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
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  25​h
1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Salta, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Cafayate, Argentina
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + shuttle:  10​h 30​min
6
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Mendoza, Argentina
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  6​h 45​min
8
Pucon, Chile
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Puerto Varas, Chile
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h 15​min
11
El Chalten, Argentina
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
12
El Calafate, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
13
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 45​min
14
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
15
Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 7 nights
bus + Fly:  32​h
End: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Aviario Nacional de Colombia. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Torre del Reloj and Iglesia de la Trinidad. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory, make a trip to Centro de Convenciones Cartagena de Indias, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo, and pause for some photo ops at La Gorda Gertrudis.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip itinerary builder site .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Cartagena is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time to Colombia Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Riyadh in October: highs in Cartagena hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Charquitos, then head off the coast to Cayo Bolivar, then kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Rocky Cay, see the vivid underwater world at West View, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cayo El Acuario.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Andres Island trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to San Andres Island takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cayo El Acuario ©
Cayo El Acuario
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cerro Colorado Vinicunca and Horseback Riding Tours. Get outdoors at Zipline and Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cusco: Moray (in Maras) and Pisac (in Pisac). Treat yourself to a day of pampering on the 10th (Thu) at some of the best spas. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central de San Pedro, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cusco trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cusco takes 7.5 hours. When traveling from San Andres Island in October, plan for little chillier days in Cusco, with highs around 24°C, while nights are colder with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Salta.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Zipline, Moray, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Salta, Argentina

Salta ©
Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
Virgen de los Tres Cerritos and Museo De Arte Contemporaneo De Salta are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cuesta del Obispo and Iglesia San Francisco. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at El Anfiteatro (The Amphitheatre), examine the collection at Salta Cabildo, don't miss a visit to Monumento General Martín Miguel de Güemes, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral San Ramon Nonato de Oran.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Salta online visit planner .

Fly from Cusco to Salta in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco to Salta, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, Salta is somewhat warmer than Cusco - with highs of 30°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cafayate.

Things to do in Salta

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Catedral San Ramon Nonato de Oran
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

2
nights
Cafayate, Argentina

Cafayate ©
Nestled in one of the country's major wine regions, Cafayate and the surrounding area remain a top vacation destination throughout the year.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Quebrada del Rio de las Conchas, explore the striking landscape at El Anfiteatro, explore the striking landscape at La Garganta del Diablo, then do a tasting at Bodega El Esteco, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo de la Vid y el Vino de Cafayate, Salta, Argentina. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Bodega Artesanal Utama, then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas del Rio Colorado, then identify plant and animal life at Santa Barbara, and finally delve into the distant past at Quilmes Ruins (Ruinas de Quilmes).

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cafayate online trip maker .

Getting from Salta to Cafayate by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Cafayate

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Quilmes Ruins (Ruinas de Quilmes)
Highlights from your plan
Quebrada del Rio de las Conchas ©
Quebrada del Rio de las Conchas
Garganta del Diablo Salta ©
Garganta del Diablo Salta
El Anfiteatro ©
El Anfiteatro

4
nights
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

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 Valle Arcoiris and Salar de Tara. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Laguna Chaxa. Spend the 21st (Mon) exploring nature at Reserva Nacional de Flamencos. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Piedras Rojas, admire the landmark architecture of Church of San Pedro de Atacama, contemplate the waterfront views at Tebinquinche Lake, and take in the natural beauty of Termas Banos de Puritama.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama route planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Cafayate to San Pedro de Atacama takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Argentine Time (ART) to Chile Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In October, daytime highs in San Pedro de Atacama are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

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

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Puente del Inca and River Rafting & Tubing. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bodega Tierras Altas and Bodega Renacer. Venture out of the city with trips to Maipu (Familia Zuccardi & Casa El Enemigo). On the 27th (Sun), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Pulenta Estate Winery, take some stellar pictures from Cerro de la Gloria, pause for some photo ops at Predio de la Virgen, and take in the dramatic natural features at Canon del Atuel.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mendoza attractions planning tool .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Mendoza in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time to Argentine Time is 1 hour. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 13°C in Mendoza. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Pucon.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trips

Maipu, Canon del Atuel, Puente del Inca
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Roberto Bonfanti ©
Bodega Roberto Bonfanti
Casa El Enemigo ©
Casa El Enemigo
Bodega Renacer ©
Bodega Renacer

