20 days in Dominican Republic, Ecuador & Brazil Itinerary

20 days in Dominican Republic, Ecuador & Brazil Itinerary

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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
— 1 night
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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
— 2 nights
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Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to San Cristobal, Ferry to Puerto Ayora
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Foz do Iguacu
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 1 night
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

— 1 night
In an area boasting beaches that face both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, vacations in Punta Cana have been popular with tourists since the early 1970s.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Bavaro Beach and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. Keep things going the next day: tee off at La Cana Golf Course and then tee off at Punta Espada Golf Course.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Punta Cana road trip planner.

Tehran, Iran to Punta Cana is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Iran Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time is minus 7.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Punta Cana can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can take a shuttle to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors · Golf · Beaches · Parks

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

— 2 nights
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): make a trip to Zona Colonial. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de Bellas Artes, then steep yourself in history at Fortaleza Ozama, then steep yourself in history at Alcazar de Colon, and finally pause for some photo ops at Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon).

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Santo Domingo trip itinerary app.

Traveling by shuttle from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Historic Sites · Museums

Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

— 2 nights
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 parks, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes, shop like a local with Galeria Aymara, and take a leisurely stroll along Malecon de Puerto Ayora.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora trip itinerary builder app.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Santo Domingo to Puerto Ayora in 18.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Santo Domingo to Puerto Ayora is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

— 2 nights
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Cristo Salvador and then contemplate the geological forces at Sierra Negra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Laguna de los Diablos, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then discover the deep blue sea with Los Tuneles.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Villamil day trip planning site.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

— 1 night

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.
On the 6th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

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You can fly from Puerto Villamil to Foz do Iguacu in 21 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Puerto Villamil to Foz do Iguacu. In October, daily temperatures in Foz do Iguacu can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 2 nights

Marvelous City

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 7th (Wed): kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, and finally pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Escadaria Selaron, see where the action happens at Maracanã, then kick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach, and finally admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in October, Rio de Janeiro is a bit warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

— 3 nights

Emerald of the Atlantic

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.
Fernando de Noronha is known for beaches, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Baia do Sancho, stroll through Praia do Cacimba do Padre, see the interesting displays at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS, and get outside with Baia dos Porcos.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Fernando de Noronha online trip builder.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha in 7.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in October since evenings lows in Fernando de Noronha dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Dominican Republic travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Islands · Zipline
Sharing the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, friendly Dominican Republic offers two distinct coastlines, one bathed by the Caribbean Sea and the other by the Atlantic Ocean. Nearly 1,600 km (1,000 mi) of palm-shaded beaches figure highly on most Dominican Republic itineraries, allowing visitors to design their vacation around a range of water-based activities. The sun-kissed country benefits from pleasant temperatures throughout the year, so it's no surprise that holidays in Dominican Republic remain a popular choice for visitors from distant and colder corners of the world. A big producer of coffee, cocoa, rum, sugarcane, and tobacco, the country provides a vibrant cultural experience in multicultural cities and quaint countryside.

Ecuador travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.

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.