60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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60 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Wellington, New Zealand
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  26​h
1
Ilhabela, Brazil
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Ubatuba, Brazil
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Paraty, Brazil
— 4 nights
Drive + ferry:  2​h 15​min
4
Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + foot + bus:  7​h 30​min
5
Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil
— 3 nights
+2
bus + tram + Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Porto Seguro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Itacare, Brazil
— 4 nights
+4
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  9​h 15​min
8
Maragogi, Brazil
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
10
Bombinhas, Brazil
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Florianopolis, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
12
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
13
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  27​h
End: Wellington, New Zealand

4
nights
Ilhabela, Brazil

Ilhabela ©
Translated as "beautiful island," Ilhabela has the natural landscape to live up to its name.
You'll get in some beach time at Praia Pedra do Sino and Baia de Castelhanos Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Bonete Beach and Praia Da Feiticeira. Step out of Ilhabela with an excursion to Maresias Beach in Maresias--about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nossa Senhora D'Ajuda e Bom Sucesso Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Jabaquara Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Curral Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ilhabela tour planner .

Wellington, New Zealand to Ilhabela is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Wellington to Ilhabela due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Wellington in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Ilhabela: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ubatuba.

Things to do in Ilhabela

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Maresias Beach
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Praia Pedra do Sino ©
Praia Pedra do Sino
Bonete Beach ©
Bonete Beach
Curral Beach ©
Curral 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Praia do Lazaro and Praia das Toninhas. Get in touch with nature at Prumirim Beach and Domingas Dias Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Ubatuba side-trips: Juquehy Beach (in Sao Sebastiao) and Museu Felicia Leirner (in Campos Do Jordao). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Felix Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Projeto Tamar, and stroll through Itamambuca Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ubatuba tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Ilhabela to Ubatuba in 3 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Ilhabela to Ubatuba is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Paraty.

Things to do in Ubatuba

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Juquehy Beach, Museu Felicia Leirner
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Praia do Lazaro ©
Praia do Lazaro
Juquehy Beach ©
Juquehy 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Lula Beach and Meio Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Church of Our Lady of Remedies and Contemplario. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Vermelha Beach, witness a stunning natural landmark at Piscina Natural da Caixa d'Aco, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sono Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Paraty trip itinerary app .

Getting from Ubatuba to Paraty by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Ubatuba to Paraty is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Paraty

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Contemplario
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Praia do Cachadaco ©
Praia do Cachadaco
Contemplario ©
Contemplario
Church of Our Lady of Remedies ©
Church of Our Lady of Remedies

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Aventureiro and Dois Rios Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Praia Preta and Lagoa Azul. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Caxadaco Beach and contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Ilha Grande trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Paraty to Ilha Grande in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, daily temperatures in Ilha Grande can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Armacao dos Buzios.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Aventureiro ©
Aventureiro
Dois Rios Beach ©
Dois Rios Beach
Caxadaco Beach ©
Caxadaco Beach

3
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.
Visit Praia das Conchas and Azeda Beach for some beach relaxation. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Church and Igreja de Sant'Ana. Get out of town with these interesting Armacao dos Buzios side-trips: Praia do Pero (in Cabo Frio) and Arraial do Cabo (Mirante do Pontal do Atalaia & Praia Grande). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Azedinha Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ferradurinha Beach, and take in the waterfront at Porto da Barra Buzios.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Armacao dos Buzios travel planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Ilha Grande to Armacao dos Buzios in 7.5 hours. April in Armacao dos Buzios sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Porto Seguro.

Things to do in Armacao dos Buzios

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Arraial do Cabo, Cabo Frio
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Ferradurinha Beach ©
Ferradurinha Beach
Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Church ©
Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Church
Praia do Pero ©
Praia do Pero

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Santo Andre Beach and Praia dos Coqueiros. Visiting Reserva Pataxo da Jaqueira and Coroa Vermelha Beach will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Joao Batista, explore the gorgeous colors at Recife de Fora, kick back and relax at Muta Beach, and don't miss a visit to Largo da Ajuda.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Porto Seguro driving holiday planning tool .

Getting from Armacao dos Buzios to Porto Seguro by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Porto Seguro can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Itacare.

Things to do in Porto Seguro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Cruz Cabralia
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Igreja de Sao Joao Batista ©
Igreja de Sao Joao Batista
Coroa Vermelha Beach ©
Coroa Vermelha Beach
Praia dos Coqueiros ©
Praia dos Coqueiros

4
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Barra Grande Beach and Taipus de Fora Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Havaizinho Beach and Praia da Tiririca. When in Itacare, make a side trip to see Taipu de Dentro Beach in Marau, approximately 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Prainha Beach and enjoy the sand and surf at Itacarezinho Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Itacare trip maker website .

