60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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60 days in South America Itinerary

London, United Kingdom
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  17​h 45​min
Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
Medellin, Colombia
— 4 nights
bus:  7​h
San Gil, Colombia
— 4 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
Bogota, Colombia
— 6 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  54​h
Lima, Peru
— 9 nights
bus:  16​h 30​min
Cusco, Peru
— 10 nights
bus:  6​h
Puno, Peru
— 2 nights
bus + Drive:  18​h 15​min
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 5 nights
Drive + bus:  9​h 45​min
La Paz, Bolivia
— 6 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
London, United Kingdom

5
days
Cartagena, Colombia

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.
San Felipe de Barajas Castle and Templo de Santo Domingo will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Scuba & Snorkeling and Walled City of Cartagena. When in Cartagena, make a side trip to see Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Trinidad, don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Aduana, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convento La Popa de la Galera, and admire the striking features of St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena online trip itinerary builder .

London, UK to Cartagena is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. In June, Cartagena is warmer than London - with highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Cartagena

#Outdoors, #Historic Sites, #Tours

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Playa Blanca
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Scuba & Snorkeling
San Felipe de Barajas Castle ©
San Felipe de Barajas Castle
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena

4
days
Medellin, Colombia

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Escape the urban bustle at Piedra del Penol and Coffee & Tea Tours. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pueblito Paisa and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen. Next up on the itinerary: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin, see the interesting displays at El Castillo Museo y Jardines, and admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Medellin trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Medellin takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cartagena in June, things will get slightly colder in Medellin: highs are around 33°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Gil.

Things to do in Medellin

#Tours, #Museums, #Historic Sites

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Guatape
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Piedra del Penol ©
Piedra del Penol
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen ©

3
days
San Gil, Colombia

San Gil ©
Providing some of the region's best opportunities for paragliding, rappelling, white-water rafting, kayaking, hiking, and caving, San Gil appeals to adventure seekers and nature lovers wishing to escape overcrowded Bogota, located several hours' drive to the south.
Explore hidden gems such as Parque Gallineral and Camino Real. Popular historic sites such as Catedral Nuestra Senora del Socorro and Parroquia Catedral de Santa Cruz are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from San Gil to Barichara to see Fundacion San Lorenzo De Barichara about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Juan Curi, head outdoors with Rios y Canoas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque La Libertad, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Curiti.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our San Gil trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Medellin to San Gil in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in San Gil can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in San Gil

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Barichara, Catedral Nuestra Senora del Socorro, Catedral de Curiti
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Parque La Libertad ©
Parque La Libertad
Camino Real ©
Camino Real
Catedral Nuestra Senora del Socorro ©

6
days
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Laguna de Guatavita and Parque Natural Chicaque. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Bolivar plaza. Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Cascada La Chorrera (in Choachi), Bioparque La Reserva (in Cota) and Catedral de Sal (in Zipaquira). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Monserrate, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque de Usaquen, and get a taste of the local shopping with Parque 93.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from San Gil to Bogota takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Gil in June, with highs in Bogota at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Bogota

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Catedral de Sal, Cascada La Chorrera, Bioparque La Reserva, Laguna de Guatavita, Parque Natural Chicaque
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Catedral de Sal ©
Catedral de Sal
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

10
days
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cathedral of Lima and Catarata de Antankallo. Get some historical perspective at Huaca Pucllana and Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lima: Reserva Nacional Lomas de Lachay (in Huaral) and Callao (Palomino & Balneario La Punta). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Miraflores, get to know the fascinating history of San Isidro, kick back and relax at Santa Maria del Mar, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lima planner .

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Lima takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in July, Lima is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Callao, Catarata de Antankallo, Reserva Nacional Lomas de Lachay, Santa Maria del Mar
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Marcahuasi ©
Marcahuasi
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©

10
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 in touch with nature at Salinas de Maras and Horseback Riding Tours. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sacred Valley of the Incas and River Rafting & Tubing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cusco: Perolniyoq Waterfall (in Ollantaytambo), Peruprofundo Adventure (in Calca) and Moray (in Maras). On the 17th (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, admire the striking features of Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion, delve into the distant past at Tipon, and look for all kinds of wild species at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Lima in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in Cusco, with lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Puno.

Things to do in Cusco

#Historic Sites, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trips

Maras, Ollantaytambo, Cusco Region, Peruprofundo Adventure
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
River Rafting & Tubing

3
days
Puno, Peru

Puno ©
Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
Get outdoors at Lake Titicaca and Laguna Lagunillas. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sillustani and Museo Carlos Dreyer. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Uros Floating Islands, explore the ancient world of Catedral de Chucuito, don't miss a visit to Condor Hill (Mirador de Kuntur Wasi), and stroll through Parque Pino.

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You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Cusco to Puno in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, Puno is slightly colder than Cusco - with highs of 20°C and lows of -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Puno

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Laguna Lagunillas
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Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Sillustani ©
Sillustani
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

5
days
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Get a sense of the local culture at Train Cemetery and Museo de la Llama y la Sal. Get in touch with nature at Isla Incahuasi and Tunupa Volcano. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez, see the interesting displays at Necropolis & Museum Kawsay Wasy, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Uyuni itinerary planner.

Do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Puno to Uyuni in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Puno to Uyuni is 1 hour. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Puno in July: highs in Uyuni hover around 4°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Uyuni

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

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Museo de la Llama y la Sal
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Train Cemetery ©
Train Cemetery

6
days
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Explore hidden gems such as Tiwanaku and Iglesia de San Francisco. Get some cultural insight at Catedral Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora de la Paz and National Museum of Art - Museo Nacional de Arte. Spend the 1st (Wed) exploring nature at Cotapata National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Valley of the Moon, ponder the world of politics at Palacio del Congreso Nacional, hike along Takesi Trail, and make a trip to Plaza del Monticulo.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read La Paz trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Uyuni to La Paz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Uyuni in July, you will find days in La Paz are a bit warmer (17°C), and nights are a bit cooler (-4°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in La Paz

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Valley of the Moon ©
Valley of the Moon
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Iglesia de San Francisco ©
Iglesia de San Francisco

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Parque Lage. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Avenida Atlantica, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from La Paz to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Bolivia Time (BOT) to Brasilia Time (BRT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from La Paz in August, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Rio de Janeiro: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 22°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

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Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Parque Lage ©
Parque Lage

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