60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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60 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
Fly:  26 h
1
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Ferry:  6 h
2
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
3
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 7 nights
+8
Ferry + Foot + Fly + Foot + Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  19 h 45 min
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
5
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
6
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  13 h
7
El Chalten, Argentina
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  8 h 45 min
8
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h 30 min
9
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
10
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  7 h
11
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 8 nights
Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Dublin, Ireland

5
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.
Relax by the water at Playa Mann and Playa de Oro. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Punta Carola and Punta Pitt. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion, don't miss a visit to Segunda Zona Naval de la Armada del Ecuador, and stroll through Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno attractions planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Ecuador Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Dublin in January, with highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno at 34°C and lows at 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
Highlights from your plan
Playa Punta Carola ©
Playa Punta Carola
Playa Mann ©
Playa Mann
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Concha de Perla and Playa Puerto Villamil. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through El Faro, step off the mainland to explore Isabela Island, explore the activities along Laguna Salinas, and identify plant and animal life at Isabela Island Wetlands Complex.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Villamil itinerary builder site .

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Villamil takes 6 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Villamil is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Isabela Island
Highlights from your plan
Isabela Island ©
Isabela Island
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla
Scuba & Snorkeling

7
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.
We've included these beaches for you: El Garrapatero and Playa de La Estacion. Do some cultural sightseeing at Maprae and Maki-Art Gallery. Step out of Puerto Ayora to go to Baltra and see North Seymour Island, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Laguna las Ninfas, make a trip to Santa Cruz Fish Market, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Galapagos Time to Ecuador Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. January in Puerto Ayora sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island
Highlights from your plan
Playa de los Alemanes ©
Playa de los Alemanes
El Garrapatero ©
El Garrapatero
Fishing Charters & Tours

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.
On the 20th (Wed), examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, and then stroll through Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Llactapata, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, and then admire the sheer force of Cascadas Allcamayo.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Machu Picchu trip itinerary planning website .

Do a combination of ferry, flight, bus, and train from Puerto Ayora to Machu Picchu in 20 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Mirador de Llactapata
Highlights from your plan
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu ©
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu
Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen ©
Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sacred Valley of the Incas and Tipon. Discover out-of-the-way places like Moray and San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cusco: Piquillacta (in Huarcapay), Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva (in Yucay) and Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries (in Ollantaytambo). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Cerro Colorado Vinicunca, see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Precolombino, explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Cusco online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. January in Cusco sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas, Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries, Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva, Piquillacta, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Moray ©
Moray
Spas

5
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Punta De Tralca and Kingston Family Vineyards. Templo Baha'i and Templo Baha'i are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Santiago's surroundings by going to Valparaiso (Museo de Historia Natural de Valparaiso & Paseo Yugoslavo), Playa El Canelillo (in Algarrobo) and Los Canones Beach (in Vina del Mar). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museo Violeta Parra, get lost in a book at Biblioteca Nacional (National Library), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and see the interesting displays at Museo Ferroviario de Santiago.

To find out how to plan a trip to Santiago, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Cusco to Santiago by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cusco to Santiago is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Santiago

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Valparaiso, Playa Punta De Tralca, Kingston Family Vineyards, Los Canones Beach, Playa El Canelillo
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Templo Baha'i ©
Templo Baha'i
Playa El Canelillo ©
Playa El Canelillo

3
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Laguna de los Tres and Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lago del Desierto, get great views at El Mirador De Los Condores, look for all kinds of wild species at Los Huemules, and examine the collection at Casa Madsen Museo.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the El Chalten online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Santiago to El Chalten takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Santiago to El Chalten, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cerro Torre, Lago del Desierto, Laguna de los Tres
Highlights from your plan
Lago del Desierto ©
Lago del Desierto
Casa Madsen Museo ©
Casa Madsen Museo
Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres

6
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.
Visit Playa La Balandra and Playa Municipal for some beach relaxation. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palo Blanco and Estancia Santa Susana. Venture out of the city with trips to Delta Terra Natural Reserve (in Tigre), Villa Ocampo (in San Isidro) and Museo Pueyrredon (in Acassuso). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Bagliardi, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Espanol Enrique Larreta, look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Municipal Santa Catalina, and examine the collection at Planetario Ciudad de La Plata.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires day trip planner .

Getting from El Chalten to Buenos Aires by combination of bus and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Berisso, Tigre, Reserva Natural Municipal Santa Catalina, Estancia Santa Susana, Villa Ocampo
Highlights from your plan
Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires ©
Estancia Santa Susana ©
Estancia Santa Susana
Villa Ocampo ©
Villa Ocampo

2
nights
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Sao Joao Batista, and then look and learn at Astronomy Polo Casimiro Montenegro Filho. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Batista de Tres Lagoas, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Buenos Aires to Foz do Iguacu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Foz do Iguacu, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Igreja Batista de Tres Lagoas ©
Igreja Batista de Tres Lagoas

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 Vila Beach and Casa de Rui Barbosa Museum. You'll get in some beach time at Pontinha Beach and Sossego Beach. Take a break from Rio de Janeiro with a short trip to REGUA - Reserva Ecologica de Guapiacu in Cachoeiras de Macacu, about 1h 55 min away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Perigoso Beach, stroll around Parque Natural Municipal da Catacumba, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Macumba Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip planner .

You can fly from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

REGUA - Reserva Ecologica de Guapiacu, Sossego Beach, Vila Beach, Pontinha Beach
Highlights from your plan
Perigoso Beach ©
Perigoso Beach
Pontinha Beach ©
Pontinha Beach
Macumba Beach ©
Macumba Beach

8
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Capela de Sao Pedro and Igreja Nossa Senhora dos Remedios. Explore hidden gems such as Atalaia Beach and Praia do Leão. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Fernado de Noronha Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ponta das Caracas, and examine the collection at Aberto da Tartaruga Marinha de Fernando de Noronha Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Fernando de Noronha online travel planner .

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha in 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha is 1 hour. In February, daily temperatures in Fernando de Noronha can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Fernado de Noronha Island ©
Fernado de Noronha Island
Atalaia Beach ©
Atalaia Beach
Praia do Leão ©
Praia do Leão

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