58 days in South America Itinerary

58 days in South America Itinerary

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58 days in South America Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  25​h
1
Punta Arenas, Chile
— 2 nights
bus:  7​h 45​min
2
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 30​min
3
El Chalten, Argentina
— 4 nights
+4
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  8​h
4
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  8​h 45​min
5
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Pucon, Chile
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
7
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h
8
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 30​min
9
Iquique, Chile
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
10
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
11
Copacabana, Bolivia
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
12
Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
13
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: London, United Kingdom

2
nights
Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas ©
An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
Explore hidden gems such as Cementerio Municipal and Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez. The adventure continues: make a trip to Plaza Munoz Gamero, see the interesting displays at Palacio Sara Braun, appreciate the history behind Monumento Al Ovejero, and take a leisurely stroll along Costanera del Estrecho.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Punta Arenas trip itinerary builder site .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Punta Arenas is an approximately 35-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Punta Arenas is minus 12 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in September: high temperatures in Punta Arenas hover around 9°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites
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Nao Victoria Museo ©
Nao Victoria Museo
Cementerio Municipal ©
Cementerio Municipal
Plaza Munoz Gamero ©
Plaza Munoz Gamero

5
nights
Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia ©
Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cerro Castor (Castor Mount) and Laguna Esmeralda. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lago Roca, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and don't miss a visit to Les Éclaireurs Lighthouse.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ushuaia tour itinerary maker app .

You can take a bus from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone changes from Chile Time to Argentine Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September in Ushuaia, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Glaciar Martial, Lago Roca
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Cerro Castor (Castor Mount) ©
Cerro Castor (Castor Mount)
Laguna Esmeralda ©
Laguna Esmeralda
Lago Roca ©
Lago Roca

4
nights
El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten ©
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rios de Hielo and Road to El Chalten. There's still lots to do: hike along Laguna de los Tres, get great views at Mirador del Torre, take in the dramatic scenery at Chorillo del Salto, and explore the activities along Laguna Capri.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our El Chalten trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Ushuaia to El Chalten by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Laguna de los Tres, Rios de Hielo
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Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Road to El Chalten ©
Road to El Chalten
Glaciar Huemul ©
Glaciar Huemul

4
nights
Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa El Doradillo and Puerto Piramides. Step out of Puerto Madryn with an excursion to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Puerto Piramides--about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Punta Tombo, explore the activities along Peninsula Valdes, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and appreciate the history behind Monumento al Indio Tehuelche.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Madryn route tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to Puerto Madryn in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Puerto Piramides, Punta Tombo
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Playa El Doradillo ©
Playa El Doradillo
Punta Tombo ©
Punta Tombo
Puerto Piramides ©
Puerto Piramides

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Piedras Blancas and Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes. When in San Carlos de Bariloche, make a side trip to see Rio Correntoso in Villa La Angostura, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro, make a trip to Centro Civico, stroll through Sendero de los Arrayanes, and stroll around Parque Nahuelito.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Carlos de Bariloche route planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Puerto Madryn to San Carlos de Bariloche in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. October in San Carlos de Bariloche sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Pucon.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Villa La Angostura
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Rio Correntoso ©
Rio Correntoso
Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro ©
Parque Nahuelito ©
Parque Nahuelito

4
nights
Pucon, Chile

Pucon ©
Nestled in the shadow of the snow-capped Villarrica volcano, Pucon ranks among the world's premier destinations for adventure sports and high-thrills activities.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Huerquehue National Park and Saltos del Huilo-Huilo. Change things up with these side-trips from Pucon: Villarrica (Mercado Fritz & Catedral de Villarrica), Casa de la Cultura (in Panguipulli) and Sendero el Puma (in Neltume). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Ojos del Caburga, identify plant and animal life at Region IX Ltd, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Termas Geometricas.

To find out how to plan a trip to Pucon, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from San Carlos de Bariloche to Pucon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche to Pucon. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santiago.

Things to do in Pucon

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Villarrica, Neltume, Casa de la Cultura
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Termas Geometricas ©
Termas Geometricas
Huerquehue National Park ©
Huerquehue National Park
Ojos del Caburga ©
Ojos del Caburga

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like El Yeso Dam and Castillo Hidalgo. Go for a jaunt from Santiago to San Jose de Maipo to see River Rafting & Tubing about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera, and see the interesting displays at La Chascona.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago holiday planner .

Drive from Pucon to Santiago in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

San Jose de Maipo, Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
El Yeso Dam ©
El Yeso Dam
River Rafting & Tubing

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Piedras Rojas and Reserva Nacional de Flamencos. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Salar de Tara, take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, explore the activities along Tebinquinche Lake, and browse the collection at Libreria Del Desierto.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Pedro de Atacama trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in San Pedro de Atacama sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Iquique.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara
Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas
Tebinquinche Lake ©
Tebinquinche Lake

2
nights
Iquique, Chile

Iquique ©
Thanks to the city's position on the Pacific coast, vacations in Iquique appeal to beachgoers, paragliders, bodyboarders, nature lovers, photographers, and fans of picture-perfect sunsets.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Plaza Prat, then learn about all things military at Museo Corbeta Esmeralda, then kick back and relax at Playa Cavancha, and finally see a world frozen in time at Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Salitrera Santa Laura, don't miss a visit to Santuario Sagrado Corazon de Jesus de Iquique, and then take a stroll through Baquedano Street.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Iquique online trip maker .

You can take a bus from San Pedro de Atacama to Iquique in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Uyuni.

Things to do in Iquique

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Cavancha ©
Playa Cavancha
Salitrera Santa Laura ©
Salitrera Santa Laura

1
night
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
On the 26th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni and then step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Uyuni online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Iquique to Uyuni takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. October in Uyuni sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Copacabana.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature Parks
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi

2
nights
Copacabana, Bolivia

Copacabana ©
The town of Copacabana represents the largest Bolivian settlement on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in the continent.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Titicaca. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana, then get great views at Cerro Calvario, and then contemplate the long history of Isla del Sol.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Copacabana trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Uyuni to Copacabana in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Copacabana

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana
Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana
Cerro Calvario ©
Cerro Calvario

6
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zipline and Horseback Riding Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas (in Andahuaylillas) and Moray (in Maras). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas, steep yourself in history at Tipon, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cerro Colorado Vinicunca.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cusco day trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Copacabana to Cusco in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Copacabana to Cusco is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Zipline, San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas, Moray
Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 3:
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Zipline
Horseback Riding Tours

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Intipuncu and Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Machu Picchu: Ruinas de Choquequirao (in Cachora), Abancay (Saywite & Santuario Nacional de Ampay) and Ollantaytambo (Lucho Soler, Inca Quarries, & more). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, and ponder the world of politics at Serpost.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Machu Picchu online route 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 (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Ollantaytambo, Abancay, Ruinas de Choquequirao
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Plaza Manco Capac ©
Plaza Manco Capac

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