60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South America trip itinerary planner

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 3 nights
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Curitiba, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly to Porto Alegre, Bus to Gramado
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Gramado, Brazil
— 2 nights
Bus to Porto Alegre, Fly to Buenos Aires
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
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Maldonado, Uruguay
— 4 nights
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 5 nights
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Stanley, Falkland Islands
— 5 nights
Fly to Punta Arenas, Bus to Ushuaia
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 3 nights
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Mendoza, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
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Valparaiso, Chile
— 2 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
Train to Ollantaytambo, Bus to Cusco
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Cusco, Peru
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 5 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Step out of Rio de Janeiro to go to Paraty and see Vermelha Beach, which is approximately 3 hours away. The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, stroll through Barra da Tijuca Beach, kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, and explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Tijuca.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro online trip builder.

London, UK to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) is minus 3 hours. In March, Rio de Janeiro is warmer than London - with highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Sao Paulo, Brazil

— 3 nights

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo is known for shopping, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, see the interesting displays at Afro Brazil Museum, stop by Jardins District, and shop like a local with Mercado Municipal de São Paulo.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sao Paulo route planner.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in March; daily highs in Sao Paulo reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Curitiba.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Tours

Curitiba, Brazil

— 2 nights

Ecological Capital of Brazil

The word "Brazil" isn't often mentioned in the same breath as "excellent urban planning"--except in Curitiba.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museu do Holocausto de Curitiba, admire the masterpieces at Museu Oscar Niemeyer, stroll around Tangua Park, then steep yourself in history at Museu de Arte Indigena, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botanico de Curitiba. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Parque Barigui, learn about winemaking at Familia Fardo Vinicola, and then cruise along Estrada Da Graciosa.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Curitiba driving holiday planner.

Fly from Sao Paulo to Curitiba in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Sao Paulo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Curitiba, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Curitiba

Parks · Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Gramado, Brazil

— 2 nights

Hydrangea Garden

Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): stroll around Mini Mundo, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Negro, find something for the whole family at Snowland, then learn about winemaking at Casa Seganfredo, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Parque de Lavanda. On your second day here, admire the majestic nature at Parque Estadual do Caracol, then pause for some serene contemplation at Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Lourdes, then make a trip to Rua Coberta, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Gramado trip itinerary site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Curitiba to Gramado takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 5 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 sightseeing, nightlife, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, try to win big at Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo, get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, and take a stroll through Palermo.

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

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Buenos Aires in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to fly to Maldonado.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Maldonado, Uruguay

— 4 nights
One of the larger cities in the country, Maldonado draws visitors primarily interested in the city's coastline and the wider region's beaches.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Maldonado: Piriapolis (Cerro San Antonio & Playa Punta Colorada) and Pan De Azucar (in Pan de Azucar). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, kick back and relax at Playa Punta Ballena, make a trip to The Fingers of Punta del Este, and get great views at Mirador Punta Ballena.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Maldonado trip planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Maldonado in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and car. In March in Maldonado, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Montevideo.

Things to do in Maldonado

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Montevideo, Uruguay

— 5 nights
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montevideo: Canelones (Pizzorno Family Estates & Varela Zarranz Winery). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, wander the streets of Ciudad Vieja, get a sense of history and politics at Palacio Legislativo, and explore the world behind art at Palacio Taranco.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Montevideo trip maker.

Traveling by car from Maldonado to Montevideo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Maldonado in April since evenings lows in Montevideo dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Stanley.

Things to do in Montevideo

Wineries · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Side Trip

Stanley, Falkland Islands

— 5 nights
Founded in 1843, Stanley serves as the capital of the Falkland Islands yet still exudes its rural charm.
Change things up with a short trip to Bertha's Beach in Mount Pleasant (about 50 minutes away). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Volunteer Point, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Longdon, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral, and enjoy the sand and surf at Surf Bay.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Stanley online route maker.

