56 days in South America Itinerary

56 days in South America Itinerary

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cabo Polonio, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Punta del Diablo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
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Drive to Carrasco International /General C L Berisso Airport, Fly to Cataratas Del Iguazú International Airport, Drive to Iguazu National Park
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
Bus to Foz do Iguacu, Fly to Rio de Janeiro
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Bus to Conceição de Jacareí, Ferry to Ilha Grande
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Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 3 nights
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Ferry to Conceição de Jacareí, Bus to Avenida Vinte De Janeiro próximo ao 290, Fly to Bogota
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Bogota, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 1 night
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Cali, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
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Puno, Peru
— 1 night
Bus to La Paz, Fly to Sucre
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Sucre, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Valparaiso, Chile
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly to Puerto Montt, Bus to Ancud
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Ancud, Chile
— 2 nights
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Bus to Puerto Varas, Fly to Punta Arenas, Bus to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 3 nights
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El Chalten, Argentina
— 3 nights
Bus to El Calafate, Fly to Ushuaia
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 2 nights

Queen of La Plata

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.
On the 6th (Thu), make a trip to Obelisco de Buenos Aires, admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, then admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Puerto Madero, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japones, then admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip planner.

Paris, France to Buenos Aires is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Paris to Buenos Aires. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in January; daily highs in Buenos Aires reach 33°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Montevideo, Uruguay

— 2 nights
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): make a trip to Plaza Matriz, don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, then stop by Ciudad Vieja, and finally visit Pocitos.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Montevideo trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Montevideo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Buenos Aires in January since evenings lows in Montevideo dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cabo Polonio.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods

Cabo Polonio, Uruguay

— 2 nights
The isolated hamlet of Cabo Polonio, part of Uruguay's remote Rocha province, offers a different take on a South American beach holiday.
Venture out of the city with trips to Playa del Barco (in Rocha) and La Pedrera (in La Pedrera). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de la Calavera, head outdoors with Cerro Buena Vista, tour the pleasant surroundings at Beaches at Cabo Polonio, and take in the dramatic natural features at Medanos de la Barra de Valizas.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cabo Polonio travel route planning website.

Getting from Montevideo to Cabo Polonio by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Uruguay Standard Time (UYT) to Amazon Standard Time (AMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Punta del Diablo.

Things to do in Cabo Polonio

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Punta del Diablo, Uruguay

— 2 nights
Formerly a sleepy little fishing town, Punta del Diablo has become a popular seaside getaway with a wealth of attractions natural and manmade.
On the 12th (Wed), stop by Paseo de los Artesanos, kick back and relax at Playa de Los Pescadores, and then stroll through Playa de Punta del Diablo.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Punta del Diablo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cabo Polonio to Punta del Diablo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 13th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Punta del Diablo

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Iguazu National Park, Argentina

— 1 night
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Iguazu National Park trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Punta del Diablo to Iguazu National Park with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Punta del Diablo to Iguazu National Park. January in Iguazu National Park sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 4 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 beaches, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador, get great views at Leblon Beach, and kick back and relax at Praia de Grumari.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro tour itinerary maker app.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Iguazu National Park to Rio de Janeiro in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Iguazu National Park in January, Rio de Janeiro is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°C. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Ilha Grande, Brazil

— 3 nights
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoa Azul, then enjoy the sand and surf at Maguariquecaba Beach, then stroll through Dois Rios Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Caxadaco Beach. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande, enjoy the sand and surf at Abraaozinho Beach, then stroll through Lopes Mendes Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Santo Antonio Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ilha Grande trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande by combination of bus and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Ilha Grande are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sat) before leaving for Bogota.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Bogota, Colombia

— 4 nights

Athens of South America

Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Ospina Park (in Chia) and Zipaquira (Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira & Esensal). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, walk around Parque de Usaquen, and stop by El Cuchitril Second Hand Shop.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bogota holiday site.

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Ilha Grande to Bogota in 16 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Ilha Grande to Bogota is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Ilha Grande in January, expect Bogota to be much colder, temps between 23°C and 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cartagena, Colombia

— 1 night

City of Heroes

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.
On the 27th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, then steep yourself in history at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza Santo Domingo.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cartagena trip itinerary maker app.

