57 days in South America Itinerary

57 days in South America Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  20 h
1
Bogota, Colombia
— 8 nights
Fly + Foot:  6 h
2
Caracas, Venezuela
— 5 nights
Foot + Fly:  6 h 30 min
3
Manaus, Brazil
— 7 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h
4
Brasilia, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h
5
Salvador, Brazil
— 7 nights
Fly + Bus:  10 h 45 min
6
Quito, Ecuador
— 10 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
7
Lima, Peru
— 9 nights
Fly:  19 h 30 min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

8
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
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.
Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Parroquia San Francisco de Sales (in San Francisco), Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar) and Bogota Beer Company (in Tocancipa). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), relax and rejuvenate at Esensal, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, and make a trip to Monserrate.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bogota trip itinerary planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Bogota is an approximately 20- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Bogota, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Bogota when traveling from Tel Aviv in December, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Caracas.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Parroquia San Francisco de Sales, Centro de Memoria El Cuartico, Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros, Bogota Beer Company
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica

5
nights
Caracas, Venezuela

Caracas ©
Tropical weather, great food, and memorable jungle surroundings seem like all the ingredients Caracas needs to become a must-see destination.
Step out of Caracas with an excursion to Villa Teola in Los Teques--about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Parque Nacional el Avila, steep yourself in history at Panteon Nacional, walk around Generalísimo Francisco de Miranda Park, and take an in-depth tour of Casa Natal & Museo Bolivar.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Caracas travel route website.

Getting from Bogota to Caracas by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Bogota to Caracas, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Manaus.

Things to do in Caracas

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Playa Caribe, Villa Teola
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Parque Nacional el Avila ©
Parque Nacional el Avila
Museo de Bellas Artes ©
Museo de Bellas Artes
La Praline Chocolatier ©
La Praline Chocolatier

7
nights
Manaus, Brazil

Manaus ©
It's hard not to get excited when planning a trip to Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas, and the largest city on the mighty Amazon River.
Go for a jaunt from Manaus to Iranduba to see Praia do Japones about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Meeting of Waters, browse the different shops at Manauara Shopping, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and make a trip to Espaco Cultural Largo de Sao Sebastiao.

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Fly from Caracas to Manaus in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Brasilia.

Things to do in Manaus

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Praia do Japones, Amazon Rainforest
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Meeting of Waters ©
Meeting of Waters
Amazon Rainforest ©
Amazon Rainforest
Espaco Cultural Largo de Sao Sebastiao ©
Espaco Cultural Largo de Sao Sebastiao

6
nights
Brasilia, Brazil

Brasilia ©
Although it lacks the cultural flair of Rio de Janeiro and the massive urban sprawl of Sao Paulo, Brasilia holds a fascinating place in the tapestry of Brazil.
Change things up with a short trip to Casa Dom Inacio de Loyola in Abadiania (about 1h 45 min away). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana, don't miss a visit to Torre de Televisao, take a leisurely stroll along Pontao do Lago Sul, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo da Boa Vontade.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Brasilia tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Manaus to Brasilia in 6 hours. The time zone difference moving from Amazon Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time is 1 hour. In December, Brasilia is little chillier than Manaus - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Salvador.

Things to do in Brasilia

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Casa Dom Inacio de Loyola
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Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana
Pontao do Lago Sul ©
Pontao do Lago Sul
Santuario Dom Bosco ©
Santuario Dom Bosco

7
nights
Salvador, Brazil

Salvador ©
Nowhere are the traditions of Brazil's African-background community as strong as in Salvador, the colorful, historical capital of Bahia state.
Explore Salvador's surroundings by going to Praia do Forte (Forte Beach & Projeto Tamar) and Guarajuba Beach (in Guarajuba). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Pelourinho, kick back and relax at Praia Farol da Barra, steep yourself in history at Santo Antonio da Barra Fort and Nautic Museum of Bahia, and examine the collection at Casa do Rio Vermelho.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Salvador trip builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Brasilia to Salvador takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Brasilia in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Salvador, with lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Salvador

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Praia do Forte, Guarajuba Beach
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Forte Beach ©
Forte Beach
Pelourinho ©
Pelourinho
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim ©
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim

10
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Quito: Pichincha (in Puerto Quito), Cayambe (Reserva Ecologica Antisana & Oyacachi Aguas Termales) and Termas de Papallacta (in Papallacta). Spend the 10th (Sun) among the fascinating landscape of Cotopaxi National Park. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, stroll around Parque La Carolina, admire the masterpieces at Casa Museo Guayasamin, and admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

For ratings and tourist information, use the Quito online trip builder.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Salvador to Quito in 12 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Ecuador Time (ECT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Salvador in January: high temperatures in Quito hover around 26°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Quito

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Otavalo, Cayambe, Cotopaxi National Park, Pichincha, Cuicocha
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 17:
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Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila ©
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Cuicocha ©
Cuicocha

9
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.
Lima is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Circuito Magico Del Agua, delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, wander the streets of Miraflores, and get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar).

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lima day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Quito to Lima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, Lima is somewhat warmer than Quito - with highs of 31°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana

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