60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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Quito, Ecuador
— 5 nights
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 4 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 6 nights
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Mendoza, Argentina
— 4 nights
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 5 nights
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Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 4 nights
Fly to Porto Alegre, Bus to Gramado
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Gramado, Brazil
— 5 nights
Bus to Porto Alegre, Fly to Asuncion
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Asuncion, Paraguay
— 2 nights
Taxi to Ypacaraí, Bus to Ciudad Del Este
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Ciudad Del Este, Paraguay
— 1 night
Bus to Foz do Iguacu, Fly to Sao Paulo
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 5 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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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.
Visit Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania and Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Cotopaxi National Park and Illiniza Ecological Reserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Quito: Cascada de Peguche (in Peguche), Termas de Papallacta (in Papallacta) and Otavalo Market (in Otavalo). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Pichincha, stroll through Las Tangaras Reserve (Reserva las Tangaras), explore the activities along Cuicocha, and get impressive views of Antisana Ecological Reserve.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Quito trip planner.

Lima, Peru to Quito is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Quito are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can fly to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Quito

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 11:

Guayaquil, Ecuador

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Escape the urban bustle at Guayaquil Historical Park and La Loberia. Relax by the water at Playa de Puerto Engabao and General Villamil Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Guayaquil side-trips: Salinas (La Chocolatera, Playa de Chipipe, &more) and Playa San Pablo (in Santa Elena). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Las Penas, stop by Cerro Santa Ana, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santo Domingo de Guzman, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia San Francisco.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Guayaquil tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Quito to Guayaquil by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Guayaquil: highs are around 35°C and lows about 25°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 15:

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 4 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Geyser del Tatio and Valle De La Luna. Get some historical perspective at Pukara de Quitor and Iglesia de San Pedro de Atacama. Explore San Pedro de Atacama's surroundings by going to Salar de Atacama (in Antofagasta) and Iglesia de San Francisco de Chiu Chiu (in San Francisco de Chiu Chiu). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Salar de Tara, see the interesting displays at Father Le Paige Museum, take in the natural beauty of Termas Banos de Puritama, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama online travel planner.

You can fly from Guayaquil to San Pedro de Atacama in 13.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Guayaquil to San Pedro de Atacama due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Guayaquil in October: highs in San Pedro de Atacama hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 19:

Santiago, Chile

— 6 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Reñaca and Playa El Canelillo. Get in touch with nature at San Cristóbal Hill and Panul Community Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santiago: Concha y Toro (in Pirque), Parque Tricao (in Santo Domingo) and Playa Tunquen (in Tunquen). There's lots more to do: walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, see the interesting displays at La Chascona, do a tasting at Vina Von Siebenthal, and admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

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Fly from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can fly to Mendoza.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Wildlife

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Find places to stay Oct 19 — 25:

Mendoza, Argentina

— 4 nights
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Get in touch with nature at Parque Provincial Aconcagua and Reserva Natural Villavicencio. Santuario Virgen de Lourdes and Plaza Espana will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mendoza: Bodegas Salentein (in Los Arboles), O. Fournier (in La Consulta) and Maipu (Bodega Santa Julia & Casa El Enemigo). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Bodega Tierras Altas and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Mendoza trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Mendoza takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Mendoza. In October, daily temperatures in Mendoza can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can fly to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 29:

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

— 3 nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi and Catedral Alta Patagonis. There's still lots to do: trek along Circuito Chico, tour the pleasant surroundings at Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro, explore by horseback at Arelauquen Golf & Country Club, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Carlos de Bariloche trip planner.

Fly from Mendoza to San Carlos de Bariloche in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mendoza in October, things will get slightly colder in San Carlos de Bariloche: highs are around 17°C and lows about 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 1:

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 6 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cemiterio de Recoleta and Calle Defensa. Step out of the city life by going to Parque 3 de Febrero and Peru Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Buenos Aires: Reserva Municipal Refugio Natural Educativo Ribera Norte (in Acassuso), Reserva Natural Punta Lara (in Ensenada) and Reserva Natural Urbana (in Castelar). There's much more to do: make a trip to Plaza de Mayo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Pilar, take a stroll through Puerto Madero, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires online visit planner.

