38 days in South America Itinerary

38 days in South America Itinerary

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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Puerto Madero, Shuttle to Ezeiza, Fly to Asuncion
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Asuncion, Paraguay
— 2 nights
Fly to Porto Alegre, Bus to Gramado
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Gramado, Brazil
— 4 nights
Bus to Rodoviária, Fly to Rio de Janeiro
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly
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Remire-Montjoly, French Guiana
— 2 nights
Drive to Cayenne-Rochambeau Airport, Fly to Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport
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Paramaribo, Suriname
— 2 nights
Fly
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Georgetown, Guyana
— 3 nights
Drive
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Canaima National Park, Venezuela
— 4 nights
Fly
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Coche Island, Venezuela
— 2 nights
Fly
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Los Roques National Park, Venezuela
— 3 nights
Fly
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Caracas, Venezuela
— 3 nights
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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

— 2 nights
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
On the 7th (Sun), take in the pleasant sights at Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento. On the next day, kick back and relax at Playa Ferrando, make a trip to Porton de Campo, make a trip to La Calle de los Suspiros, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Portugues, then examine the collection at Museo de Azulejos, and finally enjoy the sea views from Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Colonia del Sacramento driving holiday planner.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Colonia del Sacramento is an approximately 2-hour ferry ride. In August in Colonia del Sacramento, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Asuncion.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 9:

Asuncion, Paraguay

— 2 nights

Mother of Cities

Paraguay's capital and economic center, Asuncion ranks among the youngest cities on the continent, with more than half of its residents under 30 years of age.
On the 10th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Casa de la Independencia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora, head outdoors with Parque de la Salud, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Lorenzo, then head outdoors with Parque Nu Guasu, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Asuncion trip maker website.

You can do a combination of ferry, shuttle, and flight from Colonia del Sacramento to Asuncion in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Colonia del Sacramento to Asuncion, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Colonia del Sacramento in August; daily highs in Asuncion reach 31°C and lows reach 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Gramado.

Things to do in Asuncion

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 11:

Gramado, Brazil

— 4 nights

Hydrangea Garden

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sao Pellegrino Church and Igreja Matriz de Cristo Rei. Discover out-of-the-way places like Vale dos Vinhedos and Vinicola Ravanello. Explore Gramado's surroundings by going to Paroquia Santa Teresa (in Caxias Do Sul), Vinicola Peterlongo (in Garibaldi) and Bento Goncalves (Cantina Strapazzon, Vinicola Torcello, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascata do Caracol, learn about winemaking at Casa Seganfredo, head outdoors with Lago Joaquina Rita Bier, and sample the tasty concoctions at Gram Bier.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Gramado road trip tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Asuncion to Gramado in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Asuncion to Gramado, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Gramado

Wineries · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 15:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 4 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Get in touch with nature at Copacabana Beach and Praia de Ipanema. Get some historical perspective at Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra and Sao Francisco da Penitencia Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Rio de Janeiro: Pedra do Elefante (in Marica) and Niteroi (Costao de Itacoatiara & Camboinhas Beach). The adventure continues: get great views at Morro da Urca, don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, explore the world behind art at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, and kick back and relax at Vermelha Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Rio de Janeiro takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 19:

Sao Paulo, Brazil

— 5 nights

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tombo Beach and Estacao Pinacoteca. Relax by the water at Pitangueiras beach and Jureia Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Sao Paulo: Igreja Nossa Senhora da Escada (in Guararema) and Boraceia (in Bertioga). There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Parque Estadual da Cantareira - Nucleo Pedra Grande, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Solomon, let little ones run wild at Parque Ecologico do Tiete, and wander the streets of Batman Alley.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sao Paulo travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in August since evenings lows in Sao Paulo dip to 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Wed) before leaving for Remire-Montjoly.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 24:

Remire-Montjoly, French Guiana

— 2 nights
A suburb of Cayenne, Remire-Montjoly possesses some of the best beaches in the capital city's environs.
On the 25th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Dominique de Roura, get outside with Sentier du Rorota, then trek along Sentier des Salines, then kick back and relax at Remire-Montjoly Beach, and finally explore the ancient world of Site archeologique Habitation Loyola. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Montabo Beach, wander the streets of Place des Palmistes, then identify plant and animal life at Association Chou Ai, and finally head outdoors with Sentier de la Mirande.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Remire-Montjoly journey builder.

