60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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60 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Fly:  24​h
1
Santa Marta, Colombia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
4
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Salta, Argentina
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 15​min
6
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Mendoza, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
Puerto Varas, Chile
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h 15​min
10
El Chalten, Argentina
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
11
El Calafate, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
12
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 45​min
13
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
14
Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
15
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

1
night
Santa Marta, Colombia

Santa Marta ©
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 2nd (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then don't miss a visit to Parque de Los Novios. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at El Dorado Bird Reserve and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cristal Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Santa Marta trip itinerary planner .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Santa Marta is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Riyadh to Santa Marta. When traveling from Riyadh in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Santa Marta: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

El Dorado Bird Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Iglesia de la Trinidad. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Scuba & Snorkeling and Torre del Reloj. There's much more to do: make a trip to Plaza Bolivar, see the interesting displays at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cartagena trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Tours Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Torre del Reloj ©
Torre del Reloj

4
nights
San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Step off the beaten path and head to Playa de Spratt Bight and West View. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and La Piscinita. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Cayo Bolivar, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, stroll through Cocoplum Bay, and kick back and relax at Bahia del Cove.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Andres Island holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to San Andres Island takes 3.5 hours. In October in San Andres Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cayo Bolivar ©
Cayo Bolivar

4
nights
Cusco, Peru

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi. Get a sense of the local culture at Spas and Sacsayhuaman. Explore Cusco's surroundings by going to Pisac (in Pisac) and Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the long history of Tipon, and trek along exploor.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cusco day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cusco takes 7.5 hours. When traveling from San Andres Island in October, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Cusco: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Salta.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Spas Outdoors

Side Trips

Maras, Pisac, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Salta, Argentina

Salta ©
Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Cuesta del Obispo and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Virgen de los Tres Cerritos. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia San Francisco, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cerro San Bernardo, and then take in the dramatic natural features at El Anfiteatro (The Amphitheatre).

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Salta vacation planner .

Getting from Cusco to Salta by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time to Argentine Time is 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Cusco in October, with highs in Salta at 30°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Salta

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cuesta del Obispo ©
Cuesta del Obispo
El Anfiteatro (The Amphitheatre) ©
El Anfiteatro (The Amphitheatre)
Virgen de los Tres Cerritos ©
Virgen de los Tres Cerritos

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Valle Arcoiris and Reserva Nacional de Flamencos. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Piedras Rojas. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Salar de Tara, witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, explore the activities along Tebinquinche Lake, and don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Salta to San Pedro de Atacama in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Salta to San Pedro de Atacama due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Salta in October, expect little chillier with lows of 3°C in San Pedro de Atacama. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

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

5
nights
Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza ©
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bodega Tierras Altas and Bodega Roberto Bonfanti. Get in touch with nature at Puente del Inca and River Rafting & Tubing. Change things up with these side-trips from Mendoza: El Camino de las 365 Curvas (in Las Heras) and Maipu (Casa El Enemigo & Familia Zuccardi). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Bodega Renacer, don't miss a visit to Potrerillos Dam, and get great views at Cerro de la Gloria.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mendoza trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Mendoza takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Mendoza. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 13°C in Mendoza. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Maipu, Canon del Atuel, El Camino de las 365 Curvas, Puente del Inca
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Roberto Bonfanti ©
Bodega Roberto Bonfanti
Casa El Enemigo ©
Casa El Enemigo
Bodega Renacer ©
Bodega Renacer

4
nights
Puerto Varas, Chile

Puerto Varas ©
Overlooking a lake, with a conical volcano looming in the background, Puerto Varas enjoys memorable scenery but retains its authentic atmosphere.
Explore hidden gems such as Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales and Museo Pablo Fierro. Escape the urban bustle at Kayaking & Canoeing and Volcan Osorno. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Puerto Varas: Frutillar (Muelle Frutillar & Museo Colonial Aleman). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, explore the activities along Lago Todos Los Santos, and get engrossed in the history at Puerto Montt Historical Museum Juan Pablo II.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Varas online travel route planner .

You can fly from Mendoza to Puerto Varas in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mendoza to Puerto Varas. Traveling from Mendoza in October, things will get a bit cooler in Puerto Varas: highs are around 17°C and lows about 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Puerto Montt, Frutillar
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales ©
Volcan Osorno ©
Volcan Osorno
Kayaking & Canoeing

5
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes and Piedras Blancas. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro and Fishing Charters & Tours. Step out of San Carlos de Bariloche to go to Villa La Angostura and see Rio Correntoso, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia San Eduardo, and walk around Parque Nahuelito.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Carlos de Bariloche trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Puerto Varas to San Carlos de Bariloche in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Puerto Varas to San Carlos de Bariloche, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Puerto Varas in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in San Carlos de Bariloche, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Villa La Angostura
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes ©
Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes

2
nights
El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten ©
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Laguna de los Tres and Laguna Torre. Escape the urban bustle at Cerro Fitz Roy and Road to El Chalten. And it doesn't end there: hike along Mirador del Torre, take some stellar pictures from El Mirador De Los Condores, explore the activities along Laguna Capri, and admire the sheer force of Chorillo del Salto.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the El Chalten trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Carlos de Bariloche to El Chalten takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Laguna de los Tres
Highlights from your plan
Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Mirador del Torre ©
Mirador del Torre

4
nights
El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate ©
El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
Step off the beaten path and head to Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno and Glaciar Seco. Step out of the city life by going to Perito Moreno Glacier and Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and take in the dramatic natural features at Upsala Glacier.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the El Calafate trip planning website .

Traveling by bus from El Chalten to El Calafate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Los Glaciares National Park
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cerro Castor (Castor Mount) and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Lago Roca and Laguna Esmeralda. Spend the 18th (Mon) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Mirador de Lagos Escondido y Fagnano, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, don't miss a visit to Galeria Tematica Historia Fueguina, and examine the collection at Museo del Fin del Mundo.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ushuaia online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from El Calafate to Ushuaia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from El Calafate in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 3°C in Ushuaia. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lago Roca
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Castor (Castor Mount) ©
Cerro Castor (Castor Mount)
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ushuaia Bay ©
Ushuaia Bay

3
nights
Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Loberia de Punta Loma. Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Centro De Visitantes Istmo Ameghino. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Playa El Doradillo and identify plant and animal life at Peninsula Valdes.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Madryn day trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Ushuaia to Puerto Madryn in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Punta Tombo, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Loberia de Punta Loma ©
Loberia de Punta Loma
Punta Tombo ©
Punta Tombo
Playa El Doradillo ©
Playa El Doradillo

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa de Jose Ignacio and Playa Brava. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ralli Museum Punta del Este and Museo Taller de Casapueblo. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Solanas (in Punta Ballena), Piriapolis (Cerro San Antonio & Playa Punta Colorada) and Pan De Azucar (in Pan de Azucar). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museo del Mar, explore the world behind art at Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Ballena, and get great views at Mirador Punta Ballena.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Punta del Este online tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Puerto Madryn to Punta del Este in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Punta del Este can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Maldonado, Piriapolis, Playa de Jose Ignacio, Pan De Azucar
Highlights from your plan
Playa de Jose Ignacio ©
Playa de Jose Ignacio
Playa Brava ©
Playa Brava
Pan De Azucar ©
Pan De Azucar

4
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.
Catedral de la Plata and San Telmo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Palacio Barolo and Museo de los Ninos. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Puerto Madero, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, and contemplate the long history of Recoleta.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Buenos Aires online day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Punta del Este to Buenos Aires takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. November in Buenos Aires sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Catedral de la Plata
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Catedral de la Plata ©
Catedral de la Plata
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

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