60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Asuncion, Paraguay
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 5 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
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Santiago, Chile
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La Paz, Bolivia
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Cusco, Peru
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Lima, Peru
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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Quito, Ecuador
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Bogota, Colombia
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Cartagena, Colombia
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 6 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Get out of town with these interesting Rio de Janeiro side-trips: Petropolis (Museu Casa de Santos Dumont, Imperial Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, stroll through Barra da Tijuca Beach, and admire the landmark architecture of Ilha Fiscal.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro day trip planning website.

Antakya, Turkey to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 29-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Antakya to Rio de Janeiro. Traveling from Antakya in August, expect Rio de Janeiro to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

Sao Paulo, Brazil

— 4 nights

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo is known for shopping, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, examine the collection at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, and get a taste of the local shopping with Mercado Municipal de São Paulo.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sao Paulo online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Sao Paulo, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Asuncion.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods

Asuncion, Paraguay

— 3 nights

Mother of Cities

Paraguay's capital and economic center, Asuncion ranks among the youngest cities on the continent, with more than half of its residents under 30 years of age.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lago Ypacarai (in San Bernardino), Eco Reserva Mbatovi (in Paraguari) and Catedral Virgen de Caacupe (in Caacupe). And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Casa de la Independencia, shop like a local with Shopping del Sol, pause for some photo ops at The National Pantheon of Heroes and Oratory of the Virgin Our Lady Saint Mary of the Asuncion, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Botanical Garden and Zoo (Jardin Botanico y Zoologico).

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Asuncion day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Asuncion in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Asuncion, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Montevideo.

Things to do in Asuncion

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Montevideo, Uruguay

— 5 nights
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montevideo: Pizzorno Family Estates (in Canelones) and Punta Ballena (Playa Punta Ballena & Museo – Taller de Casapueblo). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, wander the streets of Pocitos, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado del Puerto, and stroll around Parque Rodo.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Montevideo driving holiday planning app.

Fly from Asuncion to Montevideo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Paraguay Standard Time (PYT) to Uruguay Standard Time (UYT) is 1 hour. In August, Montevideo is a bit cooler than Asuncion - with highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Montevideo

Wineries · Neighborhoods · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Puerto Madero, don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, and admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip tool.

You can fly from Montevideo to Buenos Aires in 3 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can fly to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

— 3 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.
categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. Spend the 27th (Fri) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Cerro Otto and pick up some new knowledge with Patagonia Ski School.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Carlos de Bariloche trip planner.

Fly from Buenos Aires to San Carlos de Bariloche in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in August: highs in San Carlos de Bariloche hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Santiago.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Santiago, Chile

— 6 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santiago: Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile (in Valle Nevado) and Concha y Toro (in Pirque). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and admire all the interesting features of Cerro Santa Lucia.

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You can fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Santiago in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can fly to La Paz.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

La Paz, Bolivia

— 3 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
La Paz is known for parks, scenic drive, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: push the limits with an extreme tour, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas, and admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia de San Francisco.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read La Paz day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Santiago to La Paz in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to fly to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Cusco, Peru

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, don't miss a visit to San Blas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip app.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Cusco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from La Paz to Cusco is minus 1 hour. In September, Cusco is a bit warmer than La Paz - with highs of 25°C and lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lima, Peru

— 3 nights

City of the Kings

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) and then pause for some serene contemplation at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lima online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Lima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Lima, with lows of 18°C. On the 14th (Tue), you're off to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

— 7 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Puerto Ayora is known for parks, nature, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Ecologico Galapagos, explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Puerto Ayora trip maker.

Getting from Lima to Puerto Ayora by combination of flight, ferry, and bus takes about 12 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Lima in September, expect Puerto Ayora to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 24°C. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Quito, Ecuador

— 2 nights

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get in on the family fun at Nayon Xtreme Valley and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Casa Museo Guayasamin, examine the collection at La Capilla Del Hombre, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Maria Augusta Urrutia (La Casa Museo Maria Augusta Urrutia), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Quito holiday builder site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Quito takes 9 hours. Traveling from Puerto Ayora in September, expect Quito to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Quito

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Bogota, Colombia

— 3 nights

Athens of South America

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira (about 54 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square, take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, and explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bogota holiday planner.

Getting from Quito to Bogota by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Quito in September: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Cartagena, Colombia

— 2 nights

City of Heroes

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): look for gifts at La Casa del Joyero, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, and then explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, read Cartagena trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Bogota to Cartagena in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in September, expect Cartagena to be warmer, temps between 38°C and 30°C. On the 28th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Shopping

Brazil travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.

Paraguay travel guide

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Shopping Malls · Landmarks · Gift & Specialty Shops
Heart of South America
Divided in half by its eponymous river, Paraguay is a land of contrasts, especially between its lush eastern region where most of the population lives and the arid west, filled with rustic villages and old Jesuit colonies. Although under Spanish rule for three centuries and with a recent history of dictatorships and wars, Paraguay retained its native Guarani culture, with more than 80 percent of population of indigenous heritage. You'll find plenty of things to do in Paraguay, from touring cosmopolitan cities and quaint Jesuit colonies, to browsing affordable arts and crafts stores and sailing on rivers that crisscross the diverse natural landscape that makes up this landlocked nation.

Uruguay travel guide

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Landmarks · Scenic Walking Areas · Architectural Buildings
Switzerland of South America
One of the smallest countries in South America, tourist-friendly Uruguay is often called the "Switzerland of South America" because of its consistent economic development and progressive society. Open-minded Montevideo serves as the starting point of most Uruguay vacations, offering visitors an eclectic cultural scene and a chance to discover some of South America's major architectural treasures. Away from the cosmopolitan capital city, vacations in Uruguay involve exploring wildlife-rich areas along the Atlantic and touring the rustic interior on horseback, gaucho style. In this sports-loving country, the highlight of your Uruguay trip might just be a soccer match between Penarol and Nacional, the country's two major clubs.

Argentina travel guide

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Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
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

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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.

Bolivia travel guide

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Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.

Peru travel guide

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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

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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.

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.