59 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

59 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

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59 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly + Drive:  36​h
1
Canaima National Park, Venezuela
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  23​h 15​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
3
Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  12​h
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h
6
La Paz, Bolivia
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
7
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
8
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
9
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
10
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 15​min
11
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
12
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
13
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

4
nights
Canaima National Park, Venezuela

Canaima National Park ©
One of the largest national parks in the world, Canaima National Park encompasses 30,000 sq km (12 sq mi) of distinct landscapes, varied wildlife, and the world's highest waterfalls.
Canaima National Park is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Salto Aponguao, take in the dramatic natural features at Salto Kawi, and Head underground at Kavak Cave.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Canaima National Park route planner .

Manchester, UK to Canaima National Park is an approximately 36-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Colombia Time (COT), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Canaima National Park

Parks Nature
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Salto Aponguao ©
Salto Aponguao
Salto Kawi ©
Salto Kawi

5
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
Take a break from La Fortuna de San Carlos with a short trip to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz in Vara Blanca, about 1h 50 min away. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, look for gifts at Galeria Aguas Verdes, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder site .

Explore your travel options from Canaima National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos with the Route module. The time zone changes from Colombia Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Lima.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 12:
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

4
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: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, explore the galleries of Galeria Indigo, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lima trip planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Lima in 9 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Lima due to the time zone difference. In August in Lima, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

2
nights
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Machu Picchu is known for historic sites, nature, spas, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, take in the awesome beauty at Phutuq K'usi, get great views at Intipuncu, and take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes).

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip builder site .

Getting from Lima to Machu Picchu by combination of flight and car takes about 12 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cusco: Salinas de Maras (in Maras) and Cerveceria Willkamayu (in Urubamba). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, and contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas.

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

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Cusco are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Cerveceria Willkamayu, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Salinas de Maras
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 24:
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

4
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Spend the 25th (Tue) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Tiwanaku, get great views at Mirador Killi Killi, sample the fine beverages at Andean Culture Distillery, and admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia de San Francisco.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the La Paz trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cusco to La Paz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to La Paz. Traveling from Cusco in August, things will get a bit cooler in La Paz: highs are around 18°C and lows about -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours
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Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santiago: Concha y Toro (in Pirque) and Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile (in Valle Nevado). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Santa Lucia Hill, examine the collection at La Chascona, hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central), and browse the different shops at Costanera Center.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Santiago trip planner.

You can fly from La Paz to Santiago in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, Concha y Toro
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Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

3
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.
San Carlos de Bariloche is known for nature, winter sports, trails, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hit the slopes at Catedral Alta Patagonis, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cerro Otto, don't miss a visit to Centro Civico, and look for gifts at Chocolaterie VanWynsberghe.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Carlos de Bariloche attractions planning app .

Fly from Santiago to San Carlos de Bariloche in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to San Carlos de Bariloche is 1 hour. In September, daytime highs in San Carlos de Bariloche are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Catedral Alta Patagonis
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Circuito Chico ©
Circuito Chico

5
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: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

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Getting from San Carlos de Bariloche to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in September, expect nights in Buenos Aires to be much warmer, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Montevideo.

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

4
nights
Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Explore Montevideo's surroundings by going to Pizzorno Family Estates (in Canelones) and Museo – Taller de Casapueblo (in Punta del Este). There's much more to do: make a trip to Plaza Independencia, admire the masterpieces at Palacio Taranco, ponder the world of politics at Palacio Legislativo, and hunt for treasures at Mercado del Puerto.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Montevideo day trip planning site .

Ride a ferry from Buenos Aires to Montevideo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September in Montevideo, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Montevideo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, Pizzorno Family Estates
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Mercado del Puerto ©
Mercado del Puerto
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo ©
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo

4
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.
Foz do Iguacu is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, adventure, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the engineering at Iguazu Falls, take in the views from Ponte Internacional da Amizade, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and steep yourself in history at Marco Das Tres Fronteiras.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Foz do Iguacu driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Montevideo to Foz do Iguacu in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Montevideo in September, things will get a bit warmer in Foz do Iguacu: highs are around 32°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Itaipu Dam ©
Itaipu Dam

4
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.
Step out of Sao Paulo to go to Aparecida and see National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, indulge your taste buds at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Foz do Iguacu to Sao Paulo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Sao Paulo can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida
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Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue

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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.
Explore Rio de Janeiro's surroundings by going to Petropolis (Imperial Museum & Cervejaria Bohemia). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pao de Acucar, kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro route maker site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Rio de Janeiro, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Petropolis
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Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

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