60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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Santa Marta, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Brasilia, Brazil
— 3 nights
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Natal, Brazil
— 4 nights
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Salvador, Brazil
— 4 nights
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Porto Seguro, Brazil
— 5 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
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Curitiba, Brazil
— 4 nights
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Florianopolis, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly to Porto Alegre, Bus to Gramado
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Gramado, Brazil
— 5 nights
Bus to Porto Alegre, Fly to Foz do Iguacu
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
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Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
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Banos, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
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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.
Visiting Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona and Cristal Beach will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino. It doesn't end there: stroll through Parque de Los Novios.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Santa Marta visit planning site.

Calgary, Canada to Santa Marta is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Calgary to Santa Marta. Traveling from Calgary in January, expect Santa Marta to be much warmer, temps between 39°C and 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Cartagena, Colombia

— 3 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.
Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory and Choco Museo will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa and Torre del Reloj. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, don't miss a visit to Plaza Santo Domingo, contemplate the long history of Baluarte de Santiago Apostol, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cartagena itinerary planner.

You can drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to fly to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Outdoors

San Andres Island, Colombia

— 3 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): head off the coast to Cayo Acuario, then look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, then look for all kinds of wild species at West View, and finally kick back and relax at Playa de San Luis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Cayo Rocoso, then step off the mainland to explore Cayo Bolivar, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Spratt Bight.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Andres Island trip planner.

Getting from Cartagena to San Andres Island by flight takes about 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in San Andres Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Mon) before leaving for Brasilia.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Brasilia, Brazil

— 3 nights

Capital of Hope

Although it lacks the cultural flair of Rio de Janeiro and the massive urban sprawl of Sao Paulo, Brasilia holds a fascinating place in the tapestry of Brazil.
Popular historic sites such as Santuario Dom Bosco and Templo da Boa Vontade are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Memorial JK and Parque Nacional de Brasilia. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Paranoa, admire the landmark architecture of Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge, don't miss a visit to Torre de Televisao, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botanico de Brasilia.

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Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Brasilia takes 12 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from San Andres Island to Brasilia is 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Andres Island in January since evenings lows in Brasilia dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to fly to Natal.

Things to do in Brasilia

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Natal, Brazil

— 4 nights

City of the Sun

The promise of sun, sand, and surf generates plenty of tourism in Natal.
Escape the urban bustle at Praia Da Pipa and Madeiro Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Baia dos Golfinhos and Amor Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Natal: Praia da Pipa (Chapadao Hill & Praias Do Amor E Do Moleque) and Cotovelo Beach (in Parnamirim). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Genipabu Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa de Pitangui, see Off-Road Tours, and immerse yourself in nature at Parque das Dunas.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Natal journey planner.

You can fly from Brasilia to Natal in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Brasilia in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 28°C in Natal. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Salvador.

Things to do in Natal

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Salvador, Brazil

— 4 nights

Black Rome

Nowhere are the traditions of Brazil's African-background community as strong as in Salvador, the colorful, historical capital of Bahia state.
Popular historic sites such as Sao Francisco Church and Convent and Church of Our Lady of the Rosary of the Black People are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Praia Farol da Barra and Imbassai Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Salvador side-trips: Guarajuba Beach (in Guarajuba) and Praia do Forte (Dolphin & Whale Watching, Praia do Lord, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Santo Antonio da Barra Fort and Nautic Museum of Bahia, enjoy the sand and surf at Stella Maris Beach, see the interesting displays at Fundacao Casa de Jorge Amado, and admire the masterpieces at MAM Museu de Arte Moderna.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Salvador online trip builder.

Getting from Natal to Salvador by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can fly to Porto Seguro.

Things to do in Salvador

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Porto Seguro, Brazil

— 5 nights
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 Mirror Beach and Pitinga Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Quadrado and Igreja de Sao Joao Batista. Step out of Porto Seguro with an excursion to Coroa Vermelha Beach in Santa Cruz Cabralia--about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz Nossa Senhora D'Ajuda, kick back and relax at Taperapua Beach, stroll through Rio da Barra Beach, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Porto Seguro trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Salvador to Porto Seguro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Porto Seguro sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Porto Seguro

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 4 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museu do Amanha and Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra and Sao Bento Monastery. Get out of town with these interesting Rio de Janeiro side-trips: Niteroi (Praia de Itacoatiara & Camboinhas Beach) and Petropolis (Museu Casa de Santos Dumont, Imperial Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Reserva Beach, get great views at Morro da Urca, hike along Claudio Coutinho Trail, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro travel route planning website.

