60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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60 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Faro, Portugal
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 3 nights
Drive:  45 min
4
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
5
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 4 nights
Ferry:  2 h 15 min
6
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
7
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
+2
Shuttle + Taxi + Fly:  8 h 30 min
8
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
9
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
10
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  22 h 30 min
11
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
12
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
13
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  27 h
14
Canaima National Park, Venezuela
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  32 h
End: Faro, Portugal

4
nights
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha ©
With 21 lush islands scattered among pristine waters in the Atlantic Ocean, a Fernando de Noronha holiday is well worth the effort it takes to get there.
Spend the 5th (Thu) exploring nature at Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Baia do Sancho, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fernando de Noronha, hike along Trilha Costa Esmeralda, and head outdoors with Morro dois Irmaos.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Fernando de Noronha road trip planning site .

Faro, Portugal to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Western European Time (WET) to Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Faro in December, with highs in Fernando de Noronha at 35°C and lows at 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos

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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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Sugarloaf Mountain, kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Tijuca, and admire all the interesting features of Maracanã.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro day trip planning app .

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro in 8 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro. December in Rio de Janeiro sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

3
nights
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
On the 12th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple and then see human ingenuity at work at Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the engineering at Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam, then meet the residents at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Foz do Iguacu tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Foz do Iguacu, with lows of 24°C. On the 14th (Sat), you'll travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Itaipu Dam ©
Itaipu Dam

1
night
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.
On the 14th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin and then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Cataratas del Iguazu.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Iguazu National Park trip planning website .

You can drive from Foz do Iguacu to Iguazu National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Iguazu National Park are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez

4
nights
Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montevideo: Punta Ballena (Playa Punta Ballena, Playa Solanas, & more), Museo – Taller de Casapueblo (in Punta del Este) and Pizzorno Family Estates (in Canelones). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Plaza Independencia, stop by Wine Shop Los Cerros de San Juan, take a stroll through Pocitos, and ponder the world of politics at Palacio Legislativo.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Montevideo trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Iguazu National Park to Montevideo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Iguazu National Park in December; daily highs in Montevideo reach 32°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Maldonado, Pizzorno Family Estates
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Pizzorno Family Estates ©
Pizzorno Family Estates
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo ©
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo

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.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, museums, parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Recoleta Cemetery, shop like a local with El Ateneo Grand Splendid, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires route planning tool .

Traveling by ferry from Montevideo to Buenos Aires takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Montevideo in December since evenings lows in Buenos Aires dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

1
night
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Seco and then explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno Glacier. On the next day, trek along Laguna de los Tres.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Los Glaciares National Park trip itinerary builder site .

Fly from Buenos Aires to Los Glaciares National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in December, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in Los Glaciares National Park: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Perito Moreno National Park
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Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Perito Moreno National Park ©
Perito Moreno National Park
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

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.
When in Santiago, make a side trip to see Ski Portillo in Portillo, approximately 1h 55 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, make a trip to Plaza de Armas, examine the collection at La Chascona, and fly down the slopes at Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Santiago day trip website .

You can fly from Los Glaciares National Park to Santiago in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Los Glaciares National Park to Santiago. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, Ski Portillo Just For The Day
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Salinas de Maras in Maras (about 1h 15 min away). On the 5th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and hike along exploor.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cusco online trip planner .

You can fly from Santiago to Cusco in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santiago to Cusco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December in Cusco, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha

2
nights
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu travel route builder site .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

5
nights
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Puerto Villamil is known for wildlife, nature, zoos & aquariums, adventure, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Sierra Negra, get outside with Cueva de Sucre, step off the mainland to explore Turtle Island, and kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Villamil.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Villamil trip maker app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Machu Picchu to Puerto Villamil. The time zone difference when traveling from Machu Picchu to Puerto Villamil is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sierra Negra
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Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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.
Go for a jaunt from Puerto Ayora to Baltra to see North Seymour Island about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Charles Darwin Research Station, don't miss a visit to Dragon Hill (Cerro Dragon), explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, and explore and take pictures at Rancho Primicias.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Puerto Ayora travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island, El Trapiche Ecologico Galapagos
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay

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nights
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Interpretation Center, step off the mainland to explore Isla Lobos, don't miss a visit to León Dormido, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Mann.

Plan trip to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 2.5 hours. In January in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Canaima National Park.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
Cerro Brujo ©
Cerro Brujo

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nights
Canaima National Park, Venezuela

Canaima National Park ©
One of the largest national parks in the world, Canaima National Park encompasses 30,000 sq km (12 sq mi) of distinct landscapes, varied wildlife, and the world's highest waterfalls.
Canaima National Park is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Salto Aponguao, explore the activities along Salto Kawi, and explore the fascinating underground world of Kavak Cave.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Canaima National Park sightseeing site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Canaima National Park. You'll set off for home on the 28th (Tue).

Things to do in Canaima National Park

Parks Nature
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Salto Aponguao ©
Salto Aponguao
Salto Kawi ©
Salto Kawi

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