60 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

60 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

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60 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
+3
train + subway + train + Fly:  18​h
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
El Calafate, Argentina
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
6
El Chalten, Argentina
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  13​h
7
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
8
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h
9
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
10
Lima, Peru
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + ferry:  9​h 45​min
11
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + shuttle + Fly:  7​h
12
Bogota, Colombia
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  7​h 30​min
13
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
14
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
+5
shuttle + bus + Fly + train + subway + train:  21​h 30​min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parque Nacional da Serra dos Orgaos and Claudio Coutinho Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Dedo de Deus (in Guapimirim) and Niteroi (Praia de Itacoatiara & Parque da Cidade). There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sao Bento Monastery.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro holiday builder tool .

Manchester, UK to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Brasilia Time (BRT), which is usually a -3 hour difference. In June, Rio de Janeiro is a bit warmer than Manchester - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Niteroi, Parque Nacional da Serra dos Orgaos, Dedo de Deus
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mosteiro De Sao Bento and Jardins District. Venture out of the city with trips to Skydiving (in Boituva), Campinas (Santuario Nossa Senhora Desatadora Dos Nos & Parque Portugal) and Juquehy Beach (in Sao Sebastiao). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paróquia Nossa Senhora do Brasil, admire the landmark architecture of Edificio Martinelli, and explore the world behind art at Estacao Pinacoteca.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo trip planner .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo by combination of flight and bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July, with highs in Sao Paulo at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Puerto Iguazu.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Campinas, Fo Guang Shan Brazil - Zu Lai Temple, Skydiving, Juquehy Beach
Highlights from your plan
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Mosteiro De Sao Bento ©
Mosteiro De Sao Bento
Jardins District ©
Jardins District

3
nights
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

Puerto Iguazu ©
The gateway to a national park inscribed on the World Heritage List, growing Puerto Iguazu sits on the confluence of two major rivers near the border with Paraguay and Brazil.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cataratas del Iguazu - Lado Argentino and Guiraoga. Change things up with these side-trips from Puerto Iguazu: Iguazu National Park (Iguazu Falls & Salto Bernabe Mendez). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Sendero Macuco, look for gifts at Ocio, wander the streets of Puerto Iguazu, and make a trip to La Aripuca.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Iguazu visit app .

Fly from Sao Paulo to Puerto Iguazu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Puerto Iguazu

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Iguazu National Park
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Guiraoga ©
Guiraoga
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez

5
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 Palermo Soho and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Buenos Aires: Basilica de Lujan (in Lujan) and La Plata (Museo de La Plata & Catedral de la Plata). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Cultural Kirchner, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Iguazu to Buenos Aires takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Puerto Iguazu in July: high temperatures in Buenos Aires hover around 17°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

La Plata, Basilica de Lujan
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Palermo Soho ©
Palermo Soho

3
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Upsala Glacier and Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal. Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read El Calafate trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to El Calafate takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in El Calafate, ranging from highs of 1°C to lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can take a bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Upsala Glacier ©
Upsala Glacier

2
nights
El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten ©
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
On the 23rd (Thu), trek along Laguna de los Tres and then take in the awesome beauty at Fitz Roy. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Chorillo del Salto, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Laguna Torre, and finally get great views at El Mirador De Los Condores.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our El Chalten trip planner.

Take a bus from El Calafate to El Chalten in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Laguna de los Tres
Highlights from your plan
Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Off-Road Tours and Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion. Step out of Santiago to go to Buin and see Vina Santa Rita, which is approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago route website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to Santiago takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from El Chalten to Santiago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Tours Wineries

Side Trip

Vina Santa Rita
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Off-Road Tours

3
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Step off the beaten path and head to WMDR Yungas Road and Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take some stellar pictures from Mirador Killi Killi, don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas, and have fun at Urban Rush Bolivia.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the La Paz day trip planning app .

You can fly from Santiago to La Paz in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. July in La Paz sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of -4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours Scenic Drive Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road
Food Tours

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Moray and exploor. Take a break from Cusco with a short trip to San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas in Andahuaylillas, about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, contemplate the waterfront views at Humantay Lake, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in the dramatic natural features at Montana de Siete Colores.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco day trip website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from La Paz to Cusco in 2 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. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from La Paz in August: high temperatures in Cusco hover around 24°C and lows are around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Moray, San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Humantay Lake ©
Humantay Lake

5
nights
Lima, Peru

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Food Tours and Barranco. There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Miraflores Boardwalk, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo, and admire the masterpieces at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima.

Discover how to plan a Lima trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Cusco to Lima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be warmer in Lima, with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Lima

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Miraflores Boardwalk ©
Miraflores Boardwalk
Barranco ©
Barranco

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and Santa Cruz Fish Market. Change things up with a short trip to North Seymour Island in Baltra (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at El Garrapatero, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Aymara, tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, and take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora trip planning tool .

Getting from Lima to Puerto Ayora by combination of flight and ferry takes about 10 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Lima in August; daily highs in Puerto Ayora reach 30°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Bogota, Colombia

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Food Tours and Walking tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Parque Jaime Duque (in Tocancipa). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), stroll around Parque de Usaquen, take in the spiritual surroundings of La Catedral Primada, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For where to stay and more tourist information, go to the Bogota sightseeing website .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Bogota in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Puerto Ayora in August, expect nights in Bogota to be colder, around 9°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Laguna de Guatavita, Parque Jaime Duque
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Walking tours
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita

4
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Explore hidden gems such as Zipline and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. There's lots more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio travel app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Bogota to Manuel Antonio in 7.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Jaco, Quepos
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Proyecto Asis and La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, and get outside with Salto.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Proyecto Asis ©
Proyecto Asis
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs

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