31 days in South America Itinerary

31 days in South America Itinerary

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31 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Krakow, Poland
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  32​h
1
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + shuttle + Fly:  16​h
2
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  13​h
3
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  17​h 45​min
4
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
5
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
6
Gramado, Brazil
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + shuttle:  12​h 15​min
7
Bonito, Brazil
— 1 night
8
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 1 night
+4
Fly + bus + foot + subway + bus:  7​h 15​min
9
Alto Paraiso de Goias, Brazil
— 1 night
Drive:  12​h 45​min
10
Ouro Preto, Brazil
— 1 night
+4
taxi + bus + Fly + taxi + bus:  12​h 45​min
11
Barreirinhas, Brazil
— 1 night
+3
bus + taxi + bus + Fly:  10​h
12
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Krakow, Poland

2
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.
Puerto Ayora is known for wildlife, nature, beaches, museums, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon de Puerto Ayora, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Aymara.

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Krakow, Poland to Puerto Ayora is an approximately 32-hour combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Ecuador Time is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Krakow in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Puerto Ayora, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Pisac and then explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of San Blas, examine the collection at ChocoMuseo, then stop by Alpacatamon, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Cusco trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Cusco takes 16 hours. When traveling from Puerto Ayora in August, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Cusco: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Pisac
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Pisac ©
Pisac
San Blas ©
San Blas

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques and Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Salar de Tara, explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor, take in the dramatic natural features at Piedras Rojas, and get lost in a book at Libreria Del Desierto.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Cusco to San Pedro de Atacama by combination of flight and bus takes about 13 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cusco to San Pedro de Atacama, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
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Atacama Desert ©
Atacama Desert
Tebinquinche Lake ©
Tebinquinche Lake
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Catedral Alta Patagonis and Piedras Blancas. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Circuito Chico, stop by VanWynsberghe Chocolats, enjoy breathtaking views from Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Carlos de Bariloche.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Carlos de Bariloche online travel planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to San Carlos de Bariloche in 18 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to San Carlos de Bariloche, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in August, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in San Carlos de Bariloche: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow 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 Nahuelito ©
Parque Nahuelito
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi

1
night
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.
On the 14th (Wed), make a trip to Faro Les Eclaireurs, then fly down the slopes at Cerro Castor (Castor Mount), and then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Esmeralda. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Glacier Martial, contemplate the waterfront views at Bahia Lapataia, and then get lost in a book at Biblioteca Popular Sarmiento de Ushuaia.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ushuaia online driving holiday planner .

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 a bit cooler (5°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Cerro Castor (Castor Mount) ©
Cerro Castor (Castor Mount)
Laguna Esmeralda ©
Laguna Esmeralda

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Casa do Colono, explore the activities along Black Lake, then learn about winemaking at Casa Seganfredo, then admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Lavender Park, and finally make a trip to Fonte do Amor Eterno. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Ferradura Park ( Horseshoe Park), then get in on the family fun at Parque Terra Magica Florybal, and then learn about winemaking at Jolimont Winery.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Gramado trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Ushuaia to Gramado in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Bonito.

Things to do in Gramado

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Canela
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Vitivinicola Jolimont ©
Vitivinicola Jolimont
Parque da Ferradura ©
Parque da Ferradura
Le Jardin Lavender Park ©
Le Jardin Lavender Park

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): explore the activities along Rio Sucuri and then meet the residents at Rio da Prata. On the next day, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, explore the activities along Recanto Ecologico Rio da Prata, and then meet the residents at Aquario Natural.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bonito vacation planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Gramado to Bonito in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time to Amazon Time is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Bonito

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Rio Sucuri ©
Rio Sucuri
Recanto Ecologico Rio da Prata ©
Recanto Ecologico Rio da Prata
Aquario Natural ©
Aquario Natural

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, then kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, then admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and finally admire all the interesting features of Maracanã. Keep things going the next day: take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Tijuca, appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, and then stroll through Pedra do Arpoador.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Bonito to Rio de Janeiro takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bonito to Rio de Janeiro due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Alto Paraiso de Goias.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Beaches
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Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Veadeiros. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Catarata dos Couros, explore the striking landscape at Vale da Lua, and then make a trip to Gota Kaliandra - Espaco de Musica e Silencio.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Alto Paraiso de Goias itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Alto Paraiso de Goias in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Alto Paraiso de Goias, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ouro Preto.

Things to do in Alto Paraiso de Goias

Nature Parks
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Vale da Lua ©
Vale da Lua

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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.
On the 24th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar, explore the world behind art at Museum of Betrayal, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo, then don't miss a visit to Centro Historico de Ouro Preto, then take an in-depth tour of Casa dos Contos, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sao Francisco de Assis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museum of Mineralogy, identify plant and animal life at Itacolomi state park, and then identify plant and animal life at Parque Natural Municipal Das Andorinhas.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouro Preto trip planner .

You can drive from Alto Paraiso de Goias to Ouro Preto in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Alto Paraiso de Goias to Ouro Preto is 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Ouro Preto can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Barreirinhas.

Things to do in Ouro Preto

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Parque Estadual do Itacolomi ©
Parque Estadual do Itacolomi
Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar ©
Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar
Casa dos Contos ©
Casa dos Contos

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Barreirinhas, Brazil

Barreirinhas ©
Most visitors consider Barreirinhas little more than a convenient base for exploring the nearby national park, yet the town's sandy beaches and picturesque riverside setting make it a rewarding destination in and of itself.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lencois Maranhenses National Park. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Preguicas and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bonita and Azul lakes.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Barreirinhas trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Ouro Preto to Barreirinhas in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ouro Preto in August: high temperatures in Barreirinhas hover around 37°C and lows are around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Barreirinhas

Nature Parks
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Parque Nacional dos Lencois Maranhenses ©
Lagoa Bonita e Lagoa Azul ©
Lagoa Bonita e Lagoa Azul
Rio Preguicas ©
Rio Preguicas

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Praia do Cacimba do Padre and Praia do Sueste. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Baia do Sancho, kick back and relax at Praia do Cachorro, see the interesting displays at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS, and get outside with Baia dos Porcos.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Fernando de Noronha trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Barreirinhas to Fernando de Noronha by combination of bus and flight takes about 10 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Barreirinhas to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Barreirinhas in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Fernando de Noronha, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos
Fernando de Noronha
Fernando de Noronha
Praia do Cachorro ©
Praia do Cachorro

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