60 days in South America & South Pacific Itinerary

60 days in South America & South Pacific Itinerary

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60 days in South America & South Pacific Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Taxi + Ferry + Bus:  7​h
3
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 6 nights
+3
Bus + Ferry + Shuttle + Fly:  5​h
4
Quito, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  8​h 15​min
7
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5​h
8
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  7​h 15​min
10
Gramado, Brazil
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
11
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
12
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
13
Melbourne, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
14
Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Vancouver, Canada

1
night
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oceanario, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and then steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cartagena trip planning tool .

Vancouver, Canada to Cartagena is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Colombia Time is 3 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Vancouver in May, with highs in Cartagena at 38°C and lows at 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Oceanario
Highlights from your plan
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

3
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.
Take a break from Bogota with a short trip to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira, about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, steep yourself in history at Bolivar plaza, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bogota day trip website .

You can fly from Cartagena to Bogota in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Cartagena in May, with highs in Bogota at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

6
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.
Go for a jaunt from Puerto Ayora to Baltra to see North Seymour Island about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, wander the wide-open spaces of Rancho Primicias, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de los Alemanes, and explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Bogota to Puerto Ayora takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in May: highs in Puerto Ayora hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Tunel de Lava Bellavista, North Seymour Island
Highlights from your plan
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
North Seymour Island ©
North Seymour Island

4
nights
Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©
High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cuicocha (in Cotacachi) and Pichincha (in Puerto Quito). Spend the 13th (Wed) among the fascinating landscape of Cotopaxi National Park. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, admire the masterpieces at Casa Museo Guayasamin, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Quito trip maker .

You can do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight from Puerto Ayora to Quito in 5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Puerto Ayora in May: high temperatures in Quito hover around 25°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Quito

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Pichincha, Cotopaxi National Park, Cuicocha
Highlights from your plan
Cuicocha ©
Cuicocha
Cotopaxi National Park ©
Cotopaxi National Park

2
nights
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
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.
On the 16th (Sat), ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, and then make a trip to Circuito Magico Del Agua. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then take a stroll through Miraflores, then contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar).

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lima online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Quito to Lima in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Lima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco

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.
Step out of Cusco with an excursion to Salinas de Maras in Maras--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco travel route planning site .

Fly from Lima to Cusco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Cusco, with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Salinas de Maras
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

2
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.
San Pedro de Atacama is known for nature, wildlife, historic sites, nightlife, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna, take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, identify plant and animal life at Salar de Tara, and delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama trip itinerary maker app .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Cusco to San Pedro de Atacama in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to San Pedro de Atacama due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in San Pedro de Atacama can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
Highlights from your plan
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile (in Valle Nevado) and Concha y Toro (in Pirque). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, go for a walk through Plaza de Armas, don't miss a visit to Patio Bellavista, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Santiago vacation planning website .

Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, Concha y Toro
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, historic sites, parks, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, and get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Buenos Aires takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Time to Argentine Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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

2
nights
Gramado, Brazil

Gramado ©
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.
Gramado is known for parks, nature, museums, theme parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Negro, immerse yourself in nature at Parque Estadual do Caracol, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo, and find something for the whole family at Snowland.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Gramado trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to Gramado in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Canela
Highlights from your plan
Casa Seganfredo ©
Casa Seganfredo
Mini Mundo ©
Mini Mundo
Snowland ©
Snowland

4
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.
Sao Paulo is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, get your game on at Pixel Realidade Virtual, wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, and examine the collection at Museu De Arte Sacra De Sao Paulo.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Gramado to Sao Paulo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Sao Paulo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Pixel Realidade Virtual ©
Pixel Realidade Virtual
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue

6
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.
Go for a jaunt from Rio de Janeiro to Petropolis to see Imperial Museum about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra da Tijuca Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, and explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Tijuca.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro sightseeing planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in June: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Imperial Museum
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

5
nights
Melbourne, Australia

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, get interesting insight from Tours, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne tour builder site .

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Melbourne in 23.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Melbourne is 13 hours. In June, Melbourne is cooler than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

5
nights
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Venture out of the city with trips to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Wentworth Falls (in Wentworth Falls). There's still lots to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in June; daily highs in Sydney reach 21°C and lows reach 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bondi to Coogee Walk, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Wentworth Falls
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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