58 days in South America Itinerary

58 days in South America Itinerary

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Start: Barcelona, Spain
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  19 h 45 min
1
La Paz, Bolivia
— 6 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h 15 min
4
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
5
Santiago, Chile
— 6 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
6
El Calafate, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
7
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
8
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
9
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
10
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  7 h
11
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 8 nights
Fly:  20 h 30 min
12
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 4 nights
Fly:  12 h 45 min
13
Salvador, Brazil
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  16 h 15 min
End: Barcelona, Spain

6
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Take a break from La Paz with a short trip to Puma Punku in Tiahuanaco, about 1h 10 min away. Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Tiwanaku, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Huayna Potosi, make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas, and examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our La Paz online day trip planner.

Barcelona, Spain to La Paz is an approximately 20-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Bolivia Time (BOT), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Barcelona in June, expect La Paz to be much colder, temps between 17°C and -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Puma Punku
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku

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.
Step out of Cusco with an excursion to Salinas de Maras in Maras--about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, explore the ancient world of Tipon, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cusco trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Cusco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Cusco. In June, Cusco is somewhat warmer than La Paz - with highs of 24°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then admire the natural beauty at Mandor. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, thendon't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, thendelve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and finally take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Machu Picchu holiday app.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor, thenexplore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna, thendon't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): explore the activities along Laguna de Piedras and then explore the activities along Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Pedro de Atacama trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to San Pedro de Atacama takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Machu Picchu to San Pedro de Atacama is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in June, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques ©
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santiago: Concha y Toro (in Pirque) and Valparaiso (La Sebastiana & Paseo Dimalow). The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from San Cristóbal Hill, take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas, take an in-depth tour of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and stop by Barrio Bellavista.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Santiago road trip app.

Fly from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Valparaiso, Concha y Toro
Highlights from your plan
La Chascona ©
La Chascona
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal, examine the collection at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico, thenexplore the activities along Lago Argentino, and finally look for gifts at Vellon Negro.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the El Calafate trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to El Calafate takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Argentina Standard Time (ART) is 1 hour. In June in El Calafate, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico ©
Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico
Vellon Negro ©
Vellon Negro

6
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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, make a trip to Av. Corrientes, and shop like a local with Palermo.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from El Calafate to Buenos Aires takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from El Calafate, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Buenos Aires, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta

2
nights
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
On the 4th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Keep things going the next day: go deep underground at Wanda Mines, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Urugua-i, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin, and finally step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Iguazu National Park journey maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in July, you will find days in Iguazu National Park are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lago Urugua-i, Wanda Mines
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Isla San Martin ©
Isla San Martin

2
nights
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): look for gifts at Orquidario Vale Das Orquideas and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple, thentake an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, thenmeet the residents at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Museu de Cera Dreamland.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Iguazu National Park to Foz do Iguacu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Foz do Iguacu are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Itaipu Dam ©
Itaipu Dam

6
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.
Explore Rio de Janeiro's surroundings by going to Petropolis (Cervejaria Bohemia, Imperial Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro online trip maker.

You can fly from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in July, expect Rio de Janeiro to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Petropolis
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

8
nights
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha ©
With 21 lush islands scattered among pristine waters in the Atlantic Ocean, a Fernando de Noronha holiday is well worth the effort it takes to get there.
Fernando de Noronha is known for beaches, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Baia do Sancho, examine the collection at Shark Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Capela de Sao Pedro, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Sueste.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Fernando de Noronha travel planner.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha in 8 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July since evenings lows in Fernando de Noronha dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos
Morro dois Irmaos ©
Morro dois Irmaos

4
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Take a break from Uyuni with a short trip to Museo de la Llama y la Sal in Colchani, about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni, see Off-Road Tours, examine the collection at Train Cemetery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Uyuni trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Fernando de Noronha to Uyuni takes 23.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Uyuni. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Fernando de Noronha in July, with highs in Uyuni at 4°C and lows at 3°C. You'll set off for Salvador on the 26th (Sun).

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Museo de la Llama y la Sal
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Train Cemetery ©
Train Cemetery

2
nights
Salvador, Brazil

Salvador ©
Nowhere are the traditions of Brazil's African-background community as strong as in Salvador, the colorful, historical capital of Bahia state.
Venture out of the city with trips to Projeto Tamar (in Praia do Forte) and Guarajuba Beach (in Guarajuba). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Pelourinho, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sao Francisco Church and Convent, examine the collection at Santo Antonio da Barra Fort and Nautic Museum of Bahia, and enjoy breathtaking views from Elevator Lacerda.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Salvador trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Uyuni to Salvador in 14 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Uyuni to Salvador, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Uyuni in July; daily highs in Salvador reach 31°C and lows reach 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Salvador

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Projeto Tamar, Guarajuba Beach
Highlights from your plan
Projeto Tamar ©
Projeto Tamar
Pelourinho ©
Pelourinho
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim ©
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim

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