60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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Start: Wellington, New Zealand
+2
Train + Taxi + Fly:  26 h
1
Hanga Roa, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  12 h 45 min
2
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
Drive:  7 h
3
Province of Jujuy, Argentina
— 2 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  10 h 15 min
4
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
5
Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Taxi + Ferry + Bus:  14 h 30 min
6
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 3 nights
+4
Ferry + Foot + Fly + Foot + Fly:  23 h 15 min
7
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Taxi:  8 h 30 min
8
Ouro Preto, Brazil
— 1 day
+4
Taxi + Bus + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  8 h
9
Itacare, Brazil
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
10
Porto Seguro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
11
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
12
Florianopolis, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
13
El Calafate, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
14
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  27 h
End: Wellington, New Zealand

4
nights
Hanga Roa, Chile

Hanga Roa ©
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.
Rano Raraku and Orongo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ahu Tongariki and Anakena. Spend the 8th (Thu) exploring nature at Rapa Nui Parque Nacional. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Ahu Tahai, explore the ancient world of Ahu Nau Nau, contemplate the geological forces at Rano Kau, and appreciate the history behind Hanga Kioe.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hanga Roa travel route builder tool.

Wellington, New Zealand to Hanga Roa is an approximately 39- hour combination of train, taxi, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Wellington to Hanga Roa. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Wellington in November; daily highs in Hanga Roa reach 26°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Easter Island
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Orongo ©
Orongo
Ahu Tongariki ©
Ahu Tongariki
Rano Raraku ©
Rano Raraku

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.
Pukara de Quitor and Iglesia de San Pedro de Atacama are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Salar de Tara and Piedras Rojas. Spend the 13th (Tue) exploring nature at Reserva Nacional de Flamencos. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Valle Arcoiris, get curious at Museo del Meteorito, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Hanga Roa to San Pedro de Atacama takes 12 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Hanga Roa to San Pedro de Atacama. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from Hanga Roa in November since evenings lows in San Pedro de Atacama dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Province of Jujuy.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara
Valle Arcoiris ©
Valle Arcoiris
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Province of Jujuy, Argentina

Province of Jujuy ©
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Quebrada de Humahuaca and Iglesia San Francisco de Paula. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pucara de Tilcara and Torre de Santa Barbara.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Province of Jujuy online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from San Pedro de Atacama to Province of Jujuy in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time to Argentina Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in November, expect nights in Province of Jujuy to be much warmer, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Province of Jujuy

Parks Nature Trails
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Quebrada de Humahuaca ©
Quebrada de Humahuaca
Pucara de Tilcara ©
Pucara de Tilcara
Iglesia San Francisco de Paula ©
Iglesia San Francisco de Paula

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.
Get some cultural insight at Sacsayhuaman and Winay Wayna. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sacred Valley of the Incas and Plaza de Armas. Change things up with a short trip to Pisac in Pisac (about 1h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Tipon, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, wander the streets of San Blas, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cusco online trip builder.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Province of Jujuy to Cusco in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Province of Jujuy to Cusco is minus 2 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Province of Jujuy in November, with highs in Cusco at 26°C and lows at 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Winay Wayna, Pisac, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

2
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver and Plaza Bolivar. Torre del Reloj and Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas will appeal to history buffs. Spend the 24th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, deepen your understanding at Plaza Santo Domingo, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cartagena sightseeing planner.

Getting from Cusco to Cartagena by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Cusco in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Cartagena, with highs around 37°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:
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Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver ©
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver
Torre del Reloj ©
Torre del Reloj
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve and Black Turtle Cove. Spend the 28th (Wed) among aquatic life with Galapagos Living. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Aymara, and take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora road trip planning site.

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus from Cartagena to Puerto Ayora in 12 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cartagena in November, with highs in Puerto Ayora at 31°C and lows at 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 28:
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El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Galapagos Living ©
Galapagos Living

6
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Conceicao Beach and Fernado de Noronha Island. Capela de Sao Pedro and Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: stroll through Boldro Beacch, head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos, enjoy breathtaking views from Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro, and kick back and relax at Baia dos Golfinhos.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Fernando de Noronha online trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Fernando de Noronha in 26 hours. Traveling from Puerto Ayora to Fernando de Noronha, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Puerto Ayora in November, expect Fernando de Noronha to be a bit warmer, temps between 35°C and 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ouro Preto.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Atalaia Beach ©
Atalaia Beach
Conceicao Beach ©
Conceicao Beach
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos

1
day
Ouro Preto, Brazil

Ouro Preto ©
Designated a World Heritage Site because of its well-preserved Baroque architecture, the city of Ouro Preto served as the state capital until local governance outgrew the scale of this pleasant valley settlement.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo, get engrossed in the history at Casa dos Contos, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sao Francisco de Assis, then make a trip to Praca Tiradentes, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museu da Inconfidencia.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ouro Preto travel route website.

