60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Gramado, Brazil
— 5 nights
Bus to Porto Alegre, Fly to Buenos Aires
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 5 nights
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Mendoza, Argentina
— 5 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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Quito, Ecuador
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Bogota, Colombia
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Medellin, Colombia
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 7 nights

Marvelous City

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, nature, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, stroll through Barra da Tijuca Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, and take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Tijuca.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro holiday website.

London, UK to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from London to Rio de Janeiro. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from London in January, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to fly to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 17:

Sao Paulo, Brazil

— 5 nights

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo is known for shopping, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, engage your brain at Museu Catavento, and admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sao Paulo driving holiday site.

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, Sao Paulo is little chillier than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Gramado.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 22:

Gramado, Brazil

— 5 nights

Hydrangea Garden

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.
Step out of Gramado to go to Tres Coroas and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lago Negro, learn about winemaking at Casa Seganfredo, immerse yourself in nature at Parque Estadual do Caracol, and make a trip to Rua Coberta.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Gramado trip planner.

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Gramado in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Gramado

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 27:

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 6 nights

Queen of La Plata

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, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, make a trip to Casa Rosada, admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and take a stroll through Palermo.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Buenos Aires trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Buenos Aires in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 2:

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

— 5 nights
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.
Spend the 4th (Fri) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's still lots to do: trek along Circuito Chico, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Nahuel Huapi, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and contemplate the waterfront views at Nahuel Huapi Lake.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Carlos de Bariloche trip website.

Fly from Buenos Aires to San Carlos de Bariloche in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in February, you will find days in San Carlos de Bariloche are a bit cooler (27°C), and nights are colder (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Mendoza.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 7:

Mendoza, Argentina

— 5 nights
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Get out of town with these interesting Mendoza side-trips: Tupungato (Valle de Uco & La Quebrada del Condor-Day Trip). Dedicate the 12th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 8th (Tue), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Parque General San Martin, do a tasting at Bodega Cruzat. Bubbles Experience, and make a trip to Plaza Independencia.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mendoza road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from San Carlos de Bariloche to Mendoza takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mendoza, with highs around 36°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Cusco.

Things to do in Mendoza

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 7 — 12:

Cusco, Peru

— 6 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.
Step out of Cusco with an excursion to Pisac in Pisac--about 54 minutes away. On the 15th (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, take a stroll through San Blas, and contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco online tour itinerary builder.

You can fly from Mendoza to Cusco in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Mendoza to Cusco due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Mendoza in February, with highs in Cusco at 23°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 18:

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 2 nights
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 19th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

Before you visit Machu Picchu, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. On the 20th (Sun), you're off to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 20:
Highlights from your trip

Guayaquil, Ecuador

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): wander the streets of Las Penas and then visit Cerro Santa Ana. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Guayaquil Historical Park and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Guayaquil day trip planning tool.

Fly from Machu Picchu to Guayaquil in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. February in Guayaquil sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Quito.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 22:

Quito, Ecuador

— 6 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.
Explore Quito's surroundings by going to Cuicocha (in Cotacachi), Cascada de Peguche (in Peguche) and Pichincha (in Puerto Quito). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, don't miss a visit to El Panecillo, explore the world behind art at Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito, and see the interesting displays at Museo Etnohistorico de Artesanias del Ecuador Mindalae.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Quito road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Guayaquil to Quito takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Guayaquil in February, with highs in Quito at 24°C and lows at 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Quito

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 22 — 28:

Bogota, Colombia

— 5 nights

Athens of South America

Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Go for a jaunt from Bogota to Zipaquira to see Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip maker tool.

Fly from Quito to Bogota in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Bogota, with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 5:

Medellin, Colombia

— 3 nights

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get outside with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Arvi, and get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Medellin sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Medellin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in March; daily highs in Medellin reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Cartagena.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 8:

Cartagena, Colombia

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and then contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cartagena tour itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Cartagena takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in March, expect Cartagena to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 10:

Brazil travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.

Argentina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.

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.

Ecuador travel guide

4.5
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.

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
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.