60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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60 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Quito, Ecuador
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 5 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
3
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
4
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  21​h 45​min
5
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 4 nights
Drive:  15​h 15​min
6
La Paz, Bolivia
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
7
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  13​h 15​min
8
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 3 nights
9
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
10
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
11
El Calafate, Argentina
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h
12
El Chalten, Argentina
— 3 nights
bus:  6​h
13
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  33​h
End: Sydney, Australia

4
nights
Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©
High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Venture out of the city with trips to Termas de Papallacta (in Papallacta) and Cuicocha (in Cotacachi). Spend the 22nd (Tue) among the fascinating landscape of Cotopaxi National Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, admire the landmark architecture of San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco), explore the world behind art at Guayasamin Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Quito visit planner .

Sydney, Australia to Quito is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Quito is minus 15 hours. In December, Quito is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Quito

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Termas de Papallacta, Cotopaxi National Park, Cuicocha
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Cuicocha ©
Cuicocha
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania

5
nights
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Puerto Villamil is known for wildlife, nature, zoos & aquariums, adventure, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get impressive views of Sierra Negra, head off the coast to Turtle Island, identify plant and animal life at Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Villamil online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Quito to Puerto Villamil in 4 hours. Another option is to fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Quito to Puerto Villamil is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Isabela
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 28:
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Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Isabela Island ©
Isabela Island

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.
Change things up with a short trip to North Seymour Island in Baltra (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Charles Darwin Research Station, don't miss a visit to Dragon Hill (Cerro Dragon), stroll through Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, and kick back and relax at Playa las Bachas.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora itinerary planner.

Getting from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora. In December, daytime highs in Puerto Ayora are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Beaches 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
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay

6
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.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is known for wildlife, museums, nature, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: gain insight at Interpretation Center, head off the coast to Isla Lobos, identify plant and animal life at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, and kick back and relax at Playa Punta Carola.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip app .

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
Cerro Brujo ©
Cerro Brujo

4
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: steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, explore the ancient world of Intipuncu, look for gifts at Mapi Art, and take in the natural beauty of Banos Termales de Cocalmayo.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu tour planner.

Explore your travel options from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Machu Picchu with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Paz.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Choquequirao Archeological Park, Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Choquequirao Archeological Park ©
Choquequirao Archeological Park

4
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Spend the 15th (Fri) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Tiwanaku, make a trip to Mi Teleferico, push the limits with an extreme tour, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our La Paz online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Machu Picchu to La Paz in 15.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Machu Picchu to La Paz, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Nature Parks
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:
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Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Mercado de Las Brujas ©
Mercado de Las Brujas

3
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Uyuni is known for nature, museums, nightlife, outdoors, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni, step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi, contemplate the geological forces at Tunupa Volcano, and see the interesting displays at Train Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Uyuni trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from La Paz to Uyuni takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from La Paz in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Uyuni, with lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks Nature Trails
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Tunupa Volcano ©
Tunupa Volcano

3
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, admire the sheer force of Devil's Throat, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and see the interesting displays at Museu de Cera Dreamland.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Foz do Iguacu trip maker app .

Do a combination of car and flight from Uyuni to Foz do Iguacu in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Uyuni to Foz do Iguacu is 1 hour. While traveling from Uyuni, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Foz do Iguacu, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

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

6
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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Pao de Acucar, get great views at Leblon Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Grumari, and enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro visit planner .

Getting from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in January, Rio de Janeiro is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 30:
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Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer

5
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), Punta Ballena (Playa Solanas, Playa Punta Ballena, & more) and Museo – Taller de Casapueblo (in Punta del Este). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, take in the waterfront at Rambla de Montevideo, take a stroll through Ciudad Vieja, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Montevideo sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Montevideo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, with highs in Montevideo at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Montevideo

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Maldonado, Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, Pizzorno Family Estates, Playa Punta Colorada
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 4:
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Playa Punta Ballena ©
Playa Punta Ballena
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia
Rambla de Montevideo ©
Rambla de Montevideo

4
nights
El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate ©
El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Enjoy!, take in the dramatic natural features at Upsala Glacier, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Argentino, and look for gifts at La Despensa Espacio de Sabores.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our El Calafate sightseeing planner.

Fly from Montevideo to El Calafate in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Montevideo, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in El Calafate, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino

3
nights
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.
El Chalten is known for nature, historic sites, scenic drive, trails, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Fitz Roy, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri, take some stellar pictures from Mirador del Torre, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Torre.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our El Chalten online trip builder .

Getting from El Calafate to El Chalten by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Trails
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 11:
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Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Laguna Capri ©
Laguna Capri

3
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.
Los Glaciares National Park is known for nature and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Perito Moreno Glacier and tour the pleasant surroundings at Laguna de los Tres.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Los Glaciares National Park trip itinerary planner.

Take a bus from El Chalten to Los Glaciares National Park in 6 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

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