60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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Asuncion, Paraguay
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Mendoza, Argentina
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Santiago, Chile
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
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Uyuni, Bolivia
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Cusco, Peru
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Lima, Peru
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Quito, Ecuador
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Bogota, Colombia
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Cartagena, Colombia
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Margarita Island, Venezuela
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Paramaribo, Suriname
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Cayenne, French Guiana
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Asuncion, Paraguay

— 2 nights

Mother of Cities

Paraguay's capital and economic center, Asuncion ranks among the youngest cities on the continent, with more than half of its residents under 30 years of age.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): ponder the world of politics at Palacio de López, steep yourself in history at Casa de la Independencia, and then explore the world behind art at Museo Etnografico Andres Barbero. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at The National Pantheon of Heroes and Oratory of the Virgin Our Lady Saint Mary of the Asuncion, then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden and Zoo (Jardin Botanico y Zoologico), and then head outdoors with Parque Nu Guasu.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Asuncion tour itinerary planner.

Belo Horizonte, Brazil to Asuncion is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Belo Horizonte to Asuncion due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Belo Horizonte in December: highs in Asuncion hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Asuncion

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 5 nights

Queen of La Plata

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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, take a stroll through Puerto Madero, steep yourself in history at Casa Rosada, and appreciate the extensive heritage of La Boca.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires journey planning website.

Fly from Asuncion to Buenos Aires in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Asuncion to Buenos Aires due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Asuncion in December, plan for slightly colder days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 8:

Mendoza, Argentina

— 5 nights
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Venture out of the city with trips to La Quebrada del Condor-Day Trip (in Tupungato) and Casa El Enemigo (in Maipu). On the 10th (Thu), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Dedicate the 12th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Parque General San Martin, stroll through Los Pingos Horse Riding, learn about winemaking at Bodega Roberto Bonfanti, and make a trip to Plaza Independencia.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Mendoza tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Mendoza takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mendoza: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 13:

Santiago, Chile

— 5 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Santiago is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), get engrossed in the history at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Santiago trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mendoza to Santiago takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Chile Standard Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 18:

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 5 nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Salar de Atacama in Antofagasta (about 1h 35 min away). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor, witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, and don't miss a visit to Aldea de Tulor.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Pedro de Atacama online vacation planner.

Getting from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in San Pedro de Atacama are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Uyuni.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 23:

Uyuni, Bolivia

— 2 nights
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the geological forces at Tunupa Volcano.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Uyuni road trip planning tool.

You can drive from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni in 9.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from San Pedro de Atacama, expect cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Uyuni, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

Cusco, Peru

— 5 nights

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.
Step out of Cusco to go to Machu Picchu and see Winay Wayna, which is approximately 7 hours away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Uyuni to Cusco in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Bolivia Time to Peru Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Uyuni in December, you will find days in Cusco are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are slightly colder (9°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:

Lima, Peru

— 4 nights

City of the Kings

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.
Step out of Lima with an excursion to Iglesia de Santiago Apostol in Lunahuana--about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua, steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, take a stroll through Barranco, and see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lima trip itinerary builder website.

Fly from Cusco to Lima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cusco in December: high temperatures in Lima hover around 28°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:

Quito, Ecuador

— 5 nights

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Pichincha in Puerto Quito (about 42 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, gain insight at La Ronda, stop by Olga Fisch Folklore, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica del Voto Nacional.

