57 days in South America Itinerary

57 days in South America Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 7 nights
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 5 nights
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Mendoza, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 4 nights
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Paraguari, Paraguay
— 1 night
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Sucre, Bolivia
— 1 night
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Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 5 nights
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Canaima National Park, Venezuela
— 4 nights
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Georgetown, Guyana
— 1 day
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Paramaribo, Suriname
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 7 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Ilha Fiscal and Forte de Copacabana. Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro and Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rio de Janeiro: Petropolis (Museu Casa de Santos Dumont, Imperial Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, take in the exciting artwork at Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas, examine the collection at Museu da Republica, and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro holiday maker app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time is minus 4 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in September, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at 32°C and lows at 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Sao Paulo, Brazil

— 5 nights

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Get some cultural insight at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo and Museu da Lingua Portuguesa. Appreciate the collections at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP and Museu de Arte Brasileira - FAAP. Go for a jaunt from Sao Paulo to Jundiai to see Fundacao Serra do Japi about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and see the interesting displays at Museu De Arte Sacra De Sao Paulo.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sao Paulo visit site.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September since evenings lows in Sao Paulo dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Mendoza.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Mendoza, Argentina

— 4 nights
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Get a sense of the local culture at Bodega La Azul and Bodega Budeguer. Step out of Mendoza to go to Tupungato and see Valle de Uco, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Fundacional, stroll through Reserva Natural Divisadero Largo, learn about winemaking at Bodega Tierras Altas, and pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Virgen de Lourdes.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Mendoza day trip planner.

Fly from Sao Paulo to Mendoza in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Sao Paulo in September, things will get a bit cooler in Mendoza: highs are around 25°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 6 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo. Visit Cemiterio de Recoleta and Calle Defensa for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Buenos Aires: Tigre (Museo de arte Tigre & Delta Terra Natural Reserve). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, contemplate the long history of Palacio Barolo, admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, and stop by La Boca.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Mendoza to Buenos Aires takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Mendoza in September: highs in Buenos Aires hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Montevideo.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Montevideo, Uruguay

— 4 nights
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 get to explore Museo – Taller de Casapueblo and Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pocitos and Pizzorno Family Estates. Change things up with a short trip to Museo Vivo del Titere in Maldonado (about 2h 15 min away). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, get a sense of history and politics at Palacio Legislativo, take an in-depth tour of Cabildo de Montevideo, and see the interesting displays at Fundacion Mario Benedetti.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Montevideo trip planner.

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. In September, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Paraguari.

Things to do in Montevideo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trips

Paraguari, Paraguay

— 1 night
Paraguarí is a city, distrito and capital of Paraguarí Department in Paraguay, located 66 km from the country’s capital, Asunción. On the 28th (Mon), stroll through Eco Reserva Mbatovi.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Paraguari tour itinerary maker app.

Explore your travel options from Montevideo to Paraguari with the Route module. Traveling from Montevideo to Paraguari, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, Paraguari is a bit warmer than Montevideo - with highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Sucre.

Things to do in Paraguari

Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Sucre, Bolivia

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): shop like a local with Arte y Cultura Sucre Galeria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museum of the Cathedral - Museo de la Catedral, then get engrossed in the history at House of Liberty Museum - Casa de la Libertad, and finally engage your brain at Museo del Tesoro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de San Francisco, explore the world behind art at Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR, and then examine the collection at Museo del Convento de la RECOLETA.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sucre trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Paraguari to Sucre. In September, Sucre is a bit cooler than Paraguari - with highs of 26°C and lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Cusco.

Things to do in Sucre

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Cusco, Peru

— 6 nights

Imperial City

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sacsayhuaman and Qorikancha. Your inner history buff will appreciate Plaza de Armas and Sacred Valley of the Incas. Venture out of the city with trips to Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras). And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, wander the streets of San Blas, and delve into the distant past at Tambomachay.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cusco trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Sucre to Cusco takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sucre to Cusco. In September, daytime highs in Cusco are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Lima, Peru

— 4 nights

City of the Kings

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.
Appreciate the collections at Museo Larco and Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru. Visit Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas and San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro) for their historical value. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, examine the collection at ChocoMuseo Kennedy, ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Nacion.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lima route maker tool.

You can fly from Cusco to Lima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Lima, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Cartagena.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Cartagena, Colombia

— 3 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Scuba & Snorkeling. Appreciate the collections at NH Galeria and La Presentacion Casa Museo Arte y Cultura. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and make a trip to Baluarte de la Merced.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip builder app.

You can fly from Lima to Cartagena in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Lima in October, plan for much hotter days in Cartagena, with highs around 38°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Bogota, Colombia

— 5 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.
Let the collections at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Cascada La Chorrera (in Choachi), Bioparque La Reserva (in Cota) and Reserva Natural El Chochal de Siecha (in Guasca). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Observatorio de Colibries and browse the exhibits of Galeria La Cometa.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bogota journey builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Bogota takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Cartagena in October, with highs in Bogota at 22°C and lows at 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Canaima National Park.

