59 days in South America Itinerary

59 days in South America Itinerary

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59 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Bogota, Colombia
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + ferry:  14​h 30​min
2
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
+3
bus + ferry + shuttle + Fly:  8​h
3
Quito, Ecuador
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly + shuttle:  13​h
5
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Mendoza, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h
7
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
8
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
10
Gramado, Brazil
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
11
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  6​h
12
Manaus, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
13
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

4
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Boats4U. Get a sense of the local culture at Museo del Oro Zenu and Walled City of Cartagena. Step out of Cartagena to go to Isla Baru and see Playa Blanca, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, stop by Dantas Store, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and get advice or help at Casa Museo Rafael Nunez.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip planner .

Bogota to Cartagena is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in July, expect Cartagena to be warmer, temps between 91°F and 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Isla Baru
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa ©
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Reserva El Chato and Las Grietas. Head to Galeria Aymara and Galeria Exotico Ecuadorfor some retail therapy. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at El Garrapatero, browse the exhibits of The Angelique Art Gallery, and take in the exciting artwork at Maki-Art Gallery.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora route maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cartagena to Puerto Ayora takes 14.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cartagena in July, with highs in Puerto Ayora at 80°F and lows at 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
Highlights from your plan
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
El Garrapatero ©
El Garrapatero

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): see the interesting displays at La Capilla Del Hombre, get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica del Voto Nacional, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bosque Protector Jerusalem, and then take in the exciting artwork at Lindberg Galeria/Taller.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Quito road trip planning site .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Quito in 8 hours. Traveling from Puerto Ayora in July, expect Quito to be a bit cooler, temps between 73°F and 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Bosque Protector Jerusalem
Highlights from your plan
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town
Basilica del Voto Nacional ©
Basilica del Voto Nacional

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.
Visit Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo and San Blas for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Salinas de Maras and River Rafting & Tubing. Get out of town with these interesting Cusco side-trips: Ollantaytambo (Perolniyoq Waterfall & Qosqo Ayllu) and Moray (in Maras). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, take in the exciting artwork at Xapiri, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central de San Pedro.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cusco vacation maker website .

Traveling by flight from Quito to Cusco takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in July, expect much colder with lows of 34°F in Cusco. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Ollantaytambo, Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo ©
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo
Moray ©
Moray

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques and Tebinquinche Lake. Discover out-of-the-way places like Salar de Tara and Valle Arcoiris. Step out of San Pedro de Atacama to go to San Francisco de Chiu Chiu and see Iglesia de San Francisco de Chiu Chiu, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. Spend the 21st (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating landscape at Atacama Desert, explore the striking landscape at Piedras Rojas, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Termas Banos de Puritama.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama holiday builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cusco to San Pedro de Atacama in 13 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cusco to San Pedro de Atacama, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in San Pedro de Atacama are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Iglesia de San Francisco de Chiu Chiu, Atacama Desert
Highlights from your plan
Atacama Desert ©
Atacama Desert
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Killka Art Gallery and SOLOCONTIGO Wine. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bodega Corazon del Sol and Pulenta Estate Winery. Explore Mendoza's surroundings by going to Casa El Enemigo (in Maipu), Laureano Gomez Winemaker (in Colonia Las Rosas) and Tunuyan (Parque de la Lombardia & Tasting VDU Uco Valley Wine Concept Store). Dedicate the 28th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's more to do: learn about winemaking at Bodega Catena Zapata.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mendoza trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Mendoza in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time to Argentine Time is 1 hour. While traveling from San Pedro de Atacama, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mendoza, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trips

Tunuyan, Los Sauces, Laureano Gomez Winemaker, Casa El Enemigo, Killka Art Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Roberto Bonfanti ©
Bodega Roberto Bonfanti
Casa El Enemigo ©
Casa El Enemigo
Bodega Chandon ©
Bodega Chandon

