57 days in South America Itinerary

57 days in South America Itinerary

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Santa Marta, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 5 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Puerto Villamil
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 4 nights
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Fly to Guayaquil, Taxi to Cuenca
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Cuenca, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
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Arequipa, Peru
— 3 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly to La Araucanía, Bus to Pucon
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Pucon, Chile
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Varas, Chile
— 3 nights
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Punta Arenas, Chile
— 2 nights
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Hanga Roa, Chile
— 3 nights
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Santa Marta, Colombia — 2 nights

America's Pearl

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
On the 21st (Mon), stroll around Parque de Los Novios, then admire the natural beauty at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cristal. On the next day, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta attractions planning site.

Calgary, Canada to Santa Marta is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Calgary to Santa Marta. Traveling from Calgary in November, things will get warmer in Santa Marta: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Cartagena.
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Find places to stay Nov 20 — 22:

Cartagena, Colombia — 4 nights

City of Heroes

The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Aviario Nacional de Colombia. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver and Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Trinidad, don't miss a visit to Plaza de San Diego, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and contemplate the long history of Torre del Reloj.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cartagena trip planning tool.

Getting from Santa Marta to Cartagena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to San Andres Island.
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Find places to stay Nov 22 — 26:

San Andres Island, Colombia — 5 nights

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Plaza Canon de Morgan and Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres. Get outdoors at Playa de Spratt Bight and Scuba San Andres Dive Shop. There's lots more to do: stroll through West View, step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, explore the striking landscape of Manglares de Old Point National Park, and don't miss a visit to Cayo Rocoso.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Andres Island online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Cartagena to San Andres Island in 3 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Quito.
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Find places to stay Nov 26 — Dec 1:

Quito, Ecuador — 3 nights

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Casa Museo Guayasamin and Abya-Yala Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like La Capilla Del Hombre and Intinan Museum. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica del Voto Nacional, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Merced.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Quito online trip maker.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Quito in 8.5 hours. When traveling from San Andres Island in December, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Quito: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Villamil.
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Find places to stay Dec 1 — 4:

Puerto Villamil, Ecuador — 4 nights

Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Get in touch with nature at Los Tuneles and Las Tintoreras. Step off the beaten path and head to Concha de Perla and Cueva de Sucre. There's much more to do: get impressive views of Sierra Negra, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Cristo Salvador, surround yourself with nature on Rosedelco- Day tour, and stroll through Pozas verde.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Villamil tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Quito to Puerto Villamil takes 5.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Quito to Puerto Villamil due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.
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Find places to stay Dec 4 — 8:

Puerto Ayora, Ecuador — 5 nights

The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at El Garrapatero and Playa las Bachas. Get some cultural insight at Samay Latin Art and The Angelique Art Gallery. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Punta Carrion, head outdoors with Think Galapagos, explore the activities along Laguna las Ninfas, and kick back and relax at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora takes 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Galapagos Time (GALT) to Ecuador Time (ECT) is 1 hour. In December, daytime highs in Puerto Ayora are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
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Find places to stay Dec 8 — 13:

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador — 5 nights

The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Explore hidden gems such as Cerro Tijeretas and Puerto Chino Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Eco-Challenger Galapagos Tour Agency and La Loberia. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Pitt, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Punta Carola, get outside with Cerro Tijeretas, and don't miss a visit to Kicker Rock.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno travel itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cuenca.
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Find places to stay Dec 13 — 18:

Cuenca, Ecuador — 2 nights

Athens of Ecuador

Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
On the 19th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mirador de Turi, explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon, then admire the landmark architecture of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, and finally see the interesting displays at Homero Ortega.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cuenca driving holiday tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Cuenca takes 7 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in December; daily highs in Cuenca reach 27°C and lows reach 13°C. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Cusco.
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Cusco, Peru — 5 nights

Imperial City

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo de Arte Precolombino and ChocoMuseo. Sacsayhuaman and Sacred Valley of the Incas are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cusco: Zipline (in Urubamba) and Pisac (in Pisac). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Cerro Colorado Vinicunca, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, and hike along exploor.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip planner.

