56 days in South America Itinerary

56 days in South America Itinerary

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56 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Canada
Fly + Drive:  20​h 45​min
1
Moyobamba, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  14​h
2
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
3
Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h
4
La Paz, Bolivia
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Sucre, Bolivia
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
6
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h 45​min
7
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h
8
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h
9
Mendoza, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
11
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h 15​min
12
El Chalten, Argentina
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
13
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
14
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 6 nights
Fly:  10​h
15
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Montreal, Canada

1
night
Moyobamba, Peru

Moyobamba ©
Moyobamba or Muyupampa is the capital city of the San Martín Region in northern Peru. You've now added Morro de Calzada to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Morro de Calzada, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Moyobamba, then explore the world behind art at Museo Regional de la Universidad Nacional de San Martin, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Moyobamba.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Moyobamba driving holiday planner.

Montreal, Canada to Moyobamba is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Moyobamba

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Morro de Calzada ©
Morro de Calzada
Catedral de Moyobamba ©
Catedral de Moyobamba

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, then stroll through Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, and finally explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then experience the excitement of Samay Spa.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu day trip tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Moyobamba to Machu Picchu. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Adventure Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Zipline
Highlights from your plan
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Zipline
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu ©
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu

6
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Moray and River Rafting & Tubing. Tipon and Convento santa Teresa will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cusco: Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries (in Ollantaytambo) and San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas (in Andahuaylillas). There's much more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, view the masterpieces at Familia Gutierrez Arte Grafico del Peru, and take in the dramatic natural features at Montana de Siete Colores.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cusco trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries, San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Moray
Highlights from your plan
Moray ©
Moray
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries ©
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries
Tipon ©
Tipon

4
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Step off the beaten path and head to Huayna Potosi and Museum of Musical Instruments - Museo Instrumentos Musicales de Bolivia. National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore and Catedral Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora de la Paz are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of La Paz with an excursion to Puma Punku in Tiahuanaco--about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Chacaltaya Ski Resort, see the winter wonderland with Scree Rush, stop by Green Hands, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Andean Culture Distillery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the La Paz road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cusco to La Paz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Time (PET) to Bolivia Time (BOT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, La Paz is slightly colder than Cusco - with highs of 17°C and lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sucre.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Puma Punku
Highlights from your plan
Huayna Potosi ©
Huayna Potosi
Chacaltaya Ski Resort ©
Chacaltaya Ski Resort
Chacaltaya ©
Chacaltaya

1
night
Sucre, Bolivia

Sucre ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): see the interesting displays at El Centro Turistico Comunitario, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Clara Convent, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de San Francisco, and finally admire the sheer force of The 7 Cascadas.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sucre day trip website .

You can fly from La Paz to Sucre in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from La Paz in May; daily highs in Sucre reach 24°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Sucre

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Santa Clara Convent ©
Santa Clara Convent
Basilica de San Francisco ©
Basilica de San Francisco

2
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museo de la Llama y la Sal, then make a trip to Avenida Ferroviaria, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi and then see the interesting displays at Necropolis & Museum Kawsay Wasy.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Uyuni route maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Sucre to Uyuni takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Sucre in May, you will find days in Uyuni are colder (3°C), and nights are little chillier (3°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Uyuni

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Museo de la Llama y la Sal
Highlights from your plan
Avenida Ferroviaria ©
Avenida Ferroviaria
Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez ©
Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Pukara de Quitor and Museo del Meteorito. Get outdoors at Valle Arcoiris and Lagunas Altiplanicas. Take a break from San Pedro de Atacama with a short trip to Cementerio de Toconao in Toconao, about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Lascar, contemplate the waterfront views at Lagunas Baltinache, head outdoors with White And Green International Travel - Day Tour, and take in the dramatic natural features at Piedras Rojas.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama trip planning app .

Getting from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama by car takes about 12 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Uyuni in May, plan for much warmer days and about the same nights in San Pedro de Atacama: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Cementerio de Toconao
Highlights from your plan
Lascar ©
Lascar
Valle Arcoiris ©
Valle Arcoiris
Quebrada del Diablo ©
Quebrada del Diablo

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sewell and Vina El Principal. Your inner history buff will appreciate Lutheran Church of the Holy Cross (1897) and Cementerio General (General Cemetery). Change things up with these side-trips from Santiago: Playa El Canelillo (in Algarrobo), Casablanca (Bodegas RE, Kingston Family Vineyards, & more) and Santuario de Santa Teresa de Los Andes (in Rinconada de Silva). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Baha'i, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, learn about winemaking at Santa Carolina, and don't miss a visit to Baha'i House of Worship.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Santiago trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Santiago

