60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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Start: Lisbon, Portugal
Fly:  23 h 30 min
1
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
2
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Ferry:  6 h
3
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Fly:  19 h 15 min
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Florianopolis, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
6
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Bus:  4 h
7
Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  11 h 15 min
8
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 7 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
9
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h
10
Arequipa, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 15 min
11
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h
12
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  13 h
13
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  18 h
End: Lisbon, Portugal

5
nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Get in touch with nature at Charles Darwin Research Station and El Garrapatero. Get a sense of the local culture at Galeria Aymara and Maki-Art Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to North Seymour Island in Baltra (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Puerto Ayora itinerary planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Puerto Ayora is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Puerto Ayora is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Lisbon in February, things will get much hotter in Puerto Ayora: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island
Highlights from your plan
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve

5
nights
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Get in touch with nature at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and El Faro. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Villamil, stop by Los Tuneles, look for all kinds of wild species at Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, and stroll through Concha de Perla.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Villamil trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil takes 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time (ECT) to Galapagos Time (GALT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Sierra Negra
Highlights from your plan
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla
Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

5
nights
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Interpretation Center and Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion. Take a break from the city and head to Cerro Brujo and Playa Punta Carola. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Chino Beach, explore the striking landscape of Cerro Tijeretas, stroll through Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, and make a trip to Segunda Zona Naval de la Armada del Ecuador.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno by ferry takes about 6 hours. The time zone difference moving from Galapagos Time to Ecuador Time is 1 hour. In February, daytime highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 18th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Cerro Brujo ©
Cerro Brujo
Puerto Chino Beach ©
Puerto Chino Beach

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.
Visiting Parque 3 de Febrero and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Puerto Madero and Palermo. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, get to know the fascinating history of La Boca, and look for gifts at El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires online itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Buenos Aires. The time zone difference moving from Ecuador Time to Argentina Standard Time is 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in February; daily highs in Buenos Aires reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta

5
nights
Florianopolis, Brazil

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Santo Antonio de Lisboa and Paróquia Nossa Senhora da Imaculada Conceição are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Relax by the water at Praia Mole and Praia da Galheta. Explore Florianopolis' surroundings by going to Bombinhas Beach (in Bombinhas) and Chuch of Nossa Senhora da Piedade (in Governador Celso Ramos). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Lagoinha do Leste, stroll through Jurere Beach, look for gifts at Soulvenir, and take in the dramatic scenery at Praia da Solidao.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Florianopolis trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Florianopolis takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bombinhas Beach, Chuch of Nossa Senhora da Piedade
Highlights from your plan
Jurere Beach ©
Jurere Beach
Praia Mole ©
Praia Mole
Lagoinha do Leste ©
Lagoinha do Leste

6
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Copacabana Beach and Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Praia de Ipanema and Mirante da Prainha. Get out of town with these interesting Rio de Janeiro side-trips: Igreja Sao Lourenco (in Niteroi) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Arraial do Cabo). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pedra da Gavea, steep yourself in history at Parque Lage, and enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador.

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You can fly from Florianopolis to Rio de Janeiro in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Igreja Sao Lourenco, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador

5
nights
Ilha Grande, Brazil

Ilha Grande ©
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Visiting Meros Beach and Lopes Mendes Beach will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Lagoa Azul and Abraaozinho Beach. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Caxadaco Beach, stroll through Santo Antonio Beach, and explore the activities along Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ilha Grande trip planner.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande by bus takes about 4.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Praia Preta ©
Praia Preta
Lagoa Azul ©
Lagoa Azul
Aventureiro ©
Aventureiro

7
nights
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha ©
With 21 lush islands scattered among pristine waters in the Atlantic Ocean, a Fernando de Noronha holiday is well worth the effort it takes to get there.
Get outdoors at Baia do Sancho and Praia do Cacimba do Padre. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS and Ruínas do Antigo Presídio. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Praia do Sueste, stroll through Boldro Beacch, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Fernando de Noronha trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Ilha Grande to Fernando de Noronha takes 13 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ilha Grande to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Fernando de Noronha are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Fernado de Noronha Island ©
Fernado de Noronha Island

4
nights
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Escape the urban bustle at Muro Alto Beach and Praia De Maracaipe. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ricardo Brennand Institute and So Arte. Go for a jaunt from Porto de Galinhas to Tamandare to see Praia dos Carneiros about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach, walk around Projeto Hippocampus, stroll through Pontal de Maracaipe, and take in the exciting artwork at Casa Jerimum.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Porto de Galinhas day trip planning site.

Getting from Fernando de Noronha to Porto de Galinhas by flight takes about 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Fernando de Noronha Standard Time (FNT) to Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) is minus 1 hour. In March in Porto de Galinhas, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Praia dos Carneiros, So Arte, Ricardo Brennand Institute
Highlights from your plan
Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
Praia dos Carneiros ©
Praia dos Carneiros

1
night
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
On the 24th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, wander the streets of Yanahuara, thenget engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, thenexamine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Arte Colonial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Maqueta del Colca, thenget impressive views of Volcan Misti, thenlook for gifts at Alpaca AB, and finally steep yourself in history at Palacio de Goyeneche.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Arequipa travel planner.

You can fly from Porto de Galinhas to Arequipa in 17 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Peru Standard Time (PET) is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Porto de Galinhas, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Arequipa, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos
Volcan Misti ©
Volcan Misti

2
nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
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.
On the 26th (Fri), take a stroll through San Blas, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and then contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Qorikancha, thentrek along exploor, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, read Cusco trip builder website.

Fly from Arequipa to Cusco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 9°C in Cusco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha

2
nights
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then admire the natural beauty at Mandor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Artesanias, don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, thenwitness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), thenpause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, and finally take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Machu Picchu online driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Mandor ©
Mandor

1
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Lima, Peru

Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
On the 30th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, wander the streets of Miraflores, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Playa Kon-Tiki, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Casa Pilatos and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Lima sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Lima takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, daytime highs in Lima are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Miraflores ©
Miraflores
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco

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