Fly from Sao Paulo to Remire-Montjoly in 10.5 hours. Traveling from Sao Paulo in August, expect Remire-Montjoly to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Paramaribo.

Things to do in Remire-Montjoly

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 26:

Paramaribo, Suriname

— 2 nights

Wooden City

With the chance to visit a World Heritage-listed inner city, tours of Paramaribo remain among the most culturally enriching things tourists can do in Suriname.
On the 27th (Sat), walk around Palmentuin, get up close to creatures of the deep with Celestial Tours Suriname, see the interesting displays at Stichting Villa Zapakara voor Kind & Cultuur, then admire the striking features of Dutch reformed church, and finally don't miss a visit to Waterkant (Riverside Boulevard). On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Peter and Paul Basilica, contemplate the long history of Fort Zeelandia, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arya Dewaker Hindu Temple, and finally take a stroll through Historic Inner City of Paramaribo.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Paramaribo road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Remire-Montjoly to Paramaribo with the Route module. In August, daily temperatures in Paramaribo can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Georgetown.

Things to do in Paramaribo

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 28:

Georgetown, Guyana

— 3 nights

Garden City of the Caribbean

Guyana's capital and main urban area, Georgetown represents the starting point for many visits to the country.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): explore the galleries of Guyana National Museum, admire the landmark architecture of St. George's Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Radha Krishna Mandir, stop by Perfumes Guyana, then enjoy the sea views from Georgetown Lighthouse, and finally appreciate the history behind The Non Aligned Monumnet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Vreed-En-Hoop Mosque, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Andrew's Kirk, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, then explore the striking landscape of Guyana National Park, then get a dose of the wild on Wilderness Explorers Guyana- Day Tours, and finally take an in-depth tour of Guyana Heritage Museum Demerara.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Georgetown day trip tool.

You can fly from Paramaribo to Georgetown in 5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Paramaribo to Georgetown is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Paramaribo in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Georgetown: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 30°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Canaima National Park.

Things to do in Georgetown

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 28 — 31:

Canaima National Park, Venezuela

— 4 nights
One of the largest national parks in the world, Canaima National Park encompasses 30,000 sq km (12 sq mi) of distinct landscapes, varied wildlife, and the world's highest waterfalls.
Get outdoors at Angel Falls and Quebrada de Jaspe. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Salto Kawi, take in the dramatic scenery at Yurani Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Sorowapo, and get great views at Mirador El Oso.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Canaima National Park driving holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Georgetown to Canaima National Park. The time zone changes from Guyana Time (GYT) to Colombia Standard Time (COT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sun) before leaving for Coche Island.

Things to do in Canaima National Park

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 4:

Coche Island, Venezuela

— 2 nights
On the 5th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Coche Beach.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Coche Island online day trip planner.

You can fly from Canaima National Park to Coche Island in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone changes from Colombia Standard Time to Venezuela Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Los Roques National Park.

Things to do in Coche Island

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:
Highlights from your trip

Los Roques National Park, Venezuela

— 3 nights
Indulge in a relaxing, tropical vacation in Los Roques National Park, a stunning chain of more than 300 coral islands.
You'll get in some beach time at Cayo De Agua and Cayo Pirata. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Crasqui and Madrisqui. There's lots more to do: get outside with Noronky Beach, make a trip to El Palafito, head off the coast to Sebastopol, and explore the ancient world of Faro Holandes.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Los Roques National Park trip site.

Fly from Coche Island to Los Roques National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Caracas.

