60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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60 days in South America Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Quito, Ecuador
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  8​h
2
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
+2
ferry + shuttle + Fly:  9​h 45​min
3
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + bus:  12​h 45​min
5
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h
6
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Punta Arenas, Chile
— 1 night
bus:  8​h
8
El Calafate, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
9
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 1 day
Drive:  15​min
11
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
12
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
13
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
14
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: London, United Kingdom

4
nights
Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©
High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Quito: Cuicocha (in Cotacachi) and Pichincha (in Puerto Quito). Spend the 4th (Mon) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco), examine the collection at La Capilla Del Hombre, and explore the world behind art at Guayasamin Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Quito trip planner .

London, UK to Quito is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Quito is minus 5 hours. Traveling from London in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Quito: highs are around 26°C and lows about 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Quito

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Pichincha, Cuicocha
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 6:
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Cuicocha ©
Cuicocha
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©

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.
When in Puerto Ayora, make a side trip to see North Seymour Island in Baltra, approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Charles Darwin Research Station, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Aymara, kick back and relax at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de los Alemanes.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora trip planner .

Getting from Quito to Puerto Ayora by combination of flight and ferry takes about 8 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Quito in November: high temperatures in Puerto Ayora hover around 31°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 12:
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Reserva El Chato ©
Reserva El Chato
Las Grietas ©
Las Grietas

3
nights
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.
Lima is known for parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, examine the collection at National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History, and take a leisurely stroll along Miraflores Boardwalk.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Lima driving holiday tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Lima takes 10 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Puerto Ayora in November; daily highs in Lima reach 26°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 16:
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Peruvian Soul ©
Peruvian Soul
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana

2
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Spend the 18th (Mon) exploring nature at Cotapata National Park. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Tiwanaku, make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas, admire the striking features of Iglesia de San Francisco, and take in the dramatic natural features at Valley of the Moon.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our La Paz trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Lima to La Paz takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lima to La Paz due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Lima in November, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in La Paz: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in La Paz

Nature Parks Tours
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 19:
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Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Mercado de Las Brujas ©
Mercado de Las Brujas

4
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.
When in San Pedro de Atacama, make a side trip to see Salar de Atacama in Antofagasta, approximately 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, identify plant and animal life at Salar de Tara, examine the collection at Father Le Paige Museum, and delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Pedro de Atacama day trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from La Paz to San Pedro de Atacama in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from La Paz, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Pedro de Atacama, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Salar de Atacama, Atacama Desert
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Atacama Desert ©
Atacama Desert
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio

5
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Dedicate the 27th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, don't miss a visit to Patio Bellavista, hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central), and admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Santiago road trip site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Santiago

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trip

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Santa Lucia Hill ©
Santa Lucia Hill

1
night
Punta Arenas, Chile

An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at Museo Naval y Maritimo, then examine the collection at Palacio Sara Braun, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Regional De Magallanes, and finally get outside with Strait of Magellan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Punta Arenas trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Santiago to Punta Arenas by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Punta Arenas can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Museo Regional De Magallanes ©
Museo Regional De Magallanes
Palacio Sara Braun ©
Palacio Sara Braun

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Keep things going the next day: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour and then head outdoors with Enjoy!.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read El Calafate trip itinerary website .

Traveling by bus from Punta Arenas to El Calafate takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Punta Arenas to El Calafate due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Punta Arenas in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in El Calafate, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in El Calafate

Outdoors Nature Parks
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Climbing Tours

6
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, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, take a stroll through Palermo, and take in the history at Plaza de Mayo.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip planner .

Traveling by flight from El Calafate to Buenos Aires takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from El Calafate in December, plan for much hotter days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 33°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Puerto Iguazu.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Recoleta Cemetery ©
Recoleta Cemetery
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

1
day
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.
On the 10th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin, then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez, and then wander the streets of Puerto Iguazu.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Iguazu trip maker website .

Fly from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Puerto Iguazu can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Puerto Iguazu

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Iguazu National Park
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Iguazu ©
Puerto Iguazu
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls and then enjoy some diversion at Wake Iguassu Cable Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see human ingenuity at work at Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple, and then get to know the resident critters at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu trip itinerary builder website .

Foz do Iguacu is just a short distance from Puerto Iguazu. In December in Foz do Iguacu, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 12:
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam ©
Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam

6
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: take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, delve into the lush surroundings at Parque Nacional Tijuca, and stroll through Praia de Ipanema.

To find out how to plan a trip to Rio de Janeiro, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 18:
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Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

5
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.
Sao Paulo is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Ibirapuera Park, explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, and examine the collection at Afro Brazil Museum.

To see ratings and tourist information, go to the Sao Paulo sightseeing app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, Sao Paulo is little chillier than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Fun & Games Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 23:
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Ibirapuera Park ©
Ibirapuera Park
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

5
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 27th (Fri) exploring nature at Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Baia do Sancho, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stroll through Praia do Sueste, and head outdoors with Morro dois Irmaos.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Fernando de Noronha day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Fernando de Noronha takes 6.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sao Paulo to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sao Paulo in December since evenings lows in Fernando de Noronha dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 29:
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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste

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