60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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60 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Kalamazoo, United States
Fly + Drive:  26​h
1
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
2
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Quito, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
5
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​h 15​min
6
La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h
7
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
8
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
9
Gramado, Brazil
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
10
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
11
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
12
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
13
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h
14
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Kalamazoo, United States

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and El Garrapatero. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Maprae and Galeria Aymara. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora itinerary planner .

Kalamazoo, USA to Puerto Ayora is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Kalamazoo in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Puerto Ayora, with lows of 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
Highlights from your plan
El Garrapatero ©
El Garrapatero
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve

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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at El Faro and Playa Puerto Villamil. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Concha de Perla and Las Tintoreras. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Sierra Negra, take in the dramatic natural features at El Tunel del Estero, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirador los tunos.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Villamil trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil in 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time to Galapagos Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Sierra Negra
Highlights from your plan
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla
Scuba & Snorkeling
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
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.
On the 19th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Intinan Museum, get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and finally see the interesting displays at Casa del Alabado. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica del Voto Nacional, then explore the world behind art at Guayasamin Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at La Capilla Del Hombre.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Quito holiday builder .

You can fly from Puerto Villamil to Quito in 4 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Puerto Villamil to Quito, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June in Quito, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Quito

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town
Casa del Alabado ©
Casa del Alabado

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sacred Valley of the Incas and Moray. Get in touch with nature at Salinas de Maras and exploor. When in Cusco, make a side trip to see Pisac in Pisac, approximately 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, steep yourself in history at Tipon, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, and get to know the fascinating history of San Blas.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cusco road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Quito to Cusco takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect much colder evenings in Cusco when traveling from Quito in June, with lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Maras, Pisac, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Iglesia De Santo Domingo ©
Iglesia De Santo Domingo
Moray ©
Moray

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Los Jardines de Mandor. Intipuncu and Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Phutuq K'usi, and get a sense of history and politics at Serpost.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Machu Picchu driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to La Paz.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

1
night
La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
On the 29th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Valley of the Moon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia de San Francisco, make a trip to Mi Teleferico, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our La Paz trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Machu Picchu to La Paz in 15.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time to Bolivia Time is 1 hour. June in La Paz sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 25°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Iglesia de San Francisco ©
Iglesia de San Francisco
Valley of the Moon ©
Valley of the Moon

4
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Barra da Tijuca Beach and Parque Lage. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pao de Acucar and Parque Nacional Tijuca. Take a break from Rio de Janeiro with a short trip to Scuba & Snorkeling in Arraial do Cabo, about 2 hours away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Grumari, make a trip to Escadaria Selaron, and admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro day trip app .

You can fly from La Paz to Rio de Janeiro in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Bolivia Time (BOT) to Brasilia Time (BRT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from La Paz, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Rio de Janeiro, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Scuba & Snorkeling
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

4
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mosteiro De Sao Bento and Matriz Basilica Nossa Senhora Aparecida. Let the collections at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa and Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sao Paulo: Skydiving (in Boituva) and Juquehy Beach (in Sao Sebastiao). The adventure continues: stroll around Parque Ibirapuera and admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sao Paulo online vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July, things will get little chillier in Sao Paulo: highs are around 72°F and lows about 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trips

Skydiving, Matriz Basilica Nossa Senhora Aparecida, Juquehy Beach
Highlights from your plan
Juquehy Beach ©
Juquehy Beach
Mosteiro De Sao Bento ©
Mosteiro De Sao Bento

4
nights
Gramado, Brazil

Gramado ©
Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chagdud Gonpa Brazil Buddhist Temple and National Park of Aparados da Serra. Popular historic sites such as Sao Pellegrino Church and Casa do Colono are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gramado: Bento Goncalves (Aurora Winery & Casa Valduga Winery) and Parque Aldeia do Imigrante (in Nova Petropolis). There's still lots to do: stroll around Parque da Ferradura, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Pedra, find something for the whole family at Vitivinicola Jolimont, and stop by Cristais de Gramado.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Gramado trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Sao Paulo to Gramado takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Canela, Bento Goncalves, Sao Pellegrino Church, Chagdud Gonpa Brazil Buddhist Temple, National Park of Aparados da Serra
Highlights from your plan
National Park of Aparados da Serra ©
National Park of Aparados da Serra
Sao Pellegrino Church ©
Sao Pellegrino Church
Parque Aldeia do Imigrante ©
Parque Aldeia do Imigrante

3
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.
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Pilar will appeal to museum buffs. Catedral de la Plata and Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Buenos Aires with an excursion to Basilica de Lujan in Lujan--about 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana, take a stroll through La Boca, get engrossed in the history at Museo Histórico Nacional del Cabildo y la Revolución de Mayo, and get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Buenos Aires tour itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Buenos Aires in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Buenos Aires, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Catedral de la Plata, Basilica de Lujan
Highlights from your plan
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo
Catedral de la Plata ©
Catedral de la Plata
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

5
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

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.
Get outdoors at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi and Isla Victoria. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro. When in San Carlos de Bariloche, make a side trip to see Rio Correntoso in Villa La Angostura, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Piedras Blancas, examine the collection at Museo del Lago Gutierrez, stroll around Parque Nahuelito, and stroll through Cerro Tronador.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Carlos de Bariloche attractions website .

Fly from Buenos Aires to San Carlos de Bariloche in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in July, expect nights in San Carlos de Bariloche to be cooler, around 28°F, while days are slightly colder, around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rio Correntoso
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Ventisquero Negro ©
Ventisquero Negro

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cerro Castor (Castor Mount) and Glacier Martial. Escape the urban bustle at Laguna Esmeralda and Bahia Lapataia. When in Ushuaia, make a side trip to see Lago Roca in Tierra del Fuego National Park, approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: grab your bike and head to Ushuaia Bay, contemplate the waterfront views at Mirador de Lagos Escondido y Fagnano, make a trip to Les Éclaireurs Lighthouse, and appreciate the history behind Plaza Malvinas.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ushuaia sightseeing app .

Fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Ushuaia in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 40°F in July, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lago Roca
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Castor (Castor Mount) ©
Cerro Castor (Castor Mount)
Glacier Martial ©
Glacier Martial
Ushuaia Bay ©
Ushuaia Bay

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.
Get outdoors at Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile and San Cristóbal Hill. Casa de Isla Negra and Colchagua Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Santiago to go to Vina del Mar and see Reñaca, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, examine the collection at La Chascona, and make a trip to Santa Lucia Hill.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Ushuaia to Santiago by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ushuaia to Santiago. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Casa de Isla Negra, Colchagua Museum, Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, Reñaca
Highlights from your plan
Colchagua Museum ©
Colchagua Museum
Casa de Isla Negra ©
Casa de Isla Negra
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Salar de Tara and Piedras Rojas. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pukara de Quitor and Museo del Meteorito. And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Reserva Nacional de Flamencos, identify plant and animal life at Valle Arcoiris, and take in the natural beauty of Termas Banos de Puritama.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama trip itinerary maker tool .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Reserva Nacional de Flamencos ©
Reserva Nacional de Flamencos

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