59 days in South America Itinerary

59 days in South America Itinerary

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59 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Punta Arenas, Chile
— 2 nights
bus:  7​h 45​min
2
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
El Calafate, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 5 nights
5
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
6
Gramado, Brazil
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
7
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
8
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
9
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 45​min
10
La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
11
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 night
Drive + bus:  11​h 15​min
12
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h
13
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h
14
Mendoza, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Sydney, Australia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez. On your second day here, head outdoors with Strait of Magellan, then contemplate the long history of British Club, then make a trip to Plaza Munoz Gamero, and finally see the interesting displays at Palacio Sara Braun.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Punta Arenas vacation planner .

Sydney, Australia to Punta Arenas is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Punta Arenas, you'll gain 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Sydney in January: high temperatures in Punta Arenas hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites
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Cementerio Municipal ©
Cementerio Municipal
Nao Victoria Museo ©
Nao Victoria Museo
Palacio Sara Braun ©
Palacio Sara Braun

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Laguna Esmeralda and Bahia Lapataia. Get a sense of the local culture at Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia and Museo del Fin del Mundo. Spend the 8th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lago Roca, pause for some photo ops at Plaza Malvinas, don't miss a visit to Faro Les Eclaireurs, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glacier Martial.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ushuaia itinerary builder website .

Traveling by bus from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone changes from Chile Time (CLT) to Argentine Time (ART), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January in Ushuaia, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Lago Roca
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Glacier Martial ©
Glacier Martial
Museo del Fin del Mundo ©
Museo del Fin del Mundo

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno and Kayaking & Canoeing. Spend the 12th (Sun) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lago Argentino, wander the streets of Av del Libertador, explore the striking landscape at Upsala Glacier, and identify plant and animal life at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the El Calafate online vacation planner .

You can fly from Ushuaia to El Calafate in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Ushuaia in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in El Calafate, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Tours
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Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino
Avenida Libertador ©
Avenida Libertador

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museo del Lago Gutierrez and Parroquia San Eduardo. On the 18th (Sat), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Catedral Alta Patagonis. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Tronador, tour the pleasant surroundings at Circuito Chico, take in the dramatic scenery at Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro, and walk around Parque Nahuelito.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Carlos de Bariloche itinerary planning website .

Fly from El Calafate to San Carlos de Bariloche in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. When traveling from El Calafate in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in San Carlos de Bariloche: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Circuito Chico ©
Circuito Chico
Museo del Lago Gutierrez ©
Museo del Lago Gutierrez
Parroquia San Eduardo ©
Parroquia San Eduardo

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Parque 3 de Febrero and Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Catedral de la Plata and Palermo Soho. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, don't miss a visit to Casa Rosada, and have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip builder tool .

Getting from San Carlos de Bariloche to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 33°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Catedral de la Plata
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Palermo Soho ©
Palermo Soho
Catedral de la Plata ©
Catedral de la Plata

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vinicola Salvattore and Sao Pellegrino Church. Get a sense of the local culture at Vale dos Vinhedos and Casa Valduga Winery. Change things up with these side-trips from Gramado: Bento Goncalves (Caminhos de Pedra, Vinicola Torcello, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Casa do Colono, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Lavender Park, learn about winemaking at Jolimont Winery, and don't miss a visit to Fonte do Amor Eterno.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Gramado online holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to Gramado takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Gramado

Wineries Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Bento Goncalves, Vinicola Salvattore, Sao Pellegrino Church, Vitivinicola Jolimont
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Vinicola Salvattore ©
Vinicola Salvattore
Vale dos Vinhedos ©
Vale dos Vinhedos
Sao Pellegrino Church ©
Sao Pellegrino Church

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Copacabana Beach and Leblon Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Rodrigo de Freitas Lake and Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, brush up on your military savvy at Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana, and appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro vacation planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Rio de Janeiro in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Rio de Janeiro are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Pernambuco e do Mar Casado Beach and Tombo beach. Catavento Cultural e Educacional and Museu Do Futebol are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Sao Paulo to go to Sao Sebastiao and see Juquehy Beach, which is approximately 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Mosteiro De Sao Bento, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, and view the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sao Paulo road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in February; daily highs in Sao Paulo reach 34°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Guaruja, Juquehy Beach
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Tombo Beach ©
Tombo Beach
Juquehy Beach ©
Juquehy Beach
Pernambuco e do Mar Casado Beach ©

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Walking tours and Sacsayhuaman. Discover out-of-the-way places like Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo and River Rafting & Tubing. Step out of Cusco with an excursion to Moray in Maras--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas, pause for some serene contemplation at The Company of Jesus Church, trek along exploor, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Cusco in 10.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to Cusco is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in February: highs in Cusco hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Moray, Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo
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exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

1
night
La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Francisco, then make a trip to Mi Teleferico, and finally have fun at Urban Rush Bolivia.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our La Paz trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cusco to La Paz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco to La Paz, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cusco in February, expect La Paz to be little chillier, temps between 17°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Iglesia de San Francisco ©
Iglesia de San Francisco
Mi Teleferico ©
Mi Teleferico

1
night
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi and then explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Uyuni trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from La Paz to Uyuni in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from La Paz in February: highs in Uyuni hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Uyuni

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

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo del Meteorito and Pukara de Quitor. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques and Reserva Nacional de Flamencos. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Piedras Rojas, contemplate the waterfront views at Tebinquinche Lake, don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, and take in the natural beauty of Termas Banos de Puritama.

Take the guesswork out of planning a San Pedro de Atacama vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. While traveling from Uyuni, expect much hotter days and slightly colder nights in San Pedro de Atacama, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques ©
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques
Museo del Meteorito ©
Museo del Meteorito
Pukara de Quitor ©
Pukara de Quitor

5
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Barrio Lastarria and Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. Get some cultural insight at La Chascona and Concha y Toro. When in Santiago, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in San Jose de Maipo, approximately 1h 10 min away. On the 24th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, don't miss a visit to Santa Lucia Hill, and admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Santiago day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Santiago

Tours Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Concha y Toro, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

4
nights
Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza ©
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Get some cultural insight at Bodega Roberto Bonfanti and Bodega Budeguer. Explore hidden gems such as Casa El Enemigo and Canon del Atuel. Dedicate the 25th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, learn about winemaking at Bodega Ruca Malen, and take some stellar pictures from Cerro de la Gloria.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Mendoza road trip planning tool .

Getting from Santiago to Mendoza by combination of bus and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Mendoza is 1 hour. In February in Mendoza, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mendoza

Tours Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Canon del Atuel, Casa El Enemigo
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Bodega Roberto Bonfanti ©
Bodega Roberto Bonfanti
Casa El Enemigo ©
Casa El Enemigo
Bodega Ruca Malen ©
Bodega Ruca Malen

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