61 days in South America Itinerary

61 days in South America Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 7 nights
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 5 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 6 nights
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Mendoza, Argentina
— 6 nights
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Salta, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 4 nights
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Puerto Maldonado, Peru
— 4 nights
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Lima, Peru
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 7 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Helicopter Tours and Claudio Coutinho Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Copacabana Beach and Morro Dois Irmaos. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Praia de Ipanema, enjoy breathtaking views from Mirante Do Leblon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sao Bento Monastery, and go for a walk through Avenida Atlantica.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

Kavala, Greece to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) is minus 5 hours. While traveling from Kavala, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Rio de Janeiro, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to fly to Foz do Iguacu.
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil — 5 nights

Land of the Waterfalls

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.
Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab and Museu de Cera Dreamland are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Devil's Throat and Iguacu River. Spend the 5th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Bela Vista Biological Refuge, learn more about the world around you at Itaipu Natureza, examine the collection at Itaipu Ecomuseu, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Foz do Iguacu trip planner.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September since evenings lows in Foz do Iguacu dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 6 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Catedral de la Plata and Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Catedral de San Isidro. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Buenos Aires: La Plata (Museo de La Plata & Plaza Moreno) and Delta El Tigre (in Tigre). And it doesn't end there: stop by Palermo Soho, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Primada, and explore the activities along Lagos de Palermo.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires visit planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Foz do Iguacu to Buenos Aires takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in September, expect Buenos Aires to be a bit cooler, temps between 20°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to fly to San Carlos de Bariloche.
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina — 6 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Isla Victoria and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get outdoors at Piedras Blancas and Refugio Frey. There's still lots to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, fly down the slopes at Escuela de Ski Catedral Ski Resort, take in the awesome beauty at Cerro Catedral, and stop by Chocolates Rapanui.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Carlos de Bariloche trip planner.

Fly from Buenos Aires to San Carlos de Bariloche in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in September, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in San Carlos de Bariloche: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Mendoza.
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Mendoza, Argentina — 6 nights

Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pulenta Estate Winery and Beer Tastings & Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Los Pingos Horse Riding and Parasailing & Paragliding. Get out of town with these interesting Mendoza side-trips: Maipu (Casa El Enemigo, Bodega CarinaE, &more). On the 25th (Sun), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's more to do: learn about winemaking at Vina Cobos.

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You can fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Mendoza in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in September, with highs in Mendoza at 25°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Salta.
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Salta, Argentina — 4 nights

Salta the Beautiful

Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
Take a break from the city and head to Cerro San Bernardo and Cuesta del Obispo. Explore hidden gems such as Basilica Menor San Francisco and Iglesia Nuestra Senora de La Candelaria de La Vina. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Virgen de los Tres Cerritos, get engrossed in the history at History Museum of the North, make a trip to Plaza 9 de Julio, and steep yourself in history at Salta.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Salta trip planner.

Fly from Mendoza to Salta in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Salta can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Uyuni.
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Uyuni, Bolivia — 2 nights

Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
On the 30th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Museo de la Llama y la Sal, then head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi, and then make a trip to Plaza Arce. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see a world frozen in time at Pueblo Pulacayo, learn more about the world around you at Museo Arquecologia y Antropologico de los Andes Meridionales, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Uyuni vacation builder site.

Getting from Salta to Uyuni by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Salta to Uyuni. When traveling from Salta in September, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Uyuni: temperatures range from 1°C by day to 0°C at night. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll travel to La Paz.
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to WMDR Yungas Road and Walking tours. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Mirador Killi Killi, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and see the interesting displays at Bolivian Drink Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the La Paz road trip tool.

You can fly from Uyuni to La Paz in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Uyuni in October, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in La Paz: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Cusco.
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Cusco, Peru — 6 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.
Sacsayhuaman and Horseback Riding Tours are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Sacred Valley of the Incas and Qorikancha for their historical value. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, see exploor, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Cusco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Bolivia Time (BOT) to Peru Standard Time (PET) is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from La Paz in October; daily highs in Cusco reach 24°C and lows reach 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Machu Picchu.
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Machu Picchu, Peru — 4 nights

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Explore hidden gems such as Intipuncu and Plaza Manco Capac. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Winay Wayna. Step out of Machu Picchu with an excursion to Zipline in Santa Teresa--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor, relax and rejuvenate at Natura Spa Healing Hands, stroll through Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes).

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Machu Picchu journey builder app.

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Puerto Maldonado.
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Puerto Maldonado, Peru — 4 nights

Puerto Maldonado sits at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers in the Amazon rainforest.
Get in touch with nature at Lago Sandoval and Inkaterra Ecological Reserve. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Panthera Sanctuary. Take a break from Puerto Maldonado with a short trip to Colorado Macaw Clay Lick in Tambopata National Reserve, about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Mariposario Tambopata, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Island, explore the activities along Tambopata River, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Serpentario Tropifauna Madre de Dios.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Maldonado trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Machu Picchu to Puerto Maldonado in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can fly to Lima.
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Lima, Peru — 6 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Barranco and Site Museum and Archaeological Sanctuary of Pachacamac. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Huaca Pucllana and San Isidro. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Lima, stroll around Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores, get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, and explore the world behind art at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Lima trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Maldonado to Lima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Puerto Maldonado in October: highs in Lima hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.
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