58 days in South America Itinerary

58 days in South America Itinerary

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58 days in South America Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
+2
Fly + shuttle + ferry:  18​h 30​min
1
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 1 night
+2
ferry + shuttle + Fly:  16​h
2
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  13​h
3
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
4
Salta, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + ferry:  13​h 15​min
6
Ilhabela, Brazil
— 4 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + ferry:  6​h
7
Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + foot + bus:  7​h 30​min
8
Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
9
Ouro Preto, Brazil
— 2 nights
+4
taxi + bus + train + bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
10
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 45​min
11
Maragogi, Brazil
— 5 nights
+4
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  9​h 15​min
12
Itacare, Brazil
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
13
Porto Seguro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h
14
Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: San Francisco, United States

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas and then don't miss a visit to Santa Cruz Fish Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and then identify plant and animal life at Reserva El Chato.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora trip planner .

San Francisco, USA to Puerto Ayora is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Ecuador Time (ECT), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Francisco in September since evenings lows in Puerto Ayora dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trip

Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
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El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Santa Cruz Fish Market ©
Santa Cruz Fish Market

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.
Visit Moray and Q'enqo for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Horseback Riding Tours and Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi. Step out of Cusco with an excursion to Pisac in Pisac--about 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas, admire the striking features of The Company of Jesus Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Convento santa Teresa, and explore the ancient world of Tambomachay.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cusco vacation tool .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Cusco in 16 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Puerto Ayora in September: highs in Cusco hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Spas Tours

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Moray, Pisac
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Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Moray ©
Moray
Tipon ©
Tipon

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Piedras Rojas. Get a sense of the local culture at Pukara de Quitor and Iglesia de Socaire. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Salar de Tara, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Reserva Nacional de Flamencos, don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Termas Banos de Puritama.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Pedro de Atacama vacation builder site .

Getting from Cusco to San Pedro de Atacama by combination of flight and bus takes about 13 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cusco to San Pedro de Atacama is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Cusco in September since evenings lows in San Pedro de Atacama dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Salta.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara
Reserva Nacional de Flamencos ©
Reserva Nacional de Flamencos
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Salta, Argentina

Salta ©
Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
On the 16th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia San Francisco, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Salta, then see the interesting displays at Salta Cabildo, 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.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Salta online trip builder .

Traveling by car from San Pedro de Atacama to Salta takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Time to Argentine Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in September since evenings lows in Salta dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Salta

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Virgen de los Tres Cerritos ©
Virgen de los Tres Cerritos
Cuesta del Obispo ©
Cuesta del Obispo
Iglesia San Francisco ©
Iglesia San Francisco

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.
Get some cultural insight at Parroquia San Eduardo and Monumento Historico Municipal Capilla La Inmaculada. Step out of the city life by going to Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro and Rio Correntoso. There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Piedras Blancas, delve into the lush surroundings at Sendero de los Arrayanes, examine the collection at Museo del Lago Gutierrez, and step off the mainland to explore Isla Victoria.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Carlos de Bariloche online trip builder .

Getting from Salta to San Carlos de Bariloche by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Salta in September, expect nights in San Carlos de Bariloche to be little chillier, around 31°F, while days are colder, around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Ilhabela.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rio Correntoso
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Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro ©
Sendero de los Arrayanes ©
Sendero de los Arrayanes
Rio Correntoso ©
Rio Correntoso

4
nights
Ilhabela, Brazil

Ilhabela ©
Translated as "beautiful island," Ilhabela has the natural landscape to live up to its name.
Take a break from the city and head to Bonete Beach and Juquehy Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Praia Da Feiticeira and Jabaquara Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Maresias Beach in Maresias (about 1h 25 min away). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Baia de Castelhanos Beach, make a trip to Antiga Cadeia e Forum de Ilhabela, pause for some serene contemplation at Nossa Senhora D'Ajuda e Bom Sucesso Church, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Curral Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ilhabela itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from San Carlos de Bariloche to Ilhabela in 13.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in September, things will get much warmer in Ilhabela: highs are around 82°F and lows about 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Ilhabela

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Sao Sebastiao
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Jabaquara Beach ©
Jabaquara Beach
Juquehy Beach ©
Juquehy Beach
Baia de Castelhanos Beach ©
Baia de Castelhanos Beach

3
nights
Ilha Grande, Brazil

Ilha Grande ©
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Visiting Caxadaco Beach and Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Praia Preta and Aventureiro. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dois Rios Beach and kick back and relax at Santo Antonio Beach.

Discover how to plan a Ilha Grande trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Ilhabela to Ilha Grande in 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in September, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Armacao dos Buzios.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Praia Preta ©
Praia Preta
Aventureiro ©
Aventureiro
Dois Rios Beach ©
Dois Rios Beach

3
nights
Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil

Armacao dos Buzios ©
Perched on the tip of a peninsula about 175 km (109 mi) east of Rio de Janeiro, the coastal town of Armacao dos Buzios attracts visitors looking to enjoy a beachside getaway without the crowds and chaos of the big city.
Relax by the water at Mirante de Joao Fernandes and Azedinha Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Mirante do Pontal do Atalaia and Praca Das Aguas. Change things up with a short trip to Scuba & Snorkeling in Arraial do Cabo (about 1h 10 min away). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja de Sant'Ana, enjoy the sand and surf at Ferradura Beach, stroll through Azeda Beach, and take in the waterfront at Porto da Barra Buzios.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Armacao dos Buzios holiday planning app .

