55 days in South America Itinerary

55 days in South America Itinerary

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55 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Anchorage, United States
Drive + Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
2
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  29​h
3
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Mendoza, Argentina
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h
7
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h
8
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  10​h 45​min
9
La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
10
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h
11
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 30​min
12
El Chalten, Argentina
— 2 nights
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
13
Villa La Angostura, Argentina
— 2 nights
+3
bus + shuttle + Fly + Drive:  34​h
End: Anchorage, United States

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sacsayhuaman and Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visiting Cerro Colorado Vinicunca and Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cusco: Moray (in Maras), Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero (in Chinchero) and San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas (in Andahuaylillas). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, delve into the distant past at Q'enqo, and steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cusco trip itinerary website .

Anchorage, USA to Cusco is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Anchorage to Cusco due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Anchorage in January, with highs in Cusco at 67°F and lows at 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero, Moray
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Moray ©
Moray
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

2
nights
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 8th (Wed), catch some excitement at Samay Spa, then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu online day trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Spas Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu ©
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu

7
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Parroquia San Eduardo and Bosque Neon. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Bonita and Playa Bahia Serena. Change things up with a short trip to Berlina Patagonia Brewery in Colonia Suiza (about 34 minutes away). There's much more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, explore the activities along Nahuel Huapi Lake, gear up at Epic Bariloche, and take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de los Duendes.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Carlos de Bariloche trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Machu Picchu to San Carlos de Bariloche by combination of car and flight takes about 29 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Time to Argentine Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In January, daily temperatures in San Carlos de Bariloche can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Berlina Patagonia Brewery
Highlights from your plan
Sendero de los Arrayanes ©
Sendero de los Arrayanes
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Fishing Charters & Tours

5
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.
Catedral de San Isidro and Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basilica de Lujan and Palacio Barolo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Buenos Aires: Delta El Tigre (in Tigre) and Berisso (Playa La Balandra & Palo Blanco). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Puerto Madero, examine the collection at Fragata ARA Sarmiento, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Buenos Aires in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 83°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Berisso, Catedral de San Isidro, Delta El Tigre, Basilica de Lujan, Catedral Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Catedral de San Isidro ©
Catedral de San Isidro
Basilica de Lujan ©
Basilica de Lujan

6
nights
Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza ©
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bodega Tierras Altas and Bodega Renacer. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Vines of Mendoza and Bodegas Nieto Senetiner. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mendoza: Carinae Vinedos & Bodega (in Maipu), La Quebrada del Condor-Day Trip (in Tupungato) and Gimenez Riili Winery & Vineyards (in Los Sauces). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Bodegas Lopez.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Mendoza road trip planner.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Mendoza by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in January, you will find days in Mendoza are somewhat warmer (91°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Maipu, La Quebrada del Condor-Day Trip, Gimenez Riili Winery & Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
The Vines of Mendoza ©
The Vines of Mendoza
Bodega Renacer ©
Bodega Renacer
Bodega Norton ©
Bodega Norton

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Iguazu Falls. Get a sense of the local culture at Solar del Che and Museo Casa del Fundador. Step out of the city life by going to Salto San Martin and Parque Vortisch. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Iguazu National Park: Lago Urugua-i (in Puerto Libertad), Casino de Eldorado (in Eldorado) and Wanda Mines (in Wanda). There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin, make a trip to Fabrica de Yerba Mate Aguantadora, and admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Iguazu National Park trip maker app .

You can fly from Mendoza to Iguazu National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Iguazu National Park can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Montecarlo, Eldorado, Lago Urugua-i, Wanda Mines, Solar del Che
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Vina Santa Rita and Casa de Isla Negra. Popular historic sites such as Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion and Paseo Yugoslavo are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santiago: Casablanca (Bodegas RE & Kingston Family Vineyards) and Vina Undurraga (in Talagante). There's lots more to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, get great views at San Cristóbal Hill, pause for some serene contemplation at San Francisco Church, and wander the streets of Barrio Italia.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Santiago trip planner .

