60 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

60 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 4 nights
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Gramado, Brazil
— 5 nights
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Asuncion, Paraguay
— 2 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Mendoza, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 4 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nature, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, and take some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary planning site.

Frankfurt, Germany to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Frankfurt to Rio de Janeiro due to the time zone difference. In January, Rio de Janeiro is much warmer than Frankfurt - with highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Sao Paulo, Brazil

— 4 nights

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo is known for shopping, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, get curious at Museu Catavento, examine the collection at Afro Brazil Museum, and take a stroll through Liberdade.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sao Paulo driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, Sao Paulo is slightly colder than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to fly to Gramado.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Gramado, Brazil

— 5 nights

Hydrangea Garden

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.
Step out of Gramado with an excursion to Parasailing & Paragliding in Nova Petropolis--about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Negro, see the interesting displays at Mundo de Chocolate, do a tasting at Casa Seganfredo, and make a trip to Rua Coberta.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Gramado trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Gramado in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Asuncion.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wineries

Side Trips

Asuncion, Paraguay

— 2 nights

Mother of Cities

Paraguay's capital and economic center, Asuncion ranks among the youngest cities on the continent, with more than half of its residents under 30 years of age.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de López and then don't miss a visit to Costanera de Asuncion. On the next day, browse the exhibits of Casa de la Independencia, then admire the striking features of The National Pantheon of Heroes and Oratory of the Virgin Our Lady Saint Mary of the Asuncion, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping del Sol.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Asuncion online vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Asuncion takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Gramado to Asuncion, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in Asuncion can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Asuncion

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos, make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, and ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip planner.

You can fly from Asuncion to Buenos Aires in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Paraguay Standard Time to Argentina Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Asuncion in January, expect nights in Buenos Aires to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to fly to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

— 3 nights
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.
San Carlos de Bariloche is known for nature, winter sports, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, cast your line with a fishing tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Nahuel Huapi, and engage your brain at Museo Paleontologico Bariloche.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Carlos de Bariloche tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Buenos Aires to San Carlos de Bariloche in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in January: highs in San Carlos de Bariloche hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Mendoza.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

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.
Dedicate the 31st (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: walk around Parque General San Martin, learn about winemaking at Bodega Cruzat. Bubbles Experience, make a trip to Plaza Independencia, and get great views at Cerro de la Gloria.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mendoza trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from San Carlos de Bariloche to Mendoza takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Mendoza: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Santiago.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

Santiago, Chile

— 5 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Take a break from Santiago with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in San Jose de Maipo, about 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, examine the collection at La Chascona, take a stroll through Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central).

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Mendoza to Santiago in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mendoza to Santiago. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Adventure

Side Trip

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 4 nights
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, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor, examine the collection at Museo del Meteorito, and explore the fascinating landscape at Atacama Desert.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for San Pedro de Atacama using our trip planner.

You can fly from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in San Pedro de Atacama sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Cusco.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cusco, Peru

— 4 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.
On the 14th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Cusco online vacation planner.

You can fly from San Pedro de Atacama to Cusco in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Cusco. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in February, expect nights in Cusco to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are little chillier, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Museums

Bogota, Colombia

— 3 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.
Bogota is known for museums, nature, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), look for gifts at Bta Capital, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bogota trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Bogota takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February in Bogota, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours · Museums · Nature · Parks

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 5 nights
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route website.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 5 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, see Off-Road Tours, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio online journey maker.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 28th (Mon), you'll travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Cartagena, Colombia

— 4 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.
When in Cartagena, make a side trip to see Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, approximately Isla Baru away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, explore the world behind art at La Presentacion Casa Museo Arte y Cultura, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Manuel Antonio to Cartagena takes 10 hours. Traveling from Manuel Antonio to Cartagena, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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.

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.

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.

Chile travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.

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.

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.