60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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60 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  22​h
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Encarnacion, Paraguay
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Florianopolis, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Paraty, Brazil
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
8
Maceio, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
9
Porto Seguro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  10​h 45​min
10
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + shuttle + ferry:  21​h 45​min
11
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
+2
ferry + shuttle + Fly:  14​h 30​min
12
Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
13
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h
14
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  32​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

2
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires, then admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip itinerary builder site .

Melbourne, Australia to Buenos Aires is an approximately 22-hour flight. You'll gain 13 hours traveling from Melbourne to Buenos Aires due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Buenos Aires, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Catedral de la Plata
Highlights from your plan
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Catedral de la Plata ©
Catedral de la Plata
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

5
nights
Punta del Este, Uruguay

Punta del Este ©
With plenty of modern casinos, well-developed beaches, chic restaurants, and upscale hotels, Punta del Este vacations draw visitors from Argentina, Brazil, and beyond.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Mansa and La Pedrera. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Brava and Playa Mansa. Venture out of the city with trips to La Paloma (Playa Los Botes & Faro Cabo Santa Maria) and Rocha (Playa Grande & Playa La Moza). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museo del Mar, stroll through Playa Pinares, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mansa.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Punta del Este itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Punta del Este takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Buenos Aires in December, you will find days in Punta del Este are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Encarnacion.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rocha, La Paloma, La Pedrera, Playa Mansa, Playa Portezuelo
Highlights from your plan
Playa Mansa ©
Playa Mansa
La Pedrera ©
La Pedrera
Faro Cabo Santa Maria ©
Faro Cabo Santa Maria

1
day
Encarnacion, Paraguay

Encarnacion ©
Encarnacion offers a good selection of cultural and natural attractions.
On the 22nd (Sat), steep yourself in history at La Santisima Trinidad de Parana and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Costanera de la Ciudad de Encarnacion Paraguay.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Encarnacion online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Punta del Este to Encarnacion in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Punta del Este to Encarnacion, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Punta del Este in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Encarnacion, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Encarnacion

Historic Sites

Side Trip

La Santisima Trinidad De Parana
Highlights from your plan

4
nights
Florianopolis, Brazil

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Praia De Quatro Ilhas and Barra da Lagoa Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Matadeiro Beach and Daniela's Beach. There's still lots to do: trek along Lagoinha do Leste, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Santinho, kick back and relax at Prainha da Barra da Lagoa, and explore the activities along Lagoa da Conceicao.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Florianopolis itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Encarnacion to Florianopolis takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Encarnacion to Florianopolis, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Encarnacion in December, plan for little chillier days in Florianopolis, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Praia De Quatro Ilhas
Highlights from your plan
Campeche island ©
Campeche island
Praia De Quatro Ilhas ©
Praia De Quatro Ilhas
Matadeiro Beach ©
Matadeiro Beach

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Praia de Ipanema and Copacabana Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Parque Nacional Tijuca and Leblon Beach. There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, kick back and relax at Praia de Grumari, take in nature's colorful creations at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirante da Prainha.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Florianopolis to Rio de Janeiro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Rio de Janeiro are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Paraty.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Parque Nacional Tijuca ©
Parque Nacional Tijuca

5
nights
Paraty, Brazil

Paraty ©
Gazing out over a bay of tiny tropical islands, with rainforests climbing mountains in the background, it's easy to see why tourism in Paraty gets more popular by the year.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at First Church of Our Lady of the Remedies and Praca da Matriz. We've included these beaches for you: Toninhas Beach and Sono Beach. Explore Paraty's surroundings by going to Ubatuba (Prumirim Beach, Fazenda Beach, & more). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Ilha do Pelado Beach.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Paraty trip maker .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Paraty by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Armacao dos Buzios.

