60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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60 days in South America Itinerary

San Francisco, United States
Fly:  21​h 30​min
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 7 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
— 6 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
Natal, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Santiago, Chile
— 6 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 5 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 6 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  21​h
San Francisco, United States

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Capela de Sao Pedro and Reduto de Santana de Fernando de Noronha. Visiting Baia do Sancho and Baia dos Porcos will get you outdoors. Spend the 4th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 5th (Wed) exploring nature at Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Sueste and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Leão.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Fernando de Noronha online trip planner .

San Francisco, USA to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from San Francisco to Fernando de Noronha. In September, Fernando de Noronha is somewhat warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 84°F and lows of 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) 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

6
days
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Get outdoors at Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach and Gales de Maragogi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Porto de Galinhas: Maragogi (Antunes Beach & Maragogi Beach) and Tamandare (Campas Beach & Carneiros Beach). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Muro Alto Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cupe beach.

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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Fernando de Noronha to Porto de Galinhas in 4 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Porto de Galinhas due to the time zone difference. September in Porto de Galinhas sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 73°F at night. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Natal.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

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Side Trips

Maragogi, Tamandare
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Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Carneiros Beach ©
Carneiros Beach

4
days
Natal, Brazil

Natal ©
The promise of sun, sand, and surf generates plenty of tourism in Natal.
Escape the urban bustle at Pirangi Cashew Tree and Dunas Park. Get out of town with these interesting Natal side-trips: Praia da Pipa (Amor Beach (dos Afogadas) & Dolphins Bay). There's lots more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Parrachos de Maracajau, explore the striking landscape at Dunas de Genipabu, stroll through Morro do Careca beach, and kick back and relax at Ponta Negra Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Natal trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Porto de Galinhas to Natal by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. September in Natal sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 71°F at night. On the 20th (Thu), you'll travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Natal

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Praia da Pipa, Pirangi Cashew Tree
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Pirangi Cashew Tree ©
Pirangi Cashew Tree
Ponta Negra Beach ©
Ponta Negra Beach
Dunas de Genipabu ©
Dunas de Genipabu

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Praia de Ipanema and Praia de Grumari. Ilha Fiscal and Parque Lage will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirante da Prainha, explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Tijuca, and take in nature's colorful creations at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Natal to Rio de Janeiro takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September in Rio de Janeiro, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Salto Bernabe Mendez and then identify plant and animal life at Jardin de los Picaflores. On the next day, meet the residents at Parque das Aves and then see human ingenuity at work at Iguazu Falls.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Foz do Iguacu journey planning site .

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Foz do Iguacu, with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Jardin de los Picaflores, Salto Bernabe Mendez
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Parque das Aves ©
Parque das Aves

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Puerto Madero and La Boca. Your inner history buff will appreciate Plaza de Mayo and San Telmo. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Buenos Aires Latin American Art Museum (MALBA), have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos, take a stroll through Palermo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Buenos Aires tour itinerary site .

Getting from Foz do Iguacu to Buenos Aires by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in September, things will get little chillier in Buenos Aires: highs are around 64°F and lows about 53°F. On the 4th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Shopping
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Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
La Boca
La Boca

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Concha y Toro vineyard and Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos. Step out of the city life by going to Ski Portillo and Cajon del Maipo. Step out of Santiago with an excursion to Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile in Valle Nevado--about 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Cerro Santa Lucia, take an in-depth tour of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, examine the collection at La Chascona, and wander the streets of Barrio Bellavista.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago online visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Santiago takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Buenos Aires in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Santiago, with lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Santiago

#Parks, #Winter Sports, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Ski Portillo, Cajon del Maipo, Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, Concha & Toro
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5
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 a sense of the local culture at Sacsayhuaman and Plaza de Armas. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Salinas de Maras and Centro Historico De Cusco. Get out of town with these interesting Cusco side-trips: Ollantaytambo (Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo & Perolniyoq Waterfall) and Cerveceria del Valle Sagrado (in Urubamba). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Choquequirao Archeological Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion, see the interesting displays at Qorikancha, and get to know the fascinating history of San Blas.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco trip builder tool .

You can fly from Santiago to Cusco in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time (CLT) to Peru Time (PET) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Nature

Side Trips

Cusco Region, Ollantaytambo, Choquequirao Archeological Park, Salinas de Maras, Cerveceria del Valle Sagrado
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Phutuq K'usi, and then admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, get great views at Intipuncu, and then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu tour itinerary builder .

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

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.
Get some cultural insight at Interpretation Center and Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion. Get outdoors at Cerro Tijeretas and Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Pitt, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Loberia, and make a trip to León Dormido.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Machu Picchu to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. In October, daily temperatures in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Cerro Brujo ©
Cerro Brujo
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Charles Darwin Research Station and Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay. Get a sense of the local culture at Galeria Aymara and Maki-Art Gallery. When in Puerto Ayora, make a side trip to see North Seymour Island in Baltra, approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Reserva El Chato, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna las Ninfas, kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes, and get outside with Think Galapagos.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora holiday planner .

Ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in October, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Reserva El Chato ©
Reserva El Chato
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay

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