Getting from Iguazu National Park to Santiago by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Iguazu National Park to Santiago. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Wineries Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Casablanca, Paseo Yugoslavo, Vina Undurraga, Casa de Isla Negra, Vina Santa Rita
Highlights from your plan
Vina Santa Rita ©
Vina Santa Rita
Vina Undurraga ©
Vina Undurraga

5
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.
Atacama Desert Stargazing has been added to your itinerary. Visit Pukara de Quitor and Cementerio de Toconao for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Valle Arcoiris and Walking tours. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Laguna Chaxa, see the interesting displays at Museo del Meteorito, contemplate the geological forces at Lascar, and take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in San Pedro de Atacama sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Cementerio de Toconao
Highlights from your plan
Valle Arcoiris ©
Valle Arcoiris
Atacama Desert Stargazing ©
Atacama Desert Stargazing
Laguna Chaxa ©
Laguna Chaxa

2
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Puma Punku and Tiwanaku. Escape the urban bustle at Scree Rush and Chacaltaya Ski Resort. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora de la Paz, see the interesting displays at Museum of Musical Instruments - Museo Instrumentos Musicales de Bolivia, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Andean Culture Distillery, and stop by Green Hands.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the La Paz journey planning website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to La Paz in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in February, things will get little chillier in La Paz: highs are around 59°F and lows about 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in La Paz

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Puma Punku
Highlights from your plan
Chacaltaya Ski Resort ©
Chacaltaya Ski Resort
Puma Punku ©
Puma Punku
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Casa San Martin de Porres and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Maria del Mar and then get to know the fascinating history of San Isidro.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lima trip planner .

You can fly from La Paz to Lima in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Lima due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from La Paz in February; daily highs in Lima reach 82°F and lows reach 70°F. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Tue) before leaving for Ushuaia.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Playa Santa Maria del Mar
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
San Isidro ©
San Isidro
Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo ©

2
nights
Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia ©
Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
On the 19th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Larga, then grab your bike and head to Ushuaia Bay, then pause for some photo ops at Monumento Antiguos Pobladores de Ushuaia, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Vinciguerra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then explore the activities along Lago Roca.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ushuaia online route builder .

Fly from Lima to Ushuaia in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Lima to Ushuaia is 2 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Lima in February, with highs in Ushuaia at 55°F and lows at 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Lago Roca
Highlights from your plan
Lago Roca ©
Lago Roca
Ushuaia Bay ©
Ushuaia Bay
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten ©
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Los Huemules, take in the dramatic natural features at Amanecer en El Chalten, and then get outside with Patagonia Magica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): get great views at El Mirador De Los Condores, take in the awesome beauty at Glaciar Piedras Blancas, then trek along Laguna de los Tres, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Torre.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the El Chalten trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Ushuaia to El Chalten takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Villa La Angostura.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Laguna de los Tres
Highlights from your plan
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
El Mirador De Los Condores ©
El Mirador De Los Condores
Glaciar Piedras Blancas ©
Glaciar Piedras Blancas

2
nights
Villa La Angostura, Argentina

Villa La Angostura ©
A trip to Villa La Angostura leads to the lush "Garden of Patagonia," where the scenic backdrop features pristine forests, lakes, and mountains.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mirador Lago Traful and Cerros Negro & Monje Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Bosque Sumergido and Cascada Nivinco. Step out of Villa La Angostura to go to Villa Traful and see Camping Puerto Arrayan, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: stroll through Cabalgatas y Cuatriciclos Montahue, take in the awesome beauty at Cabalgatas del Tero, buy something for everyone on your list at Estacion Patagonia - Anden de Compras, and engage your brain at Museo Historico Regional de Villa La Angostura.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Villa La Angostura trip tool .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from El Chalten to Villa La Angostura in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Villa La Angostura are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Villa La Angostura

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Villa Traful
Highlights from your plan
Mirador Lago Traful ©
Mirador Lago Traful
Bosque Sumergido ©
Bosque Sumergido
Cabalgatas del Tero ©
Cabalgatas del Tero

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