Fly from Bogota to Cartagena in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in January, expect nights in Cartagena to be much hotter, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Cali.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites

Cali, Colombia

— 2 nights

Salsa Capital of the World

Learning how to salsa may be the most popular thing to do in Cali, but this giant city in southwestern Colombia represents more than just the "Salsa Capital of the World." Home to over 2 million people, thriving Cali serves as a major commercial and industrial center in South America, boasting the fastest-growing economy in Colombia.
On the 28th (Fri), examine the collection at Caliwood Museo de la Cinematografia, then admire the striking features of El Gato Del Rio( Gato De Tejada), and then get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de San Antonio. On your second day here, examine the collection at MUSA Museo Arqueologico, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico de Cali, then don't miss a visit to Mirador Sebastian Belalcazar, and finally appreciate the history behind Cristo Rey.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cali trip website.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Cali takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cartagena in January, Cali is slightly colder at night with lows of 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cali

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 3 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Machu Picchu is known for historic sites, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, get great views at Intipuncu, get a sense of history and politics at Serpost, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Cali to Machu Picchu in 13.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for travel to Puno.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Puno, Peru

— 1 night

City of the Lake

Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Uros Floating Islands, step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island, and then get great views at Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Puno itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Puno takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sucre.

Things to do in Puno

Nature · Parks · Baths · Spas

Sucre, Bolivia

— 2 nights

City of the Four Names

The constitutional capital of Bolivia, Sucre has a well-preserved historic center, with many buildings dating back to the city's founding in the 16th century.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at House of Liberty Museum - Casa de la Libertad, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Recoleta, then take in the exciting artwork at Arte y Cultura Sucre Galeria, then make a trip to Cal Orck'o, and finally stop by Inca Pallay Shop. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR, get curious at Museo del Tesoro, then make a trip to Plaza 25 de Mayo, and finally admire the striking features of Church of San Felipe Neri (Oratorio de San Felipe de Neri).

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sucre travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Puno to Sucre in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Standard Time to Bolivia Time is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sucre when traveling from Puno in February, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Sucre

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Uyuni, Bolivia

— 2 nights
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Go for a jaunt from Uyuni to Potosi to see Pueblo Pulacayo about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni, examine the collection at Museo de la Llama y la Sal, see Off-Road Tours, and get a new perspective on nature at Museo Arquecologia y Antropologico de los Andes Meridionales.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Uyuni trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Sucre to Uyuni takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sucre in February: highs in Uyuni hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Uyuni

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Valparaiso, Chile

— 2 nights

Jewel of the Pacific

Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Explore Valparaiso's surroundings by going to Casa de Isla Negra (in Isla Negra), Casa Marin Winery (in Lo Abarca) and Cinco Oceanos Dive Center (in Algarrobo). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at La Sebastiana, wander the streets of Paseo Dimalow, get great views at Paseo Yugoslavo, and make a trip to Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores).

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Valparaiso trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Uyuni to Valparaiso takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Uyuni in February, expect Valparaiso to be somewhat warmer, temps between 25°C and 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santiago.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Santiago, Chile

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), then admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then go for a walk through Plaza de Armas, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Costanera Center. On your second day here, enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera, then examine the collection at La Chascona, then walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castillo Hidalgo.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Santiago trip planning app.

Drive from Valparaiso to Santiago in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Ancud.

Things to do in Santiago

Shopping · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Ancud, Chile

— 2 nights
A city of 40,000 people, Ancud was the capital of Chiloe Archipelago until it was superseded by the city of Castro in 1982.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Chiloe Island Penguin Colony and then head outdoors with Pinguineras. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Museo Bomberil Cuerpo de Bomberos de Ancud, examine the collection at Museo Regional de Ancud, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Las Iglesias de Chiloe, then make a trip to Fuerte San Antonio, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Ancud.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ancud road trip app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Santiago to Ancud in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in February, and nighttime lows around 10°C. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Ancud

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

— 3 nights
Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) is known for nature, adventure, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Historical Museum,Municipality of Puerto Natales, explore the fascinating underground world of Mylodon Cave Natural Monument, look for gifts at Krea Noe, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) trip itinerary maker website.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Ancud to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Ancud in February, expect nights in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to El Chalten.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Nature

El Chalten, Argentina

— 3 nights
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.
El Chalten is known for nature, historic sites, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Laguna de los Tres, take some stellar pictures from El Mirador De Los Condores, take in the dramatic scenery at Chorillo del Salto, and take in the awesome beauty at Fitz Roy.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our El Chalten attractions site.

You can drive from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to El Chalten in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to El Chalten, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Ushuaia, Argentina

— 4 nights

End of the World

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.
Spend the 26th (Sat) exploring nature at Tierra del Fuego National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Canal Beagle, tour in style with a train tour, view the masterpieces at Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For more things to do and tourist information, use the Ushuaia itinerary builder tool.

Do a combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to Ushuaia in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in February, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails