55 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

55 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

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55 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong, China
bus + Fly:  27​h
1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
3
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 45​min
5
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  12​h 45​min
6
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Concepcion, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  9​h
9
Stanley, Falkland Islands
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 30​min
10
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
11
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
12
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
13
Asuncion, Paraguay
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
14
Ciudad Del Este, Paraguay
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
15
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
16
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Hong Kong, China

3
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Get some historical perspective at Castillo San Felipe de Barajas and Walled City of Cartagena. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at NH Galeria and Dantas Store. When in Cartagena, make a side trip to see Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, approximately 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Caribe Jewelry and Emerald Museum, wander the streets of Bairro Getsemani, take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cartagena route planner .

Hong Kong, China to Cartagena is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 13 hours traveling from Hong Kong to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Cartagena are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
Highlights from your plan
Bairro Getsemani ©
Bairro Getsemani
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa ©
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver ©
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver

4
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Get in touch with nature at Parque Nacional de Soberania and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Your inner history buff will appreciate Casco Viejo and Bahai Temple. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Avenida Balboa and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Panama City trip planner .

You can fly from Cartagena to Panama City in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in May, and nighttime lows around 29°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Lima.

Things to do in Panama City

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Avenida Balboa ©
Avenida Balboa
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo

1
night
Lima, Peru

Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Lima day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Panama City to Lima in 8.5 hours. Traveling from Panama City in June, expect Lima to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

4
nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sacsayhuaman and Qorikancha. Treat yourself to a day of pampering on the 6th (Thu) at some of the best spas. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central de San Pedro, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Historico Regional.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip itinerary maker app .

Fly from Lima to Cusco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in June, Cusco is much colder at night with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Spas Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
On the 10th (Mon), get outside with Scree Rush. Here are some ideas for day two: tee off at Golf Tours Bolivia-Day Tours, then take in the exciting artwork at Casa Museo Solon, then stop by Mistura - Manifestacion Creativa, and finally see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our La Paz day trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cusco to La Paz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to La Paz. Traveling from Cusco in June, things will get slightly colder in La Paz: highs are around 17°C and lows about -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
Highlights from your plan
Casa Museo Solon ©
Casa Museo Solon
Mistura - Manifestacion Creativa ©
Mistura - Manifestacion Creativa

4
nights
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Piedras Rojas. Get some cultural insight at Pukara de Quitor and Father Le Paige Museum. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Valle Arcoiris, browse the eclectic array of goods at Feria Artesanal San Pedro de Atacama, see the sky in a new way at Observatorio Etno-Astronomico Licanantay, and make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from La Paz to San Pedro de Atacama takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from La Paz in June, things will get a bit warmer in San Pedro de Atacama: highs are around 25°C and lows about 0°C. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Concepcion.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Valle Arcoiris ©
Valle Arcoiris

3
nights
Concepcion, Chile

Concepcion ©
Concepcion has emerged as one of the most industrialized and developed metropolises of Chile, with a population approaching 300,000 and a long history of trade and commerce centered around its main port.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Museo Huascar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): grab your bike and head to Caleta Lenga, buy something for everyone on your list at Mall Plaza Trebol, then explore the world behind art at Casa del Arte - Pinacoteca, and finally look for gifts at Santa Tienda.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Concepcion trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Concepcion in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in June, you will find days in Concepcion are slightly colder (16°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (6°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Concepcion

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trips

San Pedro de la Paz, Museo Huascar
Highlights from your plan
Caleta Lenga ©
Caleta Lenga
Casa del Arte - Pinacoteca ©
Casa del Arte - Pinacoteca
Museo de Historia Natural de Concepcion ©

2
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Santa Rita Winery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de La Merced. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, stroll through San Cristóbal Hill, and then learn about winemaking at Vina Undurraga.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Santiago online vacation maker .

You can fly from Concepcion to Santiago in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Stanley.

Things to do in Santiago

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

Vina Undurraga, Vina Santa Rita
Highlights from your plan
Vina Santa Rita ©
Vina Santa Rita
Vina Undurraga ©
Vina Undurraga
Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion ©

5
nights
Stanley, Falkland Islands

Stanley ©
Founded in 1843, Stanley serves as the capital of the Falkland Islands yet still exudes its rural charm.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cape Pembroke Lighthouse and Tabernacle Free Church. Escape the urban bustle at Bluff Cove Lagoon and Mount Longdon. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Volunteer Point, take an in-depth tour of Falkland Islands Museum, take a tour of Lady Elizabeth Shipwreck, and stroll the grounds of Memorial Wood.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Stanley trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Santiago to Stanley takes 9 hours. Traveling from Santiago to Stanley, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 3°C. On the 26th (Wed), you're off toSan Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Stanley

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

East Falkland
Highlights from your plan
Volunteer Point ©
Volunteer Point
Falkland Islands Museum ©
Falkland Islands Museum
Bluff Cove Lagoon ©
Bluff Cove Lagoon

4
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche ©
Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, scenic San Carlos de Bariloche hugs the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and ranks among Argentina's top destinations for active outdoor vacations.
Head to Chocolates Rapanui and Feria Artesanal Municipalfor some retail therapy. Get outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and Catedral Alta Patagonis. When in San Carlos de Bariloche, make a side trip to see Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes in Villa La Angostura, approximately 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, delve into the lush surroundings at Sendero de los Arrayanes, kick back and relax at Playa Bonita, and take in panoramic vistas at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Carlos de Bariloche journey maker site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Stanley to San Carlos de Bariloche. Traveling from Stanley in June, expect nights in San Carlos de Bariloche to be slightly colder, around -1°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes ©
Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes
Fishing Charters & Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Recoleta and Plaza de Mayo. Puerto Madero and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Buenos Aires: Museo de La Plata (in La Plata), Basilica de Lujan (in Lujan) and Reserva Natural Urbana (in Castelar). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, take a stroll through San Telmo, see the interesting displays at Fragata ARA Sarmiento, and ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Buenos Aires road trip planner.

You can fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Buenos Aires in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in July, with highs in Buenos Aires at 17°C and lows at 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Montevideo.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Museo de La Plata, Reserva Natural Urbana, Basilica de Lujan
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento ©
Museo de La Plata ©
Museo de La Plata

2
nights
Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Palacio Taranco and Museo Torres Garcia. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pittamiglio"s Castle and Iglesia de las Carmelitas. Step out of Montevideo with an excursion to Pizzorno Family Estates in Canelones--about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Pocitos, hunt for treasures at Mercado del Puerto, look for gifts at Escaramuza Libros, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Montevideo.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Montevideo trip planner .

Getting from Buenos Aires to Montevideo by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in July, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Asuncion.

Things to do in Montevideo

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pizzorno Family Estates
Highlights from your plan
Mercado del Puerto ©
Mercado del Puerto
Iglesia de las Carmelitas ©
Iglesia de las Carmelitas
Museo Torres Garcia ©
Museo Torres Garcia

1
night
Asuncion, Paraguay

Asuncion ©
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 9th (Tue), get outside with Parque Nu Guasu, take an in-depth tour of Gran Hotel del Paraguay, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Asuncion planning tool .

You can fly from Montevideo to Asuncion in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Uruguay Time (UYT) to Paraguay Time (PYT) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Montevideo in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Asuncion: highs are around 28°C and lows about 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Ciudad Del Este.

Things to do in Asuncion

Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nu Guasu ©
Parque Nu Guasu
Gran Hotel del Paraguay ©
Gran Hotel del Paraguay

2
nights
Ciudad Del Este, Paraguay

Ciudad Del Este ©
The commercial center of eastern Paraguay, busy Ciudad Del Este serves primarily as a shopping destination for Argentines and Brazilians.
On the 10th (Wed), buy something for everyone on your list at SAX, then stop by Monalisa, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Blas, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at Monumento Cientifico Moises Bertoni. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Saltos del Monday, look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Aventura Monday, and then pause for some photo ops at Scientific Monument Moises Santiago Bertoni.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ciudad Del Este trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Asuncion to Ciudad Del Este in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Asuncion to Ciudad Del Este. July in Ciudad Del Este sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 12th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Ciudad Del Este

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Presidente Franco, Museo de la Tierra Guarani
Highlights from your plan
Parque Aventura Monday ©
Parque Aventura Monday
Museo de la Tierra Guarani ©
Museo de la Tierra Guarani
Monalisa Paraguay ©
Monalisa Paraguay

3
nights
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
On the 12th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Wanda Mines, then try your luck at Casino de Eldorado, and then step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Iguazu National Park trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Ciudad Del Este to Iguazu National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In July in Iguazu National Park, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Casino de Eldorado, Wanda Mines
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Isla San Martin ©
Isla San Martin

3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro and Imperial Museum. Get some cultural insight at Praia de Ipanema and Sugarloaf Mountain. Step out of Rio de Janeiro with an excursion to REGUA - Reserva Ecologica de Guapiacu in Cachoeiras de Macacu--about 1h 55 min away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, steep yourself in history at Parque Lage, and look for gifts at BarraShopping.

To see reviews and other tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro online journey planner .

You can fly from Iguazu National Park to Rio de Janeiro in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Iguazu National Park in July; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

REGUA - Reserva Ecologica de Guapiacu, Imperial Museum
Highlights from your plan
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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