60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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60 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Torshavn, Faroe Islands
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Medellin, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Taxi + Ferry + Bus:  7​h
5
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 6 nights
Ferry:  2​h 30​min
6
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Quito, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  12​h
9
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3​h 15​min
10
Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
Fly + Bus:  2​h
11
La Paz, Bolivia
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
12
Sucre, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
13
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
14
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 7 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Torshavn, Faroe Islands

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena and then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip planner.

Torshavn, Faroe Islands to Cartagena is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Torshavn to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Torshavn in August, expect Cartagena to be much warmer, temps between 38°C and 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Speed Boats Tours

5
nights
San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Visiting La Piscinita and Playa de San Luis will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, and kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island itinerary planner.

Fly from Cartagena to San Andres Island in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Manglares de Old Point National Park ©
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight

1
night
Medellin, Colombia

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then cruise along 2000m Descent and more.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Medellin holiday maker tool .

Getting from San Andres Island to Medellin by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in August, Medellin is slightly colder at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Monserrate and Laguna de Guatavita. Get some cultural insight at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Bolivar plaza. Step out of Bogota to go to Zipaquira and see Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bogota trip planner .

Getting from Medellin to Bogota by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In August, Bogota is little chillier than Medellin - with highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Laguna de Guatavita, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Highlights from your plan
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

6
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.
Get outdoors at Charles Darwin Research Station and Las Grietas. Get a sense of the local culture at Galeria Aymara and Galeria Exotico Ecuador. Step out of Puerto Ayora to go to Baltra and see North Seymour Island, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes, walk around El Garrapatero, and head outdoors with Think Galapagos.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora tour website .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Bogota to Puerto Ayora in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Bogota in August, you will find days in Puerto Ayora are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are warmer (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Tunel de Lava Bellavista, North Seymour Island
Highlights from your plan
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
North Seymour Island ©
North Seymour Island
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay

6
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.
Get outdoors at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Sierra Negra. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Puerto Villamil, head off the coast to Las Tintoreras, explore the striking landscape at El Tunel del Estero, and kick back and relax at El Faro.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Villamil trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Isabela
Highlights from your plan
Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cotopaxi National Park and Termas de Papallacta. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila and Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania. Get out of town with these interesting Quito side-trips: Cuicocha (in Cotacachi), Pichincha (in Puerto Quito) and Lagunas De Mojanda (in Tabacundo). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco), admire the masterpieces at Casa Museo Guayasamin, explore the galleries of La Capilla Del Hombre, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of Maria Augusta Urrutia (La Casa Museo Maria Augusta Urrutia).

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Quito online road trip planner .

Fly from Puerto Villamil to Quito in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference moving from Galapagos Time to Ecuador Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Quito

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Pichincha, Cotopaxi National Park, Lagunas De Mojanda, Termas de Papallacta, Cuicocha
Highlights from your plan
Cotopaxi National Park ©
Cotopaxi National Park
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, browse the exhibits of Galeria Indigo, then steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, and finally wander the streets of Miraflores. On the next day, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and finally ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lima road trip planner .

You can fly from Quito to Lima in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Quito in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Lima: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Miraflores ©
Miraflores
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana

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 15th (Tue): stroll through Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu and then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Lima to Machu Picchu takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

6
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sacsayhuaman and Plaza de Armas. Get in touch with nature at Salinas de Maras and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, wander the streets of San Blas, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and hike along exploor.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cusco itinerary planning website .

Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by combination of train and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

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

5
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Visiting WMDR Yungas Road and Cotapata National Park will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Tiwanaku and Puma Punku. There's still lots to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas, have fun at Urban Rush Bolivia, and take in breathtaking views at Palca Canyon.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our La Paz trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cusco to La Paz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Time (PET) to Bolivia Time (BOT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Cusco in September, expect La Paz to be little chillier, temps between 18°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sucre.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Puma Punku
Highlights from your plan
Cotapata National Park ©
Cotapata National Park
Huayna Potosi ©
Huayna Potosi
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku

2
nights
Sucre, Bolivia

Sucre ©
The constitutional capital of Bolivia, Sucre has a well-preserved historic center, with many buildings dating back to the city's founding in the 16th century.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Arte y Cultura Sucre Galeria, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR, then get engrossed in the history at House of Liberty Museum - Casa de la Libertad, and finally take in breathtaking views at Icla Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Cal Orck'o, then see the interesting displays at Museo del Tesoro, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Museum of the Cathedral - Museo de la Catedral, and finally head outdoors with La Maja.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sucre trip planner.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Sucre takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from La Paz in September, with highs in Sucre at 26°C and lows at 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Sucre

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR ©
Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR
Cal Orck'o ©
Cal Orck'o

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.
Puerto Madero and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, appreciate the extensive heritage of Calle Defensa, shop like a local with Palermo, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires.

Before you visit Buenos Aires, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Sucre to Buenos Aires in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sucre to Buenos Aires, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sucre in September, expect nights in Buenos Aires to be somewhat warmer, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Bondinho Pao de Acucar and Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro. Step out of the city life by going to Copacabana Beach and Praia de Grumari. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Tijuca, and take in the awesome beauty at Pedra da Gavea.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Rio de Janeiro: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

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