60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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60 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  19 h
1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
3
Quito, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
5
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  2 h
6
La Paz, Bolivia
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  10 h 45 min
7
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h
8
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
Bus + Fly:  2 h
9
Mendoza, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
10
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
Ferry:  2 h 15 min
11
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
12
Asuncion, Paraguay
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
13
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 5 nights
Bus + Fly:  1 h 30 min
14
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
+3
Fly + Train + Subway + Train:  17 h 30 min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena and then don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cartagena road trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Cartagena is an approximately 19- 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 gain 5 hours traveling from Manchester to Cartagena. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Manchester in June, with highs in Cartagena at 38°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites
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Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

3
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.
Take a break from Bogota with a short trip to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira, about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), don't miss a visit to Casa Libreria Wilborada 1047, stroll through Monserrate, and steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bogota trip maker app.

Fly from Cartagena to Bogota in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In June, Bogota is colder than Cartagena - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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Food Tours
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Quito: Cascada de Peguche (in Peguche), Middle of the World (in Cayambe) and Cuicocha (in Cotacachi). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, walk around Parque La Carolina, explore the world behind art at Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito, and admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Quito trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Quito takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in June; daily highs in Quito reach 26°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Quito

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Middle of the World, Cascada de Peguche, Pichincha, Cuicocha
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Cuicocha ©
Cuicocha
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania

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 historic sites, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro).

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lima day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Quito to Lima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Lima, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana

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.
Step out of Cusco with an excursion to Salinas de Maras in Maras--about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, get outside with Outdoor Activities, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, and admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cusco holiday builder website.

You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in July, expect colder with lows of 1°C in Cusco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Salinas de Maras
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

4
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Change things up with a short trip to Puma Punku in Tiahuanaco (about 1h 10 min away). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Tiwanaku, examine the collection at Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and take in breathtaking views at Palca Canyon.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the La Paz trip maker site.

Getting from Cusco to La Paz by combination of flight and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to La Paz due to the time zone difference. In July, La Paz is a bit cooler than Cusco - with highs of 17°C and lows of -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Puma Punku
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Huayna Potosi ©
Huayna Potosi
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
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: take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor, examine the collection at Father Le Paige Museum, and make a trip to Aldea de Tulor.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama road trip app.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from La Paz to San Pedro de Atacama in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from La Paz in July: high temperatures in San Pedro de Atacama hover around 25°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
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Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Atacama Desert ©
Atacama Desert

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.
Explore Santiago's surroundings by going to Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck (in Vina del Mar) and Valparaiso (La Sebastiana & Food Tours). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia, admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), see the interesting displays at La Chascona, and go for a walk through Plaza de Armas.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Santiago trip maker app.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Valparaiso, Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck
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La Chascona ©
La Chascona
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Valle de Uco (in Tupungato) and Embalse de Potrerillos (in Potrerillos). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Bodega La Azul, stroll around Parque General San Martin, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Los Pingos Horse Riding.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Mendoza trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Santiago to Mendoza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Time to Argentine Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Mendoza are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Mendoza

Tours Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Embalse de Potrerillos, Valle de Uco
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Food Tours
Parque General San Martin ©
Parque General San Martin
Wine Tours & Tastings

5
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.
When in Buenos Aires, make a side trip to see Museo de arte Tigre in Tigre, approximately Tigre away. There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, steep yourself in history at Casa Rosada, and admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires online holiday planner.

You can fly from Mendoza to Buenos Aires in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mendoza in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Buenos Aires, with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Montevideo.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Museo de arte Tigre
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montevideo: Punta Ballena (MAREAS Escuela de Buceo & Museo – Taller de Casapueblo) and Pizzorno Family Estates (in Canelones). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, visit Pocitos, ponder the world of politics at Palacio Legislativo, and take in the pleasant sights at Rambla de Montevideo.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Montevideo holiday builder tool.

Ride a ferry from Buenos Aires to Montevideo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in July, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Asuncion.

Things to do in Montevideo

Tours Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Maldonado, Pizzorno Family Estates
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Pizzorno Family Estates ©
Pizzorno Family Estates
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo ©
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo

2
nights
Asuncion, Paraguay

Asuncion ©
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.
On the 5th (Wed), appreciate the history behind The National Pantheon of Heroes and Oratory of the Virgin Our Lady Saint Mary of the Asuncion, contemplate the long history of Casa de la Independencia, and then ponder the world of politics at Palacio de López. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Museo Etnografico Andres Barbero, then admire the masterpieces at Museo del Barro, and then head outdoors with Lago Ypacarai.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Asuncion road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Montevideo to Asuncion in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Uruguay Time to Paraguay Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Montevideo in August; daily highs in Asuncion reach 31°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Asuncion

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Lago Ypacarai
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Casa de la Independencia ©
Casa de la Independencia
Palacio de López ©
Palacio de López
Museo Etnografico Andres Barbero ©
Museo Etnografico Andres Barbero

5
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sao Paulo: Fazenda Santo Antonio da Bela Vista (in Itu) and Skydiving (in Boituva). And it doesn't end there: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, see the interesting displays at Afro Brazil Museum, explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, and make a trip to Paulista Avenue.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Asuncion to Sao Paulo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Paraguay Time to Brasilia Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Asuncion in August, you will find days in Sao Paulo are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Fazenda Santo Antonio da Bela Vista, Skydiving
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

6
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rio de Janeiro: Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi (in Niteroi) and Petropolis (Cervejaria Bohemia, Imperial Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, admire the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro tour planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sao Paulo in August since evenings lows in Rio de Janeiro dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Petropolis, Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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