60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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60 days in South America Itinerary

Jerusalem, Israel
Fly:  30​h
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly + ferry:  14​h 30​min
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
bus:  4​h 30​min
El Chalten, Argentina
— 2 nights
bus + taxi + Fly:  9​h
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
Fly + shuttle + bus:  5​h 15​min
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
Florianopolis, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 7 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 30​min
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
— 7 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + train + bus:  20​h 15​min
Jerusalem, Israel

2
days
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor and then delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Intipuncu and then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu online trip itinerary builder .

Jerusalem, Israel to Machu Picchu is an approximately 30-hour flight. Traveling from Jerusalem to Machu Picchu, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

4
days
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
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.
Get some historical perspective at Sacsayhuaman and Salinas de Maras. Do some cultural sightseeing at Plaza de Armas and Choquequirao Archeological Park. Go for a jaunt from Cusco to Ollantaytambo to see Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo about 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion, take a stroll through San Blas, and admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip planner.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in February, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

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Side Trips

Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Choquequirao Archeological Park, Salinas de Maras
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
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Plaza de Armas

1
day
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
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.
On the 22nd (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Convento La Popa de la Galera, explore the historical opulence of San Felipe de Barajas Castle, and then steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena.

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Traveling by flight from Cusco to Cartagena takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in February, expect Cartagena to be much warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Puerto Ayora.

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Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
San Felipe de Barajas Castle ©
San Felipe de Barajas Castle
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa ©
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa

3
days
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Relax by the water at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and El Garrapatero. Escape the urban bustle at Charles Darwin Research Station and Playa de los Alemanes. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Reserva El Chato, explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, and don't miss a visit to Santa Cruz Fish Market.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora travel route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cartagena to Puerto Ayora in 14.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

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Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
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Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Playa de los Alemanes ©
Playa de los Alemanes

3
days
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino and Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos. Step out of Santiago to go to Pirque and see Concha y Toro, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia, take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera, contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central).

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Santiago online itinerary planner .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Santiago in 15 hours. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time to Chile Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Puerto Ayora in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Santiago. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in Santiago

#Museums, #Parks, #Wineries

Side Trip

Concha & Toro
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Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

1
day
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Glaciares National Park travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Santiago to Los Glaciares National Park by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Los Glaciares National Park is 1 hour. When traveling from Santiago in March, plan for colder days and about the same nights in Los Glaciares National Park: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

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Side Trip

Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares

1
day
El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten ©
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): trek along Miradores Los Condores y Las Aguilas and then take in the awesome beauty at Cerro Fitz Roy.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the El Chalten trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Los Glaciares National Park to El Chalten takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

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Cerro Fitz Roy ©
Cerro Fitz Roy
Miradores Los Condores y Las Aguilas ©

5
days
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Puerto Madero and Parque 3 de Febrero. For shopping fun, head to Palermo or Feria De San Pedro Telmo. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires, wander the streets of La Boca, admire the striking features of Recoleta, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires road trip app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to Buenos Aires in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in March, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo

2
days
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): admire the engineering at Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the engineering at Iguazu Falls.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Foz do Iguacu travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to Foz do Iguacu takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in March, you will find days in Foz do Iguacu are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Florianopolis.

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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves ©
Parque das Aves
Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam ©
Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam

5
days
Florianopolis, Brazil

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Jurere Internacional and Santo Antonio de Lisboa. Get outdoors at Praia Mole and Praia do Campeche. There's still lots to do: hike along Lagoinha do Leste, take in the dramatic scenery at Praia da Solidao, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Galheta, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Prainha da Barra da Lagoa.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Florianopolis vacation maker app .

Traveling by flight from Foz do Iguacu to Florianopolis takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Florianopolis are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

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Praia Mole ©
Praia Mole
Lagoinha do Leste ©
Lagoinha do Leste
Jurere Internacional ©
Jurere Internacional

6
days
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Get a sense of the local culture at Praia de Ipanema and Copacabana Beach. Relax by the water at Praia de Grumari and Leblon Beach. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, admire all the interesting features of Maracanã, and contemplate the long history of Parque Lage.

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Traveling by flight from Florianopolis to Rio de Janeiro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Rio de Janeiro, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Parque Nacional Tijuca ©
Parque Nacional Tijuca

4
days
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Get a sense of the local culture at Paulista Avenue and Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP. Head to Mercadao - Sao Paulo Municipal Market and The Julio Prestes Cultural Center - Sala Sao Paulofor plenty of shopping. Step out of Sao Paulo with an excursion to Juquehy Beach in Sao Sebastiao--about 2 hours away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Ibirapuera Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral da Se de Sao Paulo, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, and see the interesting displays at Afro Brazil Museum.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sao Paulo journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in March, Sao Paulo is little chillier at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

#Museums, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trip

Juquehy Beach
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Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Juquehy Beach ©
Juquehy Beach

6
days
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha ©
With 21 lush islands scattered among pristine waters in the Atlantic Ocean, a Fernando de Noronha holiday is well worth the effort it takes to get there.
Visit Praia do Sueste and Praia do Cacimba do Padre for some beach relaxation. Visiting Baia do Sancho and Atalaia Beach will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Baia dos Golfinhos, stroll through Porto de Santo Antonio Beach (Porto), and pause for some serene contemplation at Capela de Sao Pedro.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Fernando de Noronha route builder app .

Fly from Sao Paulo to Fernando de Noronha in 6.5 hours. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Fernando de Noronha Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Fernando de Noronha, with lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Porto de Galinhas.

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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Praia do Cacimba do Padre ©
Praia do Cacimba do Padre

8
days
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Escape the urban bustle at Muro Alto Beach and Pontal De Maracaipe. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach and Maragogi Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Recife (Instituto Ricardo Brennand & Recife Antigo), Carneiros Beach (in Tamandare) and Church and Monastery of Sao Bento (in Olinda). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Antunes Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Serrambi beach, and trek along River Maracaipe tour.

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You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Fernando de Noronha to Porto de Galinhas in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Porto de Galinhas is minus 1 hour. April in Porto de Galinhas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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Recife, Maragogi, Carneiros Beach, Church and Monastery of Sao Bento
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Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
Carneiros Beach ©
Carneiros Beach

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