60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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60 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Medellin, Colombia
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Santiago, Chile
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
8
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h 45​min
9
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 6 nights
ferry:  6​h
10
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 6 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
11
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 6 nights
+3
bus + ferry + shuttle + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Medellin, Colombia

6
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.
Relax by the water at Baia do Sancho and Praia do Cacimba do Padre. Take a break from the city and head to Praia do Sueste and Fernando de Noronha. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in panoramic vistas at Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro, and kick back and relax at Atalaia Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Fernando de Noronha trip planner .

Medellin, Colombia to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Medellin to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Fernando de Noronha when traveling from Medellin in September, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Parks Outdoors 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

7
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.
Get outdoors at Pao de Acucar and Praia de Grumari. Head to Shopping Leblon and Botafogo Praia Shoppingfor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Rio de Janeiro side-trips: Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara (in Petropolis), Saquarema (Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth & Igreja de Nossa Sra. da Conceicao) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Arraial do Cabo). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirante da Prainha, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro online day trip planner .

Fly from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro in 7 hours. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha in September, Rio de Janeiro is little chillier at night with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Saquarema, Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar

5
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Visit National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida and Mosteiro De Sao Bento for their historical value. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Paulista Avenue and Mercado Municipal de São Paulo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sao Paulo: Sao Sebastiao (Juquehy Beach & Raizes Aventura). There's still lots to do: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, get into the urban bustle at The Julio Prestes Cultural Center - Sala Sao Paulo, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and see the interesting displays at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo road trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Sao Paulo when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in October, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Sao Sebastiao, National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida
Highlights from your plan
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo ©
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo

2
nights
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): see human ingenuity at work at Iguazu Falls, then see the interesting displays at Museu de Cera Dreamland, and then don't miss a visit to Marco Das Tres Fronteiras.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Foz do Iguacu planning website .

Fly from Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguacu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo in October, expect nights in Foz do Iguacu to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Buddhist Temple ©
Buddhist Temple
Marco Das Tres Fronteiras ©
Marco Das Tres Fronteiras

6
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.
Head to Puerto Madero and Palermofor plenty of shopping. Take a break from the city and head to Parque 3 de Febrero and Fishing Charters & Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Reserva Natural Urbana in Castelar (about 46 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, wander the streets of La Boca, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Buenos Aires online trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Foz do Iguacu to Buenos Aires in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Foz do Iguacu in October: high temperatures in Buenos Aires hover around 24°C and lows are around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Reserva Natural Urbana
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Palermo ©
Palermo
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa

6
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania and Former National Congress Building will appeal to history buffs. Do your shopping at Central Market (Mercado Central) and Lapislázuli Faba Viña del Mar. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santiago: Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile (in Valle Nevado), Reñaca (in Vina del Mar) and Playa Tunquen (in Tunquen). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, see the interesting displays at La Chascona, take a stroll through Barrio Bellavista, and identify plant and animal life at Parque Tricao.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Santiago trip itinerary site .

Fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Vina del Mar, Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, Playa Tunquen, Parque Tricao, Concha y Toro
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Concha y Toro ©
Concha y Toro

6
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Mercado Central de San Pedro and Hilo. Step out of the city life by going to Salinas de Maras and exploor. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cusco: Moray (in Maras), Ollantaytambo (Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, Perolniyoq Waterfall, & more) and Humedales de Huasao (in Oropesa). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas, pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, and admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cusco tour itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Santiago to Cusco in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time to Peru Time is minus 1 hour. In October in Cusco, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Ollantaytambo, Maras, Huasao Bosque de los Ents, del Senor de los Anillos, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

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.
For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

6
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Cerro Brujo and Playa Punta Carola. Take a break from the city and head to Cerro Tijeretas and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the striking landscape at Punta Pitt, kick back and relax at Playa de Oro, and identify plant and animal life at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno visit planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Machu Picchu to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. In November in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

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

6
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Sierra Negra and Concha de Perla. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Puerto Villamil and El Faro. There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, stroll through Mirador los tunos, step off the mainland to explore Isabela Island, and take in the dramatic natural features at El Tunel del Estero.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Villamil trip itinerary builder tool .

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Villamil in 6 hours. Traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Villamil, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

6
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.
Visit Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and El Garrapatero for some beach relaxation. Head to Galeria Aymara and The Angelique Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, look for gifts at Chocolapagos Darwin's Favourites, explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
Highlights from your plan
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling

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