59 days in South America Itinerary

59 days in South America Itinerary

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59 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Ottawa, Canada
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 5 nights
ferry:  1​h
2
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
3
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 6 nights
+3
bus + ferry + shuttle + Fly:  18​h
4
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
5
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
6
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
8
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
9
Florianopolis, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
10
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
11
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 15​min
12
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
+4
Fly + taxi + bus + foot + train:  14​h 15​min
13
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 day
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h
14
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Ottawa, Canada

5
nights
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Step out of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to go to Espanola and see Punta Suarez, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Cerro Brujo, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Loberia, make a trip to León Dormido, and learn more about the world around you at Interpretation Center.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip planner .

Ottawa, Canada to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Ottawa in January; daily highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno reach 34°C and lows reach 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Cristobal, Espanola
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Cerro Brujo ©
Cerro Brujo
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
La Loberia ©
La Loberia

4
nights
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Puerto Villamil is known for nature, wildlife, zoos & aquariums, adventure, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Sierra Negra, don't miss a visit to The Wall of Tears, look for all kinds of wild species at Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, and step off the mainland to explore Las Tintoreras.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Villamil trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Villamil takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Villamil is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sierra Negra
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Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla
Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras

6
nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
On the 15th (Tue), spend a day among the vivid marine life at Galapagosliving. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Charles Darwin Research Station, admire all the interesting features of Rancho Primicias, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Aymara, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa las Bachas.

To plan Puerto Ayora vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Ride a ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January in Puerto Ayora, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Reserva El Chato ©
Reserva El Chato
Las Grietas ©
Las Grietas

3
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 parks, museums, shopping, historic sites, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through San Cristóbal Hill, get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, examine the collection at La Chascona, and hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Santiago day trip planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Ayora to Santiago. The time zone difference moving from Ecuador Time (ECT) to Chile Time (CLT) is 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Nature Parks
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Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Santa Lucia Hill ©
Santa Lucia Hill

1
night
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Seco and then explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno Glacier. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Laguna de los Tres.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Los Glaciares National Park trip planner .

You can fly from Santiago to Los Glaciares National Park in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Los Glaciares National Park. In January, daytime highs in Los Glaciares National Park are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to take a shuttle to El Calafate.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

2
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.
On the 24th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Safari Experience - Patagonia Profunda and then get outside with Enjoy!.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our El Calafate trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a shuttle from Los Glaciares National Park to El Calafate in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Patagonia Profunda - Safari Experience ©

6
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: don't miss a visit to Recoleta Cemetery, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, get a taste of the local shopping with Puerto Madero, and wander the streets of Palermo.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip builder tool .

You can fly from El Calafate to Buenos Aires in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from El Calafate, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Buenos Aires, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

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

1
night
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
On the 1st (Fri), admire the engineering at Iguazu Falls. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu trip itinerary maker site .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to Foz do Iguacu in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Foz do Iguacu: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Iguazu Falls
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls

5
nights
Florianopolis, Brazil

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Take a break from Florianopolis with a short trip to Park Unipraias Camboriu in Balneario Camboriu, about 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Mole, stroll through Praia do Santinho, take a stroll through Santo Antonio de Lisboa, and hike along Lagoinha do Leste.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Florianopolis trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Foz do Iguacu to Florianopolis takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. February in Florianopolis sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Parque Unipraias Camboriu
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Praia Mole ©
Praia Mole
Lagoinha do Leste ©
Lagoinha do Leste
Parque Unipraias Camboriu ©
Parque Unipraias Camboriu

5
nights
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha ©
With 21 lush islands scattered among pristine waters in the Atlantic Ocean, a Fernando de Noronha holiday is well worth the effort it takes to get there.
Spend the 13th (Wed) exploring nature at Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Baia do Sancho, tour the pleasant surroundings at Boldro Beacch, and get outside with Morro dois Irmaos.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Fernando de Noronha journey builder tool .

Getting from Florianopolis to Fernando de Noronha by flight takes about 9 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Florianopolis to Fernando de Noronha. February in Fernando de Noronha sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos

2
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.
Sao Paulo is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Ibirapuera Park, browse the fresh offerings at Mercadao - Sao Paulo Municipal Market, see the interesting displays at Latin America Memorial, and have some family-friendly fun at Pixel Realidade Virtual Arcade VR.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sao Paulo trip builder app .

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Sao Paulo in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Sao Paulo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 23°C in Sao Paulo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, parks, museums, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, admire all the interesting features of Maracanã, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and stroll through Pedra do Arpoador.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in February; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach 38°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): delve into the distant past at Intipuncu and then explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu day trip website .

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Rio de Janeiro to Machu Picchu in 14.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Peru Time (PET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cusco: Salinas de Maras (in Maras) and Pisac (in Pisac). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, take a stroll through San Blas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cusco vacation maker .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Cusco sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries, Pisac, Salinas de Maras
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

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