60 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

60 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Ezeiza
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 5 nights
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 3 nights
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El Chalten, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Punta Arenas, Chile
— 2 nights
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Puerto Varas, Chile
— 2 nights
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 5 nights
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Mendoza, Argentina
— 4 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 5 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 7 nights
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Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to San Cristobal, Ferry to Puerto Ayora
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 6 nights
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Ferry to San Cristobal, Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Belize City Goldson Intl Apt, Bus to San Ignacio
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San Ignacio, Belize
— 3 nights
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San Pedro, Belize
— 6 nights
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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.
Head to Puerto Madero and El Ateneo Grand Splendidfor some retail therapy. Popular historic sites such as Cemiterio de Recoleta and Catedral de la Plata are in your itinerary. Step out of Buenos Aires with an excursion to Museo de La Plata in La Plata--about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo, steep yourself in history at Palacio Barolo, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, and get to know the fascinating history of La Boca.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires online trip itinerary builder.

Exeter, UK to Buenos Aires is an approximately 20-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Argentina Standard Time (ART) is minus 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Ushuaia, Argentina

— 5 nights

End of the World

Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
Escape the urban bustle at Laguna Esmeralda and Glaciar Martial. Step off the beaten path and head to Isla Martillo and Mirador de Lagos Escondido y Fagnano. When in Ushuaia, make a side trip to see Lago Roca in Tierra del Fuego National Park, approximately Tierra del Fuego National Park away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ushuaia Bay, make a trip to Les Éclaireurs Lighthouse, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glacier Martial.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ushuaia trip app.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. In January, Ushuaia is much colder than Buenos Aires - with highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

El Calafate, Argentina

— 3 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Estancia Cristina and Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal. Escape the urban bustle at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno and Enjoy!. It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center and take in the dramatic natural features at Upsala Glacier.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our El Calafate trip site.

You can fly from Ushuaia to El Calafate in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Ushuaia in January since evenings lows in El Calafate dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

El Chalten, Argentina

— 4 nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Laguna Torre and Mirador del Torre. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chorillo del Salto and Road to El Chalten. The adventure continues: hike along Laguna de los Tres, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fitz Roy, get great views at El Mirador De Los Condores, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the El Chalten trip planning website.

You can take a bus from El Calafate to El Chalten in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Punta Arenas, Chile

— 2 nights
An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
On the 18th (Mon), examine the collection at Palacio Sara Braun, steep yourself in history at Parque del Estrecho de Magallanes, and then take a leisurely stroll along Costanera del Estrecho. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Plaza Munoz Gamero, see the interesting displays at Nao Victoria Museo, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Municipal, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Salesiano / Magiorinno Borgatello.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Punta Arenas road trip website.

You can drive from El Chalten to Punta Arenas in 11 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Chile Standard Time (CLT) is minus 1 hour. January in Punta Arenas sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Puerto Varas, Chile

— 2 nights

City of Roses

Overlooking a lake, with a conical volcano looming in the background, Puerto Varas enjoys memorable scenery but retains its authentic atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Osorno. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): enjoy some diversion at In Puerto Varas, then explore the activities along Lago Todos Los Santos, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Llanquihue.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Puerto Varas vacation builder app.

Fly from Punta Arenas to Puerto Varas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Punta Arenas in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Puerto Varas, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

— 5 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.
Museo del Lago Gutierrez and Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Nahuel Huapi are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro and River Rafting & Tubing. When in San Carlos de Bariloche, make a side trip to see Rio Correntoso in Villa La Angostura, approximately Villa La Angostura away. Spend the 23rd (Sat) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Refugio Frey, admire the sheer force of Cascada de los Duendes, explore the activities along Isla Victoria, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Carlos de Bariloche trip planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Varas to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Varas to San Carlos de Bariloche is 1 hour. When traveling from Puerto Varas in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Carlos de Bariloche: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Casa El Enemigo and Bodega Chandon. Explore hidden gems such as Food Tours and Bodega Renacer. Step out of Mendoza to go to Maipu and see Bodega CarinaE, which is approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Pulenta Estate Winery, get great views at Cerro de la Gloria, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mendoza itinerary planning site.

You can fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Mendoza in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in January, expect nights in Mendoza to be much hotter, around 23°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Reserva Nacional de Flamencos and Tebinquinche Lake. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo del Meteorito and Pukara de Quitor. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, witness a stunning natural landmark at Termas Banos de Puritama, make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, and take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Pedro de Atacama online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mendoza to San Pedro de Atacama takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Chile Standard Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Mendoza in January, you will find days in San Pedro de Atacama are slightly colder (29°C), and nights are much colder (8°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Cusco, Peru

— 7 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.
Popular historic sites such as Sacsayhuaman and Sacred Valley of the Incas are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tipon and Moray. Step out of Cusco to go to Maras and see Salinas de Maras, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central de San Pedro.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Cusco trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Cusco takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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, you will find days in Cusco are slightly colder (23°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

— 6 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Head to Galeria Aymara and Galeria Exotico Ecuadorfor some retail therapy. Step out of the city life by going to Las Grietas and Scuba & Snorkeling. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, and stroll around El Garrapatero.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora trip itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cusco to Puerto Ayora in 19.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cusco in February: highs in Puerto Ayora hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

San Ignacio, Belize

— 3 nights

Cayo Town

The cultural hub of the district, San Ignacio neatly blends tourism and tradition, expats and indigenous peoples into a convincingly authentic, but modern and welcoming inland town.
Get some cultural insight at Xunantunich Mayan Ruins and Cahal Pech. Step out of the city life by going to Green Iguana Conservation Project and ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal. Go for a jaunt from San Ignacio to La Democracia to see The Belize Zoo about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Cappello's Art Gallery, get a new perspective on nature at Chaa Creek Natural History Museum, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Ignacio road trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus from Puerto Ayora to San Ignacio in 30 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Ayora to San Ignacio is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

San Pedro, Belize

— 6 nights
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Belizean Arts and The Gallery of San Pedro. Step out of the city life by going to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Fishing Charters & Tours. Go for a jaunt from San Pedro to Caye Caulker to see The Estuary of Caye Caulker about 30 minutes away. Spend the 24th (Wed) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's much more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Shark Ray Alley, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mexico Rocks.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Pedro itinerary planner.

Fly from San Ignacio to San Pedro in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In February in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Argentina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
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.

Ecuador travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.

Belize travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · River Rafting & Tubing · Reefs
Belize boasts a long coastline along the Caribbean Sea and serves as one of the world's top destinations for snorkeling and scuba diving. In a country providing a home for many different ethnic communities, a holiday in Belize ensures visitors experience a blend of cultures sharing a small land endowed with grand natural beauty. As you tour Belize, you'll see dense broadleaf forests sheltering a staggering variety of birds, ancient Maya ruins providing a palpable history lesson, and tiny coastal villages making up in hospitality what they lack in tourist infrastructure. Still relatively unexplored by foreigners, the country offers travelers a chance to experience pristine scenery free of big crowds and pushy souvenir vendors.