60 days in South America, Central America & Mexico Itinerary

60 days in South America, Central America & Mexico Itinerary

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60 days in South America, Central America & Mexico Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
5
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h
6
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  12​h 45​min
7
La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  1​h 45​min
8
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
9
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
10
Quito, Ecuador
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
11
Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
Drive:  17​h 30​min
12
Canaima National Park, Venezuela
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  23​h 15​min
13
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
14
Cancun, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Claudio Coutinho Trail and Boulevard Olimpico. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pao de Acucar, get great views at Pedra Bonita, kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, and stroll through Copacabana Beach.

For maps and tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro trip site .

Manchester, UK to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Manchester to Rio de Janeiro, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in September, expect Rio de Janeiro to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Morro da Urca ©
Morro da Urca

6
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Palermo Soho and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip planner.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, Buenos Aires is little chillier than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Bosques de Palermo ©
Bosques de Palermo
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

5
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Piedras Blancas and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Tronador, take in the awesome beauty at Cerro Otto, and head off the coast to Isla Victoria.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Carlos de Bariloche trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in September: highs in San Carlos de Bariloche hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Ventisquero Negro ©
Ventisquero Negro

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Cerro Castor (Castor Mount) and Laguna Esmeralda. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Les Éclaireurs Lighthouse, contemplate the waterfront views at Mirador de Lagos Escondido y Fagnano, examine the collection at Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia, and take in the awesome beauty at Glacier Martial.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ushuaia online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from San Carlos de Bariloche to Ushuaia by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. When traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in September, plan for little chillier days in Ushuaia, with highs around 8°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Castor (Castor Mount) ©
Cerro Castor (Castor Mount)
Les Éclaireurs Lighthouse ©
Les Éclaireurs Lighthouse
Laguna Esmeralda ©
Laguna Esmeralda

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile and Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. Change things up with these side-trips from Santiago: Casa de Isla Negra (in Isla Negra) and Valparaiso (Walking tours & La Sebastiana). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, make a trip to Santa Lucia Hill, admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Ushuaia to Santiago in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Ushuaia to Santiago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Winter Sports

Side Trips

Valparaiso, Casa de Isla Negra, Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tebinquinche Lake and Salar de Tara. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Piedras Rojas, take in the natural beauty of Termas Banos de Puritama, explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor, and explore the activities along Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques.

Take the guesswork out of planning a San Pedro de Atacama vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques ©
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques
Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas
Tebinquinche Lake ©
Tebinquinche Lake

1
night
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): push the limits with an extreme tour. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco, then have fun at Urban Rush Bolivia, then make a trip to Mi Teleferico, and finally don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the La Paz road trip planning site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to La Paz in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in October, plan for little chillier days in La Paz, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia
Mi Teleferico ©
Mi Teleferico
Adrenaline & Extreme 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sacred Valley of the Incas and exploor. Get out of town with these interesting Cusco side-trips: Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo (in Ollantaytambo), Salinas de Maras (in Maras) and Pisac (in Pisac). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Cusco vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of bus and flight from La Paz to Cusco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Cusco due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from La Paz in October; daily highs in Cusco reach 24°C and lows reach 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, Pisac, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Salinas de Maras
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo ©
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, then admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Lima day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Lima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 19°C in Lima. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica del Voto Nacional, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, and finally don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Guayasamin Museum, see the interesting displays at Intinan Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco).

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Quito day trip planning tool .

Getting from Lima to Quito by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Quito

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town
Basilica del Voto Nacional ©
Basilica del Voto Nacional

2
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): stroll through Monserrate and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira. On your second day here, examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and then explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Bogota road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Quito to Bogota takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Quito in October; daily highs in Bogota reach 22°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Canaima National Park.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Canaima National Park, Venezuela

Canaima National Park ©
One of the largest national parks in the world, Canaima National Park encompasses 30,000 sq km (12 sq mi) of distinct landscapes, varied wildlife, and the world's highest waterfalls.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Salto Aponguao and Kavak Cave. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Salto Kawi.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Canaima National Park attractions planner .

Explore your travel options from Bogota to Canaima National Park with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Canaima National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Salto Aponguao ©
Salto Aponguao
Salto Kawi ©
Salto Kawi

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Venado Caves and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and snap pictures at Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park.

For maps and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Canaima National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Canaima National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Ecotermales Fortuna ©
Ecotermales Fortuna

4
nights
Cancun, Mexico

Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cancun: Playa del Carmen (Chikin Ha, Shark Diving, & more). There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, make a trip to Av Kukulkan, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado, and take in panoramic vistas at Torre Escenica.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cancun road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cancun in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa del Carmen
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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