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at La Chascona and Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museo de la Gran Mineria de Cobre and Sewell. Take a break from Santiago with a short trip to Ski Portillo in Portillo, about 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, tour the pleasant surroundings at Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, and make a trip to Cerro Santa Lucia.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Santiago visit planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Mendoza to Santiago in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Mendoza to Santiago is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Machali, Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, Ski Portillo Just For The Day
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
La Chascona ©
La Chascona
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Catedral de San Carlos de Bariloche and Parroquia San Eduardo. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi and Circuito Chico. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Carlos de Bariloche: Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes (in Villa La Angostura) and Berlina Patagonia Brewery (in Colonia Suiza). The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Catedral Alta Patagonis, kick back and relax at Playa Bonita, stroll through Arelauquen Golf & Country Club, and look for gifts at Evo Sports.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Carlos de Bariloche road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Santiago to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Chile Time (CLT) to Argentine Time (ART), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August in San Carlos de Bariloche, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 31°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes, Berlina Patagonia Brewery
Highlights from your plan
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes ©
Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Plaza de Mayo and San Telmo. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Puerto Madero, admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, shop like a local with Recoleta, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires online day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from San Carlos de Bariloche to Buenos Aires takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in August, expect Buenos Aires to be a bit warmer, temps between 63°F and 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana

4
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Vidraria Madelustre and Galeria Arte12b. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Adelmo Trott Historic Municipal Museum and Jolimont Winery. Explore Gramado's surroundings by going to Caxias Do Sul (Museu Ambiencia Casa de Pedra, Sao Pellegrino Church, & more), Chagdud Gonpa Brazil Buddhist Temple (in Tres Coroas) and Bento Goncalves (Parque da Ovelha & Vale do Rio das Antas). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Black Lake, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Pedra, see the interesting displays at Museu do Automovel - Hollywood Dream Cars, and identify plant and animal life at Ecoparque Sperry.

Planning Gramado trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to Gramado in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Canela, Caxias Do Sul, Bento Goncalves, Adelmo Trott Historic Municipal Museum, Chagdud Gonpa Brazil Buddhist Temple
Highlights from your plan
Sao Pellegrino Church ©
Sao Pellegrino Church
Chagdud Gonpa Brazil Buddhist Temple ©
Ecoparque Sperry ©
Ecoparque Sperry

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mosteiro De Sao Bento and Temple of Solomon. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo and Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lohan Temple, take a stroll through Paulista Avenue, and admire the landmark architecture of Paróquia Nossa Senhora do Brasil.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sao Paulo day trip planning website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Sao Paulo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. August in Sao Paulo sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Manaus.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
São Paulo Cathedral ©
São Paulo Cathedral
Mosteiro De Sao Bento ©
Mosteiro De Sao Bento

4
nights
Manaus, Brazil

Manaus ©
It's hard not to get excited when planning a trip to Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas, and the largest city on the mighty Amazon River.
Get in touch with nature at Ponta Negra Beach and Meeting of Waters. Museum-lovers will appreciate Justice Palace and Museu Numismatica Bernardo Ramos. Spend the 20th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Manauara Shopping, look for gifts at Shopping Ponta Negra, kick back and relax at Praia do Tupe, and get some fabulous bargains at Stylo Outlet.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Manaus trip app .

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Manaus in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sao Paulo to Manaus due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sao Paulo in August, with highs in Manaus at 90°F and lows at 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Manaus

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Ponta Negra Beach ©
Ponta Negra Beach
Manauara Shopping ©
Manauara Shopping
Meeting of Waters ©
Meeting of Waters

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ilha Fiscal and Castelo de Itaipava. Step off the beaten path and head to REGUA - Reserva Ecologica de Guapiacu and Parque Natural Municipal Montanhas de Teresopolis. Explore Rio de Janeiro's surroundings by going to Petropolis (Museu Casa de Santos Dumont & Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Copacabana Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, browse the exhibits of Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, and kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro online road trip planner .

Fly from Manaus to Rio de Janeiro in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Manaus to Rio de Janeiro, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Manaus in August; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach 79°F and lows reach 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Petropolis, REGUA - Reserva Ecologica de Guapiacu, Parque Natural Municipal Montanhas de Teresopolis
Highlights from your plan
Claudio Coutinho Trail ©
Claudio Coutinho Trail
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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