Things to do in Bogota

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Canaima National Park, Venezuela

— 4 nights
One of the largest national parks in the world, Canaima National Park encompasses 30,000 sq km (12 sq mi) of distinct landscapes, varied wildlife, and the world's highest waterfalls.
Canaima National Park is known for nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Kavak Cave, take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Aponguao, contemplate the waterfront views at Sorowapo, and explore the striking landscape at Salto Kawi.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Canaima National Park trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bogota to Canaima National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Georgetown.

Things to do in Canaima National Park

Nature · Parks

Georgetown, Guyana

— 1 day

Garden City of the Caribbean

Guyana's capital and main urban area, Georgetown represents the starting point for many visits to the country.
On the 24th (Sat), explore the galleries of Guyana Heritage Museum Demerara, pause for some photo ops at Seven Ponds Monument, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kissing Bridge.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Georgetown trip app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Canaima National Park to Georgetown. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Standard Time to Guyana Time is 1 hour. In October, daily temperatures in Georgetown can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Paramaribo.

Things to do in Georgetown

Museums · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Paramaribo, Suriname

— 3 nights

Wooden City

With the chance to visit a World Heritage-listed inner city, tours of Paramaribo remain among the most culturally enriching things tourists can do in Suriname.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Dutch reformed church, then browse the exhibits of Fort Nieuw Amsterdam, then stroll through Peperpot Nature Park, and finally take in the views from Jules Wijdenbosch Bridge. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the galleries of Ready Tex Art Gallery, then browse the exhibits of Het Koto Museum, and then explore the galleries of Stichting Villa Zapakara voor Kind & Cultuur.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Paramaribo tour app.

You can fly from Georgetown to Paramaribo in 5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Georgetown to Paramaribo due to the time zone difference. In October, daytime highs in Paramaribo are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paramaribo

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Brazil travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.

Argentina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.

Uruguay travel guide

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Landmarks · Scenic Walking Areas · Architectural Buildings
Switzerland of South America
One of the smallest countries in South America, tourist-friendly Uruguay is often called the "Switzerland of South America" because of its consistent economic development and progressive society. Open-minded Montevideo serves as the starting point of most Uruguay vacations, offering visitors an eclectic cultural scene and a chance to discover some of South America's major architectural treasures. Away from the cosmopolitan capital city, vacations in Uruguay involve exploring wildlife-rich areas along the Atlantic and touring the rustic interior on horseback, gaucho style. In this sports-loving country, the highlight of your Uruguay trip might just be a soccer match between Penarol and Nacional, the country's two major clubs.

Paraguay travel guide

3.9
Shopping Malls · Landmarks · Gift & Specialty Shops
Heart of South America
Divided in half by its eponymous river, Paraguay is a land of contrasts, especially between its lush eastern region where most of the population lives and the arid west, filled with rustic villages and old Jesuit colonies. Although under Spanish rule for three centuries and with a recent history of dictatorships and wars, Paraguay retained its native Guarani culture, with more than 80 percent of population of indigenous heritage. You'll find plenty of things to do in Paraguay, from touring cosmopolitan cities and quaint Jesuit colonies, to browsing affordable arts and crafts stores and sailing on rivers that crisscross the diverse natural landscape that makes up this landlocked nation.

Bolivia travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.

Peru travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Colombia travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.

Venezuela travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Tourist Spots · Shopping
Land of Grace
A vacation in Venezuela, one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, can be both affordable and highly rewarding. From snowcapped mountains and vast grassland, to tropical islands and lush rainforests, Venezuela's varied landscapes are a paradise for nature lovers. Whether you're looking to laze on the Caribbean beaches, trek through the verdant jungles, or immerse yourself in the vibrant city culture, a Venezuela holiday offers something for everyone. Admire the world's highest waterfalls, go island hopping, discover tasty local delicacies, and witness the sheer abundance of wildlife and endemic species in Venezuela.

Guyana travel guide

3.5
Nature & Parks · Architectural Buildings · Museums
Land of Many Waters
A land of thick rainforest, expansive savannas, and lively Caribbean culture, Guyana is becoming more and more notable for its adventure and eco-tourism opportunities. Sightseeing in Guyana ranges from touring the colonial-era architectural gems of the historic capital, to hiking the verdant forest trails. Scenic waterfalls and mountaintops, laidback ranches, an array of tropical wildlife, and delicious Creole fusion cuisine await you on your Guyana holiday.

Suriname travel guide

3.7
Historic Sites · Churches · Parks
The smallest country in South America, Suriname features thick jungles, rushing rivers, and lively, culturally diverse places to visit. Independent since 1975, Suriname retained the Dutch language and influences, as well as the Caribbean and the culture of its indigenous tribes. A third of the country's landscape is made up of natural reserves, providing tourists the opportunity to explore lush tropical rainforests, pristine beaches, scenic rivers and waterfalls, as well as a staggering variety of animals and birds. On a trip to Suriname you shouldn't pass up a visit to its capital and only city, World Heritage-listed Paramaribo, noted for its colonial-era architecture.