60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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60 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
+3
Fly + shuttle + ferry + bus:  32​h
1
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
2
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 5 nights
ferry:  6​h
3
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
4
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
5
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  27​h
6
Canaima National Park, Venezuela
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  35​h
7
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h
8
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
10
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
11
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
12
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
13
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + taxi + Fly:  7​h 45​min
14
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

4
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.
Step out of Puerto Ayora with an excursion to North Seymour Island in Baltra--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Charles Darwin Research Station, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Santa Cruz Fish Market, and enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora travel planner.

Sydney, Australia to Puerto Ayora is an approximately 32-hour combination of flight, ferry, and bus. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. Traveling from Sydney to Puerto Ayora, you'll gain 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Puerto Ayora: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, 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
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay

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 wildlife, nature, zoos & aquariums, adventure, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Sierra Negra, head off the coast to Turtle Island, identify plant and animal life at Concha de Perla, and enjoy the sand and surf at El Faro.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Villamil itinerary maker .

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil in 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Ecuador Time to Galapagos Time is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Isabela
Highlights from your plan
Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla

4
nights
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is known for wildlife, museums, nature, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn more about the world around you at Interpretation Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Carola, stroll through Playa Mann, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cerro Tijeretas.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno road trip app .

Getting from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno by ferry takes about 6 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno due to the time zone difference. In March, daily temperatures in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
La Loberia ©
La Loberia

4
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. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, wander the streets of San Blas, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cusco route maker website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Cusco. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in March; daily highs in Cusco reach 23°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For maps and tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Canaima National Park.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©

5
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.
Canaima National Park is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Aponguao, take in the dramatic natural features at Salto Kawi, enjoy breathtaking views from Mirador El Oso, and Head underground at Kavak Cave.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Canaima National Park sightseeing planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Machu Picchu to Canaima National Park. On the 20th (Fri), you'll travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Canaima National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Salto Aponguao ©
Salto Aponguao
Salto Kawi ©
Salto Kawi
Mirador El Oso ©
Mirador El Oso

6
nights
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha ©
With 21 lush islands scattered among pristine waters in the Atlantic Ocean, a Fernando de Noronha holiday is well worth the effort it takes to get there.
Fernando de Noronha is known for beaches, museums, wildlife, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Baia do Sancho, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Leão, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Fernando de Noronha online itinerary builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Canaima National Park to Fernando de Noronha. The time zone difference when traveling from Canaima National Park to Fernando de Noronha is 3 hours. In March, daytime highs in Fernando de Noronha are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to fly to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Morro dois Irmaos ©
Morro dois Irmaos

5
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, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pao de Acucar, stroll through Pedra do Arpoador, kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, and appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro travel planner .

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro in 7 hours. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. March in Rio de Janeiro sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer

2
nights
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple, get to know the resident critters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and then see human ingenuity at work at Itaipu Dam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): admire the engineering at Iguazu Falls.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Foz do Iguacu route planner .

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in April since evenings lows in Foz do Iguacu dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Itaipu Dam ©
Itaipu Dam

2
nights
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.
On the 5th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Salto Bernabe Mendez and then head off the coast to Isla San Martin.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Iguazu National Park holiday website .

Drive from Foz do Iguacu to Iguazu National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in April, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

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

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, museums, parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, take a stroll through Palermo, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, and get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Buenos Aires road trip app .

You can fly from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Iguazu National Park in April, expect nights in Buenos Aires to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lago Argentino and then head outdoors with Enjoy!.

To find photos and other tourist information, refer to the El Calafate tour itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to El Calafate takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in El Calafate, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino

2
nights
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Seco and then take in the dramatic natural features at Perito Moreno Glacier. On the next day, hike along Laguna de los Tres.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Los Glaciares National Park road trip planning website .

Traveling by bus from El Calafate to Los Glaciares National Park takes 2 hours. April in Los Glaciares National Park sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

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.
Take a break from Santiago with a short trip to La Sebastiana in Valparaiso, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, make a trip to Plaza de Armas, get engrossed in the history at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

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

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Los Glaciares National Park to Santiago takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Los Glaciares National Park to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

La Sebastiana
Highlights from your plan
La Chascona ©
La Chascona
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

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