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Ilha Grande to Armacao dos Buzios in 7.5 hours. October in Armacao dos Buzios sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ouro Preto.

Things to do in Armacao dos Buzios

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Arraial do Cabo, Praca Das Aguas
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Mirante de Joao Fernandes ©
Mirante de Joao Fernandes
Azedinha Beach ©
Azedinha Beach
Azeda Beach ©
Azeda Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar, make a trip to Praca Tiradentes, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sao Francisco de Assis, then get engrossed in the history at Casa dos Contos, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Mineralogy. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Mina Du Veloso, examine the collection at Oratory Museum (Museu Do Oratorio), admire the masterpieces at Museu da Inconfidencia, then admire the landmark architecture of Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo, then don't miss a visit to Rua Conde de Bobadela, and finally make a trip to Praca Minas Gerais.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ouro Preto trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Armacao dos Buzios to Ouro Preto takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Ouro Preto are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Ouro Preto

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Praca Minas Gerais
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Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar ©
Church of Sao Francisco de Assis ©
Casa dos Contos ©
Casa dos Contos

5
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Baia dos Golfinhos and Praia do Leão. Get some cultural insight at Shark Museum and Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Atalaia Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro, get outside with Baia dos Porcos, and stroll through Conceicao Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Fernando de Noronha day trip tool .

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Ouro Preto to Fernando de Noronha in 8.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ouro Preto to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ouro Preto in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Fernando de Noronha, with lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Maragogi.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Porto de Santo Antonio Beach ©
Porto de Santo Antonio Beach
Fernando de Noronha
Fernando de Noronha
Praia do Cachorro ©
Praia do Cachorro

5
nights
Maragogi, Brazil

Maragogi ©
Located on the scenic Costa dos Corais, the municipality of Maragogi has become a hot spot for ecotourism.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Xareu Beach and Praia de Tamandare. Step out of the city life by going to Peroba Beach and Beach Patacho - Ecological Route Miracles. Explore Maragogi's surroundings by going to Una Museum (in Sao Jose da Coroa Grande) and Praia De Maracaipe (in Porto de Galinhas). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Japaratinga Beach, stroll through Praia Ponta de Mangue, pause for some photo ops at Monumento aos Cabanos, and pause for some serene contemplation at N S das Candeias Church.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Maragogi day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Fernando de Noronha to Maragogi takes 6 hours. The time zone difference moving from Fernando de Noronha Time to Brasilia Time is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Maragogi when traveling from Fernando de Noronha in October, with lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Itacare.

Things to do in Maragogi

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Japaratinga, Una Museum, Beach Patacho - Ecological Route Miracles, Praia De Maracaipe, Praia de Tamandare
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Xareu Beach ©
Xareu Beach
Praia Ponta de Mangue ©
Praia Ponta de Mangue

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Ribeira Beach and Prainha Beach. Visiting Praia da Tiririca and Barra Grande Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Itacare: Ilha do Sapinho (in Barra Grande) and Marau (Taipu de Dentro Beach, Taipus de Fora Beach, & more). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Jeribucacu Beach, stop by Lene Art Moda Praia, enjoy the sea views from Itacare Lighthouse, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Itacarezinho Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Itacare trip planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Maragogi to Itacare in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Itacare are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Porto Seguro.

Things to do in Itacare

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Marau, Barra Grande
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Jeribucacu Beach ©
Jeribucacu Beach
Taipus de Fora Beach ©
Taipus de Fora Beach
Prainha Beach ©
Prainha Beach

6
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Praia dos Coqueiros and Praia dos Nativos. Discover out-of-the-way places like Muta Beach and Igreja de Sao Joao Batista. When in Porto Seguro, make a side trip to see Lencois Beach in Santa Cruz Cabralia, approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Taipe Beach, stroll through Taperapua Beach, take an in-depth tour of Memorial da Epopeia do Descobrimento, and make a trip to Largo da Ajuda.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Porto Seguro itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Itacare to Porto Seguro takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in October, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Porto Seguro

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Cruz Cabralia
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Muta Beach ©
Muta Beach
Taipe Beach ©
Taipe Beach
Praia dos Coqueiros ©
Praia dos Coqueiros

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): make a trip to Torre del Reloj, gain insight at Plaza Santo Domingo, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver. On the next day, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and then make a trip to La Popa Monastery.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip planner .

Getting from Porto Seguro to Cartagena by flight takes about 13 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto Seguro to Cartagena is minus 2 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Porto Seguro in October: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around 90°F and lows are around 78°F. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
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Torre del Reloj ©
Torre del Reloj
Scuba & Snorkeling
Iglesia de la Trinidad ©
Iglesia de la Trinidad

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