Traveling by flight from Montevideo to Stanley takes 12.5 hours. Traveling from Montevideo in April, expect nights in Stanley to be a bit cooler, around 6°C, while days are cooler, around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Stanley

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ushuaia, Argentina

— 3 nights

End of the World

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.
Spend the 15th (Thu) exploring nature at Tierra del Fuego National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Vinciguerra, tour the pleasant surroundings at Glacier Martial, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and don't miss a visit to Les Éclaireurs Lighthouse.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Ushuaia trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Stanley to Ushuaia takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Ushuaia can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

— 2 nights
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.
On the 18th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. Keep things going the next day: trek along Circuito Chico, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cerro Otto, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Nahuel Huapi.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Carlos de Bariloche day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Ushuaia to San Carlos de Bariloche in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Ushuaia in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Carlos de Bariloche, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Mendoza.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Mendoza, Argentina

— 4 nights
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Get out of town with these interesting Mendoza side-trips: Casa El Enemigo (in Maipu), Bodegas Salentein (in Los Arboles) and Tupungato (La Quebrada del Condor-Day Trip & Valle de Uco). On the 22nd (Thu), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Bodega La Azul, walk around Parque General San Martin, don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, and ride a horse along Los Pingos Horse Riding.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mendoza trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from San Carlos de Bariloche to Mendoza by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in April; daily highs in Mendoza reach 26°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to fly to Santiago.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Santiago, Chile

— 5 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.
Go for a jaunt from Santiago to San Jose de Maipo to see River Rafting & Tubing about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, look for gifts at Patio Bellavista, get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, and admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Mendoza to Santiago in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentina Standard Time to Chile Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Valparaiso, Chile

— 2 nights

Jewel of the Pacific

Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Vinedos Veramonte, do a tasting at Emiliana Organic Vineyards, do a tasting at Kingston Family Vineyards, then try your luck at Valparaiso Sporting, and finally see the interesting displays at Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): admire the striking features of Palacio Rioja, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then examine the collection at La Sebastiana.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Valparaiso road trip app.

Traveling by car from Santiago to Valparaiso takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to fly to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 3 nights
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.
San Pedro de Atacama is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Salar de Tara, contemplate the waterfront views at Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques, and make a trip to Aldea de Tulor.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama journey app.

Traveling by flight from Valparaiso to San Pedro de Atacama takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Valparaiso in April, expect nights in San Pedro de Atacama to be little chillier, around 4°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to fly to Lima.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Lima, Peru

— 3 nights

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.
Lima is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua, steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, and take a stroll through Miraflores.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lima online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to Lima by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Lima. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in May, Lima is much warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 1 night
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna and then contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip builder tool.

Getting from Lima to Machu Picchu by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites

Cusco, Peru

— 4 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.
Step out of Cusco with an excursion to Salinas de Maras in Maras--about 1h 25 min away. On the 10th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, explore the ancient world of Qorikancha, take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, and take a stroll through San Blas.

Plan trip to Cusco with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Brazil travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.

Argentina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.

Uruguay travel guide

4.1
Landmarks · Scenic Walking Areas · Architectural Buildings
Switzerland of South America
One of the smallest countries in South America, tourist-friendly Uruguay is often called the "Switzerland of South America" because of its consistent economic development and progressive society. Open-minded Montevideo serves as the starting point of most Uruguay vacations, offering visitors an eclectic cultural scene and a chance to discover some of South America's major architectural treasures. Away from the cosmopolitan capital city, vacations in Uruguay involve exploring wildlife-rich areas along the Atlantic and touring the rustic interior on horseback, gaucho style. In this sports-loving country, the highlight of your Uruguay trip might just be a soccer match between Penarol and Nacional, the country's two major clubs.

Falkland Islands travel guide

4.1
Nature & Parks · Museums · Tourist Spots
Colonized by many countries during their history, Falkland Islands have been claimed and fought for by Argentina for centuries and remain a subject of controversy. Although they are closer to Argentina, the islands retain their traditional British culture, language, and customs. A trip to Falkland Islands provides an opportunity to discover their staggering wildlife variety, especially birds. The islands, dotted with tiny rural settlements and hamlets, attract five types of penguins, as well whales and seabirds.

Chile travel guide

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Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.

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.