60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 5 nights
Fly
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 5 nights
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Santa Marta, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Quito, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Cusco
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Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly
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Arequipa, Peru
— 3 nights
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Nazca, Peru
— 3 nights
Bus to Lima, Fly to San Pedro de Atacama
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 6 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
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Hanga Roa, Chile
— 4 nights
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San Andres Island, Colombia

— 5 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Take a break from the city and head to Cayo Acuario and Scuba San Andres Dive Shop. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa de San Luis and Cayo Bolivar. The adventure continues: see the vivid underwater world at West View, kick back and relax at Playa Charquitos, stroll through Playa de Spratt Bight, and take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador.

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Washington, USA to San Andres Island is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Washington in August, San Andres Island is a bit warmer at night with lows of 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can fly to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Cartagena, Colombia

— 5 nights

City of Heroes

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver and Barrio Getsemani. Visit Torre del Reloj and Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas for their historical value. Spend the 21st (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Plaza de San Diego, examine the collection at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cartagena planning site.

Fly from San Andres Island to Cartagena in 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Santa Marta, Colombia

— 2 nights

America's Pearl

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): stroll around Parque de Los Novios and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta trip planner.

Drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Quito.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Quito, Ecuador

— 2 nights

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Basilica del Voto Nacional, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and then get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, and then examine the collection at Intinan Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Quito trip maker.

You can fly from Santa Marta to Quito in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Santa Marta, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Quito, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to fly to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Museums

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

— 5 nights
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Escape the urban bustle at La Loberia and Cerro Brujo. Discover out-of-the-way places like Galapagos Fan Dive and Dona Pilo. Spend the 30th (Mon) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. There's still lots to do: stroll through Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, hike along Punta Pitt, explore and take pictures at Interpretation Center, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mann.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Quito to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Quito in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, with lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

— 5 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Visiting Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and El Garrapatero will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Las Grietas and Santa Cruz Fish Market. The adventure continues: stroll through El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at SAMAY Latin Art, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de los Alemanes, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Traveling by ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora takes 3.5 hours. In September in Puerto Ayora, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

— 5 nights
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Escape the urban bustle at Los Tuneles and Rosedelco- Day tour. Explore hidden gems such as Las Tintoreras and Posada de flamengos. The adventure continues: stroll through Concha de Perla, kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Villamil, explore the activities along Pozas verde, and cruise along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Villamil travel planner.

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 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Cusco, Peru

— 6 nights

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.
Sacsayhuaman and Tipon will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Sacred Valley of the Incas and Horseback Riding Tours. Take a break from Cusco with a short trip to Pisac in Pisac, about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at ChocoMuseo, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cusco trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Villamil to Cusco takes 14 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Villamil to Cusco is 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 2 nights
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 18th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mandor and then contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu online driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Arequipa.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Arequipa, Peru

— 3 nights

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Get some cultural insight at Historic Centre of Arequipa and Museo Santuarios Andinos. Step off the beaten path and head to Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa and Church of San Agustin. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas and see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Arequipa trip builder website.

Fly from Machu Picchu to Arequipa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Arequipa are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Nazca.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites · Museums

Nazca, Peru

— 3 nights
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): make a trip to Nasca Lines and then delve into the distant past at Cantalloc Aqueduct. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Acueductos de Nasca and then explore the ancient world of Cahuachi.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Nazca trip planner.

Traveling by car from Arequipa to Nazca takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Nazca

Historic Sites

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 6 nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Pukara de Quitor and Machuca. Step off the beaten path and head to Reserva Nacional de Flamencos and Laguna Chaxa. The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Termas Banos de Puritama.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Nazca to San Pedro de Atacama in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time to Chile Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September in San Pedro de Atacama, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to fly to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Santiago, Chile

— 5 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Get outdoors at Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile and El Colorado. Discover out-of-the-way places like Vina Santa Rita and Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, admire all the interesting features of Cerro Santa Lucia, go for a walk through Plaza de Armas, and get a new perspective on nature at Museo Colchagua.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago tour itinerary planning website.

Fly from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to fly to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trips

Hanga Roa, Chile

— 4 nights
The main town and capital of Chile's Easter Island, Hanga Roa serves as a base for most visitors to the island, with all explorations of Easter Island and its famous moai monoliths beginning here.
Get some cultural insight at Rano Raraku and Ahu Tongariki. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Anakena and Orongo. Spend the 10th (Sun) exploring nature at Rapa Nui Parque Nacional. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Ahu Tahai and enjoy the sand and surf at Ovahe.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hanga Roa trip maker app.

You can fly from Santiago to Hanga Roa in 7 hours. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Easter Island Standard Time (EAST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In October, daytime highs in Hanga Roa are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Colombia travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.

Ecuador travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.

Peru travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Chile travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.