25 days in Brazil, Mexico & Santiago Itinerary

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Santiago, Chile
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 1 day
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Florianopolis, Brazil
— 3 nights
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Manaus, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Cancun, Mexico
— 5 nights
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Tulum, Mexico
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Santiago, Chile — 1 day

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
On the 14th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, then make a trip to Cerro Santa Lucia, and then see the interesting displays at La Chascona.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago day trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Santiago is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 14 hours traveling from Sydney to Santiago. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Sao Paulo.
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Sao Paulo, Brazil — 1 day

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
On the 15th (Wed), examine the collection at Afro Brazil Museum, then explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, and then stroll around Parque Ibirapuera.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo journey planner.

You can fly from Santiago to Sao Paulo in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Sao Paulo due to the time zone difference. In February, daytime highs in Sao Paulo are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Rio de Janeiro.
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 5 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro is known for sightseeing, beaches, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, stroll through Pedra do Arpoador, and don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sao Paulo in February, expect Rio de Janeiro to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to fly to Foz do Iguacu.
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil — 2 nights

Land of the Waterfalls

A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
Foz do Iguacu is known for nature, zoos & aquariums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls, see human ingenuity at work at Itaipu Dam, get a new perspective on nature at Itaipu Natureza, and examine the collection at Museu de Cera Dreamland.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Foz do Iguacu road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Foz do Iguacu, with lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Florianopolis.
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Florianopolis, Brazil — 3 nights

Magic Island

Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Florianopolis is known for beaches, sightseeing, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Mole, kick back and relax at Joaquina Beach, don't miss a visit to Praca Getulio Vargas, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Santo Antonio de Lisboa.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Florianopolis trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Foz do Iguacu to Florianopolis takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to fly to Manaus.
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Manaus, Brazil — 2 nights

Paris of the Tropics

It's hard not to get excited when planning a trip to Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas, and the largest city on the mighty Amazon River.
On the 26th (Sun), explore the activities along Meeting of Waters, then buy something for everyone on your list at Manauara Shopping, and then make a trip to Espaco Cultural Largo de Sao Sebastiao.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Manaus trip planner.

You can fly from Florianopolis to Manaus in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Florianopolis to Manaus is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 27°C. On the 27th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Cancun.
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Cancun, Mexico — 5 nights

Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Explore Cancun's surroundings by going to Isla Mujeres (Punta Sur & Playa Norte). Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, make a trip to Avenida Kukulkan, observe the fascinating underwater world at Interactive Aquarium, and fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cancun itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Manaus to Cancun takes 11.5 hours. The time zone changes from Amazon Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Manaus in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 23°C in Cancun. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.
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Tulum, Mexico — 4 nights

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Change things up with a short trip to Xcaret in Playa del Carmen (about 54 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, admire the masterpieces at Mystika Immersive, see Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing, and Head underground at Gran Cenote.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tulum tour planning app.

Traveling by car from Cancun to Tulum takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. March in Tulum sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Brazil travel guide

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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.
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Mexico travel guide

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Ruins · Zipline · Beaches
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.
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