You can fly from Cuenca to Cusco in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cuenca in December: high temperatures in Cusco hover around 24°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Arequipa.
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Find places to stay Dec 20 — 25:

Arequipa, Peru — 3 nights

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Popular historic sites such as Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa and Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus are in your itinerary. Museo De Arte Virreinal and Museo La Recoleta will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas, see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, and contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Misti.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Arequipa trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Cusco to Arequipa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Arequipa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to San Pedro de Atacama.
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Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile — 4 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Museo del Meteorito and Iglesia de San Pedro de Atacama. Discover out-of-the-way places like Reserva Nacional de Flamencos and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor, stroll through Valle Arcoiris, and explore the activities along Tebinquinche Lake.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to San Pedro de Atacama takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Arequipa to San Pedro de Atacama. Traveling from Arequipa in December, expect nights in San Pedro de Atacama to be slightly colder, around 6°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can fly to Santiago.
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Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:

Santiago, Chile — 4 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Appreciate the collections at Casa de Isla Negra and Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. Get outdoors at San Cristóbal Hill and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santiago: Valparaiso (Paseo Gervasoni, Walking tours, &more), Casa Marin Winery (in Lo Abarca) and Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck (in Vina del Mar). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts, make a trip to La Nave Imaginaria, see the interesting displays at La Chascona, and do a tasting at Vina Santa Rita.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Santiago trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Pucon.
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Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:

Pucon, Chile — 1 night

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.
On the 6th (Fri), take in the natural beauty of Termas Geometricas, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ojos del Caburga.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Pucon trip itinerary planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Santiago to Pucon in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Puerto Varas.
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Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:

Puerto Varas, Chile — 3 nights

City of Roses

Overlooking a lake, with a conical volcano looming in the background, Puerto Varas enjoys memorable scenery but retains its authentic atmosphere.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales and Laguna Verde. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Colonial Aleman and Museo Pablo Fierro. Step out of Puerto Varas to go to Puerto Montt and see Volcan Osorno, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lago Todos Los Santos.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Puerto Varas day trip planner.

Getting from Pucon to Puerto Varas by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can fly to Punta Arenas.
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Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:

Punta Arenas, Chile — 2 nights

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.
On the 10th (Tue), take a leisurely stroll along Costanera del Estrecho, examine the collection at Nao Victoria Museo, then stroll the grounds of Cementerio Municipal, then examine the collection at Museo Salesiano / Magiorinno Borgatello, and finally appreciate the history behind Monumento Al Ovejero. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Plaza Munoz Gamero and then see the interesting displays at Palacio Sara Braun.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Punta Arenas attractions planning site.

You can fly from Puerto Varas to Punta Arenas in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Puerto Varas in January: high temperatures in Punta Arenas hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Hanga Roa.
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Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:

Hanga Roa, Chile — 3 nights

The main town and capital of Chile's Easter Island, Hanga Roa serves as a base for most visitors to the island, with all explorations of Easter Island and its famous moai monoliths beginning here.
Get outdoors at Anakena and Rano Raraku. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ahu Tongariki and Orongo. Spend the 14th (Sat) exploring nature at Rapa Nui Parque Nacional. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Ahu Tahai, contemplate the geological forces at Rano Kau, appreciate the history behind Hanga Kioe, and explore the ancient world of Ahu Hanga Te'e.

Planning Hanga Roa trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Fly from Punta Arenas to Hanga Roa in 12 hours. Traveling from Punta Arenas to Hanga Roa, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Punta Arenas in January, you will find days in Hanga Roa are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are much warmer (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:

Colombia travel guide

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Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.
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Ecuador travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.
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Peru travel guide

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Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.
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Chile travel guide

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Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.
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