60 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

60 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

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1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
2
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 6 nights
3
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 3 nights
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
5
El Calafate, Argentina
— 3 nights
6
El Chalten, Argentina
— 2 nights
7
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
8
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
9
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
10
Lima, Peru
— 5 nights
11
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 3 nights
12
Bogota, Colombia
— 5 nights
13
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
14
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights

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 discover tucked-away gems like Parque Nacional da Serra dos Orgaos and Praia de Itacoatiara. Change things up with these side-trips from Rio de Janeiro: Dedo de Deus (in Guapimirim) and Parque da Cidade (in Niteroi). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, walk around Parque Lage, kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sao Bento Monastery.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary planning app.

Manchester, UK to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Rio de Janeiro is minus 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in June; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time 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
Parque Nacional da Serra dos Orgaos ©
Parque Nacional da Serra dos Orgaos
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

6
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Mosteiro De Sao Bento and Santuario Nossa Senhora Desatadora Dos Nos. Get out of town with these interesting Sao Paulo side-trips: Juquehy Beach (in Sao Sebastiao), Parque Portugal (in Campinas) and Skydiving (in Boituva). The adventure continues: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, admire the landmark architecture of Hotel Unique, stop by Jardins District, and get a new perspective on nature at Jardim Botanico de Sao Paulo.

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Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July, expect Sao Paulo to be slightly colder, temps between °C and °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Puerto Iguazu.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Campinas, Juquehy Beach, Skydiving, 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 ©
Santuario Nossa Senhora Desatadora Dos Nos

3
nights
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

Puerto Iguazu ©
The gateway to a national park inscribed on the World Heritage List, growing Puerto Iguazu sits on the confluence of two major rivers near the border with Paraguay and Brazil.
Explore hidden gems such as Cataratas del Iguazu - Lado Argentino and Jardin de los Picaflores. Get out of town with these interesting Puerto Iguazu side-trips: Iguazu National Park (Iguazu Falls & Salto Bernabe Mendez). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Guiraoga, stop by Ocio, trek along Sendero Macuco, and wander the streets of Puerto Iguazu.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Puerto Iguazu road trip planning site.

Getting from Sao Paulo to Puerto Iguazu by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and car. In July, daily temperatures in Puerto Iguazu can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Puerto Iguazu

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Iguazu National Park
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Guiraoga ©
Guiraoga
Jardin de los Picaflores ©
Jardin de los Picaflores

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Catedral de la Plata and Horseback Riding Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Buenos Aires side-trips: Basilica de Lujan (in Lujan) and Museo de La Plata (in La Plata). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, wander the streets of Palermo Soho, don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Primada.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Buenos Aires trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Puerto Iguazu to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Puerto Iguazu in July; daily highs in Buenos Aires reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to El Calafate.

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

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Upsala Glacier and Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno. Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal.

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Getting from Buenos Aires to El Calafate by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect colder days and little chillier nights in El Calafate, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Upsala Glacier ©
Upsala Glacier

2
nights
El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten ©
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.
On the 23rd (Thu), trek along Laguna de los Tres and then take in the awesome beauty at Fitz Roy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Chorillo del Salto, explore the activities along Laguna Capri, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Torre, and finally take some stellar pictures from El Mirador De Los Condores.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the El Chalten itinerary app.

You can drive from El Calafate to El Chalten in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Laguna de los Tres
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Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Chorillo del Salto ©
Chorillo del Salto
Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres

4
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Off-Road Tours and Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion. When in Santiago, make a side trip to see Vina Santa Rita in Buin, approximately Buin away. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, walk around Parque Bicentenario, see the interesting displays at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, and browse the exhibits of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Santiago trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from El Chalten to Santiago takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from El Chalten to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Wineries Tours

Side Trip

Vina Santa Rita
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Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
Off-Road Tours
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill

3
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to WMDR Yungas Road and Urban Rush Bolivia. There's lots more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas, take some stellar pictures from Mirador Killi Killi, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the La Paz day trip planner.

Getting from Santiago to La Paz by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In July in La Paz, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

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

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Humantay Lake and Montana de Siete Colores. Venture out of the city with trips to Moray (in Maras) and San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas (in Andahuaylillas). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia San Sebastian.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip planner.

Getting from La Paz to Cusco by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from La Paz to Cusco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from La Paz in August; daily highs in Cusco reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

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

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Centro Historico de Lima. Spend the 9th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Miraflores Boardwalk, stroll around El Parque del Amor, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Lima.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lima trip site.

You can fly from Cusco to Lima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in August, plan for much hotter nights in Lima, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Lima

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

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like 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, kick back and relax at El Garrapatero, shop like a local with Galeria Aymara, and explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora trip maker app.

Getting from Lima to Puerto Ayora by combination of flight and bus takes about 11 hours. Other options: fly. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lima in August: high temperatures in Puerto Ayora hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, 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

5
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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 Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar. Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Parque Jaime Duque (in Tocancipa) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). There's still lots to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, grab your bike and head to Ciclovia de Bogota, examine the collection at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica, and pause for some serene contemplation at La Catedral Primada.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Bogota trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Puerto Ayora to Bogota in 12 hours. When traveling from Puerto Ayora in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Bogota, with highs around °C, while nights are cooler with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Parque Jaime Duque, Laguna de Guatavita
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Food Tours
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Walking tours

4
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 discover tucked-away gems like Zipline and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. There's still lots to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, cast your line with a fishing tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and see Off-Road Tours.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Manuel Antonio takes 7.5 hours. Traveling from Bogota to Manuel Antonio, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough 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
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Proyecto Asis and La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve. And it doesn't end there: trot along with a tour on horseback, get outside with El Salto, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation builder tool.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Proyecto Asis ©
Proyecto Asis
Horseback Riding Tours

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