Start your trip to Quito by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Lima to Quito by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Lima in January; daily highs in Quito reach 26°C and lows reach 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Quito

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 8:

Bogota, Colombia

— 5 nights

Athens of South America

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra), Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros (in Buga) and Zipaquira (Esensal & Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and play a few rounds at Club Campestre Guaymaral.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bogota trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Quito to Bogota in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Bogota, with lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Nature · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 13:

Cartagena, Colombia

— 4 nights

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.
Step out of Cartagena with an excursion to Oceanario in Islas de Rosario--about 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, stop by Dantas Store, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Cartagena takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in January, you will find days in Cartagena are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are much warmer (28°C). On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Margarita Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:

Margarita Island, Venezuela

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Caribbean

A popular holiday spot for Venezuelans, sunny Margarita Island boasts an exotic Caribbean location, but at the same time is easily accessible from the mainland.
Margarita Island is known for beaches, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa el Yaque, explore the historical opulence of Fortín La Galera, make a trip to Castillo San Carlos de Borromeo, and get outside with Playa El Agua.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Margarita Island planner.

Getting from Cartagena to Margarita Island by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Colombia Standard Time to Venezuela Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, daytime highs in Margarita Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. You will leave for Paramaribo on the 21st (Thu).

Things to do in Margarita Island

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 21:

Paramaribo, Suriname

— 3 nights

Wooden City

With the chance to visit a World Heritage-listed inner city, tours of Paramaribo remain among the most culturally enriching things tourists can do in Suriname.
Spend the 22nd (Fri) in the pleasant surroundings of Tafelberg Nature Preserve. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Brownsberg Nature Park, don't miss a visit to Centrale Markt, pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch reformed church, and snap pictures at Jules Wijdenbosch Bridge.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Paramaribo trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Margarita Island to Paramaribo in 11.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Margarita Island to Paramaribo is 1 hour. In January in Paramaribo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cayenne.

Things to do in Paramaribo

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:

Cayenne, French Guiana

— 5 nights
The capital of French Guiana, Cayenne sits at the mouth of the Cayenne River on the department's Atlantic coast.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cayenne: Kourou (Les Iles du Salut & Centre d'Archeologie Amerindienne de Kourou) and Bois de Rose Garden (in Montsinery-Tonnegrande). Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Devil's Island, examine the collection at Musee Departmental Alexandre-Franconie, contemplate the long history of Domaine Pascaud, and delve into the distant past at Site archeologique Habitation Loyola.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cayenne trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Paramaribo to Cayenne. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. On the 29th (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in Cayenne

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 29:

Paraguay travel guide

3.9
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.

Argentina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
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.

Chile travel guide

4.3
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.

Bolivia travel guide

4.2
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.

Peru travel guide

4.6
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.

Ecuador travel guide

4.5
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.

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
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.

Venezuela travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Landmarks · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Grace
A vacation in Venezuela, one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, can be both affordable and highly rewarding. From snowcapped mountains and vast grassland, to tropical islands and lush rainforests, Venezuela's varied landscapes are a paradise for nature lovers. Whether you're looking to laze on the Caribbean beaches, trek through the verdant jungles, or immerse yourself in the vibrant city culture, a Venezuela holiday offers something for everyone. Admire the world's highest waterfalls, go island hopping, discover tasty local delicacies, and witness the sheer abundance of wildlife and endemic species in Venezuela.

Suriname travel guide

3.7
Historic Sites · Churches · Parks
The smallest country in South America, Suriname features thick jungles, rushing rivers, and lively, culturally diverse places to visit. Independent since 1975, Suriname retained the Dutch language and influences, as well as the Caribbean and the culture of its indigenous tribes. A third of the country's landscape is made up of natural reserves, providing tourists the opportunity to explore lush tropical rainforests, pristine beaches, scenic rivers and waterfalls, as well as a staggering variety of animals and birds. On a trip to Suriname you shouldn't pass up a visit to its capital and only city, World Heritage-listed Paramaribo, noted for its colonial-era architecture.

French Guiana travel guide

3.5
Landmarks · Wildlife Areas · Islands
The only part of South America still governed by an overseas country, the tropical, rainforest-covered French Guiana is the second largest region of France. The department was used by France as a penal colony in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with several islands that you can visit today used as prisons where inmates were forced to catch butterflies. On a trip to French Guiana, you can witness different ecosystems, diverse plant and animal life, as well a mix of cultures influenced by French colonization and a large immigrant population.