57 days in South America Itinerary

57 days in South America Itinerary

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Santa Marta, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 5 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Puerto Villamil
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 4 nights
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Fly to Guayaquil, Taxi to Cuenca
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Cuenca, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
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Arequipa, Peru
— 3 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly to La Araucanía, Bus to Pucon
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Pucon, Chile
— 1 night
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Puerto Varas, Chile
— 3 nights
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Punta Arenas, Chile
— 2 nights
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Hanga Roa, Chile
— 3 nights
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Santa Marta, Colombia — 2 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.
On the 21st (Mon), stroll through Parque de Los Novios, then admire the natural beauty at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and then stroll through Playa Cristal. On the next day, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Santa Marta holiday maker.

Calgary, Canada to Santa Marta is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Calgary to Santa Marta, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Calgary in November: high temperatures in Santa Marta hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive 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.
Let the collections at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory and Choco Museo capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver and Torre del Reloj. Go for a jaunt from Cartagena to Isla Baru to see Aviario Nacional de Colombia about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Getsemani, make a trip to Plaza de La Trinidad, steep yourself in history at Baluarte de San Ignacio, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cartagena trip planner.

Getting from Santa Marta to Cartagena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in November, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to San Andres Island.
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San Andres Island, Colombia — 5 nights

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa de Spratt Bight and Playa de San Luis. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Plaza Canon de Morgan and Sala de Exhibicion Marina The Persistence. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with Scuba San Andres Dive Shop, step off the mainland to explore Cayo Bolivar, explore the striking landscape of Manglares de Old Point National Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia Cocoplum.

To see photos and other tourist information, read our San Andres Island road trip planning app.

You can fly from Cartagena to San Andres Island in 3 hours. In November, daily temperatures in San Andres Island can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can catch the flight 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Casa Museo Guayasamin and La Capilla Del Hombre. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila and Abya-Yala Museum. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to El Panecillo, see the interesting displays at Museo Etnohistorico de Artesanias del Ecuador Mindalae, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia Santa Barbara, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Quito trip builder site.

Fly from San Andres Island to Quito in 8.5 hours. While traveling from San Andres Island, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Quito, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Los Tuneles and Cueva de Sucre. Get outdoors at Las Tintoreras and Sierra Negra. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Concha de Perla, kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Villamil, head outdoors with Rosedelco- Day tour, and take in the dramatic natural features at El Tunel del Estero.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Villamil travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Quito to Puerto Villamil takes 5.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Quito to Puerto Villamil due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time 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.
Take a break from the city and head to El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve and Think Galapagos. We've included these beaches for you: El Garrapatero and Playa las Bachas. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Punta Carrion, get outside with Galapagos Sub Aqua, kick back and relax at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna las Ninfas.

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Ride a ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Galapagos Time (GALT) to Ecuador Time (ECT) is 1 hour. In December, daytime highs in Puerto Ayora are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cerro Tijeretas and Punta Pitt. We've included these beaches for you: Puerto Chino Beach and Puerto Grande. There's lots more to do: see what you can catch with Eco-Challenger Galapagos Tour Agency, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Baquerizo, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion, and stroll through Playa Punta Carola.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno online tour itinerary builder.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Mirador de Turi, explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, then stop by MAKI FairTrade, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, and finally admire the majestic nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cuenca trip itinerary website.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Cuenca in 7 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in December, with highs in Cuenca at 27°C and lows at 13°C. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sacred Valley of the Incas and Moray. Get some historical perspective at Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay. Take a break from Cusco with a short trip to Pisac in Pisac, about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Cerro Colorado Vinicunca, delve into the distant past at Qorikancha, get outside with exploor, and contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cusco trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cuenca to Cusco takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cuenca in December, things will get a bit cooler in Cusco: highs are around 24°C and lows about 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Arequipa.
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Arequipa, Peru — 3 nights

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Popular historic sites such as Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa and Iglesia de San Miguel Arcangel are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Historic Centre of Arequipa and Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus. There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Volcan Misti, see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas, and admire the masterpieces at Museo De Arte Virreinal de Santa Teresa, Arequipa..

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Getting from Cusco to Arequipa by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Arequipa can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for the flight 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Reserva Nacional de Flamencos and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Museo del Meteorito and Pukara de Quitor are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, contemplate the waterfront views at Tebinquinche Lake, take in the natural beauty of Termas Banos de Puritama, and stroll through Valle Arcoiris.

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Fly from Arequipa to San Pedro de Atacama in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa to San Pedro de Atacama, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Arequipa in December, you will find days in San Pedro de Atacama are a bit warmer (29°C), and nights are slightly colder (6°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to fly to Santiago.
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Santiago, Chile — 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Casa de Isla Negra and Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts. Step off the beaten path and head to Paseo Gervasoni and Museo Maritimo Nacional. Change things up with these side-trips from Santiago: Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck (in Vina del Mar), Walking tours (in Valparaiso) and Casa Marin Winery (in Lo Abarca). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Ignacio de Loyola, see the interesting displays at Museo de la Moda, and make a trip to La Nave Imaginaria.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Santiago trip itinerary app.

You can fly from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel 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 6th (Fri), take in the natural beauty of Termas Geometricas, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ojos del Caburga.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Pucon route app.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Santiago to Pucon in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car 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.
You'll explore and learn at Museo Colonial Aleman and Museo Pablo Fierro. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales and Lake Llanquihue. Venture out of the city with trips to Volcan Osorno (in Puerto Montt) and Laguna Verde (in Laguna Verde). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Todos Los Santos.

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Getting from Pucon to Puerto Varas by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to fly to Punta Arenas.
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Punta Arenas, Chile — 2 nights

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 10th (Tue), take in the waterfront at Costanera del Estrecho, examine the collection at Nao Victoria Museo, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Municipal, then see the interesting displays at Museo Salesiano / Magiorinno Borgatello, and finally appreciate the history behind Monumento Al Ovejero. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Plaza Munoz Gamero and then examine the collection at Palacio Sara Braun.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Punta Arenas travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Puerto Varas to Punta Arenas by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Puerto Varas in January, with highs in Punta Arenas at 17°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Hanga Roa.
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Hanga Roa, Chile — 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Anakena and Orongo. Your inner history buff will appreciate Rano Raraku and Ahu Tahai. Spend the 14th (Sat) exploring nature at Rapa Nui Parque Nacional. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Ahu Tongariki, contemplate the geological forces at Rano Kau, and delve into the distant past at Hanga Kioe.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hanga Roa tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Punta Arenas to Hanga Roa by flight takes about 12 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Punta Arenas to Hanga Roa due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Punta Arenas in January, expect nights in Hanga Roa to be warmer, around 23°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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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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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Peru travel guide

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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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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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