60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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Bogota, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Barranquilla, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Medellin, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Cali, Colombia
— 1 night
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Popayan, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
— 6 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 18 nights
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 7 nights
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Asuncion, Paraguay
— 4 nights
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 6 nights
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Bogota, Colombia

— 4 nights

Athens of South America

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Santuario Nuestra Senora del Carmen, Gabriel García Márquez Cultural Center, Iglesia de San Francisco, and other attractions. Visit Catedral Primada de Bogota and Museo Santa Clara for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museo Nacional de Colombia and Laguna de Guatavita. The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado de las Pulgas de Usaquen.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bogota route app.

Cairns, Australia to Bogota is an approximately 34-hour flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Cairns to Bogota, you'll gain 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairns in April, you will find days in Bogota are little chillier (22°C), and nights are colder (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Barranquilla.

Things to do in Bogota

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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Barranquilla, Colombia

— 3 nights

Golden Gate of Colombia

An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Museo del Caribe, Zoologico de Barranquilla and Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Do some cultural sightseeing at Castillo de Salgar and Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion. Step out of Barranquilla to go to Juan de Acosta and see Playas de Santa Veronica, which is approximately 58 minutes away.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Barranquilla online trip builder.

Fly from Bogota to Barranquilla in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in April; daily highs in Barranquilla reach 39°C and lows reach 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Cartagena.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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Cartagena, Colombia

— 3 nights

City of Heroes

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, Walled City of Cartagena and Barrio Getsemani. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria, then contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, and finally take a stroll through Centro Historico. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Barrio Getsemani.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cartagena day trip planner.

You can take a bus from Barranquilla to Cartagena in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Medellin, Colombia

— 2 nights

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Plaza Botero as well as Parque Arvi. Get a sense of the local culture at Catedral Basilica Metropolitana de Medellin and Iglesia San José del Poblado.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Medellin trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Medellin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, Medellin is little chillier than Cartagena - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to fly to Cali.

Things to do in Medellin

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
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Cali, Colombia

— 1 night

Salsa Capital of the World

Learning how to salsa may be the most popular thing to do in Cali, but this giant city in southwestern Colombia represents more than just the "Salsa Capital of the World." Home to over 2 million people, thriving Cali serves as a major commercial and industrial center in South America, boasting the fastest-growing economy in Colombia.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia Catedral San Pedro de Buga.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cali route planner.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Cali takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Popayan.

Things to do in Cali

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Popayan, Colombia

— 3 nights

White City

Popayan vacations hold plenty of appeal for international and domestic visitors, as the city represent one of the most entertaining and culturally enriching urban centers on the continent.
Tierradentro has been added to your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Museo Negret and Pueblito Patojo. Discover out-of-the-way places like Termales Agua Hirviendo and Lago El Bolson. There's more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Jose.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Popayan driving holiday planner.

Drive from Cali to Popayan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cali in April, expect nights in Popayan to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are colder, around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Popayan

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas

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Quito, Ecuador

— 6 nights

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Popular historic sites such as Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco and Quito Old Town are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Museo Casa del Alabado and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with these side-trips from Quito: Tandayapa (Pacha Quindi Nature Refuge & Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana de Quito, examine the collection at Intinan Museum, appreciate the history behind La Virgen del Panecillo, and admire the striking features of Santo Domingo Church.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Popayan to Quito. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Popayan in April: highs in Quito hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to fly to Lima.

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Lima, Peru

— 18 nights

City of the Kings

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.
Relax by the water at Playa Santa Maria del Mar and Playa Senoritas. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and El Silencio. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lima: Callao (Fortaleza real felipe & Balneario La Punta), Centro Comercial El Polo (in Santiago de Surco) and Playa Agua Dulce (in Chorrillos). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Casa de Aliaga, get to know the fascinating history of San Isidro, admire the masterpieces at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

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Traveling by flight from Quito to Lima takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Lima, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Uyuni.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Beaches

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Uyuni, Bolivia

— 7 nights
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Pueblo Pulacayo and Avenida Ferroviaria. Get in touch with nature at Salar de Uyuni and Photography Tours. Spend the 15th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museo de la Llama y la Sal, get a new perspective on nature at Museo Arquecologia y Antropologico de los Andes Meridionales, contemplate the geological forces at Tunupa Volcano, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Arce.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Uyuni trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Uyuni takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Lima to Uyuni is 1 hour. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Lima in May; daily highs in Uyuni reach 3°C and lows reach 3°C. On the 20th (Fri), you'll travel to Asuncion.

Things to do in Uyuni

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

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Asuncion, Paraguay

— 4 nights

Mother of Cities

Paraguay's capital and economic center, Asuncion ranks among the youngest cities on the continent, with more than half of its residents under 30 years of age.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Paseo La Galeria and Pinedo Shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Casa de la Independencia and Catedral Virgen de Caacupe. Change things up with these side-trips from Asuncion: Playa De Aregua (in Aregua) and Iglesia San Buenaventura de Yaguaron (in Yaguaron). And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Gran Hotel del Paraguay, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Santisima Trinidad, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and head outdoors with Parque de la Salud.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Asuncion trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Uyuni to Asuncion in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Uyuni in May, things will get much warmer in Asuncion: highs are around 28°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Montevideo.

Things to do in Asuncion

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

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Montevideo, Uruguay

— 6 nights
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Iglesia de las Carmelitas and Avenida 18 de Julio. Let the collections at Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales and Museo de Historia del Arte - MuHAr capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Montevideo: Canelones (Pizzorno Family Estates, Establecimiento Juanico, &more). There's lots more to do: stop by Escaramuza Libros, admire the masterpieces at Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes, see the interesting displays at Museo Casa de Gobierno, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Orange Bike.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Montevideo holiday builder app.

Getting from Asuncion to Montevideo by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Asuncion to Montevideo is 1 hour. Traveling from Asuncion in May, things will get a bit cooler in Montevideo: highs are around 20°C and lows about 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Montevideo

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors

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Colombia travel guide

4.1
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.

Ecuador travel guide

4.5
With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.

Peru travel guide

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Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Bolivia travel guide

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Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.

Paraguay travel guide

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Heart of South America
Divided in half by its eponymous river, Paraguay is a land of contrasts, especially between its lush eastern region where most of the population lives and the arid west, filled with rustic villages and old Jesuit colonies. Although under Spanish rule for three centuries and with a recent history of dictatorships and wars, Paraguay retained its native Guarani culture, with more than 80 percent of population of indigenous heritage. You'll find plenty of things to do in Paraguay, from touring cosmopolitan cities and quaint Jesuit colonies, to browsing affordable arts and crafts stores and sailing on rivers that crisscross the diverse natural landscape that makes up this landlocked nation.

Uruguay travel guide

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Landmarks · Scenic Walking Areas · Architectural Buildings
Switzerland of South America
One of the smallest countries in South America, tourist-friendly Uruguay is often called the "Switzerland of South America" because of its consistent economic development and progressive society. Open-minded Montevideo serves as the starting point of most Uruguay vacations, offering visitors an eclectic cultural scene and a chance to discover some of South America's major architectural treasures. Away from the cosmopolitan capital city, vacations in Uruguay involve exploring wildlife-rich areas along the Atlantic and touring the rustic interior on horseback, gaucho style. In this sports-loving country, the highlight of your Uruguay trip might just be a soccer match between Penarol and Nacional, the country's two major clubs.