60 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

60 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 5 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 6 nights
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Punta Arenas, Chile
— 4 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
— 6 nights
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 5 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
Shuttle to San José, Fly to Cartagena
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 4 nights
Fly to Presidente Itamar Franco Airport, Drive to Barbacena
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Barbacena, Brazil
— 1 night
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Barcos del Este (in Piriapolis) and Punta Ballena (Playa Solanas, Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, &more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Plaza Independencia, wander the streets of Pocitos, go for a walk through Rambla de Montevideo, and walk around Parque Rodo.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Montevideo road trip planning site.

Juiz de Fora, Brazil to Montevideo is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Montevideo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Montevideo

Shopping · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 26:

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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, and stop by El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Buenos Aires trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Montevideo to Buenos Aires takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Montevideo in January, Buenos Aires is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Find places to stay Jan 26 — Feb 1:

Ushuaia, Argentina

— 6 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Lago Roca in Tierra del Fuego National Park (about 40 minutes away). Spend the 2nd (Tue) exploring nature at Tierra del Fuego National Park. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Beagle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cerro Guanaco, get outside with Valle Hermoso, and don't miss a visit to Les Éclaireurs Lighthouse.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ushuaia driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Buenos Aires in February; daily highs in Ushuaia reach 15°C and lows reach 7°C. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 1 — 7:

Punta Arenas, Chile

— 4 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 9th (Tue), plan a day focused around Plaza Armas Punta Arenas. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo Regional De Magallanes, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, revel in the low prices at Kenavic, and brush up on your military savvy at Museo Naval y Maritimo.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Punta Arenas road trip planner.

Getting from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas by bus takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February, daytime highs in Punta Arenas are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Find places to stay Feb 7 — 11:

Lima, Peru

— 2 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.
On the 12th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, then admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, and finally stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Miraflores, contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar).

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lima vacation planner.

Getting from Punta Arenas to Lima by flight takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Punta Arenas to Lima, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Punta Arenas in February: high temperatures in Lima hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 13:

Quito, Ecuador

— 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Quito: Cascada de Peguche (in Peguche), Pichincha (in Puerto Quito) and Cuicocha (in Cotacachi). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica del Voto Nacional, explore the world behind art at Casa Museo Guayasamin, and make a trip to El Panecillo.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Quito day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Quito takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, Quito is a bit cooler than Lima - with highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Quito

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 19:

Antigua, Guatemala

— 5 nights
The former capital of Guatemala and a World Heritage Site, Antigua retains its colonial charm and remains one of the most visited destinations in the country.
Get out of town with these interesting Antigua side-trips: Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, Palacio Nacional, &more). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, examine the collection at Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo, and admire the natural beauty at Caoba Farms.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Antigua trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Quito to Antigua takes 10 hours. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time (ECT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Quito in February, expect nights in Antigua to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 19 — 24:

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 4 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical), Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita) and Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, soothe aching muscles at Yoga con Cyn, see Off-Road Tours, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planning app.

You can fly from Antigua to Manuel Antonio in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 24 — 28:

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 7 nights
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
Venture out of the city with trips to El Castillo (Arenal Eco Zoo & Butterfly Conservatory). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Cartagena.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 7:

Cartagena, Colombia

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Oceanario. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, then steep yourself in history at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, then make a trip to Plaza Santo Domingo, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Cartagena trip planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cartagena in 11.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Colombia Standard Time (COT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 7 — 9:

Bogota, Colombia

— 3 nights

Athens of South America

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zipaquira (Esensal & Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), make a trip to Bolivar Square, look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Ecologico Matarredonda, and take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bogota travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Bogota takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cartagena in March, things will get much colder in Bogota: highs are around 23°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 12:

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.
On the 14th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, don't miss a visit to San Blas, admire the masterpieces at Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores, and get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Cusco takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 16:

La Paz, Bolivia

— 4 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Spend the 18th (Thu) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, see the interesting displays at Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos, and make a trip to Mi Teleferico.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read La Paz online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to La Paz takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to La Paz. In March, La Paz is little chillier than Cusco - with highs of 17°C and lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Barbacena.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 20:

Barbacena, Brazil

— 1 night
Barbacena is a municipality in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. On the 21st (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario, then buy something for everyone on your list at Galeria Jardim Luz, then examine the collection at Casa de Emeric Marcier Park Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Madness.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Barbacena itinerary builder app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from La Paz to Barbacena. Traveling from La Paz to Barbacena, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from La Paz in March, you will find days in Barbacena are a bit warmer (29°C), and nights are much hotter (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Barbacena

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 21:

Uruguay travel guide

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Landmarks · Scenic Walking Areas · Art Museums
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.

Argentina travel guide

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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.

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.

Ecuador travel guide

4.5
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.

Guatemala travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Volcanos · Ruins
Land of Eternal Spring
Offering a chance to discover a rich history, remarkable landscapes, and a vibrant culture, a holiday in Guatemala remains a great choice for a wide range of travelers. The heart of the Maya civilization, Guatemala boasts stunning ancient ruins and traditional villages that blend with the Spanish heritage of the colonial-era and its stately cathedrals and town halls. While the cities boast splendid architecture and cultural heritage, they make up a small percentage of the mountainous Guatemalan landscape. Adventurous travelers and nature lovers will have plenty of things to do in Guatemala, from boating on the rushing rivers and scenic lakes, to exploring caves, picturesque beaches, and lush national parks.

Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.

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.

Bolivia travel guide

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Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.