58 days in South America Itinerary

58 days in South America Itinerary

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Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  22 h
1
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 1 night
Ferry:  1 h 15 min
3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Mendoza, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  2 h
5
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5 h
6
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  10 h 45 min
7
La Paz, Bolivia
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  2 h
8
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
9
Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
10
Quito, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
11
Bogota, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
12
Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
13
Margarita Island, Venezuela
— 3 nights
Fly:  34 h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

4
nights
Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Change things up with these side-trips from Montevideo: Pizzorno Family Estates (in Canelones) and Punta Ballena (Playa Solanas, Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Rambla de Montevideo, visit Pocitos, admire the striking features of Palacio Salvo, and explore the world behind art at Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Montevideo trip planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Montevideo is an approximately 22- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and ferry; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Cape Town to Montevideo. March in Montevideo sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Montevideo

Museums Neighborhoods Wineries

Side Trips

Maldonado, Pizzorno Family Estates
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 29:
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Rambla de Montevideo ©
Rambla de Montevideo
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo ©
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo
Pocitos ©
Pocitos

1
night
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento ©
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): go for a walk through Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento, get engrossed in the history at Museo Portugues, don't miss a visit to La Calle de los Suspiros, then enjoy the sea views from Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, and finally take a stroll through Barrio Historico.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Colonia del Sacramento vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Montevideo to Colonia del Sacramento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Colonia del Sacramento, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 29 — 30:
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Barrio Historico ©
Barrio Historico
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse ©
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse
Museo Portugues ©
Museo Portugues

4
nights
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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Primada, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Mayo, and steep yourself in history at Casa Rosada.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Buenos Aires tour planner.

You can ride a ferry from Colonia del Sacramento to Buenos Aires in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in March, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 3:
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo

5
nights
Mendoza, Argentina

Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Get out of town with these interesting Mendoza side-trips: Tupungato (La Quebrada del Condor-Day Trip & Valle de Uco). There's much more to do: stroll around Parque General San Martin, sample the fine beverages at Casa Tapaus Destilados, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and learn about winemaking at Bodega Carmelo Patti.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mendoza vacation maker tool.

Fly from Buenos Aires to Mendoza in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Buenos Aires in April, Mendoza is little chillier at night with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Mendoza

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trip

Tupungato
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Parque General San Martin ©
Parque General San Martin
Parque Provincial Aconcagua ©
Parque Provincial Aconcagua

5
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.
Santiago is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, take some stellar pictures from Sky Costanera, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago day trip site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Mendoza to Santiago takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time to Chile Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

4
nights
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
San Pedro de Atacama is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna, look and learn at Observatorio Etno-Astronomico Licanantay, engage your brain at Museo del Meteorito, and look for all kinds of wild species at Salar de Tara.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read San Pedro de Atacama day trip website.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in San Pedro de Atacama can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara

4
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
When in La Paz, make a side trip to see Puerta del Sol in Tiahuanaco, approximately Tiahuanaco away. There's lots more to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, make a trip to Calle Sagarnaga, stop by Mistura - Manifestacion Creativa, and explore the ancient world of Tiwanaku.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read La Paz day trip planning app.

Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to La Paz by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 12.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In April, La Paz is little chillier than San Pedro de Atacama - with highs of 17°C and lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Puerta del Sol
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Mercado de Las Brujas ©
Mercado de Las Brujas
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku

5
nights
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.
Explore Cusco's surroundings by going to Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, trek along exploor, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from La Paz to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Cusco due to the time zone difference. In April, Cusco is somewhat warmer than La Paz - with highs of 23°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Maras
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Walking tours

4
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.
Lima is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua, and shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar).

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lima trip maker app.

You can fly from Cusco to Lima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in April, expect nights in Lima to be much hotter, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Find places to stay Apr 27 — May 1:
Highlights from your plan
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas ©
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Miraflores ©
Miraflores

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Iglesia Matriz (in Cotacachi), Cascada de Peguche (in Peguche) and Gruta y la Cruz del Socavon (in Otavalo). The adventure continues: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, don't miss a visit to El Panecillo, admire the striking features of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and explore the world behind art at Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Quito trip itinerary builder app.

Fly from Lima to Quito in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Quito, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Quito

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Otavalo, Iglesia Matriz
Find places to stay May 1 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila ©
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila
Food Tours
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania

4
nights
Bogota, Colombia

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.
Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira), Club de Golf UMB Universidad Manuela Beltran (in Tocancipa) and Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), stop by Vitrina Guayca, steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square, and explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Bogota online tour builder.

Traveling by flight from Quito to Bogota takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Quito in May, Bogota is little chillier at night with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Club de Golf UMB Universidad Manuela Beltran, Centro de Memoria El Cuartico
Find places to stay May 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica

4
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
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.
Step out of Cartagena with an excursion to Aviario Nacional de Colombia in Isla Baru--about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano), and pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in May, expect Cartagena to be warmer, temps between 38°C and 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Margarita Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Oceanario, Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Find places to stay May 10 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Speed Boats Tours

3
nights
Margarita Island, Venezuela

Margarita Island
A popular holiday spot for Venezuelans, sunny Margarita Island boasts an exotic Caribbean location, but at the same time is easily accessible from the mainland.
Margarita Island is known for beaches, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Laguna de la Restinga, step off the mainland to explore El Farallon Isla Blanca, let the kids burn off some steam at Parque Plaza Aventura, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa el Yaque.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Margarita Island road trip planning website.

Fly from Cartagena to Margarita Island in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cartagena to Margarita Island. May in Margarita Island sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Margarita Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay May 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Playa el Yaque
Playa el Yaque
Laguna de la Restinga ©
Laguna de la Restinga
Playa El Agua ©
Playa El Agua

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