3
nights
Pucon, Chile

Pucon ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Huerquehue National Park and Lake Caburga. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ojos del Caburga and Saltos del Huilo-Huilo. There's more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Termas Geometricas.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Pucon trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Mendoza to Pucon takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mendoza to Pucon. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can go by car to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Pucon

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Saltos del Huilo-Huilo
Highlights from your plan
Huerquehue National Park ©
Huerquehue National Park
Saltos del Huilo-Huilo ©
Saltos del Huilo-Huilo
Ojos del Caburga ©
Ojos del Caburga

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales and Museo Pablo Fierro. Get in touch with nature at Volcan Osorno and Lake Llanquihue. Venture out of the city with trips to Frutillar (Museo Colonial Aleman & Muelle Frutillar). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, kick back and relax at Playa Los Cisnes, and explore the activities along Lago Todos Los Santos.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Varas sightseeing planning site .

You can drive from Pucon to Puerto Varas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Puerto Varas are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Frutillar, Volcan Osorno, Playa Los Cisnes
Highlights from your plan
Volcan Osorno ©
Volcan Osorno
Museo Colonial Aleman ©
Museo Colonial Aleman

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro and River Rafting & Tubing. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Parroquia San Eduardo and Monumento Historico Municipal Capilla La Inmaculada. Change things up with a short trip to Rio Correntoso in Villa La Angostura (about 1h 25 min away). On the 5th (Tue), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Piedras Blancas. And it doesn't end there: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sendero de los Arrayanes, take a leisurely stroll along Isla Victoria, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Carlos de Bariloche travel planner.

Getting from Puerto Varas to San Carlos de Bariloche by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Varas to San Carlos de Bariloche is 1 hour. Traveling from Puerto Varas in November, San Carlos de Bariloche is little chillier at night with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Rio Correntoso
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Laguna Torre and Encuentros con la Historia. Estancia Turistica. Escape the urban bustle at Glaciar Huemul and Road to El Chalten. Spend the 9th (Sat) exploring nature at Cerro Fitz Roy. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Mirador del Torre, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri, take in the dramatic scenery at Chorillo del Salto, and don't miss a visit to Viedma Glacier.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the El Chalten online trip builder .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Carlos de Bariloche to El Chalten in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Glaciar Huemul ©
Glaciar Huemul

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno and Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal. Step out of the city life by going to Kayaking & Canoeing and Upsala Glacier. Next up on the itinerary: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour and learn more about the world around you at Museo Regional Municipal de El Calafate.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the El Calafate itinerary planning tool .

You can take a bus from El Chalten to El Calafate in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In November, daytime highs in El Calafate are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Upsala Glacier ©
Upsala Glacier

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cerro Castor (Castor Mount) and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Lago Roca and Mirador de Lagos Escondido y Fagnano. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Laguna Esmeralda, stroll through Glaciar Martial, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Ushuaia Bay.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ushuaia tour itinerary app .

You can fly from El Calafate to Ushuaia in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from El Calafate in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Ushuaia, with lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Glaciar Martial, 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Loberia de Punta Loma. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa El Doradillo. It doesn't end there: explore the activities along Peninsula Valdes and identify plant and animal life at Punta Tombo.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Puerto Madryn driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Ushuaia to Puerto Madryn takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Finish up 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

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

7
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 off the beaten path and head to Playa de Jose Ignacio and Playa Brava. Relax by the water at Beaches at Cabo Polonio and Playa Bikini. Change things up with these side-trips from Punta del Este: La Pedrera (in La Pedrera), La Paloma (Faro Cabo Santa Maria & Museo De La Paloma) and Puente Circular (in Rocha). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Pan De Azucar, take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grutas, admire the masterpieces at Ralli Museum Punta del Este, and get great views at Mirador Punta Ballena.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Punta del Este trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Madryn to Punta del Este takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. November in Punta del Este sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 28th (Thu).

Things to do in Punta del Este

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Maldonado, La Paloma, La Pedrera, Puente Circular, Pan De Azucar
Highlights from your plan
Playa de Jose Ignacio ©
Playa de Jose Ignacio
La Pedrera ©
La Pedrera
Beaches at Cabo Polonio ©
Beaches at Cabo Polonio

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