60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Asuncion, Paraguay
— 2 nights
2
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
3
Mendoza, Argentina
— 5 nights
4
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
5
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 5 nights
6
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
7
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
8
Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
9
Quito, Ecuador
— 5 nights
10
Bogota, Colombia
— 5 nights
11
Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
12
Margarita Island, Venezuela
— 4 nights
13
Paramaribo, Suriname
— 3 nights
14
Cayenne, French Guiana
— 5 nights

2
nights
Asuncion, Paraguay

Asuncion ©
Paraguay's capital and economic center, Asuncion ranks among the youngest cities on the continent, with more than half of its residents under 30 years of age.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): ponder the world of politics at Palacio de López, steep yourself in history at Casa de la Independencia, and then explore the world behind art at Museo Etnografico Andres Barbero. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at The National Pantheon of Heroes and Oratory of the Virgin Our Lady Saint Mary of the Asuncion, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden and Zoo (Jardin Botanico y Zoologico), and then head outdoors with Parque Nu Guasu.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Asuncion tour itinerary planner.

Belo Horizonte, Brazil to Asuncion is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Belo Horizonte to Asuncion due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Belo Horizonte in December: highs in Asuncion hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Asuncion

Museums Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Casa de la Independencia ©
Casa de la Independencia
Palacio de López ©
Palacio de López
Museo Etnografico Andres Barbero ©
Museo Etnografico Andres Barbero

5
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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, take a stroll through Puerto Madero, steep yourself in history at Casa Rosada, and appreciate the extensive heritage of La Boca.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires journey planning website.

Fly from Asuncion to Buenos Aires in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Asuncion to Buenos Aires due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Asuncion in December, plan for slightly colder days in Buenos Aires, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo

5
nights
Mendoza, Argentina

Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Venture out of the city with trips to La Quebrada del Condor-Day Trip (in Tupungato) and Casa El Enemigo (in Maipu). On the 10th (Thu), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Dedicate the 12th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Parque General San Martin, stroll through Los Pingos Horse Riding, learn about winemaking at Bodega Roberto Bonfanti, and make a trip to Plaza Independencia.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Mendoza tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Mendoza takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mendoza: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

La Quebrada del Condor-Day Trip, Casa El Enemigo
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Wine Tours & Tastings
La Quebrada del Condor-Day Trip ©
La Quebrada del Condor-Day Trip

5
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.
Santiago is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), get engrossed in the history at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Santiago trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mendoza to Santiago takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Chile Standard Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
La Chascona ©
La Chascona
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

5
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Salar de Atacama in Antofagasta (about 1h 35 min away). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor, witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, and don't miss a visit to Aldea de Tulor.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Pedro de Atacama online vacation planner.

Getting from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in San Pedro de Atacama are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Salar de Atacama, Atacama Desert
Highlights from your plan
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara

2
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the geological forces at Tunupa Volcano.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Uyuni road trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni in 11.5 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from San Pedro de Atacama, expect cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Uyuni, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Tunupa Volcano ©
Tunupa Volcano

5
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.
Step out of Cusco to go to Machu Picchu and see Winay Wayna, which is approximately 5h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Uyuni to Cusco in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Bolivia Time to Peru Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Uyuni in December, you will find days in Cusco are a bit warmer (°C), and nights are slightly colder (°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Winay Wayna
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

4
nights
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
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.
Step out of Lima with an excursion to Iglesia de Santiago Apostol in Lunahuana--about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua, steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, take a stroll through Barranco, and see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lima trip itinerary builder website.

Fly from Cusco to Lima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cusco in December: high temperatures in Lima hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Iglesia de Santiago Apostol
Highlights from your plan
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana

5
nights
Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©
High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Change things up with a short trip to Pichincha in Puerto Quito (about 42 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, admire the masterpieces at Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito, stop by Olga Fisch Folklore, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica del Voto Nacional.

Start your trip to Quito by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Lima to Quito by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Lima in January; daily highs in Quito reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Quito

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pichincha
Highlights from your plan
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco

5
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Zipaquira (Esensal & Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bogota road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Quito to Bogota takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in January, plan for little chillier nights in Bogota, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros, Laguna de Guatavita
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

4
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, get to know the fascinating history of Baluarte de la Merced, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena sightseeing site.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Cartagena takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in January: highs in Cartagena hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Margarita Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trip

Oceanario
Highlights from your plan
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Boat Tours & Water Sports

4
nights
Margarita Island, Venezuela

Margarita Island ©
A popular holiday spot for Venezuelans, sunny Margarita Island boasts an exotic Caribbean location, but at the same time is easily accessible from the mainland.
Margarita Island is known for beaches, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa El Agua, explore the historical opulence of Fortín La Galera, make a trip to Castillo San Carlos de Borromeo, and get outside with Playa el Yaque.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Margarita Island planner.

Getting from Cartagena to Margarita Island by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Colombia Standard Time to Venezuela Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, daytime highs in Margarita Island are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. You will leave for Paramaribo on the 21st (Thu).

Things to do in Margarita Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa El Agua ©
Playa El Agua
Playa el Yaque
Playa el Yaque
Fortín La Galera
Fortín La Galera

3
nights
Paramaribo, Suriname

Paramaribo ©
With the chance to visit a World Heritage-listed inner city, tours of Paramaribo remain among the most culturally enriching things tourists can do in Suriname.
Spend the 22nd (Fri) in the pleasant surroundings of Tafelberg Nature Preserve. There's still lots to do: stroll around Brownsberg Nature Park, contemplate the long history of Fort Zeelandia, take in the views from Jules Wijdenbosch Bridge, and don't miss a visit to Centrale Markt.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Paramaribo vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Margarita Island to Paramaribo takes 11.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Margarita Island to Paramaribo. January in Paramaribo sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cayenne.

Things to do in Paramaribo

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tafelberg Nature Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Tafelberg Nature Preserve ©
Tafelberg Nature Preserve
Brownsberg Nature Park ©
Brownsberg Nature Park
Fort Zeelandia ©
Fort Zeelandia

5
nights
Cayenne, French Guiana

Cayenne ©
The capital of French Guiana, Cayenne sits at the mouth of the Cayenne River on the department's Atlantic coast.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cayenne: Kourou (Les Iles du Salut & Centre d'Archeologie Amerindienne de Kourou) and Bois de Rose Garden (in Montsinery-Tonnegrande). Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Devil's Island, examine the collection at Musee Departmental Alexandre-Franconie, explore the ancient world of Site archeologique Habitation Loyola, and steep yourself in history at Domaine Pascaud.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cayenne trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Paramaribo to Cayenne. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. On the 29th (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in Cayenne

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Remire-Montjoly, Kourou, Zoo de Guyane, Bois de Rose Garden
Highlights from your plan
Devil's Island ©
Devil's Island
Zoo de Guyane ©
Zoo de Guyane
Les Iles du Salut ©
Les Iles du Salut

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