32 days in Rio de Janeiro, Galapagos Islands & Cuba Itinerary

32 days in Rio de Janeiro, Galapagos Islands & Cuba Itinerary

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32 days in Rio de Janeiro, Galapagos Islands & Cuba Itinerary

Sydney, Australia
Fly:  23​h 45​min
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 7 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
Baltra, Ecuador
— 1 night
Fly:  30​min
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
Varadero, Cuba
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Trinidad, Cuba
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Cayo Guillermo, Cuba
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
Havana, Cuba
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Cayo Largo, Cuba
— Few hours
Fly:  27​h
Sydney, Australia

6
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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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, parks, museums, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, take in nature's colorful creations at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, and take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Tijuca.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro sightseeing site .

Sydney, Australia to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 13 hours traveling from Sydney to Rio de Janeiro due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in October: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Baltra.

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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

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Baltra, Ecuador

Baltra ©
On the 8th (Thu), step off the mainland to explore North Seymour Island.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Baltra road trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rio de Janeiro to Baltra. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Baltra. November in Baltra sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

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North Seymour Island ©
North Seymour Island

4
days
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.
Spend the 11th (Sun) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Galakiwi Adventures, kick back and relax at Cerro Brujo, look for all kinds of wild species at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, and make a trip to León Dormido.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip itinerary app .

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is just a stone's throw from Baltra. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can fly to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

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San Cristobal
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Cerro Brujo
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Interpretation Center
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Puerto Chino Beach

3
days
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Puerto Villamil is known for wildlife, nature, zoos & aquariums, adventure, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get impressive views of Sierra Negra, make a trip to The Wall of Tears, get outside with Cueva de Sucre, and head off the coast to Las Tintoreras.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Villamil road trip app .

You can fly from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Villamil in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time to Galapagos Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

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Sierra Negra
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Sierra Negra
Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras
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Concha de Perla

4
days
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, adventure, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Charles Darwin Research Station, kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes, make a trip to Dragon Hill (Cerro Dragon), and get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Aymara.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Puerto Ayora tour itinerary tool .

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora takes 2.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora. In November, daytime highs in Puerto Ayora are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Varadero.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

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Santa Cruz
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
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Reserva El Chato
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay

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Varadero, Cuba

Varadero ©
One of the largest resort towns in the Caribbean, Varadero boasts a 20 km (12 mi) long stretch of sand, lined with hotels and all-inclusive resorts.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cayo Blanco, then kick back and relax at Varadero Beach, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Delfinario, and finally contemplate the long history of Ambrosio Cave. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Pharmaceutical Museum and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas de Bellamar.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Varadero trip itinerary app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Ayora to Varadero. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Puerto Ayora in November since evenings lows in Varadero dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Varadero

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Side Trip

Matanzas
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Varadero Beach
Cayo Blanco ©
Cayo Blanco
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Cuevas de Bellamar

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Trinidad, Cuba

Trinidad ©
Built on sugar and seemingly preserved in molasses, the town of Trinidad attracts visitors with its well-aged 19th century architecture and rustic charm, showcasing the sounds, scents, and sights of days gone by.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): stroll through Ancon Beach, see the interesting displays at Museo de Arquitectura Colonial, then make a trip to Plaza Mayor, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Trinidad online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Varadero to Trinidad in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Trinidad

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Side Trip

Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo
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Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

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Cayo Guillermo, Cuba

Cayo Guillermo
A kay of the Jardines del Rey archipelago, Cayo Guillermo has become a popular international tourist destination, buoyed by the construction of luxury all inclusive resorts that dot the paradisal island.
On the 24th (Sat), kick back and relax at Cayo Guillermo and then kick back and relax at Playa Pilar.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cayo Guillermo online travel route builder .

Drive from Trinidad to Cayo Guillermo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Havana.

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Playa Pilar
Playa Pilar
Cayo Guillermo ©
Cayo Guillermo

4
days
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Havana is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of El Malecon, contemplate the long history of Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), make a trip to Old Havana, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion).

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Havana trip maker site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Cayo Guillermo to Havana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cayo Guillermo in November, expect little chillier with lows of 21°C in Havana. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cayo Largo.

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Old Havana ©
Old Havana
Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral
El Morro ©
El Morro

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Cayo Largo, Cuba

Cayo Largo ©
The stress of modern life feels a million miles away when you holiday on Cayo Largo, a small and unspoiled resort island off the coast of Cuba.
On the 29th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Sirena Beach and then stroll through Playa Paraiso.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cayo Largo attractions planning website .

Traveling by flight from Havana to Cayo Largo takes 1.5 hours. In November in Cayo Largo, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

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Playa Paraiso
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Sirena Beach

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