60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
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Salta, Argentina
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Asuncion, Paraguay
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 6 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly to El Calafate, Bus to El Chalten
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El Chalten, Argentina
— 3 nights
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 5 nights
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Cordoba, Argentina
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Santiago, Chile
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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Ferry to San Cristobal, Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Toronto

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Cusco, Peru

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.
Get in touch with nature at Horseback Riding Tours and Salinas de Maras. Sacsayhuaman and Qorikancha are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Cusco, make a side trip to see Moray in Maras, approximately Maras away. There's lots more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, delve into the distant past at Tipon, get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco online driving holiday planner.

Toronto, Canada to Cusco is an approximately 16-hour flight. While traveling from Toronto, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cusco, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 22:

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La Paz, Bolivia

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore and Iglesia de San Francisco are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to WMDR Yungas Road and Valley of the Moon. And it doesn't end there: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas, go all around town with City Tours, and take some stellar pictures from Mirador Killi Killi.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the La Paz trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to La Paz takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to La Paz. Traveling from Cusco in April, expect La Paz to be slightly colder, temps between 17°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Salta.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 26:

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Salta, Argentina

Salta the Beautiful

Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
On the 27th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cerro San Bernardo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Menor San Francisco, then make a trip to Plaza 9 de Julio, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Virgen de los Tres Cerritos. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Cuesta del Obispo.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Salta route builder site.

You can fly from La Paz to Salta in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from La Paz to Salta, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from La Paz in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Salta, with highs around 26°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Asuncion.

Things to do in Salta

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 28:

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Asuncion, Paraguay

Mother of Cities

Paraguay's capital and economic center, Asuncion ranks among the youngest cities on the continent, with more than half of its residents under 30 years of age.
On the 29th (Sat), browse the range of quality goods at Paseo La Galeria, then shop like a local with Shopping del Sol, then walk around Plaza de Armas, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de López. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Lorenzo, then kick back and relax at Playa De Aregua, and then walk around Plaza Infante Rivarola.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Asuncion online journey builder.

You can fly from Salta to Asuncion in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Salta to Asuncion, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Salta in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Asuncion: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Asuncion

Shopping · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Popular historic sites such as Jerusalem Cultural Center and Sao Bento Monastery are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Copacabana Beach and Mirante da Prainha. Step out of Rio de Janeiro to go to Niteroi and see Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra, which is approximately 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Grumari, hike along Pedra da Gavea, and take some stellar pictures from Pedra Bonita.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Asuncion to Rio de Janeiro takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Asuncion to Rio de Janeiro. Traveling from Asuncion in April, Rio de Janeiro is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 8:

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Montevideo, Uruguay

With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Visiting Pan De Azucar and Playa Punta Ballena will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pizzorno Family Estates and 1972 Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Mirador Punta Ballena in Punta Ballena (about 1h 55 min away). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Iglesia de las Carmelitas, get great views at Mirador Panoramico de Montevideo, explore the world behind art at Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Montevideo attractions tool.

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Montevideo in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Montevideo: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Montevideo

Museums · Wineries · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 8 — 14:

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.
Popular historic sites such as Cemiterio de Recoleta and Calle Defensa are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Puerto Madero and Palacio de Aguas Corrientes. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Pilar, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada, and take a stroll through Palermo Soho.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Montevideo to Buenos Aires takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and bus. May in Buenos Aires sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay May 14 — 17:

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Ushuaia, Argentina

End of the World

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Glaciar Martial and Laguna Esmeralda. Explore hidden gems such as Ushuaia Bay and Lago Roca. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, see Off-Road Tours, don't miss a visit to Les Éclaireurs Lighthouse, and appreciate the history behind Plaza Malvinas.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ushuaia trip planner.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Buenos Aires in May, expect nights in Ushuaia to be a bit cooler, around 2°C, while days are much colder, around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 21:

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El Chalten, Argentina

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Laguna Torre and Laguna de los Tres. Get in touch with nature at Chorillo del Salto and Fitz Roy. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Laguna Capri, get outside with Mirador del Torre, and take some stellar pictures from El Mirador De Los Condores.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the El Chalten online itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Ushuaia to El Chalten in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 21 — 24:

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rio Correntoso and River Rafting & Tubing. Step out of the city life by going to Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro and Playa Bonita. Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. There's lots more to do: trek along Refugio Frey, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Nahuel Huapi, and step off the mainland to explore Isla Victoria.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Carlos de Bariloche day trip planning website.

Getting from El Chalten to San Carlos de Bariloche by combination of bus and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. May in San Carlos de Bariloche sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cordoba.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 24 — 29:

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Cordoba, Argentina

The Learned One

History lives on in the streets of Cordoba, Argentina's second-largest city.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Museo Historico UNC Manzana Jesuitica, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Los Capuchinos, and then steep yourself in history at Paseo del Buen Pastor.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cordoba trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Cordoba in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in May, expect much warmer with lows of 15°C in Cordoba. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 29 — 30:

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Santiago, Chile

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vina Santa Rita and Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion. Get outdoors at Reñaca and San Cristóbal Hill. Change things up with these side-trips from Santiago: Villa Victoria (in Valparaiso), Ex-Tren Militar del Cajon de Maipo (in Melocoton) and River Rafting & Tubing (in San Jose de Maipo). Dedicate the 5th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: visit Barrio Italia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Francisco Church, make a trip to Iglesia de Santo Domingo, and examine the collection at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Santiago travel route planner.

You can fly from Cordoba to Santiago in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time to Chile Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Santiago

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 7:

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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
You'll get in some beach time at El Garrapatero and Playa de La Estacion. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Las Grietas and El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve. Step out of Puerto Ayora to go to Baltra and see North Seymour Island, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de los Alemanes, stroll through Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, and get outside with Think Galapagos.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora travel route planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Santiago to Puerto Ayora in 15.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Ecuador Time (ECT) is minus 1 hour. June in Puerto Ayora sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 7 — 13:

Peru travel guide

4.6
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.

Argentina travel guide

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Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
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.

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.