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: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Porto Seguro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
2
Florianopolis, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
5
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Puerto Varas, Chile
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Pucon, Chile
— 5 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h 45 min
8
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  2 h
9
Mendoza, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  6 h 15 min
10
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  14 h 30 min
11
Arequipa, Peru
— 1 day
Fly:  1 h 15 min
12
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
13
Panama City, Panama
— 1 night
Fly:  10 h 30 min
14
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

4
nights
Porto Seguro, Brazil

Porto Seguro ©
In a sense, Porto Seguro is where Brazil as a country began, marking the spot where Portuguese explorers first arrived in the 16th century.
Step off the beaten path and head to Muta Beach and Largo da Ajuda. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Taipe Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Pintor Pires, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pitinga Beach, and see the vivid underwater world at Recife de Fora.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Porto Seguro road trip site .

Cape Town, South Africa to Porto Seguro is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Brasilia Time (BRT), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Cape Town in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 26°C in Porto Seguro. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Porto Seguro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Cruz Cabralia
Highlights from your plan
Muta Beach ©
Muta Beach
Praia de Taipe ©
Praia de Taipe
Coroa Vermelha Beach ©
Coroa Vermelha Beach

4
nights
Florianopolis, Brazil

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lagoinha do Leste and Embratel Hill. Get out of town with these interesting Florianopolis side-trips: Bombinhas (Bombas Beach & Bombinhas Beach), Praia das Laranjeiras (in Balneario Camboriu) and Praia do Rosa (in Praia do Rosa). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Praia Mole, tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra da Lagoa Beach, head off the coast to Campeche island, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa da Conceicao.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Florianopolis trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Porto Seguro to Florianopolis in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January in Florianopolis, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Praia das Laranjeiras, Morro da Embratel, Bombinhas Beach, Praia do Rosa, Praia de Bombas
Highlights from your plan
Praia de Bombas ©
Praia de Bombas
Lagoinha do Leste ©
Lagoinha do Leste
Praia Mole ©
Praia Mole

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.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, museums, parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Recoleta Cemetery, admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires journey tool .

Traveling by flight from Florianopolis to Buenos Aires takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

4
nights
Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lago Roca and Cerro Castor (Castor Mount). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Mirador de Lagos Escondido y Fagnano, step off the mainland to explore Isla Bridges, don't miss a visit to Faro Les Eclaireurs, and explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Vinciguerra.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ushuaia day trip planner .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in February: high temperatures in Ushuaia hover around 15°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lago Roca
Highlights from your plan
Lago Roca ©
Lago Roca
Cerro Castor (Castor Mount) ©
Cerro Castor (Castor Mount)
Laguna Esmeralda ©
Laguna Esmeralda

5
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Parque Nahuelito. Step out of San Carlos de Bariloche to go to Villa La Angostura and see Rio Correntoso, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. On the 12th (Tue), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Catedral Alta Patagonis. The adventure continues: get outside with Outdoor Activities, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Tronador, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Make your San Carlos de Bariloche itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Ushuaia to San Carlos de Bariloche in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Ushuaia in February, expect nights in San Carlos de Bariloche to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Rio Correntoso
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Parque Nahuelito ©
Parque Nahuelito
Rio Correntoso ©
Rio Correntoso

5
nights
Puerto Varas, Chile

Puerto Varas ©
Overlooking a lake, with a conical volcano looming in the background, Puerto Varas enjoys memorable scenery but retains its authentic atmosphere.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales and Parque Tagua-Tagua. Step out of Puerto Varas to go to Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales and see Lake Esmeralda, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Osorno, enjoy some diversion at In Puerto Varas, explore the world behind art at Museo Pablo Fierro, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Llanquihue.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Varas attractions planner.

Traveling by car from San Carlos de Bariloche to Puerto Varas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time to Chile Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in February, you will find days in Puerto Varas are a bit cooler (23°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Pucon.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Parque Tagua-Tagua, Lake Esmeralda, Volcan Osorno
Highlights from your plan
Lago Todos Los Santos ©
Lago Todos Los Santos
Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales ©
Volcan Osorno ©
Volcan Osorno

5
nights
Pucon, Chile

Pucon ©
Nestled in the shadow of the snow-capped Villarrica volcano, Pucon ranks among the world's premier destinations for adventure sports and high-thrills activities.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Huerquehue National Park and Saltos del Huilo-Huilo. Step out of Pucon with an excursion to Salto Nina Encantada in Panguipulli--about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Termas Geometricas, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Caburga, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Pucon trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Puerto Varas to Pucon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Pucon

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Salto Nina Encantada, Saltos del Huilo-Huilo
Highlights from your plan
Huerquehue National Park ©
Huerquehue National Park
Ojos del Caburga ©
Ojos del Caburga
Saltos del Huilo-Huilo ©
Saltos del Huilo-Huilo

2
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.
Step out of Santiago with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in San Jose de Maipo--about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia, hit the slopes at Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, and admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Santiago trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Pucon to Santiago by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
River Rafting & Tubing

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and La Quebrada del Condor-Day Trip. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mendoza: Chorro de la Vieja (in Los Chacayes) and Tunuyan (La Stalla & Parque de la Lombardia). Dedicate the 27th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get great views at Cerro de la Gloria, and contemplate the waterfront views at Reserva Manzano Historico.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, read Mendoza trip planning website .

Getting from Santiago to Mendoza by combination of bus and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Mendoza due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Mendoza

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Tunuyan, Chorro de la Vieja, La Quebrada del Condor-Day Trip
Highlights from your plan
La Quebrada del Condor-Day Trip ©
La Quebrada del Condor-Day Trip
River Rafting & Tubing
Parasailing & Paragliding

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Salar de Tara and Piedras Rojas. Spend the 7th (Thu) exploring nature at Reserva Nacional de Flamencos. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Tebinquinche Lake, take in the awesome beauty at Cordillera de la Sal, take in the natural beauty of Termas Banos de Puritama, and take in the dramatic natural features at Valle de la Luna - Valle de la Muerte.

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Getting from Mendoza to San Pedro de Atacama by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time to Chile Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Mendoza in March, with highs in San Pedro de Atacama at 28°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques ©
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara
Tebinquinche Lake ©
Tebinquinche Lake

1
day
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
On the 9th (Sat), experience the excitement of Arequipa Massage, see the interesting displays at Monasterio de Santa Catalina, then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Arequipa trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Arequipa takes 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Arequipa due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in March: highs in Arequipa hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Fun & Games Museums Spas
Highlights from your plan
Arequipa Massage ©
Arequipa Massage
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Sacred Valley of the Incas. Take a break from Cusco with a short trip to Pisac in Pisac, about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, take a stroll through San Blas, and see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cusco online road trip planner .

Fly from Arequipa to Cusco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in March, expect little chillier with lows of 9°C in Cusco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Pisac, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
River Rafting & Tubing
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

1
night
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park, then make a trip to Panama Canal, and then make a trip to Avenida Balboa. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Soberania National Park.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Panama City online itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Panama City takes 7.5 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Cusco in March, with highs in Panama City at 38°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Soberania National Park ©
Soberania National Park
Metropolitan National Park ©
Metropolitan National Park

4
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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, parks, museums, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, explore and take pictures at Maracanã, and take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Tijuca.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro tour planner.

Fly from Panama City to Rio de Janeiro in 10.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to Rio de Janeiro is 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Parque Nacional Tijuca ©
Parque Nacional Tijuca

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