58 days in South America Itinerary

58 days in South America Itinerary

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58 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  28​h
1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Medellin, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  12​h
5
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
6
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 45​min
7
La Paz, Bolivia
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  12​h 45​min
8
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h
9
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h
10
Mendoza, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
11
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
12
Gramado, Brazil
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
13
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
14
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
15
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Dublin, Ireland

1
night
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, deepen your understanding at Plaza Santo Domingo, and then steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cartagena holiday planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Cartagena is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 17 hours traveling from Auckland to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in June: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around 38°C and lows are around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

2
nights
Medellin, Colombia

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
On the 3rd (Wed), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque Explora and then grab your bike and head to 2000m Descent and more.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Medellin online journey planner .

Getting from Cartagena to Medellin by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cartagena in June: high temperatures in Medellin hover around 33°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora

3
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
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.
Step out of Bogota with an excursion to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira--about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, make a trip to Monserrate, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Whee Institute.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bogota trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Bogota takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Medellin in June, things will get a bit cooler in Bogota: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Fun & Games Classes

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

3
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, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru, delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lima trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Lima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bogota in June since evenings lows in Lima dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To plan Machu Picchu vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Lima to Machu Picchu takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, and get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cusco trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by combination of train and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

4
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Spend the 18th (Thu) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Tiwanaku, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas, and take in the awesome beauty at Huayna Potosi.

Find out how to plan La Paz trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cusco to La Paz in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to La Paz due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cusco in June, things will get little chillier in La Paz: highs are around 17°C and lows about -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road

3
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.
San Pedro de Atacama is known for nature, wildlife, historic sites, nightlife, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, explore the activities along Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques, soothe aching muscles at Atacama Desert, and explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from La Paz to San Pedro de Atacama takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from La Paz in June, expect San Pedro de Atacama to be somewhat warmer, temps between 25°C and 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
Highlights from your plan
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to La Sebastiana (in Valparaiso) and Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile (in Valle Nevado). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Santa Lucia Hill, take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera, get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, and take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago holiday 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

La Sebastiana, Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

5
nights
Mendoza, Argentina

Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Go for a jaunt from Mendoza to Tupungato to see Valle de Uco about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, do a tasting at Bodega Cruzat. Bubbles Experience, and walk around Parque General San Martin.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mendoza trip maker site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Santiago to Mendoza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santiago to Mendoza, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Mendoza are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trip

Valle de Uco
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Parque General San Martin ©
Parque General San Martin
Bodega Matervini ©
Bodega Matervini

6
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, museums, parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, look for gifts at El Ateneo Grand Splendid, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Mendoza to Buenos Aires takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mendoza in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 10°C in Buenos Aires. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta

2
nights
Gramado, Brazil

Gramado ©
Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Change things up with a short trip to Miragem Livraria in Sao Francisco de Paula (about 52 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Mini Mundo, examine the collection at Mundo a Vapor, do a tasting at Casa Seganfredo, and make a trip to Caro Watson Escape Game.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Gramado attractions planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to Gramado in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Canela, Miragem Livraria
Highlights from your plan
Mini Mundo ©
Mini Mundo
Snowland ©
Snowland
Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo ©
Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo

5
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Go for a jaunt from Sao Paulo to Aparecida to see National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida about 1h 55 min away. There's much more to do: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, see the interesting displays at Museu de Arte Brasileira - FAAP, wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, and get your game on at Pixel Realidade Virtual.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sao Paulo trip maker site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Gramado to Sao Paulo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In July in Sao Paulo, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Fun & Games Shopping

Side Trip

National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida
Highlights from your plan
Pixel Realidade Virtual ©
Pixel Realidade Virtual
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

5
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Step out of Rio de Janeiro with an excursion to Imperial Museum in Petropolis--about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pao de Acucar, kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Tijuca.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary planning site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sao Paulo in July, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Imperial Museum
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

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.
Ushuaia is known for nature, museums, winter sports, historic sites, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tierra del Fuego National Park, explore the activities along Canal Beagle, make a trip to Galeria Tematica Historia Fueguina, and see the interesting displays at Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ushuaia trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Ushuaia takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July, with highs in Ushuaia at 5°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tierra del Fuego National Park ©
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Canal Beagle ©
Canal Beagle

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