Things to do in Paraty

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Ubatuba
Highlights from your plan
Prumirim Beach ©
Prumirim Beach
Itamambuca Beach ©
Itamambuca Beach
Praia das Toninhas ©
Praia das Toninhas

4
nights
Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil

Armacao dos Buzios ©
Perched on the tip of a peninsula about 175 km (109 mi) east of Rio de Janeiro, the coastal town of Armacao dos Buzios attracts visitors looking to enjoy a beachside getaway without the crowds and chaos of the big city.
Step out of the city life by going to Praia das Conchas and Azedinha Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Joao Fernandinho Beach and Ferradura Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Armacao dos Buzios: Arraial do Cabo (Praia Grande & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Cabo Frio (Praia do Pero & San Matheus Fort). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Azeda Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Porto da Barra Buzios, and enjoy the sand and surf at Armacao Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Armacao dos Buzios planner .

Drive from Paraty to Armacao dos Buzios in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Armacao dos Buzios can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Maceio.

Things to do in Armacao dos Buzios

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cabo Frio, Arraial do Cabo
Highlights from your plan
Armacao Beach ©
Armacao Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Azeda Beach ©
Azeda Beach

4
nights
Maceio, Brazil

Maceio ©
Dazzling waters, long stretches of white sand beach, and the splendid colors of nearby mineral cliffs typify Maceio, the laid-back capital of Alagoas state.
Get outdoors at Japaratinga Beach and Praia de Ipioca. You'll get in some beach time at Marape Dunes and Jatiuca Beach. Explore Maceio's surroundings by going to Gunga Beach (in Roteiro) and Barra de Sao Miguel Beach (in Barra de Sao Miguel). It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Carro Quebrado and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Pajucara.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Maceio trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Armacao dos Buzios to Maceio takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Maceio can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Porto Seguro.

Things to do in Maceio

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Barra de Sao Miguel Beach, Praia de Sonho Verde, Japaratinga Beach, Praia Dunas de Marapé., Gunga Beach
Highlights from your plan
Praia de Ipioca ©
Praia de Ipioca
Praia Dunas de Marapé. ©
Praia Dunas de Marapé.
Japaratinga Beach ©
Japaratinga Beach

4
nights
Porto Seguro, Brazil

Porto Seguro ©
In a sense, Porto Seguro is where Brazil as a country began, marking the spot where Portuguese explorers first arrived in the 16th century.
Step out of the city life by going to Muta Beach and Coroa Vermelha Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Taipe Beach and Praia do Mucugê. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Memorial da Epopeia do Descobrimento, stroll through Nativos Beach, identify plant and animal life at Reserva Pataxo da Jaqueira, and explore the gorgeous colors at Recife de Fora.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Porto Seguro trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Maceio to Porto Seguro takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Porto Seguro are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Porto Seguro

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Coroa Vermelha Beach
Highlights from your plan
Muta Beach ©
Muta Beach
Coroa Vermelha Beach ©
Coroa Vermelha Beach
Recife de Fora ©
Recife de Fora

3
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Explore hidden gems such as Salar de Uyuni and Uyuni White And Green Bolivia. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi and examine the collection at Train Cemetery.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Uyuni online travel planner .

Getting from Porto Seguro to Uyuni by combination of flight and car takes about 11 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Bolivia Time (BOT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Porto Seguro, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Uyuni, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 13°C. On the 25th (Fri), you're off toPuerto Ayora.

Things to do in Uyuni

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Train Cemetery ©
Train Cemetery

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Reserva El Chato and Galapagosliving. Visit Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and El Garrapatero for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Charles Darwin Research Station, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Puerto Ayora day trip app .

Getting from Uyuni to Puerto Ayora by combination of taxi, flight, shuttle, ferry, and bus takes about 22 hours. Traveling from Uyuni to Puerto Ayora, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Uyuni in January: high temperatures in Puerto Ayora hover around 34°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

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

2
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.
Plaza Santo Domingo and Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Walled City of Cartagena and Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver. Spend the 2nd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, make a trip to Plaza Bolivar, explore the historical opulence of San Felipe de Barajas Castle, and steep yourself in history at Torre del Reloj.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cartagena trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Cartagena takes 14.5 hours. In January in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Torre del Reloj ©
Torre del Reloj
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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.
Sacred Valley of the Incas and San Blas are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Sacsayhuaman and Salinas de Maras. Go for a jaunt from Cusco to Pisac to see Pisac about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco tour itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Cusco takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Cartagena in February; daily highs in Cusco reach 23°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Tipon ©
Tipon

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Intipuncu and then steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 9th (Sat).

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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