60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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60 days in South America Itinerary

Birmingham, United Kingdom
Fly:  20​h 45​min
Cartagena, Colombia
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Santa Marta, Colombia
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  13​h 15​min
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + Drive + bus:  6​h 45​min
Copacabana, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
Arequipa, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Puerto Maldonado, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
Zipaquira, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 5 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 6 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Quito, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
Birmingham, United Kingdom

6
days
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Plaza Santo Domingo and Convento La Popa de la Galera. Visit Walled City of Cartagena and Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver for their historical value. Spend the 4th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of San Felipe de Barajas Castle, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, don't miss a visit to Plaza Bolivar, and tour the water at your own pace with Arrecife Boat Rentals.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip planner .

Birmingham, UK to Cartagena is an approximately 21-hour flight. Traveling from Birmingham to Cartagena, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Birmingham in June, with highs in Cartagena at 38°C and lows at 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Marta.

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Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver ©
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver

4
days
Santa Marta, Colombia

Santa Marta ©
Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Cristal Beach and Playa Blanca. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Parque de Los Novios. Spend the 11th (Mon) exploring nature at Nabusimake. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Santa Marta, and meet the residents at Mundo Marino.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Santa Marta sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for travel to San Andres Island.

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Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
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Playa Blanca

3
days
San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Take a break from the city and head to Cayo Bolivar and West View. We've included these beaches for you: Playa de San Luis and Playa de Spratt Bight. Next up on the itinerary: explore the gorgeous colors at Aquanautas, don't miss a visit to Mare, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Primera Iglesia Bautista.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Andres Island trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Santa Marta to San Andres Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Santa Marta in June, you will find days in San Andres Island are little chillier (35°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Uyuni.

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Mare
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Playa de San Luis ©
Playa de San Luis
Cayo Bolivar ©
Cayo Bolivar
West View ©
West View

3
days
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Train Cemetery and Necropolis & Museum Kawsay Wasy. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Isla Incahuasi and Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez. There's more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni and contemplate the geological forces at Tunupa Volcano.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Uyuni trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from San Andres Island to Uyuni takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Time (COT) to Bolivia Time (BOT) is 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from San Andres Island in June: high temperatures in Uyuni hover around 8°C and lows are around 7°C. On the 20th (Wed), you'll travel to Copacabana.

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Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Tunupa Volcano ©
Tunupa Volcano

1
day
Copacabana, Bolivia

Copacabana ©
The town of Copacabana represents the largest Bolivian settlement on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in the continent.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Copacabana Cathedral and then step off the mainland to explore Isla del Sol.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Copacabana day trip tool .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Uyuni to Copacabana in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. You will leave for Arequipa on the 22nd (Fri).

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Isla del Sol ©
Isla del Sol
Copacabana Cathedral
Copacabana Cathedral

4
days
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Historic Centre of Arequipa and Yanahuara. Visiting Canon de Cotahuasi and Colca Canyon will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos (Museum of Andean Sanctuaries), examine the collection at Casa Museo Villalobos, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Arequipa holiday site .

You can drive from Copacabana to Arequipa in 7.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Copacabana to Arequipa due to the time zone difference. June in Arequipa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Maldonado.

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Side Trip

Colca Canyon
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El Misti ©
El Misti
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Yanahuara ©
Yanahuara

3
days
Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Puerto Maldonado ©
Puerto Maldonado sits at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers in the Amazon rainforest.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Inkaterra Ecological Reserve and Jungle Nature Hikes. Take a break from the city and head to Panthera Sanctuary and Mariposario Tambopata. Go for a jaunt from Puerto Maldonado to Tambopata National Reserve to see Colorado Macaw Clay Lick about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Sandoval Lake and take a stroll through Native Community of Ese"Ejas.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Maldonado trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Arequipa to Puerto Maldonado by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Arequipa in June; daily highs in Puerto Maldonado reach 35°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puerto Maldonado

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Side Trip

Colorado Macaw Clay Lick
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Inkaterra Ecological Reserve ©
Inkaterra Ecological Reserve
Sandoval Lake ©
Sandoval Lake
Jungle Nature Hikes ©
Jungle Nature Hikes

6
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like San Blas and Tipon. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Salinas de Maras. When in Cusco, make a side trip to see Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo in Ollantaytambo, approximately 1h 40 min away. On the 3rd (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, look for gifts at Hilo, and take in the exciting artwork at Museo Maximo Laura.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cusco visit website .

Getting from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco by flight takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Puerto Maldonado in June: highs in Cusco hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 1°C. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

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Cusco Region, Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, Choquequirao Archeological Park, Salinas de Maras
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San Blas ©
San Blas
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

3
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.
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Winay Wayna will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Zipline and Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes) will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Intipuncu, witness a stunning natural landmark at Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, and stop by Artesanias.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Machu Picchu vacation planner .

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Zipaquira.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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Santa Teresa
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Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

1
day
Zipaquira, Colombia

Zipaquira ©
A tour of Zipaquira, the salt-mining capital of Colombia, remains one of the best day-trip ideas from Bogota.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Estacion de Zipaquira, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Diocesana, then make a trip to Plaza del Minero, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sal.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Zipaquira holiday planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Machu Picchu to Zipaquira. In July, daily temperatures in Zipaquira can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

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Catedral de Sal ©
Catedral de Sal
Catedral Diocesana ©
Catedral Diocesana
Plaza del Minero ©
Plaza del Minero

5
days
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Relax by the water at Cerro Brujo and Playa Mann. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La Loberia and Puerto Chino Beach. Spend the 14th (Sat) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion, don't miss a visit to León Dormido, and stroll through Punta Pitt.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Zipaquira to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno with the Route module. Traveling from Zipaquira in July, you will find days in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are much warmer (26°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

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Side Trip

San Cristobal
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Cerro Brujo ©
Cerro Brujo
La Loberia ©
La Loberia
Puerto Chino Beach ©
Puerto Chino Beach

6
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and Playa las Bachas. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Reserva El Chato and El Garrapatero. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, look for all kinds of wild species at Los Gemelos, take in the exciting artwork at Maki-Art Gallery, and don't miss a visit to Santa Cruz Fish Market.

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Ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora in 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

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Side Trip

Santa Cruz
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Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Reserva El Chato ©
Reserva El Chato
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station

4
days
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Step out of the city life by going to Concha de Perla and Las Tintoreras. Step off the beaten path and head to Los Tuneles and The Wall of Tears. There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Sierra Negra, head outdoors with Cueva de Sucre, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Puerto Villamil sightseeing planning website .

Getting from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time (ECT) to Galapagos Time (GALT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Puerto Villamil are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Quito.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

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Side Trip

Sierra Negra
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Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla
Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras
Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra

3
days
Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©
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 hidden gems such as Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus and Quito Old Town. Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica del Voto Nacional and San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, admire the striking features of Cathedral of Quito (La Catedral), stop by Bigalli Hats, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque La Carolina.

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Getting from Puerto Villamil to Quito by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Villamil to Quito, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Puerto Villamil in July: high temperatures in Quito hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

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Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus ©
Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus
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Quito Old Town
Basilica del Voto Nacional ©
Basilica del Voto Nacional

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