You can fly from Porto Seguro to Rio de Janeiro in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Rio de Janeiro, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to fly to Curitiba.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Curitiba, Brazil

— 4 nights

Ecological Capital of Brazil

The word "Brazil" isn't often mentioned in the same breath as "excellent urban planning"--except in Curitiba.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Deutscher Wald / Bosque Alemao and Museu do Holocausto de Curitiba. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Metropolitan Cathedral and Ukranian Memorial. When in Curitiba, make a side trip to see Parque Estadual de Vila Velha in Ponta Grossa, approximately Ponta Grossa away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at the Polish Immigration Memorial, take a stroll through Centro Historico de Curitiba, take in panoramic vistas at Panoramic Tower, and stop by Mercado Municipal de Curitiba.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Curitiba online attractions planner.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Curitiba in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, expect Curitiba to be a bit cooler, temps between 31°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Curitiba

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Florianopolis, Brazil

— 6 nights

Magic Island

Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Escape the urban bustle at Praia das Laranjeiras and Campeche Island. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bombinhas Beach and Praia do Rosa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florianopolis: Brava Beach (in Itajai), Bombinhas (Mirante Eco 360 & Praia de Mariscal) and Itapema Beach (in Itapema). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Mole, stop by Lagoa da Conceicao, kick back and relax at Daniela's Beach, and wander the streets of Costa da Lagoa.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Florianopolis journey builder website.

Traveling by car from Curitiba to Florianopolis takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Curitiba in February, expect Florianopolis to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Gramado, Brazil

— 5 nights

Hydrangea Garden

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.
Get some cultural insight at Casa do Colono and Aurora Winery. Visiting National Park of Aparados da Serra and Parque da Ferradura will get you outdoors. Explore Gramado's surroundings by going to Parque Aldeia do Imigrante (in Nova Petropolis) and Bento Goncalves (Parque da Ovelha, Caminhos de Pedra, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascata do Caracol, admire the landmark architecture of Portico via Nova Petropolis, don't miss a visit to Praca das Etnias, and get in on the family fun at Parque Terra Magica Florybal.

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Getting from Florianopolis to Gramado by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks · Nature · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

— 2 nights

Land of the Waterfalls

A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
On the 15th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Devil's Throat, explore the activities along Iguacu River, and then make a trip to Marco Das Tres Fronteiras. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museu de Cera Dreamland, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bela Vista Biological Refuge, and finally see the interesting displays at Itaipu Ecomuseu.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Foz do Iguacu route planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Foz do Iguacu takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Cusco.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Cusco, Peru

— 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at Nature & Wildlife Tours and San Blas. Popular historic sites such as Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo and Sacred Valley of the Incas are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Tipon, trot along with a tour on horseback, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and examine the collection at ChocoMuseo.

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

Traveling by flight from Foz do Iguacu to Cusco takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Foz do Iguacu to Cusco due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Foz do Iguacu in February, with highs in Cusco at 23°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, then pause for some serene contemplation at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Arequipa trip planner.

Fly from Cusco to Arequipa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Arequipa can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll travel to Banos.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites · Museums

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 23rd (Wed): get a new perspective on nature at Museo Fray Enrique Mideros, take some stellar pictures from La Casa del Arbol, stroll through Sendero de la Virgen, then admire the sheer force of Cascada el Pailon (del Diablo), and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Ruta de las cascadas. On your second day here, take in the natural beauty of Terma El Salado and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

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Getting from Arequipa to Banos by combination of flight and bus takes about 13 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Banos

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

— 2 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
On the 25th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Santa Cruz Fish Market, then tour the pleasant surroundings at El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at El Garrapatero. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas and then kick back and relax at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Banos to Puerto Ayora takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, ferry, and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): make a trip to Independence Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, then appreciate the history behind La Virgen del Panecillo, then examine the collection at Intinan Museum, and finally make a trip to Mitad Del Mundo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): admire the striking features of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica del Voto Nacional, and finally don't miss a visit to El Panecillo.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Quito trip maker website.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Quito in 9 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Puerto Ayora in February; daily highs in Quito reach 24°C and lows reach 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Museums

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.

Brazil travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.

Peru travel guide

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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

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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.