You can fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Buenos Aires in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Buenos Aires, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to fly to Montevideo.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

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Find places to stay Nov 1 — 7:

Montevideo, Uruguay

— 5 nights
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Santa Ana and Playa Pocitos. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Cuchilla alta and Playa Costa Azul Canelones. Venture out of the city with trips to Florida (Prado Piedra Alta & Catedral de Florida), Balneario Atlantida (in Atlantida) and San Jose de Mayo (Costa Llana Reserva & Catedral de San Jose de Mayo). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Pizzorno Family Estates, take in the pleasant sights at Rambla de Montevideo, make a trip to Plaza Independencia, and admire the striking features of Palacio Salvo.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Montevideo trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Montevideo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Buenos Aires in November, Montevideo is little chillier at night with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Montevideo

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 7 — 12:

Punta del Este, Uruguay

— 4 nights

Monaco of South America

With plenty of modern casinos, well-developed beaches, chic restaurants, and upscale hotels, Punta del Este vacations draw visitors from Argentina, Brazil, and beyond.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Brava and Playa el Emir. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Capilla San Rafael and Iglesia Candelaria. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Punta del Este: Playa de Jose Ignacio (in Jose Ignacio), Minas (Parque Salto del Penitente & Cerro Arequita) and Faro Cabo Santa Maria (in La Paloma). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Del Mar, snap pictures at Puente Leonel Viera, admire the masterpieces at Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pan De Azucar.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Punta del Este online vacation planner.

Getting from Montevideo to Punta del Este by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in November, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 16:

Gramado, Brazil

— 5 nights

Hydrangea Garden

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Parque Estadual do Caracol and Parque da Ferradura. Visit Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Lourdes and Aurora Winery for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Gramado side-trips: Bento Goncalves (Vale dos Vinhedos, Haras Recando do Gaucho, &more), Reserva Ecologica Terra do Sempre (in Sao Francisco de Paula) and Flores Da Cunha (Vinicola Salvattore & Vinicola Luiz Argenta). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo, get in on the family fun at Snowland, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ervateira Marcon - Natural de Gramado, and contemplate the long history of Casa do Colono.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Gramado trip planning website.

Getting from Punta del Este to Gramado by combination of flight and bus takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Asuncion.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks · Wineries · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 22:

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.
On the 22nd (Fri), make a trip to Costanera de Asuncion and then sample the tasty concoctions at SACRAMENTO Brewing Co.. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Museo del Barro, get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de López, browse the exhibits of Casa de la Independencia, then appreciate the history behind The National Pantheon of Heroes and Oratory of the Virgin Our Lady Saint Mary of the Asuncion, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion, and finally make a trip to Plaza Uruguaya.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Asuncion road trip tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Asuncion takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gramado to Asuncion. November in Asuncion sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ciudad Del Este.

Things to do in Asuncion

Outdoors · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 24:

Ciudad Del Este, Paraguay

— 1 night

Supermarket of South America

The commercial center of eastern Paraguay, busy Ciudad Del Este serves primarily as a shopping destination for Argentines and Brazilians.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): snap pictures at Ponte da Amizade.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ciudad Del Este trip planner.

Getting from Asuncion to Ciudad Del Este by combination of taxi and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Asuncion to Ciudad Del Este, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. November in Ciudad Del Este sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Ciudad Del Este

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 24 — 25:

Sao Paulo, Brazil

— 5 nights

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Relax by the water at Juquehy Beach and Enseada Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Skydiving and Fazenda Ipanema. Explore Sao Paulo's surroundings by going to National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida (in Aparecida), Jundiai (Parque Da Cidade & Fundacao Serra do Japi) and Sao Sebastiao (Praia Barra do Sahy & Raizes Aventura). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, make a splash at SESC Bertioga, take in the architecture and atmosphere at São Paulo Cathedral, and wander the streets of Paulista Avenue.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo online trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Ciudad Del Este to Sao Paulo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ciudad Del Este in November, you will find days in Sao Paulo are a bit cooler (30°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 30:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 4 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Escape the urban bustle at Copacabana Beach and Praia de Grumari. Parque Lage and Ilha Fiscal will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Scuba & Snorkeling (in Arraial do Cabo), Petropolis (Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara & Cervejaria Bohemia) and Praia de Itacoatiara (in Niteroi). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra da Tijuca Beach, catch a ride on Sugarloaf Mountain, and take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Tijuca.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sao Paulo in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rio de Janeiro, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 4:

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.

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.

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.

Uruguay travel guide

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Landmarks · Scenic Walking Areas · Architectural Buildings
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

4.4
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.

Paraguay travel guide

3.9
Shopping Malls · Landmarks · 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.