainha Beach ©
Prainha Beach

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gamboa Beach and Morere. Relax by the water at Quinta Praia (Praia do Encanto) and Garapua Beach. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Da Nossa Senhora Da Luz and visit a coastal fixture at Farol do Morro.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Morro de Sao Paulo road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Itacare to Morro de Sao Paulo in 5 hours. March in Morro de Sao Paulo sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 77°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Morro de Sao Paulo

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Morere
Highlights from your plan
Morere ©
Morere
Gamboa Beach ©
Gamboa Beach
Quinta Praia (Praia do Encanto) ©
Quinta Praia (Praia do Encanto)

7
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Baia do Sancho and Atalaia Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Conceicao Beach and Porto de Santo Antonio Beach. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Praia do Cachorro, tour the pleasant surroundings at Baia dos Golfinhos, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela de Sao Pedro, and examine the collection at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Fernando de Noronha trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Morro de Sao Paulo to Fernando de Noronha takes 9 hours. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Fernando de Noronha Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ouro Preto.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

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

3
nights
Ouro Preto, Brazil

Ouro Preto ©
Designated a World Heritage Site because of its well-preserved Baroque architecture, the city of Ouro Preto served as the state capital until local governance outgrew the scale of this pleasant valley settlement.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas and Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo. Casa dos Contos and Oratory Museum (Museu Do Oratorio) will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar, see the interesting displays at Museum of Mineralogy, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario, and contemplate the long history of Mina Du Veloso.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ouro Preto online holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi from Fernando de Noronha to Ouro Preto in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Ouro Preto. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Fernando de Noronha in March since evenings lows in Ouro Preto dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ouro Preto

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar ©
Casa dos Contos ©
Casa dos Contos
Church of Sao Francisco de Assis ©

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