Historic Sites Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Casablanca, Playa El Canelillo, Vina El Principal, Sewell, Lutheran Church of the Holy Cross (1897)
Highlights from your plan
Vina El Principal ©
Vina El Principal
Playa El Canelillo ©
Playa El Canelillo
Sewell ©
Sewell

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Bodega Chandon and Bodega Matervini. Visiting Los Pingos Horse Riding and La Quebrada del Condor-Day Trip will get you outdoors. Step out of Mendoza with an excursion to El Camino de las 365 Curvas in Las Heras--about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Bodega Carmelo Patti, make a trip to Antigua Bodega Giol, and pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario de la Virgen de Lourdes.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Mendoza holiday planner .

Getting from Santiago to Mendoza by combination of bus and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time (CLT) to Argentine Time (ART) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Maipu, El Camino de las 365 Curvas, Santuario Virgen de Lourdes, La Quebrada del Condor-Day Trip
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Matervini ©
Bodega Matervini
Bodega Renacer ©
Bodega Renacer
Bodega Chandon ©
Bodega Chandon

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.
Visiting Las Costanera Publica and Delta Terra Natural Reserve will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Villa Ocampo and Parroquia Nuestra de Senora los Remedios. Venture out of the city with trips to Museos & Cripta Basilica Nuestra Senora De Lujan (in Lujan), Basílica Catedral Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes (in Mercedes) and Chascomus (in Chascomus). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Palacio Paz, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Nuestra Senora de la Merced, identify plant and animal life at Reserva Natural Municipal Santa Catalina, and kick back and relax at Playa La Balandra.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip maker app .

Getting from Mendoza to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mendoza in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Buenos Aires, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Museos & Cripta Basilica Nuestra Senora De Lujan, Parroquia Nuestra de Senora los Remedios, Basílica Catedral Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes, Chascomus, Las Costanera Publica
Highlights from your plan
Las Costanera Publica ©
Las Costanera Publica
Villa Ocampo ©
Villa Ocampo
Palacio Paz ©
Palacio Paz

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Sendero de los Arrayanes and Kayaking & Canoeing. Step off the beaten path and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Ventisquero Negro. There's lots more to do: trek along Refugio Frey, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, see the interesting displays at Monumento Historico Municipal Capilla La Inmaculada, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia San Eduardo.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Carlos de Bariloche trip planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to San Carlos de Bariloche in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in June, things will get slightly colder in San Carlos de Bariloche: highs are around 9°C and lows about -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Ventisquero Negro ©
Ventisquero Negro
Fishing Charters & Tours
Sendero de los Arrayanes ©
Sendero de los Arrayanes

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Laguna Torre. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Laguna Torre, then identify plant and animal life at Los Huemules, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Amanecer en El Chalten, then stop by Marcopolo Bookstore, then examine the collection at Casa Madsen Museo, and finally get great views at El Mirador De Los Condores.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the El Chalten trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Carlos de Bariloche to El Chalten in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can take a bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado ©
Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado
Casa Madsen Museo ©
Casa Madsen Museo
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre

2
nights
El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate ©
El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Patagonia Profunda - Safari Experience, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus, then take a stroll through Avenida Libertador, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Paseo de Los Artesanos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): get outside with Enjoy! and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the El Calafate road trip planner .

Getting from El Chalten to El Calafate by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. June in El Calafate sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in El Calafate

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Patagonia Profunda - Safari Experience ©
Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus ©
Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus
Nature & Wildlife Tours

6
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.
Get in touch with nature at Ushuaia Bay and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Estancia Harberton and Feria artesanal Ushuaia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Ushuaia with a short trip to Lago Roca in Tierra del Fuego National Park, about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Isla Martillo, browse the different shops at Foto Center, see the interesting displays at CASA BEBAN, and learn more about the world around you at Acatushun Museum.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ushuaia tour planner.

Getting from El Calafate to Ushuaia by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Ushuaia can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

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

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate San Isidro and Church and Sanctuary of Saint Rose of Lima. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Playa Santa Maria del Mar. Step out of Lima to go to Punta Hermosa and see El Silencio, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Casa de Aliaga, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de las Nazarenas, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lima trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Ushuaia to Lima takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Ushuaia to Lima is minus 2 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Ushuaia in June; daily highs in Lima reach 24°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

El Silencio, Playa Santa Maria del Mar
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
San Isidro ©
San Isidro
Casa de Aliaga ©
Casa de Aliaga

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