57 days in South America Itinerary

57 days in South America Itinerary

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Start: Medellin, Colombia
Fly:  4 h 45 min
1
Quito, Ecuador
— 14 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Lima, Peru
— 14 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
3
Santiago, Chile
— 14 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
4
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 14 nights
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

14
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Cotopaxi National Park and Maquipucuna Reserve. Do some cultural sightseeing at La Capilla Del Hombre and Walking tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve (in Tandayapa), Termas de Papallacta (in Papallacta) and Laguna de Limpiopungo (in Latacunga). The adventure continues: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, walk around Parque La Carolina, and examine the collection at Casa del Alabado.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Quito day trip tool.

Medellin, Colombia to Quito is an approximately 6.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Medellin in September, with highs in Quito at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Quito

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ibarra, Otavalo, Museo de Sitio Tulipe, Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve, Cotopaxi National Park
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Cotopaxi National Park ©
Cotopaxi National Park
Casa del Alabado ©
Casa del Alabado
La Capilla Del Hombre ©
La Capilla Del Hombre

14
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cathedral of Lima and MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima. Museo Pedro de Osma and Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lima: Callao (Fortaleza real felipe, Balneario La Punta, &more), Castillo de Chancay (in Chancay) and Reserva Nacional Lomas de Lachay (in Huaral). There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the world behind art at Museo MATE, don't miss a visit to Costa Verde, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Lima trip maker site.

You can fly from Quito to Lima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. You'll set off for Santiago on the 20th (Sun).

Things to do in Lima

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Callao, Toboganes de Songos, Castillo de Chancay, Reserva Nacional Lomas de Lachay
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 20:
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MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima ©
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cathedral of Lima ©
Cathedral of Lima

14
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion and Templo Baha'i. Appreciate the collections at Palacio Baburizza and La Chascona. Change things up with these side-trips from Santiago: Casablanca (Emiliana Organic Vineyards, Casablanca Valley, &more), Vina Santa Rita (in Buin) and Vina Undurraga (in Talagante). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Cerro Concepcion, see the interesting displays at Museo Interactivo Mirador, trot along with a tour on horseback, and take in the dramatic natural features at Concon Dunes.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Santiago journey planner.

Getting from Lima to Santiago by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Lima to Santiago is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Valparaiso, Casablanca, Vina del Mar, El Yeso Dam, Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
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Vina Undurraga ©
Vina Undurraga
Casa de Isla Negra ©
Casa de Isla Negra
Vina Santa Rita ©
Vina Santa Rita

14
nights
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.
Visit Jerusalem Cultural Center and Forte de Copacabana for their historical value. Let the collections at Instituto Moreira Salles and Museu Casa de Santos Dumont capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rio de Janeiro: Saquarema (Casa de Cultura Walmir Ayala, Praia de Itauna, &more), Guapimirim (Dedo de Deus & Pedra do Sino) and Niteroi (Parque Estadual da Serra da Tiririca, Costao de Itacoatiara, &more). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, stroll through Praia de Ipanema, explore the striking landscape at Pedra do Telegrafo, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Santiago to Rio de Janeiro in 7.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Rio de Janeiro is 1 hour. In November in Rio de Janeiro, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Niteroi, Saquarema, Petropolis, Guapimirim, Pedra do Elefante
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

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