58 days in South America Itinerary

58 days in South America Itinerary

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58 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Campinas, Brazil
1
Campinas, Brazil
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Bonito, Brazil
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + Drive:  9​h
3
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 6 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
5
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 4 nights
Drive:  10​h 15​min
7
Perito Moreno, Argentina
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h 30​min
8
El Calafate, Argentina
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
9
El Chalten, Argentina
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
10
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
11
Santiago, Chile
— 7 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
12
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h
13
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive:  16​h 15​min
14
Ica, Peru
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h
End: Lima, Peru

2
nights
Campinas, Brazil

Campinas
A large city of over 1 million stands at the center of the municipality of Campinas.
For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Campinas trip planning site .

If you are flying in from Mexico, the closest major airports are Guarulhos - Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport, Congonhas Airport and Viracopos International Airport. In November in Campinas, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 34°C at night. On the 19th (Mon), you'll travel to Bonito.

Things to do in Campinas

Outdoors Parks Nightlife
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3
nights
Bonito, Brazil

Bonito ©
A popular hub of ecotourism, Bonito offers plenty of attractions and activities for visitors in search of an adventurous, nature-filled holiday in Brazil.
Get in touch with nature at Rio da Prata and Gruta do Lago Azul. Step out of Bonito to go to Jardim and see Buraco das Araras Ecoturismo, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Recanto Ecologico Rio da Prata, explore the fascinating underground world of Sao Miguel Caves, tour the pleasant surroundings at Figueira Beach, and meet the residents at Aquario Natural.

Plan trip to Bonito with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Campinas to Bonito takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Bonito

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Buraco das Araras Ecoturismo
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Recanto Ecologico Rio da Prata ©
Recanto Ecologico Rio da Prata
Gruta do Lago Azul ©
Gruta do Lago Azul
Rio Sucuri ©
Rio Sucuri

2
nights
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Urugua-i and then admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Iguazu National Park trip maker website .

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car from Bonito to Iguazu National Park in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bonito to Iguazu National Park. In November in Iguazu National Park, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Lago Urugua-i
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez

6
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Pocitos and Playa Punta Colorada. We've included these beaches for you: Cuchilla Alta and Playa Punta Ballena. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Hermosa (in Piriapolis), Playa Solanas (in Punta Ballena) and Punta del Este (Museo - Taller de Casapueblo & Arboretum Lussich). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Pocitos, don't miss a visit to Plaza Matriz, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Matriz, and admire the striking features of Palacio Salvo.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Montevideo trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Iguazu National Park to Montevideo in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In November, Montevideo is a bit cooler than Iguazu National Park - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Montevideo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Punta del Este, Punta Ballena, Piriapolis, Cuchilla Alta
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Playa Pocitos ©
Playa Pocitos
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Punta Colorada ©
Playa Punta Colorada

7
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.
Visit La Boca and Catedral Metropolitana for their historical value. Visiting Parque 3 de Febrero and Reserva Ecologica will get you outdoors. Step out of Buenos Aires to go to La Plata and see Catedral de la Plata, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Puerto Madero, appreciate the extensive heritage of Palermo Soho, make a trip to Recoleta Cemetery, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Buenos Aires day trip site .

Ride a ferry from Montevideo to Buenos Aires in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Montevideo in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Buenos Aires, with lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Catedral de la Plata
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa El Doradillo and Costas de Patagonia. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Punta Tombo National Reserve, appreciate the history behind Monumento al Indio Tehuelche, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Town of Gaiman, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Puerto Madryn vacation builder site .

Getting from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Perito Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Punta Tombo National Reserve
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Punta Tombo National Reserve ©
Punta Tombo National Reserve
Playa El Doradillo ©
Playa El Doradillo
Playa La Cantera ©
Playa La Cantera

1
day
Perito Moreno, Argentina

Perito Moreno
Perito Moreno is a town in the northwest of Santa Cruz Province, Argentina, 25 km east of Lake Buenos Aires. To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Perito Moreno trip planner .

Getting from Puerto Madryn to Perito Moreno by car takes about 10.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Perito Moreno can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. You will leave for El Calafate on the 13th (Thu).

Things to do in Perito Moreno

Parks Nature Outdoors
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3
nights
El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate ©
El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
Step out of the city life by going to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares and Enjoy!. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Argentino, take a stroll through Av del Libertador, look for all kinds of wild species at Safari Experience - Patagonia Profunda, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Paseo de Los Artesanos.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the El Calafate trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Perito Moreno to El Calafate in 8.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Perito Moreno in December: highs in El Calafate hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can take a bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino

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.
Visiting Cerro Fitz Roy and Laguna de los Tres will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Torre, get great views at Mirador del Torre, hike along Miradores Los Condores y Las Aguilas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sendero a Piedra del Fraile.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the El Chalten trip planning website .

Getting from El Calafate to El Chalten by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Laguna de los Tres
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Cerro Fitz Roy ©
Cerro Fitz Roy
Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi and Circuito Chico. Go for a jaunt from San Carlos de Bariloche to Colonia Suiza to see Berlina Patagonia Brewery about 36 minutes away. On the 21st (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Catedral Alta Patagonis. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Bonita, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cerro Tronador, appreciate the history behind Centro Civico, and stroll through Cerro Otto.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Carlos de Bariloche tour planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Berlina Patagonia Brewery
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Catedral Alta Patagonis
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Circuito Chico ©
Circuito Chico

7
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.
Get some historical perspective at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania and Castillo Hidalgo. Get in touch with nature at Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile and Upscape. Dedicate the 29th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Cristóbal Hill, take a stroll through Barrio Lastarria, don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia, and explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Santiago trip planner .

Getting from San Carlos de Bariloche to Santiago by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Santiago

Tours Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
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Upscape ©
Upscape
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile

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 some historical perspective at Sacsayhuaman and Salinas de Maras. Visiting Perolniyoq Waterfall and Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento de Santo Domingo, and take a stroll through San Blas.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, read our Cusco trip maker website .

Getting from Santiago to Cusco by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Cusco is minus 1 hour. In January in Cusco, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Ollantaytambo, Choquequirao Archeological Park, Salinas de Maras
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

3
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 7th (Mon), take in the views from Inca Bridge. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor and then steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Thu) before leaving for Ica.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Inca Bridge
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

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Ica, Peru

Ica ©
Located on the Ica River in the desert areas of Peru's southern coast, the city of Ica stands as something of an oasis in the dry, barren landscape.
Oasis of Huacachina has been added to your itinerary. On the 13th (Sun), step off the mainland to explore Islas Ballestas and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de la Mina. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Oasis of Huacachina, then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Huacachina, and then learn about winemaking at El Catador.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ica trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Machu Picchu to Ica takes 16.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Ica can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus back home.

Things to do in Ica

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trip

Paracas
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Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas
Playa de la Mina
Playa de la Mina
Tacama ©
Tacama

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