60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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60 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + bus:  20​h
1
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 5 nights
Drive:  11​h 30​min
2
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
3
La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  2​h
4
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
+2
Fly + shuttle + ferry:  10​h
6
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
+2
ferry + shuttle + Fly:  17​h
7
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
8
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
9
Gramado, Brazil
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
10
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
11
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h
12
Mendoza, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h
13
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
14
Valparaiso, Chile
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Sydney, Australia

5
nights
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques and Salar de Tara. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Piedras Rojas, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, and explore the activities along Tebinquinche Lake.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama tour itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to San Pedro de Atacama is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Chile Time (CLT), which is usually a -14 hour difference. While traveling from Sydney, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in San Pedro de Atacama, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Uyuni.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques ©
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques
Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas
Tebinquinche Lake ©
Tebinquinche Lake

2
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Explore hidden gems such as Salar de Uyuni and Isla Incahuasi. It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Necropolis & Museum Kawsay Wasy and contemplate the geological forces at Tunupa Volcano.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Uyuni road trip tool .

Traveling by car from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in January, expect nights in Uyuni to be somewhat warmer, around 13°C, while days are colder, around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks Nature Museums
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Tunupa Volcano ©
Tunupa Volcano

1
night
La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then don't miss a visit to Mi Teleferico, and finally make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the La Paz day trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Uyuni to La Paz in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Uyuni in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 4°C in La Paz. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours Historic Sites
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Food Tours
Mi Teleferico ©
Mi Teleferico
Iglesia de San Francisco ©
Iglesia de San Francisco

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo and Pisac. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, examine the collection at Museo de Arte Precolombino, pick up some new kitchen skills with ChocoMuseo, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cusco online journey planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from La Paz to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Cusco due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from La Paz in January: high temperatures in Cusco hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Pisac, Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo ©
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Iglesia De Santo Domingo ©
Iglesia De Santo Domingo

1
night
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, make a trip to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Lima trip app .

Getting from Cusco to Lima by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in January, expect nights in Lima to be much hotter, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and Santa Cruz Fish Market. Take a break from Puerto Ayora with a short trip to North Seymour Island in Baltra, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll through El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de los Alemanes, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna las Ninfas, and wander the wide-open spaces of Rancho Primicias.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Puerto Ayora road trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Lima to Puerto Ayora takes 10 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

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

2
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Catavento Cultural e Educacional and Mosteiro De Sao Bento. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museu Do Futebol, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, and admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sao Paulo trip itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Sao Paulo in 19 hours. The time zone difference moving from Ecuador Time to Brasilia Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Puerto Ayora in January, Sao Paulo is slightly colder at night with lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
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Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Catavento Cultural e Educacional ©
Catavento Cultural e Educacional
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Rodrigo de Freitas Lake and Parque Lage. There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Tijuca, and see where the action happens at Maracanã.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro journey planner.

Getting from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro by combination of bus and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo in January, things will get a bit warmer in Rio de Janeiro: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

5
nights
Gramado, Brazil

Gramado ©
Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Casa do Colono and Parque da Ferradura. Explore Gramado's surroundings by going to Bento Goncalves (Caminhos de Pedra, Parque Epopeia Italiana, & more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Fonte do Amor Eterno, admire the landmark architecture of Portico via Nova Petropolis, admire nature's wide array of creatures at GramadoZoo, and take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Lavender Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Gramado holiday builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Gramado takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Canela, Bento Goncalves
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Le Jardin Lavender Park ©
Le Jardin Lavender Park
Casa do Colono ©
Casa do Colono
Fonte do Amor Eterno ©
Fonte do Amor Eterno

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Walking tours and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos, take a stroll through Palermo, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Buenos Aires online attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Buenos Aires takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

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

5
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi and Fishing Charters & Tours. On the 16th (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Catedral Alta Patagonis. The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Ventisquero Negro, look for gifts at Chocolaterie VanWynsberghe, admire the sheer force of Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Circuito Chico.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Carlos de Bariloche trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to San Carlos de Bariloche in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in February: highs in San Carlos de Bariloche hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Circuito Chico ©
Circuito Chico
Fishing Charters & Tours
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi

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nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Cerro de la Gloria. Explore Mendoza's surroundings by going to SOLOCONTIGO Wine (in Los Sauces), Laureano Gomez Winemaker (in Colonia Las Rosas) and La Quebrada del Condor-Day Trip (in Tupungato). And it doesn't end there: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, do a tasting at Bodega La Azul, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and walk around Parque General San Martin.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Mendoza trip site .

Getting from San Carlos de Bariloche to Mendoza by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in February, expect nights in Mendoza to be warmer, around 21°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Mendoza

Tours Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

La Quebrada del Condor-Day Trip, Laureano Gomez Winemaker, SOLOCONTIGO Wine
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Food Tours
Wine Tours & Tastings
River Rafting & Tubing

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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 Walking tours and La Chascona. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Barrio Lastarria, admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, don't miss a visit to Patio Bellavista, and admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Santiago trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Mendoza to Santiago takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time to Chile Time is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Tours Museums
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
Barrio Lastarria
Barrio Lastarria

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nights
Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso ©
Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Step off the beaten path and head to Walking tours and Ascensor Reina Victoria. Explore Valparaiso's surroundings by going to Casa de Isla Negra (in Isla Negra), Playa Punta De Tralca (in El Quisco) and Playa Tunquen (in Tunquen). The adventure continues: make a trip to Cerro Concepcion, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, examine the collection at La Sebastiana, and enjoy the sand and surf at Reñaca.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Valparaiso online tour planner .

You can take a bus from Santiago to Valparaiso in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in February, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Casa de Isla Negra, Playa Tunquen, Playa Punta De Tralca, Reñaca
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Reñaca ©
Reñaca
Cerro Concepcion ©
Cerro Concepcion
Walking tours

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