60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South America vacation planner

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Hanga Roa, Chile
— 4 nights
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Punta Arenas, Chile
— 2 nights
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Puerto Varas, Chile
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pucon, Chile
— 2 nights
Bus to Temuco Airport, Fly to Santiago
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Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 5 nights
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Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Puerto Villamil
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 4 nights
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Fly to Quito, Bus to Banos
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Banos, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 5 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Santa Marta, Colombia
— 2 nights
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Anakena and Orongo. Step out of the city life by going to Rano Raraku and Rano Kau. Spend the 23rd (Tue) exploring nature at Rapa Nui Parque Nacional. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Ahu Tongariki, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Rapa Nui, contemplate the long history of Ahu Tahai, and don't miss a visit to Ahu Akivi.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hanga Roa road trip planning website.

Calgary, Canada to Hanga Roa is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Calgary to Hanga Roa due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Calgary in November, with highs in Hanga Roa at 26°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Punta Arenas, Chile

— 2 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cementerio Municipal and Nao Victoria Museo. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo Salesiano / Magiorinno Borgatello and Parque del Estrecho de Magallanes. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Palacio Sara Braun, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, pause for some photo ops at Monumento Al Ovejero, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Punta Arenas travel planning app.

Getting from Hanga Roa to Punta Arenas by flight takes about 12 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Hanga Roa to Punta Arenas is 2 hours. Traveling from Hanga Roa in November, you will find days in Punta Arenas are slightly colder (14°C), and nights are colder (5°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Puerto Varas, Chile

— 2 nights

City of Roses

Overlooking a lake, with a conical volcano looming in the background, Puerto Varas enjoys memorable scenery but retains its authentic atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Museo Colonial Aleman, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Todos Los Santos, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Llanquihue. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Varas trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Varas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Punta Arenas in November, expect nights in Puerto Varas to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pucon.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Pucon, Chile

— 2 nights
Nestled in the shadow of the snow-capped Villarrica volcano, Pucon ranks among the world's premier destinations for adventure sports and high-thrills activities.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Huerquehue National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then take in the natural beauty of Termas Geometricas.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Pucon sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by car from Puerto Varas to Pucon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Pucon

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Santiago, Chile

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museo Artequin, take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, then see the interesting displays at Museo de la Moda, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas, then admire all the interesting features of Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts, then see the interesting displays at La Chascona, and finally walk around Cerro Santa Lucia.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago road trip app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Pucon to Santiago in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

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 Laguna Chaxa. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Termas Banos de Puritama. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Valle Arcoiris, make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna, and engage your brain at Museo del Meteorito.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Pedro de Atacama tour itinerary website.

Getting from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in San Pedro de Atacama, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can fly to Arequipa.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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 8th (Wed): examine the collection at Monasterio de la Recoleta, pause for some serene contemplation at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, then examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa. Keep things going the next day: push the limits with MotoAndes, then admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Arequipa travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Pedro de Atacama to Arequipa in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Arequipa, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from San Pedro de Atacama, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Arequipa, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to fly to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sacsayhuaman and Sacred Valley of the Incas. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tipon and Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cusco: Pisac (in Pisac) and Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo (in Ollantaytambo). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Cerro Colorado Vinicunca, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco trip itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Arequipa to Cusco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 9°C in Cusco. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

— 4 nights
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Step out of the city life by going to Los Tuneles and Cueva de Sucre. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Las Tintoreras and Sierra Negra. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Concha de Perla, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puerto Villamil, get a dose of the wild on Rosedelco- Day tour, and admire all the interesting features of Isabela Island Wetlands Complex.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Villamil trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Cusco to Puerto Villamil in 14 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cusco to Puerto Villamil due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve and El Garrapatero. Museum-lovers will get to explore SAMAY Latin Art and Galeria Exotico Ecuador. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas, get outside with Think Galapagos, tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Turtle Cove, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora trip builder tool.

Getting from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora by ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cerro Tijeretas and La Loberia. Visiting Puerto Chino Beach and Galapagos Eco Fishing will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: trek along Punta Pitt, stroll through Playa de Oro, head outdoors with Cerro Tijeretas, and kick back and relax at Playa Punta Carola.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno attractions planning website.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 29th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Banos.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · 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 30th (Thu): make a trip to La Casa del Arbol, then browse for treasures at Barahona Galeria de Arte - Hospedaje, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada EL Pailon, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Ruta de las cascadas, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa).

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Banos tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Banos in 9.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Quito.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Adventure

Quito, Ecuador

— 3 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.
Appreciate the collections at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila and Intinan Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Casa Museo Guayasamin and Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at La Capilla Del Hombre, don't miss a visit to Independence Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica del Voto Nacional, and get engrossed in the history at Abya-Yala Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Quito road trip app.

You can drive from Banos to Quito in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Bogota.

Things to do in Quito

Museums · Historic Sites

Bogota, Colombia

— 2 nights

Athens of South America

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.
On the 4th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Museo de Artes Graficas, then examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Colombia, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Monserrate, see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bogota trip planner.

Getting from Quito to Bogota by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 7°C in Bogota. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

San Andres Island, Colombia

— 5 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa de Spratt Bight and Playa Charquitos. Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba San Andres Dive Shop and Bahia del Cove. Spend the 6th (Thu) exploring nature at Manglares de Old Point National Park. Next up on the itinerary: see the vivid underwater world at West View, indulge in some personalized pampering at Dream Island Spa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bahia Cocoplum, and head off the coast to Cayo Acuario.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Andres Island itinerary planner.

You can fly from Bogota to San Andres Island in 4 hours. Traveling from Bogota in January, you will find days in San Andres Island are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are much hotter (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to fly to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Cartagena, Colombia

— 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at Torre del Reloj and Iglesia de la Trinidad. Museum-lovers will appreciate Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory and Choco Museo. Spend the 13th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, make a trip to Plaza Santo Domingo, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cartagena takes 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · 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 15th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, then don't miss a visit to Parque de Los Novios, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Marta trip site.

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

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.

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.

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.

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.