Do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi from Fernando de Noronha to Ouro Preto in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Fernando de Noronha Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Fernando de Noronha in December since evenings lows in Ouro Preto dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Itacare.

Things to do in Ouro Preto

Historic Sites Museums
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Casa dos Contos ©
Casa dos Contos
Church of Sao Francisco de Assis ©
Church of Sao Francisco de Assis
Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar ©
Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar

4
nights
Itacare, Brazil

Itacare ©
Most visitors remember their Itacare vacation by the area's wide beaches, lapped by breakers ideal for both experienced surfers and novice wave riders still perfecting their skills.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Taipus de Fora Beach and Jeribucacu Beach. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Prainha Beach and kick back and relax at Engenhoca Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Itacare tour itinerary builder tool.

Do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Ouro Preto to Itacare in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Porto Seguro.

Things to do in Itacare

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Taipus de Fora Beach
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Taipus de Fora Beach ©
Taipus de Fora Beach
Prainha Beach ©
Prainha Beach
Jeribucacu Beach ©
Jeribucacu Beach

4
nights
Porto Seguro, Brazil

Porto Seguro ©
In a sense, Porto Seguro is where Brazil as a country began, marking the spot where Portuguese explorers first arrived in the 16th century.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Igreja Matriz Nossa Senhora D'Ajuda and Muta Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Igreja de Sao Joao Batista and Memorial da Epopeia do Descobrimento. When in Porto Seguro, make a side trip to see Coroa Vermelha Beach in Santa Cruz Cabralia, approximately Santa Cruz Cabralia away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Praia de Taipe, stroll through Praia do Mucugê, identify plant and animal life at Recife de Fora, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ilha dos Aquarios.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Porto Seguro trip builder tool.

You can drive from Itacare to Porto Seguro in 6 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. December in Porto Seguro sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Porto Seguro

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Coroa Vermelha Beach
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Igreja Matriz Nossa Senhora D'Ajuda ©
Igreja Matriz Nossa Senhora D'Ajuda
Igreja de Sao Joao Batista ©
Igreja de Sao Joao Batista
Praia de Taipe ©
Praia de Taipe

5
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.
Visit Ilha Fiscal and Parque Lage for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Copacabana Beach and Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, kick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach, catch a live event at Maracanã, and visit Santa Teresa.

Discover how to plan a Rio de Janeiro trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Porto Seguro to Rio de Janeiro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Rio de Janeiro, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Florianopolis.

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

5
nights
Florianopolis, Brazil

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Ribeirao da Ilha and Igreja Matriz de Sao Bonifacio will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Costa da Lagoa and Praia de Mariscal. Step out of Florianopolis to go to Praia do Rosa and see Praia do Rosa, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Lagoinha do Leste and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Santinho.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Florianopolis route tool.

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Florianopolis in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, expect nights in Florianopolis to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Praia do Rosa, Praia de Mariscal, Igreja Matriz de Sao Bonifacio
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Costa da Lagoa ©
Costa da Lagoa
Ribeirao da Ilha ©
Ribeirao da Ilha
Praia de Mariscal ©
Praia de Mariscal

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal and Upsala Glacier. Step out of El Calafate with an excursion to Perito Moreno National Park in Perito Moreno--about 1h 35 min away. Spend the 30th (Sun) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. There's more to do: wander the streets of Avenida Libertador and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the El Calafate trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Florianopolis to El Calafate in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Florianopolis in December, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in El Calafate: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Perito Moreno National Park
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Upsala Glacier ©
Upsala Glacier
Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal ©
Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal
Avenida Libertador ©
Avenida Libertador

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi and then take in the waterfront at Isla Victoria. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museo del Lago Gutierrez and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Carlos de Bariloche trip maker tool.

You can fly from El Calafate to San Carlos de Bariloche in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from El Calafate in December, you will find days in San Carlos de Bariloche are somewhat warmer (24°C), and nights are little chillier (6°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Museo del Lago Gutierrez ©
Museo del Lago Gutierrez
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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