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:  17​h 15​min
1
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
3
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 2 nights
+4
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  8​h
6
El Chalten, Argentina
— 1 night
bus:  6​h
7
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
8
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h
9
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  13​h
10
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  18​h
11
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
12
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
13
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  27​h
14
Canaima National Park, Venezuela
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  31​h
End: London, United Kingdom

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Baia do Sancho and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Spend the 4th (Wed) exploring nature at Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Sueste, trek along trilha Costa Azul, head outdoors with Morro dois Irmaos, and stroll through Trilha do Piquinho.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Fernando de Noronha road trip tool .

London, UK to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Fernando de Noronha is minus 2 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Fernando de Noronha hover around 35°C and lows are around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Praia de Ipanema and Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro. Visiting Copacabana Beach and Parque Nacional Tijuca will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Pao de Acucar, take in the awesome beauty at Pedra Bonita, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Barra da Tijuca Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro takes 8 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro is minus 1 hour. In December in Rio de Janeiro, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

2
nights
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
On the 14th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Salto Bernabe Mendez, then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin, and then head off the coast to Isla San Martin.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Iguazu National Park trip planner .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Iguazu National Park by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, expect little chillier with lows of 23°C in Iguazu National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Parque 3 de Febrero and Puerto Madero. The adventure continues: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, get a taste of the local shopping with Palermo, wander the streets of Recoleta, and explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

2
nights
Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Punta Tombo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Peninsula Valdes.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Madryn journey builder .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Punta Tombo
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Punta Tombo ©
Punta Tombo
Peninsula Valdes ©
Peninsula Valdes

1
night
El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten ©
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Torre. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cerro Fitz Roy.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our El Chalten road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Puerto Madryn to El Chalten takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Trails
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Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado ©
Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado

2
nights
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Seco and then take in the dramatic natural features at Perito Moreno Glacier. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Laguna de los Tres.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Los Glaciares National Park road trip planning website .

You can take a bus from El Chalten to Los Glaciares National Park in 6 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Los Glaciares National Park can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

3
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.
La Chascona and Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at San Cristóbal Hill and Ski Portillo. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Santa Lucia Hill, tour the pleasant surroundings at Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, examine the collection at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, and admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Santiago trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Los Glaciares National Park to Santiago in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Glaciares National Park to Santiago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, Ski Portillo
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Ski Portillo ©
Ski Portillo

3
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.
Pukara de Quitor and Father Le Paige Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Valle De La Luna and Geyser del Tatio. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Salar de Tara, explore the striking landscape at Piedras Rojas, and explore the fascinating landscape at Atacama Desert.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Pedro de Atacama trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in San Pedro de Atacama sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
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Atacama Desert ©
Atacama Desert
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Salinas de Maras and exploor. Get a sense of the local culture at Sacsayhuaman and Plaza de Armas. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, delve into the distant past at Tipon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, and steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco holiday planner.

Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to Cusco by combination of bus and flight takes about 13 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Cusco. While traveling from San Pedro de Atacama, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Cusco, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

4
nights
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Get in touch with nature at Sierra Negra and Isabela Island Wetlands Complex. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Concha de Perla, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, hike along Mirador los tunos, and stroll through El Tunel del Estero.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Villamil trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cusco to Puerto Villamil. The time zone difference when traveling from Cusco to Puerto Villamil is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Sierra Negra
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla
Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Charles Darwin Research Station and Reserva El Chato. Step out of Puerto Ayora with an excursion to North Seymour Island in Baltra--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at Los Gemelos, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon de Puerto Ayora, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora trip builder .

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora in 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Galapagos Time to Ecuador Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Take a break from the city and head to Cerro Tijeretas and Punta Pitt. Interpretation Center and Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, make a trip to La Casa del Ceibo, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and kick back and relax at Playa de Oro.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip builder site .

Ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 2.5 hours. January in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Canaima National Park.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado ©
Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Salto Kawi and Kavak Cave. It doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Salto Aponguao and take in panoramic vistas at Mirador El Oso.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Canaima National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Canaima National Park. You will leave for home on the 28th (Tue).

Things to do in Canaima National Park

Parks Nature
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Salto Kawi ©
Salto Kawi
Salto Aponguao ©
Salto Aponguao
Mirador El Oso ©
Mirador El Oso

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