57 days in South America Itinerary

57 days in South America Itinerary

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57 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Tokyo, Japan
Fly:  28​h
1
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
3
Gramado, Brazil
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 2 nights
6
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
7
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
8
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h
9
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
bus + Drive:  11​h 15​min
10
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
11
La Paz, Bolivia
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 45​min
12
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
13
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h
14
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Tokyo, Japan

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Sao Paulo to Boituva to see Skydiving about 1h 55 min away. There's much more to do: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, see the interesting displays at Museu de Arte Brasileira - FAAP, get your game on at Pixel Realidade Virtual, and wander the streets of Paulista Avenue.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sao Paulo trip itinerary maker app .

Tokyo, Japan to Sao Paulo is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Brasilia Time (BRT), which is usually a -12 hour difference. Traveling from Tokyo in August, expect nights in Sao Paulo to be much colder, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Fun & Games

Side Trip

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

5
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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pao de Acucar, step into the grandiose world of Ilha Fiscal, kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, and stroll through Praia de Grumari.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro journey planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rio de Janeiro when traveling from Sao Paulo in August, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

5
nights
Gramado, Brazil

Gramado ©
Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Change things up with these side-trips from Gramado: Miragem Livraria (in Sao Francisco de Paula) and Bento Goncalves (Casa Postal, Cristofoli Vinhos de Familia, & more). And it doesn't end there: walk around Mini Mundo, don't miss a visit to Chave-Mestra Escape Game Gramado, immerse yourself in nature at Parque Estadual do Caracol, and find something for the whole family at Snowland.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Gramado road trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Gramado in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Gramado

Wineries Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Bento Goncalves, Canela, Miragem Livraria
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Mini Mundo ©
Mini Mundo
Snowland ©
Snowland
Parque Estadual do Caracol ©
Parque Estadual do Caracol

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Montevideo side-trips: Museo – Taller de Casapueblo (in Punta del Este) and Pizzorno Family Estates (in Canelones). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, take in the waterfront at Rambla de Montevideo, take a stroll through Ciudad Vieja, and explore the world behind art at Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Montevideo trip planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Montevideo in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Montevideo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Pizzorno Family Estates, Museo – Taller de Casapueblo
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Mercado del Puerto ©
Mercado del Puerto
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia
Rambla de Montevideo ©
Rambla de Montevideo

2
nights
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento ©
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
On the 9th (Mon), visit a coastal fixture at Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, take a stroll through Barrio Historico, get engrossed in the history at Museo Portugues, then make a trip to La Calle de los Suspiros, and finally don't miss a visit to Galeria de los Suspiros. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): snap pictures at Puerta de la Ciudadela, look for gifts at De La Plaza, then go for a walk through Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Rio de la Plata.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Colonia del Sacramento vacation builder app .

Traveling by car from Montevideo to Colonia del Sacramento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Colonia del Sacramento can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Barrio Historico ©
Barrio Historico
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse ©
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse
La Calle de los Suspiros ©
La Calle de los Suspiros

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.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, museums, parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, take a stroll through Palermo, get to know the fascinating history of San Telmo, and take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Buenos Aires online trip itinerary builder .

Ride a ferry from Colonia del Sacramento to Buenos Aires in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

3
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche
Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, scenic San Carlos de Bariloche hugs the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and ranks among Argentina's top destinations for active outdoor vacations.
San Carlos de Bariloche is known for nature, winter sports, trails, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Catedral Alta Patagonis, look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, hike along Circuito Chico, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Carlos de Bariloche road trip planning site .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to San Carlos de Bariloche in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in September: highs in San Carlos de Bariloche hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Nahuel Huapi Lake
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Catedral Alta Patagonis
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Circuito Chico ©
Circuito Chico

4
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.
Step out of Santiago to go to Portillo and see Ski Portillo, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, hit the slopes at Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and don't miss a visit to Patio Bellavista.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Santiago road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from San Carlos de Bariloche to Santiago takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time (ART) to Chile Time (CLT) is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, Ski Portillo
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Santa Lucia Hill ©
Santa Lucia Hill
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

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, historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor, witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, and don't miss a visit to Aldea de Tulor.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 27:
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Atacama Desert ©
Atacama Desert
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio

1
day
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Uyuni trip planner .

Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni by combination of bus and car takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. Expect cooler weather when traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in September: highs in Uyuni hover around 1°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature Parks
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni

4
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Spend the 30th (Mon) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Tiwanaku, enjoy some diversion at Urban Rush Bolivia, don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas, and stroll around Valley of the Moon.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the La Paz day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Uyuni to La Paz in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Uyuni in September, you will find days in La Paz are much hotter (18°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Nature Parks
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Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cusco side-trips: Pisac (in Pisac) and Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Tipon, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cusco online trip itinerary 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. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from La Paz in October; daily highs in Cusco reach 24°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac
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exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

2
nights
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.
On the 8th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then delve into the distant past at Intipuncu. Here are some ideas for day two: witness a stunning natural landmark at Banos Termales de Cocalmayo and then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Machu Picchu online vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Banos Termales de Cocalmayo
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

3
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 parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, stroll through Circuito Magico Del Agua, ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and wander the streets of Miraflores.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lima trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Machu Picchu to Lima in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daytime highs in Lima are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

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

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