60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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60 days in South America Itinerary

Sydney, Australia
Fly:  19​h 30​min
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 7 nights
Fly + taxi + bus:  9​h
El Chalten, Argentina
— 3 nights
bus:  4​h 30​min
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 45​min
Santiago, Chile
— 6 nights
Fly + foot + ferry:  14​h 45​min
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 6 nights
ferry + foot + Fly:  18​h
Cusco, Peru
— 7 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+4
train + foot + bus + taxi + Fly:  14​h 15​min
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 8 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 7 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 30​min
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h 45​min
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h 30​min
Sydney, Australia

6
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.
La Boca and Plaza de Mayo will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Puerto Madero and Parque 3 de Febrero. When in Buenos Aires, make a side trip to see Catedral de la Plata in La Plata, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Palermo, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, shop like a local with Recoleta, and steep yourself in history at Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Buenos Aires day trip website .

Sydney, Australia to Buenos Aires is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Buenos Aires, you'll gain 13 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

#Neighborhoods, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

Side Trip

Catedral de la Plata
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Puerto Madero
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Parque 3 de Febrero
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Palermo

2
days
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado and then admire all the interesting features of Mirador del Torre.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the El Chalten trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to El Chalten in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Los Glaciares National Park.

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#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado ©
Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado
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Laguna Capri

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.
On the 11th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Los Glaciares National Park online tour planner .

Traveling by bus from El Chalten to Los Glaciares National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. In March, daytime highs in Los Glaciares National Park are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Santiago.
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino and Concha y Toro. Do your shopping at Central Market (Mercado Central) and Los Dominicos Handicraft Village. The adventure continues: make a trip to Cerro Santa Lucia, take some stellar pictures from Sky Costanera, get a sense of history and politics at Ex Congreso Nacional, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro San Cristobal.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Los Glaciares National Park to Santiago in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time (ART) to Chile Time (CLT) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Los Glaciares National Park in March, plan for much hotter days in Santiago, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Santiago

#Museums, #Wineries, #Outdoors

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

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Galeria Aymara and Maki-Art Gallery. Get outdoors at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and Reserva El Chato. Take a break from Puerto Ayora with a short trip to North Seymour Island in Baltra, about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, enjoy the sand and surf at El Garrapatero, explore and take pictures at Rancho Primicias, and don't miss a visit to Santa Cruz Fish Market.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Puerto Ayora travel planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Santiago to Puerto Ayora in 15 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Puerto Ayora due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Santiago in March, Puerto Ayora is much hotter at night with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island
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Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Reserva El Chato ©
Reserva El Chato
El Garrapatero ©
El Garrapatero

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sacsayhuaman and Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo. Get some historical perspective at Plaza de Armas and Sacred Valley of the Incas. Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: Salinas de Maras (in Maras) and Ceramicas Seminario (in Urubamba). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Art Museum, take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, and wander the streets of San Blas.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco attractions site .

Getting from Puerto Ayora to Cusco by combination of ferry and flight takes about 18 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Puerto Ayora in March, with highs in Cusco at 23°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): delve into the distant past at Intipuncu and then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Machu Picchu vacation site .

You can take a train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

#Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

7
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.
Visiting Praia de Ipanema and Parque Nacional Tijuca will get you outdoors. Copacabana Beach and Pedra do Arpoador are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, take some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach, take a stroll through Santa Teresa, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Grumari.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro tour itinerary planner.

Do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to Rio de Janeiro in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Machu Picchu to Rio de Janeiro is 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Rio de Janeiro are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

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#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Parque Nacional Tijuca ©
Parque Nacional Tijuca

7
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.
Get some cultural insight at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS and Fernando de Noronha Memorial. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Capela de Sao Pedro and Igreja Nossa Senhora dos Remedios. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Baia do Sancho, stroll through Baia dos Golfinhos, enjoy breathtaking views from Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro, and examine the collection at Aberto da Tartaruga Marinha de Fernando de Noronha Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Fernando de Noronha attractions planner .

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha in 8 hours. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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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

4
days
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Get some cultural insight at Capela Dourada and Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue. Get outdoors at Muro Alto Beach and Pontal De Maracaipe. Explore Porto de Galinhas' surroundings by going to Se Cathedral (in Olinda) and Carneiros Beach (in Tamandare). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Porto de Galinhas online visit planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Fernando de Noronha to Porto de Galinhas takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Porto de Galinhas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, daily temperatures in Porto de Galinhas can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Recife, Se Cathedral, Carneiros Beach
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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

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Iguazu Falls and Guiraoga. Step out of Foz do Iguacu to go to Iguazu National Park and see Salto Bernabe Mendez, which is approximately 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the engineering at Iguazu Falls, stop by Duty Free Shop Puerto Iguazu, meet the residents at Parque das Aves, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Foz do Iguacu travel planning tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Porto de Galinhas to Foz do Iguacu in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Porto de Galinhas in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Foz do Iguacu, with lows of 20°C. You will leave for home on the 28th (Sat).

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Puerto Iguazu, Iguazu National Park
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
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Salto Bernabe Mendez

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