60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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Cartagena, Colombia
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Canaima National Park, Venezuela
— 6 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
— 6 nights
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Cusco, Peru
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
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Asuncion, Paraguay
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 7 nights
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 4 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
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Santiago, Chile
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
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Lima, Peru
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Cartagena, Colombia

— 3 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 11th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Oceanario. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Aviario Nacional de Colombia and then don't miss a visit to Plaza Santo Domingo.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cartagena trip builder tool.

Birmingham, USA to Cartagena is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Birmingham to Cartagena. In January, Cartagena is much hotter than Birmingham - with highs of 88°F and lows of 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Canaima National Park.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:

Canaima National Park, Venezuela

— 6 nights
One of the largest national parks in the world, Canaima National Park encompasses 30,000 sq km (12 sq mi) of distinct landscapes, varied wildlife, and the world's highest waterfalls.
Canaima National Park is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Aponguao, take in the dramatic natural features at Salto Kawi, contemplate the waterfront views at Sorowapo, and explore the fascinating underground world of Kavak Cave.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Canaima National Park trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Cartagena to Canaima National Park with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Canaima National Park

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 19:

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.
Bogota is known for museums, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bogota online vacation planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Canaima National Park to Bogota. In January in Bogota, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours · Museums · Nature · Adventure
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Quito side-trips: Pichincha (in Puerto Quito) and Middle of the World (in Cayambe). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, explore the world behind art at Casa Museo Guayasamin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica del Voto Nacional, and look for gifts at Olga Fisch Folklore.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Quito trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Quito takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in January, Quito is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Quito

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 28:

Cusco, Peru

— 3 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 30th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cusco trip planning tool.

Fly from Quito to Cusco in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Quito in January; daily highs in Cusco reach 67°F and lows reach 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Find places to stay Jan 28 — 31:

La Paz, Bolivia

— 3 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
La Paz is known for nature, scenic drive, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, see the interesting displays at Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos, stroll around Valley of the Moon, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our La Paz trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to La Paz takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cusco to La Paz is 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cusco in January: high temperatures in La Paz hover around 58°F and lows are around 39°F. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Asuncion.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 3:

Asuncion, Paraguay

— 3 nights

Mother of Cities

Paraguay's capital and economic center, Asuncion ranks among the youngest cities on the continent, with more than half of its residents under 30 years of age.
Go for a jaunt from Asuncion to San Bernardino to see Lago Ypacarai about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at The National Pantheon of Heroes and Oratory of the Virgin Our Lady Saint Mary of the Asuncion, get outside with Parque Nu Guasu, get to know the resident critters at Botanical Garden and Zoo (Jardin Botanico y Zoologico), and browse the exhibits of Casa de la Independencia.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Asuncion tour itinerary planner.

Fly from La Paz to Asuncion in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from La Paz in February; daily highs in Asuncion reach 92°F and lows reach 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Asuncion

Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums

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Find places to stay Feb 3 — 6:

Sao Paulo, Brazil

— 4 nights

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo is known for museums, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, and get curious at Museu Catavento.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Sao Paulo travel route planning website.

You can fly from Asuncion to Sao Paulo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Asuncion to Sao Paulo. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Asuncion in February, with highs in Sao Paulo at 84°F and lows at 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Find places to stay Feb 6 — 10:

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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, stroll through Barra da Tijuca Beach, pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, and take some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sao Paulo in February, expect Rio de Janeiro to be a bit warmer, temps between 90°F and 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 10 — 17:

Montevideo, Uruguay

— 4 nights
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montevideo: Pizzorno Family Estates (in Canelones) and Punta Ballena (Playa Solanas, Punta Ballena Market, &more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Plaza Independencia, go for a walk through Rambla de Montevideo, get a sense of history and politics at Palacio Legislativo, and stop by Ciudad Vieja.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Montevideo driving holiday planner.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Montevideo by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in February, expect Montevideo to be little chillier, temps between 81°F and 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Montevideo

Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 17 — 21:

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: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and make a trip to Plaza de Mayo.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires road 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. In February, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Find places to stay Feb 21 — 27:

Santiago, Chile

— 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santiago: Casa Marin Winery (in Lo Abarca) and Casa de Isla Negra (in Isla Negra). The adventure continues: stroll through San Cristóbal Hill, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, and admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Santiago day trip planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 5:

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor, explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna, and then take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's extreme beauty at Atacama Desert and then look for all kinds of wild species at On Safari Atacama.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Pedro de Atacama trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March in San Pedro de Atacama, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 5 — 7:

Lima, Peru

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, then admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), and finally stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua. On the next day, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru, then steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, and then visit Miraflores.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lima trip planning app.

You can fly from San Pedro de Atacama to Lima in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time to Peru Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in March, you will find days in Lima are a bit warmer (81°F), and nights are warmer (69°F). On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 10:

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.

Venezuela travel guide

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Land of Grace
A vacation in Venezuela, one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, can be both affordable and highly rewarding. From snowcapped mountains and vast grassland, to tropical islands and lush rainforests, Venezuela's varied landscapes are a paradise for nature lovers. Whether you're looking to laze on the Caribbean beaches, trek through the verdant jungles, or immerse yourself in the vibrant city culture, a Venezuela holiday offers something for everyone. Admire the world's highest waterfalls, go island hopping, discover tasty local delicacies, and witness the sheer abundance of wildlife and endemic species in Venezuela.

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.

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.

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.

Paraguay travel guide

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Heart of South America
Divided in half by its eponymous river, Paraguay is a land of contrasts, especially between its lush eastern region where most of the population lives and the arid west, filled with rustic villages and old Jesuit colonies. Although under Spanish rule for three centuries and with a recent history of dictatorships and wars, Paraguay retained its native Guarani culture, with more than 80 percent of population of indigenous heritage. You'll find plenty of things to do in Paraguay, from touring cosmopolitan cities and quaint Jesuit colonies, to browsing affordable arts and crafts stores and sailing on rivers that crisscross the diverse natural landscape that makes up this landlocked nation.

Brazil travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.

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.

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.