60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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Santa Marta, Colombia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 5 nights
Fly
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 6 nights
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Fly to Baltra Island, Ferry to Santa Cruz Ferry Terminal, Bus to Puerto Ayora
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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 Quito
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Quito, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Drive
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Banos, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Bus to Quito Terminal Carcelén, Fly to Cuzco
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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
— 2 nights
Drive
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Copacabana, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Iquique, Chile
— 2 nights
Bus
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly
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Punta Arenas, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly
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Hanga Roa, Chile
— 4 nights
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Santa Marta, Colombia

— 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino and Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Cristal Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Marta side-trips: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (in Tayrona National Park) and El Dorado Bird Reserve (in Minca). The adventure continues: walk around Parque de Los Novios.

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Calgary, Canada to Santa Marta is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Colombia Standard Time (COT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Calgary in November, things will get much warmer in Santa Marta: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Plaza Santo Domingo and Torre del Reloj. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver and Barrio Getsemani. Go for a jaunt from Cartagena to Isla Baru to see Aviario Nacional de Colombia about 50 minutes away. Spend the 6th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Trinidad, examine the collection at Choco Museo, make a trip to Plaza de San Diego, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena tour itinerary tool.

You can drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Andres Island, Colombia

— 6 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana and Plaza Canon de Morgan are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa de San Luis and Bahia del Cove. Spend the 12th (Fri) exploring nature at Manglares de Old Point National Park. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Spratt Bight, make a trip to Rocky Cay, head off the coast to Cayo El Acuario, and explore the gorgeous colors at West View.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Andres Island tour itinerary site.

You can fly from Cartagena to San Andres Island in 3.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in San Andres Island can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and Think Galapagos. You'll get in some beach time at El Garrapatero and Playa las Bachas. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de La Estacion, and make a trip to Santa Cruz Fish Market.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Puerto Ayora trip builder.

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus from San Andres Island to Puerto Ayora in 15 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in November, things will get a bit cooler in Puerto Ayora: highs are around 31°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Los Tuneles and Las Tintoreras. Take a break from the city and head to Concha de Perla and Sierra Negra. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Cueva de Sucre, get to know the resident critters at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan, take a memorable drive along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, and look for all kinds of wild species at Rosedelco- Day tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Puerto Villamil holiday maker app.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil in 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time to Galapagos Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Quito, Ecuador

— 5 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.
Quito Old Town and Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Basilica del Voto Nacional and Cotopaxi National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Casa Museo Guayasamin, examine the collection at Museo Manuela Saenz, make a trip to Independence Square, and explore the galleries of La Capilla Del Hombre.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Quito itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Villamil to Quito takes 6 hours. Traveling from Puerto Villamil to Quito, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November, daytime highs in Quito are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Quito

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Banos, Ecuador

— 2 nights
A trip to Banos, a relatively small town in the picturesque Andean highlands, ensures plenty of chances for outdoor activities like horseback riding, hiking, climbing, canyoning, and mountain biking.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): admire the sheer force of Cascada el Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron), then grab your bike and head to Ruta de las cascadas, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Banos trip planner.

Getting from Quito to Banos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

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.
Let the collections at ChocoMuseo and Museo de Arte Precolombino capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Sacsayhuaman and Museo Historico Regional. Get out of town with these interesting Cusco side-trips: Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray), Pisac (ChocoMuseo Pisac & Pisac) and Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva (in Yucay). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas, head outdoors with exploor, explore the ancient world of Tipon, and stroll through Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cusco trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Banos to Cusco in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

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 9th (Thu): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor, and then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Intipuncu and then delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Arequipa, Peru

— 2 nights

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus. Here are some ideas for day two: get impressive views of Volcan Misti and then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Arequipa online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Machu Picchu to Arequipa in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In December in Arequipa, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Copacabana.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Copacabana, Bolivia

— 2 nights
The town of Copacabana represents the largest Bolivian settlement on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in the continent.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): hike along Isla del Sol and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Copacabana road trip site.

You can drive from Arequipa to Copacabana in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Arequipa to Copacabana. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Tue) before leaving for Iquique.

Things to do in Copacabana

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Iquique, Chile

— 2 nights
Thanks to the city's position on the Pacific coast, vacations in Iquique appeal to beachgoers, paragliders, bodyboarders, nature lovers, photographers, and fans of picture-perfect sunsets.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): examine the collection at Salitrera Santa Laura, make a trip to Ruta Patrimonial, and then stroll through Playa Cavancha. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Baquedano Street, brush up on your military savvy at Museo Corbeta Esmeralda, then get outside with Paragliding Oasisfly Iquique, and finally see a world frozen in time at Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Iquique attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Copacabana to Iquique takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Iquique

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 5 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 in touch with nature at Reserva Nacional de Flamencos and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo del Meteorito and Pukara de Quitor. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Valle Arcoiris, contemplate the waterfront views at Tebinquinche Lake, take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, and pause for some serene contemplation at Machuca.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Pedro de Atacama travel route planner.

Take a bus from Iquique to San Pedro de Atacama in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in San Pedro de Atacama can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Punta Arenas, Chile

— 4 nights
An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cementerio Municipal and Palacio Sara Braun. Take a break from the city and head to Isla Magdalena and Strait of Magellan. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museo Salesiano / Magiorinno Borgatello, get a new perspective on nature at Museo de Historia Natural Rio Seco, make a trip to Plaza Munoz Gamero, and steep yourself in history at British Club.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Punta Arenas trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Punta Arenas takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in December, plan for cooler days in Punta Arenas, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Anakena and Rano Raraku. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ahu Tongariki and Ahu Akahanga. Spend the 28th (Tue) exploring nature at Rapa Nui Parque Nacional. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Orongo, explore the ancient world of Ahu Hanga Te'e, contemplate the geological forces at Rano Kau, and contemplate the long history of Ahu Tahai.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hanga Roa trip builder site.

You can fly from Punta Arenas to Hanga Roa in 12 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Punta Arenas to Hanga Roa due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Punta Arenas, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Hanga Roa, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Colombia travel guide

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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.

Bolivia travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.

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.