You can drive from Porto Seguro to Itacare in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Maragogi.

Things to do in Itacare

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Marau, Barra Grande Beach
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Praia da Tiririca ©
Praia da Tiririca
Taipus de Fora Beach ©
Taipus de Fora Beach
Prainha Beach ©
Prainha Beach

4
nights
Maragogi, Brazil

Maragogi ©
Located on the scenic Costa dos Corais, the municipality of Maragogi has become a hot spot for ecotourism.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Praia de Tamandare and Japaratinga Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Burgalhau Beach and Beach Patacho - Ecological Route Miracles. Go for a jaunt from Maragogi to Porto de Galinhas to see Praia De Maracaipe about 1h 40 min away. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Ponta de Mangue and stroll through Antunes Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Maragogi trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Itacare to Maragogi by combination of bus and flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Maragogi are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Maragogi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Praia De Maracaipe, Japaratinga Beach, Praia de Tamandare, Beach Patacho - Ecological Route Miracles
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Praia de Tamandare ©
Praia de Tamandare
Burgalhau Beach ©
Burgalhau Beach
Japaratinga Beach ©
Japaratinga Beach

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Fernando de Noronha and Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro. Relax by the water at Praia do Leão and Baia dos Golfinhos. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Shark Museum, kick back and relax at Atalaia Beach, stroll through Boldro Beacch, and get outside with Baia dos Porcos.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Fernando de Noronha online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight from Maragogi to Fernando de Noronha in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Maragogi to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Maragogi in May, Fernando de Noronha is a bit warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bombinhas.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro ©
Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro
Fernado de Noronha Island
Fernado de Noronha Island
Porto de Santo Antonio Beach ©
Porto de Santo Antonio Beach

3
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 in touch with nature at Bombas Beach and Itapema Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Brava Beach and Lagoinha Beach (Trapiche). Venture out of the city with trips to Balneario Camboriu (Molhe - Barra Sul & Morro do Careca). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia De Quatro Ilhas and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Mariscal.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bombinhas holiday website .

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Bombinhas in 9 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Bombinhas is minus 1 hour. In May, Bombinhas is little chillier than Fernando de Noronha - with highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Bombinhas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Balneario Camboriu, Brava Beach, Itapema Beach, Praia de Bombas
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Praia de Bombas ©
Praia de Bombas
Praia de Mariscal ©
Praia de Mariscal
Praia De Quatro Ilhas ©
Praia De Quatro Ilhas

5
nights
Florianopolis, Brazil

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Get outdoors at Guarda do Embau Beach and Matadeiro Beach. Relax by the water at Daniela's Beach and Praia Mole. Step out of Florianopolis with an excursion to Praia do Rosa in Praia do Rosa--about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Open Sea Turtle Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoinha do Leste, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Santinho, and take a stroll through Costa da Lagoa.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Florianopolis trip planner .

Getting from Bombinhas to Florianopolis by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. May in Florianopolis sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Guarda do Embau Beach, Praia do Rosa
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Barra da Lagoa Beach ©
Barra da Lagoa Beach
Guarda do Embau Beach ©
Guarda do Embau Beach
Matadeiro Beach ©
Matadeiro Beach

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ushuaia Bay and Mirador de Lagos Escondido y Fagnano. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Glacier Martial. The adventure continues: make a trip to Galeria Tematica Historia Fueguina and explore the activities along Laguna Esmeralda.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ushuaia planning app .

Getting from Florianopolis to Ushuaia by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In May, Ushuaia is cooler than Florianopolis - with highs of 7°C and lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Ushuaia Bay ©
Ushuaia Bay
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Laguna Esmeralda ©
Laguna Esmeralda

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Museo del Lago Gutierrez and Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro. Escape the urban bustle at Kayaking & Canoeing and Cerro Tronador. Step out of San Carlos de Bariloche to go to Villa La Angostura and see Rio Correntoso, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: cast your line with a fishing tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take a leisurely stroll along Isla Victoria, and take in panoramic vistas at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Carlos de Bariloche road trip tool .

You can fly from Ushuaia to San Carlos de Bariloche in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Ushuaia in May, you will find days in San Carlos de Bariloche are a bit warmer (12°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rio Correntoso
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Fishing Charters & Tours
Museo del Lago Gutierrez ©
Museo del Lago Gutierrez

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