57 days in South America Itinerary

57 days in South America Itinerary

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57 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fly + Drive:  16​h 15​min
1
Puerto Colombia, Colombia
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  17​h 45​min
2
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
3
Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
Fly + shuttle:  8​h 15​min
4
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
5
Valparaiso, Chile
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Santiago, Chile
— 6 nights
+3
Fly + shuttle + bus + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
7
La Plata, Argentina
— 1 night
+3
shuttle + foot + shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Cordoba, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
9
Cafayate, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Salta, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
11
Lima, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
12
Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + shuttle + ferry + bus:  4​h 30​min
13
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 6 nights
+3
bus + ferry + shuttle + Fly:  5​h
14
Quito, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Buenos Aires, Argentina

2
nights
Puerto Colombia, Colombia

Puerto Colombia ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Puerto Colombia: Galapa (Megua Parque Biotematico & El Solar de Mao) and Casa Museo Poeta Julio Florez (in Usiacuri).

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Colombia online trip builder .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Puerto Colombia is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Argentine Time (ART) to Colombia Time (COT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in December: high temperatures in Puerto Colombia hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Puerto Colombia

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Galapa, Casa Museo Poeta Julio Florez
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de Salgar ©
Castillo de Salgar
Casa Museo Poeta Julio Florez ©
Casa Museo Poeta Julio Florez
El Malecon de Puerto Colombia ©
El Malecon de Puerto Colombia

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.
Machu Picchu is known for historic sites, nature, parks, spas, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu, look for gifts at Artesanias, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip itinerary maker website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Colombia to Machu Picchu. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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.
Explore Cusco's surroundings by going to Pisac (in Pisac) and Salinas de Maras (in Maras). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cusco route 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. January in Cusco sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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 out of San Pedro de Atacama with an excursion to Salar de Atacama in Antofagasta--about 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna, contemplate the waterfront views at Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques, see the interesting displays at Father Le Paige Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Salar de Tara.

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Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Cusco to San Pedro de Atacama takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to San Pedro de Atacama due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cusco in January, you will find days in San Pedro de Atacama are a bit warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Valparaiso.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Salar de Atacama
Highlights from your plan
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques ©
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques

3
nights
Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso ©
Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Get out of town with these interesting Valparaiso side-trips: Canopy El Canelo (in Algarrobo) and Casa de Isla Negra (in Isla Negra). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at La Sebastiana, don't miss a visit to Plaza Sotomayor, kick back and relax at Reñaca, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Valparaiso online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Valparaiso takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Valparaiso, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Santiago.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Vina del Mar, Casa de Isla Negra, Canopy El Canelo
Highlights from your plan
La Sebastiana ©
La Sebastiana
Casa de Isla Negra ©
Casa de Isla Negra
Walking tours

6
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.
Explore Santiago's surroundings by going to Concha y Toro (in Pirque), Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile (in Valle Nevado) and River Rafting & Tubing (in San Jose de Maipo). There's much more to do: stroll through San Cristóbal Hill, get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and explore the world behind art at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Santiago trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Valparaiso to Santiago by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to La Plata.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Concha y Toro, Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

1
night
La Plata, Argentina

La Plata ©
In many ways a mini version of the national capital, attractive La Plata features a laid-back charm all its own thanks to its innovative layout.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): have fun and explore at Museo de La Plata, then look and learn at Planetario Ciudad de La Plata, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Plata.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the La Plata road trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Santiago to La Plata takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Cordoba.

Things to do in La Plata

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Museo de La Plata ©
Museo de La Plata
Catedral de la Plata ©
Catedral de la Plata
Planetario Ciudad de La Plata ©
Planetario Ciudad de La Plata

4
nights
Cordoba, Argentina

Cordoba ©
History lives on in the streets of Cordoba, Argentina's second-largest city.
Explore Cordoba's surroundings by going to La Cumbre (Cuchi Corral, Matias Mischung. Esculturas, & more), Capilla del Monte (Los Terrones & Capilla del Monte) and Museo Del Che Guevara (in Alta Gracia). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Museo Historico UNC Manzana Jesuitica, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Los Capuchinos, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia Catedral de Córdoba, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Historico Provincial Marques de Sobre Monte.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cordoba trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from La Plata to Cordoba takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from La Plata in January, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in Cordoba: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Cafayate.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

La Cumbre, Capilla del Monte, Museo Del Che Guevara
Highlights from your plan
Paseo del Buen Pastor ©
Paseo del Buen Pastor
Museo Historico UNC  Manzana Jesuitica ©

2
nights
Cafayate, Argentina

Cafayate ©
Nestled in one of the country's major wine regions, Cafayate and the surrounding area remain a top vacation destination throughout the year.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Quebrada del Rio de las Conchas, then explore the striking landscape at El Anfiteatro, then explore the striking landscape at Garganta del Diablo Salta, and finally learn about winemaking at Bodega El Esteco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): examine the collection at Museo de la Vid y el Vino de Cafayate, Salta, Argentina, then see the interesting displays at Museo Regional y Arqueologico Rodolfo Bravo, and then explore the ancient world of Quilmes Ruins (Ruinas de Quilmes).

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cafayate day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Cordoba to Cafayate takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Salta.

Things to do in Cafayate

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Quilmes Ruins (Ruinas de Quilmes)
Highlights from your plan
Garganta del Diablo Salta ©
Garganta del Diablo Salta
Quebrada del Rio de las Conchas ©
Quebrada del Rio de las Conchas
Quilmes Ruins (Ruinas de Quilmes) ©
Quilmes Ruins (Ruinas de Quilmes)

4
nights
Salta, Argentina

Salta ©
Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
Salta is known for historic sites, museums, nature, shopping, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at MAAM - Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana de Salta, make a trip to Plaza 9 de Julio, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Abra del Condor, and explore the world behind art at Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes de Salta.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Salta online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Cafayate to Salta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Salta

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

San Lorenzo
Highlights from your plan
Basilica Menor San Francisco ©
Basilica Menor San Francisco
Cathedral of Salta ©
Cathedral of Salta
Cuesta del Obispo ©
Cuesta del Obispo

5
nights
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
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.
Lima is known for parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, take a leisurely stroll along Miraflores Boardwalk, and walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lima day trip planner.

Getting from Salta to Lima by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Salta to Lima, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Salta in February since evenings lows in Lima dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Lima

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

4
nights
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Take a break from Guayaquil with a short trip to La Loberia in Salinas, about 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Las Penas, appreciate the extensive heritage of Guayaquil Historical Park, take in panoramic vistas at La Perla, and visit a coastal fixture at El Faro de Guayaquil.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Guayaquil road trip planning website .

Getting from Lima to Guayaquil by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

La Loberia
Highlights from your plan
Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Las Penas ©
Las Penas
Cerro Santa Ana ©
Cerro Santa Ana

6
nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Take a break from Puerto Ayora with a short trip to North Seymour Island in Baltra, about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes, make a trip to Dragon Hill (Cerro Dragon), and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Aymara.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora driving holiday site .

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus from Guayaquil to Puerto Ayora in 4.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Tunel de Lava Bellavista, North Seymour Island
Highlights from your plan
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay

3
nights
Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©
High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Go for a jaunt from Quito to Papallacta to see Termas de Papallacta about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, see the interesting displays at Museo Etnohistorico de Artesanias del Ecuador Mindalae, get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Quito driving holiday website .

Do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight from Puerto Ayora to Quito in 5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Puerto Ayora in February: high temperatures in Quito hover around 24°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trip

Termas de Papallacta
Highlights from your plan
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Mitad Del Mundo ©
Mitad Del Mundo

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