59 days in South America Itinerary

59 days in South America Itinerary

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59 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Santiago, Chile
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Hanga Roa, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  8 h 15 min
2
Valparaiso, Chile
— 6 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
3
Santiago, Chile
— 7 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Cordoba, Argentina
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 8 nights
Fly + Taxi:  11 h 45 min
6
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
7
La Paz, Bolivia
— 5 nights
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  7 h 15 min
8
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 5 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
9
Cusco, Peru
— 10 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Santiago, Chile

4
nights
Hanga Roa, Chile

Hanga Roa ©
The main town and capital of Chile's Easter Island, Hanga Roa serves as a base for most visitors to the island, with all explorations of Easter Island and its famous moai monoliths beginning here.
Explore hidden gems such as Ana Kai Tangata and Ana Kakenga. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Maunga Terevaka, stroll the grounds of Cementerio de Isla de Pascua, explore the ancient world of Ahu Nau Nau, and contemplate the long history of Papa Vaka.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hanga Roa trip builder tool .

Santiago to Hanga Roa is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Santiago to Hanga Roa. In November, daily temperatures in Hanga Roa can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Easter Island
Highlights from your plan
Ana Kakenga ©
Ana Kakenga
Ana Kai Tangata ©
Ana Kai Tangata
Ahu Vinapu
Ahu Vinapu

6
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.
Explore hidden gems such as La Nave Imaginaria and Paseo Gervasoni. Change things up with these side-trips from Valparaiso: Concon Dunes (in Concon), Casablanca (Emiliana Organic Vineyards, Vina Casas del Bosque, & more) and Costanera (in Vina del Mar). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Palacio Baburizza, get great views at Paseo Yugoslavo, learn about all things military at Museo Maritimo Nacional, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico Nacional.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Valparaiso road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Hanga Roa to Valparaiso takes 8.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Hanga Roa to Valparaiso. Traveling from Hanga Roa in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Valparaiso, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Santiago.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Vina del Mar, Casablanca, Concon Dunes, La Nave Imaginaria, Canopy El Canelo
Highlights from your plan
Jardin Botanico Nacional ©
Jardin Botanico Nacional
Paseo Gervasoni ©
Paseo Gervasoni
Concon Dunes ©
Concon Dunes

7
nights
Santiago, Chile

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 discover tucked-away gems like Food Tours and Colchagua Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santiago: Vinonauta (in Santa Cruz), Ex-Tren Militar del Cajon de Maipo (in Melocoton) and San Jose de Maipo (El Yeso Dam, River Rafting & Tubing, & more). There's lots more to do: stop by Barrio Italia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla Medalla Milagrosa Virgen De Los Rayos, and stroll around Parque Forestal.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago attractions planner.

Traveling by bus from Valparaiso to Santiago takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cordoba.

Things to do in Santiago

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trips

San Jose de Maipo, Santa Cruz, Ex-Tren Militar del Cajon de Maipo
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Templo Baha'i ©
Templo Baha'i
Castillo Hidalgo ©
Castillo Hidalgo

6
nights
Cordoba, Argentina

Cordoba ©
History lives on in the streets of Cordoba, Argentina's second-largest city.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Capilla Domestica Compania de Jesus and San Roque Lake. Get out of town with these interesting Cordoba side-trips: Capilla del Monte (Iglesia de San Antonio de Padua & Los Terrones), Museo Estancia Jesuitica y casa del Virrey Liniers (in Alta Gracia) and Villa Carlos Paz (Camino de las Las 100 Curvas & El Cerro de la Cruz). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Camino de las Altas Cumbres, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gruta de la Virgen de la Medalla Milagrosa, see the interesting displays at Museo Palacio Ferreyra, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen.

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

You can fly from Santiago to Cordoba in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Cordoba is 1 hour. In November in Cordoba, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Villa Carlos Paz, Capilla del Monte, Eden Hotel, Gruta de la Virgen de la Medalla Milagrosa, Museo Estancia Jesuitica y casa del Virrey Liniers
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia de Los Capuchinos ©
Iglesia de Los Capuchinos
El Camino del Cuadrado ©
El Camino del Cuadrado
Camino de las Altas Cumbres ©
Camino de las Altas Cumbres

8
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lagos de Palermo and Plaza Moreno. Change things up with these side-trips from Buenos Aires: La Plata (Catedral de la Plata & Museo de La Plata), Delta El Tigre (in Tigre) and Catedral de San Isidro (in San Isidro). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Rosedal De Palermo, examine the collection at Museos & Cripta Basilica Nuestra Senora De Lujan, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de San Jose de Flores, and make a trip to Paseo La Plaza.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires planner .

Getting from Cordoba to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Buenos Aires when traveling from Cordoba in November, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

La Plata, Lujan, Delta El Tigre, Catedral de San Isidro
Highlights from your plan
Catedral de la Plata ©
Catedral de la Plata
Rosedal De Palermo ©
Rosedal De Palermo
Lagos de Palermo ©
Lagos de Palermo

5
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tunupa Volcano and Train Cemetery. 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 still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Plaza Arce, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez, examine the collection at Necropolis & Museum Kawsay Wasy, and step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Uyuni trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Buenos Aires to Uyuni takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Buenos Aires to Uyuni, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Buenos Aires in December, expect nights in Uyuni to be slightly colder, around 13°C, while days are colder, around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Uyuni

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Museo de la Llama y la Sal
Highlights from your plan
Train Cemetery ©
Train Cemetery
Tunupa Volcano ©
Tunupa Volcano
Plaza Arce ©
Plaza Arce

5
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Explore hidden gems such as Mirador Killi Killi and Puma Punku. Spend the 10th (Thu) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. There's much more to do: stroll around Plaza del Monticulo, push the limits with an extreme tour, don't miss a visit to Plaza Murillo, and ponder the world of politics at Centro de Informacion Turistica.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read La Paz trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Uyuni to La Paz takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Uyuni, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in La Paz, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Puma Punku
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Mirador Killi Killi ©
Mirador Killi Killi
Plaza del Monticulo ©
Plaza del Monticulo

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Choquequirao Archeological Park and Winay Wayna. Step out of Machu Picchu to go to Santa Teresa and see Zipline, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, take in the awesome beauty at Phutuq K'usi, examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, and stroll through Los Jardines de Mandor.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from La Paz to Machu Picchu in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Bolivia Time to Peru Time is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Santa Teresa, Choquequirao Archeological Park
Highlights from your plan
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Choquequirao Archeological Park ©
Choquequirao Archeological Park
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

10
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 off the beaten path and head to Cerro Colorado Vinicunca and Climbing Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cusco: San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas (in Andahuaylillas), Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries (in Ollantaytambo) and Iglesia de Urubamba (in Urubamba). There's lots more to do: take a memorable excursion with exploor, delve into the distant past at Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero, explore the striking landscape at Montana de Siete Colores, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cusco online 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. December in Cusco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries, Iglesia de Urubamba, Moray, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Piquillacta
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Photography Tours
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries ©
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries

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