60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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60 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
3
Quito, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h
6
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
7
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 night
Drive:  11​h 45​min
8
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h
9
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h
10
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
11
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
12
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
13
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 7 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

5
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Plaza Bolivar and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step out of Cartagena with an excursion to Aviario Nacional de Colombia in Isla Baru--about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Torre del Reloj, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, make a trip to Plaza de San Diego, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cartagena tour itinerary builder app .

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago to Cartagena is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Port of Spain to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Highlights from your plan
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Bolivar ©
Plaza Bolivar
Torre del Reloj ©
Torre del Reloj

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.
Step out of Bogota with an excursion to Laguna de Guatavita in Tierra Negra--about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bogota trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Cartagena to Bogota by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cartagena in March, expect Bogota to be colder, temps between 23°C and 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Bogota

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Laguna de Guatavita
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and La Capilla Del Hombre. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Intinan Museum, admire the striking features of San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Quito online journey planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Bogota to Quito takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bogota in March since evenings lows in Quito dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Intinan Museum ©
Intinan Museum

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Food Tours and Centro Historico de Lima. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, take a leisurely stroll along Miraflores Boardwalk, and get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar).

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Lima trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Quito to Lima takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Quito in March; daily highs in Lima reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Food Tours
Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima

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 off the beaten path and head to Sacred Valley of the Incas and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cusco: Pisac (in Pisac) and Moray (in Maras). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, trot along with a tour on horseback, explore the ancient world of Q'enqo, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco day trip planner.

You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in March, you will find days in Cusco are little chillier (23°C), and nights are much colder (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Moray, Pisac
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Horseback Riding Tours

3
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like WMDR Yungas Road and Urban Rush Bolivia. There's lots more to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, don't miss a visit to Mi Teleferico, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and admire the striking features of Iglesia de San Francisco.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the La Paz road trip planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Cusco to La Paz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to La Paz. In March, La Paz is a bit cooler than Cusco - with highs of 17°C and lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours Scenic Drive Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road
Food Tours

1
night
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
On the 25th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni and then step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Uyuni driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from La Paz to Uyuni takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from La Paz in March: highs in Uyuni hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Salar de Tara and Tebinquinche Lake. Spend the 30th (Mon) exploring nature at Reserva Nacional de Flamencos. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Piedras Rojas, examine the collection at Museo del Meteorito, witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, and delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Pedro de Atacama day trip planning site .

You can drive from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Uyuni in March: highs in San Pedro de Atacama hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara
Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas
Tebinquinche Lake ©
Tebinquinche Lake

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.
Explore hidden gems such as River Rafting & Tubing and Casa de Isla Negra. Change things up with these side-trips from Santiago: Walking tours (in Valparaiso) and Colchagua Museum (in Santa Cruz). The adventure continues: stroll through San Cristóbal Hill, explore the galleries of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera, and take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago holiday planning tool .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trips

Colchagua Museum, River Rafting & Tubing, Walking tours, Casa de Isla Negra
Highlights from your plan
Colchagua Museum ©
Colchagua Museum
River Rafting & Tubing
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Laguna Esmeralda and Mirador de Lagos Escondido y Fagnano. Step out of Ushuaia with an excursion to Lago Roca in Tierra del Fuego National Park--about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Isla Martillo, make a trip to Les Éclaireurs Lighthouse, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glacier Martial, and appreciate the history behind Plaza Malvinas.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ushuaia trip planner .

Getting from Santiago to Ushuaia by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Ushuaia due to the time zone difference. April in Ushuaia sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lago Roca
Highlights from your plan
Laguna Esmeralda ©
Laguna Esmeralda
Isla Martillo ©
Isla Martillo
Mirador de Lagos Escondido y Fagnano ©

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rio Correntoso and Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro. Step out of San Carlos de Bariloche with an excursion to Mirador Lago Traful in Villa Traful--about 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, walk around Parque Nahuelito, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Carlos de Bariloche online visit planner .

You can fly from Ushuaia to San Carlos de Bariloche in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ushuaia in April: highs in San Carlos de Bariloche hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Rio Correntoso, Mirador Lago Traful
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Rio Correntoso ©
Rio Correntoso
Mirador Lago Traful ©
Mirador Lago Traful

7
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Horseback Riding Tours and Museo de La Plata. Explore Buenos Aires' surroundings by going to Lujan (Museos & Cripta Basilica Nuestra Senora De Lujan & Basilica de Lujan), Catedral de la Plata (in La Plata) and Delta El Tigre (in Tigre). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, wander the streets of Puerto Madero, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lagos de Palermo.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from San Carlos de Bariloche to Buenos Aires takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in April, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Buenos Aires: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Lujan, La Plata, Delta El Tigre, Catedral de San Isidro
Highlights from your plan
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Horseback Riding Tours
Catedral de la Plata ©
Catedral de la Plata

7
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Praia de Itacoatiara and Claudio Coutinho Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rio de Janeiro: Saquarema (Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth & Praia de Itauna), Guapimirim (Dedo de Deus & Mirante do Soberbo) and Arraial do Cabo (Obelisco Americo Vespucio & Scuba & Snorkeling). There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Bondinho Pao de Acucar, take in panoramic vistas at Morro Dois Irmaos, appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, and stroll through Pedra Bonita.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro itinerary maker .

Fly from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in April: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 33°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Guapimirim, Arraial do Cabo, Saquarema, Niteroi
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

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