Things to do in Los Roques National Park

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:

Caracas, Venezuela

— 3 nights

Heaven's Branch on Earth

Tropical weather, great food, and memorable jungle surroundings seem like all the ingredients Caracas needs to become a must-see destination.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Pantaleta and Parque Nacional el Avila. Do some cultural sightseeing at Iglesia de Santa Teresa and Iglesia Nuestra Senora de La Candelaria. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Chiquinquirá, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana de Caracas, make a trip to El Castillo Monte Libano, and view the masterpieces at Hacienda La Trinidad Parque Cultural.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Caracas trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Los Roques National Park to Caracas in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Caracas

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:

Uruguay travel guide

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Landmarks · Scenic Walking Areas · Art Museums
Switzerland of South America
One of the smallest countries in South America, tourist-friendly Uruguay is often called the "Switzerland of South America" because of its consistent economic development and progressive society. Open-minded Montevideo serves as the starting point of most Uruguay vacations, offering visitors an eclectic cultural scene and a chance to discover some of South America's major architectural treasures. Away from the cosmopolitan capital city, vacations in Uruguay involve exploring wildlife-rich areas along the Atlantic and touring the rustic interior on horseback, gaucho style. In this sports-loving country, the highlight of your Uruguay trip might just be a soccer match between Penarol and Nacional, the country's two major clubs.

Paraguay travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Shopping Malls · Gift & Specialty Shops
Heart of South America
Divided in half by its eponymous river, Paraguay is a land of contrasts, especially between its lush eastern region where most of the population lives and the arid west, filled with rustic villages and old Jesuit colonies. Although under Spanish rule for three centuries and with a recent history of dictatorships and wars, Paraguay retained its native Guarani culture, with more than 80 percent of population of indigenous heritage. You'll find plenty of things to do in Paraguay, from touring cosmopolitan cities and quaint Jesuit colonies, to browsing affordable arts and crafts stores and sailing on rivers that crisscross the diverse natural landscape that makes up this landlocked nation.

Brazil travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.

French Guiana travel guide

3.5
Landmarks · Wildlife Areas · Islands
The only part of South America still governed by an overseas country, the tropical, rainforest-covered French Guiana is the second largest region of France. The department was used by France as a penal colony in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with several islands that you can visit today used as prisons where inmates were forced to catch butterflies. On a trip to French Guiana, you can witness different ecosystems, diverse plant and animal life, as well a mix of cultures influenced by French colonization and a large immigrant population.

Suriname travel guide

3.7
Historic Sites · Churches · Parks
The smallest country in South America, Suriname features thick jungles, rushing rivers, and lively, culturally diverse places to visit. Independent since 1975, Suriname retained the Dutch language and influences, as well as the Caribbean and the culture of its indigenous tribes. A third of the country's landscape is made up of natural reserves, providing tourists the opportunity to explore lush tropical rainforests, pristine beaches, scenic rivers and waterfalls, as well as a staggering variety of animals and birds. On a trip to Suriname you shouldn't pass up a visit to its capital and only city, World Heritage-listed Paramaribo, noted for its colonial-era architecture.

Guyana travel guide

3.5
Architectural Buildings · Gardens · Waterfalls
Land of Many Waters
A land of thick rainforest, expansive savannas, and lively Caribbean culture, Guyana is becoming more and more notable for its adventure and eco-tourism opportunities. Sightseeing in Guyana ranges from touring the colonial-era architectural gems of the historic capital, to hiking the verdant forest trails. Scenic waterfalls and mountaintops, laidback ranches, an array of tropical wildlife, and delicious Creole fusion cuisine await you on your Guyana holiday.

Venezuela travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Landmarks · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Grace
A vacation in Venezuela, one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, can be both affordable and highly rewarding. From snowcapped mountains and vast grassland, to tropical islands and lush rainforests, Venezuela's varied landscapes are a paradise for nature lovers. Whether you're looking to laze on the Caribbean beaches, trek through the verdant jungles, or immerse yourself in the vibrant city culture, a Venezuela holiday offers something for everyone. Admire the world's highest waterfalls, go island hopping, discover tasty local delicacies, and witness the sheer abundance of wildlife and endemic species in Venezuela.