20 days in Brazil, Ecuador & Buenos Aires Itinerary

20 days in Brazil, Ecuador & Buenos Aires Itinerary

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Start: Wellington, New Zealand
Fly + Shuttle:  17 h 45 min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  7 h
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Ferry:  4 h
3
Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 2 nights
+5
Ferry + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus + Fly:  11 h 15 min
4
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly + Shuttle:  3 h 30 min
5
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
— 3 nights
+5
Shuttle + Fly + Foot + Fly + Foot + Ferry:  22 h
6
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
7
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Fly:  36 h
End: Wellington, New Zealand

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, then take a stroll through Puerto Madero, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Calle Defensa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, wander the streets of Recoleta, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, then admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, and finally admire the natural beauty at Jardin Japones.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Buenos Aires sightseeing website.

Wellington, New Zealand to Buenos Aires is an approximately 18- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, flight, and shuttle; or fly. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Wellington to Buenos Aires due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Wellington in December: high temperatures in Buenos Aires hover around 33°C and lows are around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): get great views at Leblon Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, then kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, then contemplate the long history of Parque Lage, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra da Tijuca Beach, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro vacation maker site.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Buenos Aires in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Rio de Janeiro, with lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador

2
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Lagoa Azul and Abraaozinho Beach. Visit Aqueduto and Igreja de Sao Sebastiao for their historical value. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Lopes Mendes Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Preta.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ilha Grande road trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande in 4 hours. December in Ilha Grande sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

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Caxadaco Beach ©
Caxadaco Beach
Lopes Mendes Beach ©
Lopes Mendes Beach
Lagoa Azul ©
Lagoa Azul

1
night
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.
On the 14th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Nossa Senhora dos Remedios, kick back and relax at Porto de Santo Antonio Beach, then get outside with Baia dos Porcos, and finally kick back and relax at Praia do Cacimba do Padre. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Boldro Beacch, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Praia do Cachorro, and finally steep yourself in history at Fort of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Fernando de Noronha road trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Ilha Grande to Fernando de Noronha takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Fernando de Noronha Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. December in Fernando de Noronha sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos
Praia do Cacimba do Padre ©
Praia do Cacimba do Padre
Praia do Cachorro ©
Praia do Cachorro

3
nights
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): kick back and relax at Cupe beach, then kick back and relax at Muro Alto Beach, then see the vivid underwater world at Piscinas Naturais de Porto de Galinhas, and finally take in the exciting artwork at So Arte. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pontal de Maracaipe, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Capela Nossa Senhora do Desterro.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Porto de Galinhas visit planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Fernando de Noronha to Porto de Galinhas in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Fernando de Noronha Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time is minus 1 hour. December in Porto de Galinhas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

So Arte, Capela Nossa Senhora do Desterro
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Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
Pontal de Maracaipe ©
Pontal de Maracaipe

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, then look for gifts at Chocolapagos Darwin's Favourites, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Aymara, and finally kick back and relax at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, and then kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora online holiday planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Porto de Galinhas to Puerto Ayora in 25 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, bus, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Porto de Galinhas to Puerto Ayora. Traveling from Porto de Galinhas in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Puerto Ayora, with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
On the 21st (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro Tijeretas and then kick back and relax at Playa Mann. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): stroll through Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, then kick back and relax at Puerto Chino Beach, and then kick back and relax at La Loberia.

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You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 2.5 hours. In December in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
La Loberia ©
La Loberia
Puerto Chino Beach ©
Puerto Chino Beach

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