60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 1 night
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
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Caracas, Venezuela
— 31 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 4 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: catch a ride on Sugarloaf Mountain, admire all the interesting features of Pedra Bonita, stroll through Leblon Beach, and appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro online holiday builder.

London, UK to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Brasilia Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach 36°C and lows reach 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Sao Paulo, Brazil

— 1 night

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, and then examine the collection at Afro Brazil Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo trip maker.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, things will get slightly colder in Sao Paulo: highs are around 32°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Parks

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 3 nights

Queen of La Plata

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 nightlife, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japones, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, and take a stroll through Puerto Madero.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip builder website.

Getting from Sao Paulo to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December in Buenos Aires, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Santiago, Chile

— 3 nights

City of the Island Hills

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and go for a walk through Plaza de Armas.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Santiago trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 5.5 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to La Paz.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

La Paz, Bolivia

— 2 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): make a trip to Mi Teleferico and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Valley of the Moon, ponder the world of politics at Centro de Informacion Turistica, and then make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our La Paz day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Santiago to La Paz in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. December in La Paz sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Cusco, Peru

— 3 nights

Imperial City

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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, and steep yourself in history at Tipon.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cusco day trip planner.

You can fly from La Paz to Cusco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from La Paz to Cusco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from La Paz in December, things will get a bit warmer in Cusco: highs are around 24°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 2 nights
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 18th (Mon): stroll through Mandor and then explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. You'll set off for Lima on the 19th (Tue).

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Lima, Peru

— 1 night

City of the Kings

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lima driving holiday planner.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Lima by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
Highlights from your trip

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

— 2 nights
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
On the 21st (Thu), stroll through La Loberia and then don't miss a visit to Dona Pilo. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with Wreck Bay Diving Center and then learn more about the world around you at Interpretation Center.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lima to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Lima in December, with highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno at 32°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

— 5 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Puerto Ayora is known for parks, nature, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the world behind art at Maprae, and kick back and relax at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora travel planner.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora takes 3.5 hours. In December in Puerto Ayora, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Caracas.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Caracas, Venezuela

— 31 nights

Heaven's Branch on Earth

Tropical weather, great food, and memorable jungle surroundings seem like all the ingredients Caracas needs to become a must-see destination.
Venture out of the city with trips to Maracay (Plaza Bolivar & Cepe- Choroni), Playa Ensenada de Tuja (in Choroni) and Saint Martin's Church (La Iglesia de San Martin) (in La Colonia Tovar). There's lots more to do: get outside with Parque Nacional el Avila, explore the galleries of Museo de Bellas Artes, stroll around Generalísimo Francisco de Miranda Park, and contemplate the long history of Panteon Nacional.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Caracas trip app.

Do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight from Puerto Ayora to Caracas in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Ayora to Caracas is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Canaima National Park.

Things to do in Caracas

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Canaima National Park, Venezuela

— 1 day
One of the largest national parks in the world, Canaima National Park encompasses 30,000 sq km (12 sq mi) of distinct landscapes, varied wildlife, and the world's highest waterfalls.
For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Canaima National Park driving holiday planner.

Fly from Caracas to Canaima National Park in 4.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Caracas to Canaima National Park is minus 1 hour. On the 28th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Canaima National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Bolivia travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.

Peru travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Galapagos Islands travel guide

4.4
World heritage site · Nature & Parks · Beaches
Famous worldwide thanks to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, the remote World Heritage-listed Galapagos Islands are situated in the Pacific Ocean and belong to Ecuador. On a tour of Galapagos Islands, you can witness the staggering amount of endemic wildlife the archipelago is noted for. Besides a couple of cities on the main islands, the landscape remains mostly pristine, as the guided tours follow strict rules and limit visitor numbers. Fascinating creatures, untouched nature, unrivalled snorkeling, scuba diving, and more await you on your Galapagos Islands trip.

Venezuela travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Tourist Spots · Shopping
Land of Grace
A vacation in Venezuela, one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, can be both affordable and highly rewarding. From snowcapped mountains and vast grassland, to tropical islands and lush rainforests, Venezuela's varied landscapes are a paradise for nature lovers. Whether you're looking to laze on the Caribbean beaches, trek through the verdant jungles, or immerse yourself in the vibrant city culture, a Venezuela holiday offers something for everyone. Admire the world's highest waterfalls, go island hopping, discover tasty local delicacies, and witness the sheer abundance of wildlife and endemic species in Venezuela.