60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 6 nights
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 5 nights
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Riobamba, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
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Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 3 nights
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El Chalten, Argentina
— 3 nights
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 5 nights
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 7 nights

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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.
When in Puerto Ayora, make a side trip to see North Seymour Island in Baltra, approximately Baltra away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, get a taste of life in the country at Rancho Primicias, shop like a local with Galeria Aymara, and kick back and relax at El Garrapatero.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora online trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Puerto Ayora is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Ecuador Time is minus 5 hours. In December, Puerto Ayora is much warmer than Manchester - with highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
El Garrapatero ©
El Garrapatero

5
nights
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Puerto Villamil is known for nature, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Sierra Negra, head off the coast to Isabela Island, stop by Los Tuneles, and cruise along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Villamil trip itinerary planning app.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Riobamba.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Isabela Island ©
Isabela Island
Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras

3
nights
Riobamba, Ecuador

Riobamba ©
Riobamba is the capital of the Chimborazo Province in central Ecuador, which is located at the Chambo River Valley of the Andes. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Riobamba: Banos (Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa) & Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron)) and Volcan Chimborazo (in Guaranda). Spend the 18th (Fri) exploring nature at Sangay National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Pro Bici, take in the awesome beauty at Avenida De Los Volcanes, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Condor Cocha.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Riobamba trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Puerto Villamil to Riobamba in 9.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Villamil to Riobamba is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Riobamba

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Pro Bici ©
Pro Bici
Sangay National Park ©
Sangay National Park
Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) ©
Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron)

2
nights
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Machu Picchu is known for historic sites, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu, and delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna.

Plan trip to Machu Picchu with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Explore your travel options from Riobamba to Machu Picchu with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

5
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Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©

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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, stop by San Blas, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cusco trip itinerary website.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by combination of train and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Cusco

Side Trip

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Ekekos San Blas  - Arte  & Colores ©
Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

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Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Uyuni is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni, contemplate the geological forces at Tunupa Volcano, step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi, and see the interesting displays at Train Cemetery.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Uyuni planning site.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Uyuni takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to Uyuni. When traveling from Cusco in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Uyuni, with highs around 13°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks · Nature · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Tunupa Volcano ©
Tunupa Volcano

6
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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada, get to know the fascinating history of La Boca, and shop like a local with El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Buenos Aires route planner.

Getting from Uyuni to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Uyuni to Buenos Aires is 1 hour. While traveling from Uyuni, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Buenos Aires, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo

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Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Get out of town with these interesting Puerto Madryn side-trips: Compania Mercantil de Chubut (in Dolavon), Trelew (Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio & Valle de Los Altares) and Punta Tombo (in Dos Pozos). It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Peninsula Valdes and deepen your understanding at Ecocentro.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Madryn trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Peninsula Valdes ©
Peninsula Valdes
Punta Tombo ©
Punta Tombo
Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio ©
Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio

3
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El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten ©
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.
El Chalten is known for nature, historic sites, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Laguna de los Tres, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago del Desierto, take in the awesome beauty at Glaciar Piedras Blancas, and get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Torre.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read El Chalten trip maker app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Puerto Madryn to El Chalten takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to El Calafate.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre

4
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El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate ©
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.
Step out of El Calafate with an excursion to Glaciar Spegazzini in Los Glaciares National Park--about 1h 50 min away. Spend the 15th (Fri) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, stroll around Parque Anfiteatro del Bosque, and explore the activities along Lago Argentino.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the El Calafate online road trip planner.

Getting from El Chalten to El Calafate by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daytime highs in El Calafate are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini

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Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia ©

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.
Ushuaia is known for nature, museums, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tierra del Fuego National Park, examine the collection at Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia, take in the awesome beauty at Glacier Martial, and make a trip to Les Éclaireurs Lighthouse.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ushuaia trip planner.

Traveling by flight from El Calafate to Ushuaia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Ushuaia when traveling from El Calafate in January, with lows around 7°C. You'll set off for Iguazu National Park on the 23rd (Sat).

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Tierra del Fuego National Park ©
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Canal Beagle ©
Canal Beagle
Glacier Martial ©
Glacier Martial

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Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin and then admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Iguazu National Park online vacation planner.

Fly from Ushuaia to Iguazu National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In January, Iguazu National Park is warmer than Ushuaia - with highs of 37°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin
Isla San Martin ©
Isla San Martin

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©

Marvelous City

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, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, stroll through Pedra do Arpoador, admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and delve into the lush surroundings at Parque Nacional Tijuca.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Iguazu National Park to Rio de Janeiro by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Iguazu National Park in January, Rio de Janeiro is a bit warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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