57 days in South America Itinerary

57 days in South America Itinerary

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Hanga Roa, Chile
— 4 nights
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Punta Arenas, Chile
— 1 night
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 2 nights
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Pucon, Chile
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Varas, Chile
— 3 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
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Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Cuenca, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Taxi to Guayaquil, Fly to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 5 nights
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Quito
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Quito, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Santa Marta, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Hanga Roa, Chile — 4 nights

The main town and capital of Chile's Easter Island, Hanga Roa serves as a base for most visitors to the island, with all explorations of Easter Island and its famous moai monoliths beginning here.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Anakena and Orongo. Get outdoors at Rano Raraku and Rano Kau. Spend the 25th (Fri) exploring nature at Rapa Nui Parque Nacional. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Ahu Tongariki, make a trip to Ahu Hanga Te'e, contemplate the long history of Ahu Tahai, and pause for some photo ops at Hanga Kioe.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hanga Roa trip site.

Calgary, Canada to Hanga Roa is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Calgary to Hanga Roa. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Calgary in November: high temperatures in Hanga Roa hover around 26°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to fly to Punta Arenas.
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Punta Arenas, Chile — 1 night

An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
On the 26th (Sat), examine the collection at Palacio Sara Braun, then examine the collection at Museo Salesiano / Magiorinno Borgatello, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally take in the exciting artwork at La Galeria: Tienda de Arte y Diseno. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): take in the waterfront at Costanera del Estrecho, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Sagrado Corazon, examine the collection at Nao Victoria Museo, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Municipal, and finally appreciate the history behind Monumento Al Ovejero.

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You can fly from Hanga Roa to Punta Arenas in 12 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Hanga Roa to Punta Arenas is 2 hours. While traveling from Hanga Roa, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Punta Arenas, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile — 2 nights

Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Grey. Keep things going the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Historico e Industrial Puerto Bories.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) trip planning website.

Getting from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) when traveling from Punta Arenas in November, with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Pucon.
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Pucon, Chile — 1 night

Nestled in the shadow of the snow-capped Villarrica volcano, Pucon ranks among the world's premier destinations for adventure sports and high-thrills activities.
On the 30th (Wed), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then admire the sheer force of Ojos del Caburga, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Pucon.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Pucon travel planner.

Getting from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Pucon by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Puerto Varas.
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Puerto Varas, Chile — 3 nights

City of Roses

Overlooking a lake, with a conical volcano looming in the background, Puerto Varas enjoys memorable scenery but retains its authentic atmosphere.
Step out of the city life by going to Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales and Lake Llanquihue. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museo Colonial Aleman and Lago Todos Los Santos. Explore Puerto Varas' surroundings by going to Volcan Osorno (in Puerto Montt) and Laguna Verde (in Laguna Verde). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Museo Pablo Fierro.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Puerto Varas day trip app.

Drive from Pucon to Puerto Varas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to San Pedro de Atacama.
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile — 4 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.
Visit Iglesia de San Pedro de Atacama and Pukara de Quitor for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo del Meteorito and Observatorio Etno-Astronomico Licanantay. Spend the 6th (Tue) exploring nature at Reserva Nacional de Flamencos. The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, stroll through Río Putana, take in the natural beauty of Termas Banos de Puritama, and take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Pedro de Atacama trip itinerary builder website.

Fly from Puerto Varas to San Pedro de Atacama in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Puerto Varas, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in San Pedro de Atacama, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Arequipa.
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Arequipa, Peru — 2 nights

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museo La Recoleta, see the interesting displays at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, then see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, then admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas, and finally get impressive views of Volcan Misti.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Arequipa road trip planner.

Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to Arequipa by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Arequipa, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in December, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Arequipa: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Cusco.
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Cusco, Peru — 5 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.
Appreciate the collections at ChocoMuseo and Museo Historico Regional. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sacsayhuaman and Tipon. Explore Cusco's surroundings by going to Pisac (ChocoMuseo Pisac & Pisac) and Zipline (in Urubamba). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas, trot along with a tour on horseback, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and trek along exploor.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cusco itinerary planner.

Getting from Arequipa to Cusco by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in December, expect little chillier with lows of 9°C in Cusco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Machu Picchu.
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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.
On the 15th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, then take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu, and then admire the natural beauty at Mandor.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Machu Picchu tour 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. On the 16th (Fri), you're off to Cuenca.
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Cuenca, Ecuador — 2 nights

Athens of Ecuador

Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
On the 17th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Homero Ortega, admire the majestic nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon, admire the striking features of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mirador de Turi. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna La Toreadora, explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Tomebamba.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Cuenca route planner.

You can fly from Machu Picchu to Cuenca in 10.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In December, daytime highs in Cuenca are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador — 5 nights

The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Loberia and Puerto Grande. Visiting Eco-Challenger Galapagos Tour Agency and Cerro Tijeretas will get you outdoors. Spend the 22nd (Thu) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Punta Pitt, stroll through Playa Mann, make a trip to Kicker Rock, and kick back and relax at Playa Baquerizo.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno route planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Cuenca to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 7 hours. In December, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is somewhat warmer than Cuenca - with highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and Punta Carrion. Get some cultural insight at Maprae and Galeria Exotico Ecuador. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, walk around El Garrapatero, get outside with Galapagos Sub Aqua, and explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora by ferry takes about 3.5 hours. In December in Puerto Ayora, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador — 4 nights

Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Get outdoors at Los Tuneles and Concha de Perla. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Las Tintoreras and El Tunel del Estero. There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Sierra Negra, head off the coast to Turtle Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Posada de flamengos, and get a dose of the wild on Rosedelco- Day tour.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Villamil driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil takes 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Quito.
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Quito, Ecuador — 3 nights

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Quito Old Town and Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Casa Museo Guayasamin and Museo Etnohistorico de Artesanias del Ecuador Mindalae capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica del Voto Nacional, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Maria Augusta Urrutia (La Casa Museo Maria Augusta Urrutia), examine the collection at La Capilla Del Hombre, and make a trip to Mitad Del Mundo.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Quito attractions planner.

Fly from Puerto Villamil to Quito in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Villamil to Quito, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in Quito can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to San Andres Island.
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San Andres Island, Colombia — 4 nights

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Get a sense of the local culture at Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana and Sala de Exhibicion Marina The Persistence. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa de San Luis and Bahia del Cove. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Playa de Spratt Bight, explore the gorgeous colors at West View, step off the mainland to explore Cayo Acuario, and get outside with Scuba San Andres Dive Shop.

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Traveling by flight from Quito to San Andres Island takes 8.5 hours. Traveling from Quito in January, things will get a bit warmer in San Andres Island: highs are around 34°C and lows about 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Cartagena.
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Cartagena, Colombia — 4 nights

City of Heroes

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Plaza Santo Domingo and Barrio Getsemani. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Aviario Nacional de Colombia. There's much more to do: make a trip to Torre del Reloj, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Trinidad, examine the collection at Choco Museo, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cartagena takes 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Cartagena are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Marta.
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Santa Marta, Colombia — 3 nights

America's Pearl

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, kick back and relax at Playa Cristal, then take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and finally walk around Parque de Los Novios. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Santa Marta attractions planner.

Getting from Cartagena to Santa Marta by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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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.
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Peru travel guide

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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.
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Ecuador travel guide

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With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.
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Colombia travel guide

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Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.
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