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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Quito, Ecuador
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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Lima, Peru
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Cusco, Peru
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La Paz, Bolivia
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Santiago, Chile
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Montevideo, Uruguay
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Asuncion, Paraguay
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Margarita Island, Venezuela
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Cartagena, Colombia — 4 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at IslaBela and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Visit Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Centro Historico for their historical value. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, appreciate the extensive heritage of Baluarte de la Merced, and kick back and relax at Miramar Beach Club.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cartagena holiday site.

Charlotte, USA to Cartagena is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Cartagena when traveling from Charlotte in June, with lows around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can fly to Bogota.
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Bogota, Colombia — 4 nights

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.
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Laguna de Guatavita and Monserrate. Step out of Bogota with an excursion to Catedral Diocesana in Zipaquira--about 1h 5 min away. There's more to do: see some colorful creatures with Dive & Tours and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bogota trip planner.

You can fly from Cartagena to Bogota in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cartagena in June, expect Bogota to be cooler, temps between 66°F and 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can fly to Quito.
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Quito, Ecuador — 5 nights

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Get outdoors at Cotopaxi National Park and Illiniza Ecological Reserve. Popular historic sites such as Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania and Basilica del Voto Nacional are in your itinerary. Step out of Quito to go to Puerto Quito and see Pichincha, which is approximately 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and explore the world behind art at Casa Museo Guayasamin.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Quito road trip app.

You can fly from Bogota to Quito in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, Quito is a bit warmer than Bogota - with highs of 73°F and lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Guayaquil.
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Guayaquil, Ecuador — 2 nights

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Guayaquil Historical Park and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Hacienda La Danesa and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Guayaquil planning site.

Getting from Quito to Guayaquil by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in June, things will get a bit warmer in Guayaquil: highs are around 86°F and lows about 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Lima.
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Lima, Peru — 3 nights

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Huaca Pucllana and Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo Larco and San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro). There's more to do: wander the streets of Miraflores and fulfill a lifelong dream with Peru Caral Tours Sac.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lima route planner.

You can fly from Guayaquil to Lima in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Guayaquil in June, expect Lima to be slightly colder, temps between 70°F and 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Cusco.
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Cusco, Peru — 7 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as Sacsayhuaman and Sacred Valley of the Incas are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and exploor. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cusco: Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Qorikancha, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cusco online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in Cusco, with lows of 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to La Paz.
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La Paz, Bolivia — 4 nights

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Get some historical perspective at Tiwanaku and Iglesia de San Francisco. Step out of the city life by going to WMDR Yungas Road and Valley of the Moon. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and play a few rounds at Golf Tours Bolivia-Day Tours.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our La Paz trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to La Paz takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco to La Paz, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cusco in July; daily highs in La Paz reach 58°F and lows reach 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to fly to Santiago.
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Santiago, Chile — 7 nights

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Concha y Toro and La Chascona. Take a break from the city and head to San Cristóbal Hill and Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile. Step out of Santiago to go to Pirque and see Vina El Principal, which is approximately 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, explore the world behind art at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Santiago trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Santiago takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Montevideo.
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Montevideo, Uruguay — 3 nights

With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ciudad Vieja and Pizzorno Family Estates. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Plaza Independencia, go for a walk through Rambla de Montevideo, explore the world behind art at Palacio Taranco, and learn the secrets of beer at The Wine Experience.

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Fly from Santiago to Montevideo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Montevideo. In July, daytime highs in Montevideo are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Asuncion.
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Asuncion, Paraguay — 3 nights

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.
Visit Iglesia San Buenaventura de Yaguaron and Iglesia de la Santisima Trinidad for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Eco Reserva Mbatovi and Aventura Xtrema. Step out of Asuncion to go to San Bernardino and see Lago Ypacarai, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo Etnografico Andres Barbero.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Asuncion tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Montevideo to Asuncion takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Uruguay Standard Time to Paraguay Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Montevideo in July, expect Asuncion to be somewhat warmer, temps between 75°F and 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Rio de Janeiro.
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 7 nights

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Visiting Copacabana Beach and Parque Nacional Tijuca will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Praia de Ipanema and Barra da Tijuca Beach. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, take in the awesome beauty at Pedra Bonita, step into the grandiose world of Ilha Fiscal, and enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro tour planner.

You can fly from Asuncion to Rio de Janeiro in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Asuncion to Rio de Janeiro due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Asuncion in July since evenings lows in Rio de Janeiro dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can fly to Sao Paulo.
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Sao Paulo, Brazil — 5 nights

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Get a sense of the local culture at Paulista Avenue and Museu da Lingua Portuguesa. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, examine the collection at Museu do Futebol, pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, and admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sao Paulo journey planner.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in August, Sao Paulo is little chillier at night with lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Margarita Island.
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Margarita Island, Venezuela — 5 nights

A popular holiday spot for Venezuelans, sunny Margarita Island boasts an exotic Caribbean location, but at the same time is easily accessible from the mainland.
Visit Playa el Yaque and Playa El Agua for some beach relaxation. Spend the 8th (Tue) exploring nature at Laguna de la Restinga. It doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Fortín La Galera.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Margarita Island holiday app.

Getting from Sao Paulo to Margarita Island by flight takes about 14 hours. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Margarita Island, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in August: highs in Margarita Island hover around 92°F, while lows dip to 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Colombia travel guide

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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.
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Ecuador travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · 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.
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Peru travel guide

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Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.
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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.
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Chile travel guide

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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.
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Uruguay travel guide

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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.
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Paraguay travel guide

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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.
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Brazil travel guide

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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.
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Venezuela travel guide

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Land of Grace
A vacation in Venezuela, one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, can be both affordable and highly rewarding. From snowcapped mountains and vast grassland, to tropical islands and lush rainforests, Venezuela's varied landscapes are a paradise for nature lovers. Whether you're looking to laze on the Caribbean beaches, trek through the verdant jungles, or immerse yourself in the vibrant city culture, a Venezuela holiday offers something for everyone. Admire the world's highest waterfalls, go island hopping, discover tasty local delicacies, and witness the sheer abundance of wildlife and endemic species in Venezuela.
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