52 days in South America Itinerary

52 days in South America Itinerary

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52 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  25 h
1
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
2
Porto Seguro, Brazil
— 4 nights
+4
Fly + Bus + Foot + Subway + Bus:  7 h 30 min
3
Alto Paraiso de Goias, Brazil
— 3 nights
+4
Bus + Subway + Foot + Bus + Fly:  11 h 30 min
4
Bonito, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h
6
Gramado, Brazil
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  7 h 30 min
7
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h 15 min
8
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
9
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h
10
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5 h
11
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  8 h 15 min
12
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
+4
Fly + Foot + Fly + Foot + Ferry:  19 h
13
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
+5
Bus + Ferry + Taxi + Fly + Train + Bus:  36 h
End: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Baia dos Porcos and Fernado de Noronha Island. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Cacimba do Padre, stroll through Conceicao Beach, examine the collection at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS, and get outside with Morro dois Irmaos.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Fernando de Noronha route planner.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 25- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Abu Dhabi to Fernando de Noronha, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Abu Dhabi in July, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Fernando de Noronha: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Porto Seguro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos
Praia do Cacimba do Padre ©
Praia do Cacimba do Padre
Conceicao Beach ©
Conceicao Beach

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Centro Historico and Taperapua Beach. There's lots more to do: stroll through Mirror Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Muta Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Joao Batista, and get to know the fascinating history of Quadrado.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Porto Seguro driving holiday planner.

Fly from Fernando de Noronha to Porto Seguro in 7 hours. The time zone difference moving from Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Fernando de Noronha in August, with highs in Porto Seguro at 29°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Alto Paraiso de Goias.

Things to do in Porto Seguro

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Coroa Vermelha Beach
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Mirror Beach ©
Mirror Beach
Centro Historico ©
Centro Historico
Coroa Vermelha Beach ©
Coroa Vermelha Beach

3
nights
Alto Paraiso de Goias, Brazil

Alto Paraiso de Goias ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Veadeiros and Almecegas I Waterfalls. Change things up with a short trip to Santa Barbara Waterfall in Cavalcante (about 1h 30 min away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Catarata dos Couros, delve into the mystery of Jardim de Maytreia, and explore the activities along Vale da Lua.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Alto Paraiso de Goias trip maker tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Porto Seguro to Alto Paraiso de Goias takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Porto Seguro to Alto Paraiso de Goias, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bonito.

Things to do in Alto Paraiso de Goias

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Santa Barbara Waterfall
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Catarata dos Couros
Catarata dos Couros
Vale da Lua ©
Vale da Lua

3
nights
Bonito, Brazil

Bonito ©
A popular hub of ecotourism, Bonito offers plenty of attractions and activities for visitors in search of an adventurous, nature-filled holiday in Brazil.
Step off the beaten path and head to Abismo Anhumas and Rio Sucuri. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Estancia Mimosa Ecoturismo, take in the dramatic scenery at Parque das Cachoeiras, kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and stroll around Parque Ecologico Rio Formoso.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bonito online trip maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Alto Paraiso de Goias to Bonito takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Bonito

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Rio Sucuri ©
Rio Sucuri
Abismo Anhumas ©
Abismo Anhumas
Parque Ecologico Rio Formoso ©
Parque Ecologico Rio Formoso

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Cervejaria Bohemia and Real Gabinete Portugues Da Leitura. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rio de Janeiro: Petropolis (Museu Casa de Santos Dumont & Imperial Museum). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, get engrossed in the history at Museu Historico Nacional, admire the striking features of Ilha Fiscal, and stroll through Parque Lage.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Bonito to Rio de Janeiro in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bonito to Rio de Janeiro, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Rio de Janeiro are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Petropolis
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

3
nights
Gramado, Brazil

Gramado ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Casa do Colono and Fonte do Amor Eterno. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Negro, get to know the resident critters at GramadoZoo, admire the landmark architecture of Portico via Nova Petropolis, and stroll around Mini Mundo.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Gramado trip itinerary website.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Gramado in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Canela
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Lago Negro ©
Lago Negro
Casa do Colono ©
Casa do Colono
Fonte do Amor Eterno ©
Fonte do Amor Eterno

2
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Palacio Barolo and Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Pilar. Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Mayo, admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires travel planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Buenos Aires in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Piedras Blancas and Catedral Alta Patagonis. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the waterfront at Isla Victoria, and contemplate the geological forces at Ventisquero Negro.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Carlos de Bariloche vacation planner.

Getting from Buenos Aires to San Carlos de Bariloche by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in August, you will find days in San Carlos de Bariloche are little chillier (9°C), and nights are cooler (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Catedral Alta Patagonis
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Ventisquero Negro ©
Ventisquero Negro

3
nights
Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia ©
Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
Explore hidden gems such as Cerro Castor (Castor Mount) and Helicopter Tours. There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Esmeralda, see the interesting displays at Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia, and hike along Glacier Martial.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ushuaia day trip planning tool.

You can fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Ushuaia in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in August, you will find days in Ushuaia are slightly colder (5°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Cerro Castor (Castor Mount) ©
Cerro Castor (Castor Mount)
Off-Road Tours
Les Éclaireurs Lighthouse ©
Les Éclaireurs Lighthouse

3
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Step off the beaten path and head to Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) and Walking tours. When in Santiago, make a side trip to see La Sebastiana in Valparaiso, approximately Valparaiso away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Cerro Santa Lucia, take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera, learn about winemaking at Vina Cousino Macul, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central).

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Santiago tour itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Ushuaia to Santiago in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time to Chile Time is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trip

Valparaiso
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La Sebastiana ©
La Sebastiana
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill

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nights
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques and Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote. Spend the 9th (Wed) exploring nature at Reserva Nacional de Flamencos. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Tebinquinche Lake, engage your brain at Museo del Meteorito, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in San Pedro de Atacama, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Tours
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Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques ©
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques
Tebinquinche Lake ©
Tebinquinche Lake
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna

4
nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and San Blas. Explore Cusco's surroundings by going to Hacienda del Chalan (in Urubamba), Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo (in Ollantaytambo) and Pisac (in Pisac). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, and look for gifts at Hilo.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cusco trip itinerary planner.

Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to Cusco by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time to Peru Time is minus 1 hour. September in Cusco sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hacienda del Chalan, Pisac, Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo
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Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo ©
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and Las Grietas. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, get outside with Think Galapagos, make a trip to Malecon de Puerto Ayora, and wander the wide-open spaces of Rancho Primicias.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora trip planner.

Getting from Cusco to Puerto Ayora by combination of flight and ferry takes about 19 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Cusco in September, expect nights in Puerto Ayora to be warmer, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
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Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve

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