60 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

60 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

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Cartagena, Colombia
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San Andres Island, Colombia
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Quito, Ecuador
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Cusco, Peru
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Uyuni, Bolivia
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
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Mendoza, Argentina
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
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Punta del Este, Uruguay
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Fly to Iguazu, Drive to Ciudad Del Este
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Ciudad Del Este, Paraguay
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Brasilia, Brazil
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Milan, Italy
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Cartagena, Colombia

City of Heroes

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.
Plaza Santo Domingo and Torre del Reloj are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver and Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa. Spend the 3rd (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory and don't miss a visit to Plaza Bolivar.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cartagena online trip builder.

Rome, Italy to Cartagena is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Colombia Standard Time (COT), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Rome in December: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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San Andres Island, Colombia

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Escape the urban bustle at Cayo El Acuario and Playa de Spratt Bight. Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa de San Luis and West View. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Andres Island trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Cartagena to San Andres Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in San Andres Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Quito.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches
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Quito, Ecuador

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Quito Old Town and Basilica del Voto Nacional. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania and Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at La Capilla Del Hombre, see the interesting displays at Intinan Museum, take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, and pause for some photo ops at La Virgen del Panecillo.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Quito tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Quito takes 8.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Andres Island in December: highs in Quito hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Museums
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Cusco, Peru

Imperial City

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 in touch with nature at Horseback Riding Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sacred Valley of the Incas and ChocoMuseo. Venture out of the city with trips to Pisac (in Pisac) and Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo (in Ollantaytambo). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to San Blas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, explore the ancient world of Tipon, and stroll through Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cusco road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Quito to Cusco takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Cusco when traveling from Quito in December, with lows around 9°C. On the 17th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Uyuni, Bolivia

Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Uyuni tour planning app.

Fly from Cusco to Uyuni in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to Uyuni. Traveling from Cusco in December, expect nights in Uyuni to be somewhat warmer, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks · Nature
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo del Meteorito and Pukara de Quitor. Escape the urban bustle at Salar de Tara and Laguna Chaxa. Spend the 21st (Mon) exploring nature at Reserva Nacional de Flamencos. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Valle Arcoiris, don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, take in the natural beauty of Termas Banos de Puritama, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama planning app.

Traveling by car from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Uyuni in December, you will find days in San Pedro de Atacama are warmer (29°C), and nights are little chillier (6°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Mendoza, Argentina

Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Bodega Ruca Malen and Bodega Chandon. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Casa El Enemigo and Food Tours. Dedicate the 26th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: do a tasting at Bodega Tierras Altas, walk around Parque General San Martin, take some stellar pictures from Cerro de la Gloria, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Mendoza online road trip planner.

You can fly from San Pedro de Atacama to Mendoza in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time to Argentina Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in December: highs in Mendoza hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

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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 Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Nahuel Huapi and Museo del Lago Gutierrez. Get outdoors at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi and Nature & Wildlife Tours. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sendero de los Arrayanes, hike along Circuito Chico, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia San Eduardo.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Carlos de Bariloche trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mendoza to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Mendoza in December, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in San Carlos de Bariloche: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Punta del Este.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
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Punta del Este, Uruguay

Monaco of South America

With plenty of modern casinos, well-developed beaches, chic restaurants, and upscale hotels, Punta del Este vacations draw visitors from Argentina, Brazil, and beyond.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ralli Museum Punta del Este and Museo Del Mar. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Mansa and Playa Brava. Venture out of the city with trips to Castillo Pittamiglio (in Maldonado) and Cerro San Antonio (in Piriapolis). The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Mirador Punta Ballena, make a trip to Puerto de Punta del Este, see what you can catch with DimarTours, and take in the views from Puente Leonel Viera.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Punta del Este vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from San Carlos de Bariloche to Punta del Este takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect warmer evenings in Punta del Este when traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in January, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ciudad Del Este.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

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Ciudad Del Este, Paraguay

Supermarket of South America

The commercial center of eastern Paraguay, busy Ciudad Del Este serves primarily as a shopping destination for Argentines and Brazilians.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): browse the different shops at Nissei and then don't miss a visit to PRESA DE ITAIPU.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ciudad Del Este trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Punta del Este to Ciudad Del Este in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Punta del Este in January: highs in Ciudad Del Este hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Brasilia.

Things to do in Ciudad Del Este

Shopping
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Brasilia, Brazil

Capital of Hope

Although it lacks the cultural flair of Rio de Janeiro and the massive urban sprawl of Sao Paulo, Brasilia holds a fascinating place in the tapestry of Brazil.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Dom Bosco and then admire the landmark architecture of Templo da Boa Vontade. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge, then appreciate the history behind Memorial JK, and then stroll around Parque da Cidade Sarah Kubitschek.

For maps and more tourist information, use the Brasilia vacation app.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Ciudad Del Este to Brasilia in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Ciudad Del Este in January, things will get slightly colder in Brasilia: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Milan.

Things to do in Brasilia

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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Milan, Italy

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Get some historical perspective at Palazzo Te and Duomo Vecchio di Brescia. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore and Gallerie d’Italia. Explore Milan's surroundings by going to Turin (Armeria Reale, Museo Pietro Micca, &more), Vigoleno (Pieve di San Giorgio & Castello di Vigoleno) and Verona (Piazzale Castel San Pietro, Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, &more). The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Cathedral of Cremona, steep yourself in history at Mura Venete, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Rivalta, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Modena.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Milan visit planner.

You can fly from Brasilia to Milan in 18 hours. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 4 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Brasilia in January: high temperatures in Milan hover around 9°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.

Ecuador travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.

Peru travel guide

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Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Bolivia travel guide

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Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.

Chile travel guide

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Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.

Argentina travel guide

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Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.

Uruguay travel guide

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Landmarks · Scenic Walking Areas · Art Museums
Switzerland of South America
One of the smallest countries in South America, tourist-friendly Uruguay is often called the "Switzerland of South America" because of its consistent economic development and progressive society. Open-minded Montevideo serves as the starting point of most Uruguay vacations, offering visitors an eclectic cultural scene and a chance to discover some of South America's major architectural treasures. Away from the cosmopolitan capital city, vacations in Uruguay involve exploring wildlife-rich areas along the Atlantic and touring the rustic interior on horseback, gaucho style. In this sports-loving country, the highlight of your Uruguay trip might just be a soccer match between Penarol and Nacional, the country's two major clubs.

Paraguay travel guide

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Landmarks · Shopping Malls · Gift & Specialty Shops
Heart of South America
Divided in half by its eponymous river, Paraguay is a land of contrasts, especially between its lush eastern region where most of the population lives and the arid west, filled with rustic villages and old Jesuit colonies. Although under Spanish rule for three centuries and with a recent history of dictatorships and wars, Paraguay retained its native Guarani culture, with more than 80 percent of population of indigenous heritage. You'll find plenty of things to do in Paraguay, from touring cosmopolitan cities and quaint Jesuit colonies, to browsing affordable arts and crafts stores and sailing on rivers that crisscross the diverse natural landscape that makes up this landlocked nation.

Brazil travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.