60 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

60 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

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Guatape, Colombia
— 1 day
2
Bogota, Colombia
— 5 nights
3
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
4
Hanga Roa, Chile
— 4 nights
5
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
6
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
7
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
8
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
9
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 5 nights
10
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
11
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
12
Lima, Peru
— 5 nights
13
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
14
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
15
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights

1
day
Guatape, Colombia

Guatape ©
On the shores of a large artificial lake, Guatape ensures a pleasant experience in a quiet little town known for its friendly residents and attractive architecture.
On the 2nd (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Piedra Del Penol.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Guatape trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Guatape is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Colombia Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Guatape

Parks Nature
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Piedra Del Penol ©
Piedra Del Penol

5
nights
Bogota, Colombia

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Food Tours and Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis. When in Bogota, make a side trip to see Laguna de Guatavita in Tierra Negra, approximately Tierra Negra away. There's much more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Colombia, explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and stroll around Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Bogota trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Guatape to Bogota by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Guatape in July, expect Bogota to be a bit cooler, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Laguna de Guatavita
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Food Tours
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Walking tours

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and Santa Cruz Fish Market. Go for a jaunt from Puerto Ayora to Baltra to see North Seymour Island about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, look for gifts at Chocolapagos Darwin's Favourites, don't miss a visit to Dragon Hill (Cerro Dragon), and take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Bogota to Puerto Ayora takes 12 hours. Traveling from Bogota in July, you will find days in Puerto Ayora are somewhat warmer (°C), and nights are warmer (°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Tunel de Lava Bellavista, North Seymour Island
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Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
El Garrapatero ©
El Garrapatero

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ahu Tongariki and Rano Kau. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Ahu Tahai, kick back and relax at Anakena, take in the dramatic natural features at Orongo, and explore the striking landscape of Rapa Nui Parque Nacional.

Plan my trip to Hanga Roa with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Puerto Ayora to Hanga Roa by flight takes about 26 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Ayora to Hanga Roa. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Puerto Ayora in July, with highs in Hanga Roa at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Easter Island
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Ahu Tongariki ©
Ahu Tongariki
Rano Kau ©
Rano Kau
Anakena ©
Anakena

3
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
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 Off-Road Tours and Templo Baha'i. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, and enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Santiago trip itinerary maker website.

Fly from Hanga Roa to Santiago in 7 hours. Traveling from Hanga Roa to Santiago, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Tours Historic Sites
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Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
Off-Road Tours
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill

5
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Catedral de la Plata and Centro Cultural Kirchner. Venture out of the city with trips to Museo de La Plata (in La Plata) and Basilica de Lujan (in Lujan). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Mayo, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Santiago to Buenos Aires in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Buenos Aires due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

La Plata, Basilica de Lujan
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Horseback Riding Tours
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Catedral de la Plata ©
Catedral de la Plata

2
nights
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez, thenstep off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin, thendiscover the riches below the earth's surface at Wanda Mines, and finally go deep underground at Minas Tierra Colorada. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

To find out how to plan a trip to Iguazu National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Iguazu National Park, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Wanda
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Isla San Martin ©
Isla San Martin

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parque Nacional da Serra dos Orgaos and Praia de Itacoatiara. Explore Rio de Janeiro's surroundings by going to Dedo de Deus (in Guapimirim) and Parque da Cidade (in Niteroi). There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, steep yourself in history at Parque Lage, push the limits with an extreme tour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sao Bento Monastery.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro online attractions planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Iguazu National Park to Rio de Janeiro in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Iguazu National Park in July, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at °C and lows at °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Niteroi, Dedo de Deus, Parque Nacional da Serra dos Orgaos
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Parque Nacional da Serra dos Orgaos ©
Parque Nacional da Serra dos Orgaos
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

5
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mosteiro De Sao Bento and Santuario Nossa Senhora Desatadora Dos Nos. Get out of town with these interesting Sao Paulo side-trips: Skydiving (in Boituva), Juquehy Beach (in Sao Sebastiao) and Fo Guang Shan Brazil - Zu Lai Temple (in Cotia). The adventure continues: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paróquia Nossa Senhora do Brasil, get into the urban bustle at The Julio Prestes Cultural Center - Sala Sao Paulo, and take a stroll through Jardins District.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sao Paulo driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in August, Sao Paulo is little chillier at night with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Campinas, Skydiving, Juquehy Beach, Fo Guang Shan Brazil - Zu Lai Temple
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Mosteiro De Sao Bento ©
Mosteiro De Sao Bento
Santuario Nossa Senhora Desatadora Dos Nos ©

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Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Santa Cruz ©
More populous than the capital and La Paz, and one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, Santa Cruz has become a thriving commercial center, yet retained some of the trappings of tradition.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Museo Artecampo, thenadmire the natural beauty at Guembe, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza 24 de Septiembre. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noel Kempff Mercado National Park and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Cruz.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Santa Cruz online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Santa Cruz takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sao Paulo to Santa Cruz due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in August: high temperatures in Santa Cruz hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Guembe ©
Guembe
Noel Kempff Mercado National Park ©
Noel Kempff Mercado National Park
Catedral de Santa Cruz ©
Catedral de Santa Cruz

3
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Discover out-of-the-way places like WMDR Yungas Road and Food Tours. There's still lots to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, admire the striking features of Iglesia de San Francisco, make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas, and enjoy some diversion at Urban Rush Bolivia.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the La Paz online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Santa Cruz to La Paz takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Cruz in August, things will get cooler in La Paz: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours Scenic Drive Outdoors
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Walking tours
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road
Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia

5
nights
Lima, Peru

Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Food Tours and Miraflores Boardwalk. Spend the 14th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico de Lima, make a trip to El Parque del Amor, wander the streets of Barranco, and explore the world behind art at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lima trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Lima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from La Paz to Lima, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from La Paz in August, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Lima: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Tours Historic Sites Wildlife
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Food Tours
Miraflores Boardwalk ©
Miraflores Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Humantay Lake and Montana de Siete Colores. Get out of town with these interesting Cusco side-trips: San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas (in Andahuaylillas) and Moray (in Maras). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia San Sebastian, hike along exploor, and stop by Hilo.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco route maker website.

You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for colder nights when traveling from Lima in August since evenings lows in Cusco dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas, Moray
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exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Humantay Lake ©
Humantay Lake

3
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Explore hidden gems such as Zipline and Spas. Step out of Manuel Antonio with an excursion to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours in Jaco--about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio attractions planner.

You can fly from Cusco to Manuel Antonio in 13 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cusco to Manuel Antonio due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Quepos, Jaco
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Off-Road Tours and Ecotermales Fortuna. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, look for gifts at Galeria Aguas Verdes, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and head outdoors with El Salto.

Plan my day in La Fortuna de San Carlos using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours
Ecotermales Fortuna ©
Ecotermales Fortuna

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