60 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

60 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

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60 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly + Drive:  22​h
1
Guatape, Colombia
— 1 day
+3
bus + subway + foot + Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Bogota, Colombia
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + ferry:  7​h
3
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
+3
bus + ferry + shuttle + Fly:  23​h 30​min
4
Hanga Roa, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
8
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
9
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
10
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
11
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
12
Lima, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
13
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  11​h 15​min
14
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
15
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
+5
shuttle + bus + Fly + train + subway + train:  21​h 30​min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

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), explore the striking landscape at Piedra Del Penol.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Guatape trip itinerary maker tool .

Manchester, UK to Guatape is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Guatape is minus 5 hours. In July in Guatape, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar. Change things up with a short trip to Laguna de Guatavita in Tierra Negra (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, grab your bike and head to Ciclovia de Bogota, and explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bogota road trip website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Guatape to Bogota in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In July, Bogota is slightly colder than Guatape - with highs of 21°C and lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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 discover tucked-away gems like Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and Santa Cruz Fish Market. Step out of Puerto Ayora with an excursion to North Seymour Island in Baltra--about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at El Garrapatero, look for gifts at Chocolapagos Darwin's Favourites, explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, and head outdoors with Think Galapagos.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Bogota to Puerto Ayora in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Bogota in July, expect nights in Puerto Ayora to be much warmer, around 25°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ahu Tongariki and Rapa Nui Parque Nacional. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Rano Raraku, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Tau Kiani Rapa Nui, enjoy the sand and surf at Anakena, and pause for some photo ops at Hanga Kioe.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hanga Roa vacation planner .

You can do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight from Puerto Ayora to Hanga Roa in 23.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Ayora to Hanga Roa due to the time zone difference. In July, Hanga Roa is little chillier than Puerto Ayora - with highs of 24°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to 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 Raraku ©
Rano Raraku
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Off-Road Tours and Templo Baha'i. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro Santa Lucia, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, take some stellar pictures from Sky Costanera, and stroll around Parque Bicentenario.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Santiago trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Hanga Roa to Santiago takes 6.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Easter Is. Time (EAST) to Chile Time (CLT) is 2 hours. Finish up 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
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Off-Road Tours

5
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palermo Soho and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Buenos Aires: Basilica de Lujan (in Lujan) and La Plata (Museo de La Plata & Catedral de la Plata). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, trot along with a tour on horseback, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana, and admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Buenos Aires online day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Buenos Aires takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Time (CLT) to Argentine Time (ART), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July in Buenos Aires, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can 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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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Palermo Soho ©
Palermo Soho

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): admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez, head off the coast to Isla San Martin, then go deep underground at Wanda Mines, and finally go deep underground at Minas Tierra Colorada. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Iguazu National Park trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Iguazu National Park, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can 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
Salto San Martin ©
Salto 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parque Nacional da Serra dos Orgaos and Claudio Coutinho Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Rio de Janeiro: Dedo de Deus (in Guapimirim) and Niteroi (Praia de Itacoatiara & Parque da Cidade). There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, stroll through Copacabana Beach, and steep yourself in history at Parque Lage.

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Traveling by flight from Iguazu National Park to Rio de Janeiro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, Rio de Janeiro is a bit warmer than Iguazu National Park - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Niteroi, Parque Nacional da Serra dos Orgaos, Dedo de Deus
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Mosteiro De Sao Bento and Skydiving. Get out of town with these interesting Sao Paulo side-trips: Campinas (Parque Portugal & Santuario Nossa Senhora Desatadora Dos Nos), Fo Guang Shan Brazil - Zu Lai Temple (in Cotia) and Juquehy Beach (in Sao Sebastiao). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, wander the streets of Jardins District, admire the striking features of Paróquia Nossa Senhora do Brasil, and take a stroll around The Julio Prestes Cultural Center - Sala Sao Paulo.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo tour app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in August, Sao Paulo is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Campinas, Skydiving, Fo Guang Shan Brazil - Zu Lai Temple, Juquehy Beach
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Mosteiro De Sao Bento ©
Mosteiro De Sao Bento
Jardins District ©
Jardins District

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Museo Artecampo, take in nature's colorful creations at Guembe, and then make a trip 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 take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Santa Cruz.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Santa Cruz takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Santa Cruz, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sao Paulo in August, with highs in Santa Cruz at 33°C and lows at 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Guembe ©
Guembe
Catedral de Santa Cruz ©
Catedral de Santa Cruz
Plaza 24 de Septiembre ©
Plaza 24 de Septiembre

3
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Step off the beaten path and head to WMDR Yungas Road and Walking tours. There's lots more to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, enjoy some diversion at Urban Rush Bolivia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco, and make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the La Paz tour app .

Fly from Santa Cruz to La Paz in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Santa Cruz in August, with highs in La Paz at 18°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours Outdoors Scenic Drive
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Walking tours
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road
Food Tours

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Food Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Miraflores Boardwalk, explore the world behind art at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Lima trip planner .

Getting from La Paz to Lima by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from La Paz to Lima, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from La Paz in August, you will find days in Lima are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are much warmer (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Tours Historic Sites Wildlife
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Food Tours
Miraflores Boardwalk ©
Miraflores Boardwalk
Barranco ©
Barranco

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Moray and Horseback Riding Tours. When in Cusco, make a side trip to see San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas in Andahuaylillas, approximately 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Sebastian, explore the activities along Humantay Lake, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Cusco trip simple and quick.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in August, expect much colder with lows of 2°C in Cusco. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Moray, San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zipline and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Next up on the itinerary: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cusco to Manuel Antonio in 11.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight, car, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time (PET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive 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
Fishing Charters & Tours

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ecotermales Fortuna and Off-Road Tours. And it doesn't end there: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and get outside with Salto.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can 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
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Ecotermales Fortuna ©
Ecotermales Fortuna

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