60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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Cartagena, Colombia
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Bogota, Colombia
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La Paz, Bolivia
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Uyuni, Bolivia
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
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Santiago, Chile
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Mendoza, Argentina
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
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Montevideo, Uruguay
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Plaza Santo Domingo and Scuba & Snorkeling. Appreciate the collections at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory and Choco Museo. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Torre del Reloj, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, make a trip to Plaza Bolivar, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Baluarte de la Merced.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip itinerary tool.

London, UK to Cartagena is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Colombia Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from London in September, with highs in Cartagena at 38°C and lows at 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Bogota, Colombia

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Bolivar Square and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira. Explore hidden gems such as Museo Santa Clara and Parque Sauzalito. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Bogota trip planner.

Getting from Cartagena to Bogota by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, Bogota is colder than Cartagena - with highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

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La Paz, Bolivia

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then examine the collection at Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Francisco, then don't miss a visit to Mi Teleferico, and then don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read La Paz holiday planning tool.

You can fly from Bogota to La Paz in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, car, train, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Standard Time (COT) to Bolivia Time (BOT) is 1 hour. In September, La Paz is a bit cooler than Bogota - with highs of 18°C and lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites
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Uyuni, Bolivia

Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
On the 12th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Uyuni using our trip planner.

Getting from La Paz to Uyuni by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from La Paz in September, expect nights in Uyuni to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are cooler, around 1°C. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Pukara de Quitor and Museo del Meteorito. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Reserva Nacional de Flamencos. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Tebinquinche Lake, admire nature's extreme beauty at Atacama Desert, witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, and take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama trip maker app.

Getting from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama by car takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Uyuni in September, plan for much warmer days and about the same nights in San Pedro de Atacama: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 19:

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Santiago, Chile

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile and La Parva Ski Resort. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vina Undurraga and La Chascona. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santiago: Odfjell Vineyards (in Padre Hurtado) and Valparaiso (Walking tours & La Sebastiana). There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of San Cristóbal Hill, wander the streets of Barrio Bellavista, don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia, and learn about winemaking at Vina Santa Carolina.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Santiago trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Museums · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Bodega Tierras Altas and Bodega Roberto Bonfanti. Get outdoors at Parque Provincial Aconcagua and Valle de Uco. Dedicate the 27th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. It doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Pulenta Estate Winery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mendoza trip planner.

You can fly from Santiago to Mendoza in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santiago to Mendoza, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Nature

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi and Piedras Blancas. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Isla Victoria. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ventisquero Negro, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Nahuel Huapi, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Carlos de Bariloche tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Mendoza to San Carlos de Bariloche in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Mendoza in September: high temperatures in San Carlos de Bariloche hover around 13°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 6:

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Palacio de Aguas Corrientes. Popular historic sites such as Cemiterio de Recoleta and Catedral Primada are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Puerto Madero, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Pilar, and contemplate the long history of Plaza Francia.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Buenos Aires itinerary builder.

You can fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Buenos Aires in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 24°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 12:

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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Bastion de San Miguel, take in the views from Puerta de la Ciudadela, take a stroll through Barrio Historico, then enjoy the sea views from Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, then don't miss a visit to La Calle de los Suspiros, and finally go for a walk through Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Rio de la Plata, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Portugues, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica De Santisimo Sacramento.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Colonia del Sacramento trip planner.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Colonia del Sacramento by ferry takes about 2 hours. October in Colonia del Sacramento sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Montevideo.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 14:

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Montevideo, Uruguay

With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Get some cultural insight at 1972 Museum and Catedral de Montevideo. Museum-lovers will appreciate Palacio Taranco and Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes. And it doesn't end there: ponder the world of politics at Palacio Legislativo, wander the streets of Pocitos, learn the secrets of beer at The Wine Experience, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Montevideo road trip planning tool.

Drive from Colonia del Sacramento to Montevideo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Montevideo

Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries · Neighborhoods · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 17:

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Sao Paulo, Brazil

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Matriz Basilica Nossa Senhora Aparecida and National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida. Mosteiro De Sao Bento and Paulista Avenue are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Igreja Matriz de Santa Branca in Santa Branca (about 1h 45 min away). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, get curious at Museu Catavento, explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at São Paulo Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo road trip tool.

Fly from Montevideo to Sao Paulo in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Montevideo in October: high temperatures in Sao Paulo hover around 30°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 22:

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana and Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Copacabana Beach and Praia de Ipanema. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Pedra Bonita, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vermelha Beach, take some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach, and get engrossed in the history at Museu Historico Nacional.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro travel route planner.

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sao Paulo in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rio de Janeiro, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 30:

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.

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.

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.