60 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

60 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

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Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 7 nights
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 6 nights
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Mendoza, Argentina
— 6 nights
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 7 nights
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Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 4 nights
Fly to Iguazu, Drive to Ciudad Del Este
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Ciudad Del Este, Paraguay
— 1 night
Bus to Foz do Iguacu, Fly to Brasilia
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Brasilia, Brazil
— 3 nights
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Milan, Italy
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Cartagena, Colombia

— 3 nights

City of Heroes

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.
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver and Torre del Reloj are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Choco Museo. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Plaza Santo Domingo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and examine the collection at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Cartagena trip planner.

Rome, Italy to Cartagena is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Cartagena is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Rome in December, expect Cartagena to be much hotter, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

San Andres Island, Colombia

— 3 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa de San Luis and West View. Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa de Spratt Bight and Cayo El Acuario. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Andres Island trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Cartagena to San Andres Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in San Andres Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Quito.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Quito, Ecuador

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Quito Old Town and Intinan Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica del Voto Nacional and Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at La Capilla Del Hombre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, and appreciate the history behind La Virgen del Panecillo.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Quito trip planner.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Quito in 8.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Andres Island in December: highs in Quito hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Museums

Cusco, Peru

— 7 nights

Imperial City

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.
Get in touch with nature at Horseback Riding Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sacred Valley of the Incas and San Blas. Venture out of the city with trips to Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo (in Ollantaytambo) and Pisac (in Pisac). There's much more to do: examine the collection at ChocoMuseo, contemplate the long history of Tipon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, and delve into the distant past at Q'enqo.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Quito to Cusco takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Quito in December since evenings lows in Cusco dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Uyuni, Bolivia

— 2 nights
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Uyuni tour planning app.

Fly from Cusco to Uyuni in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to Uyuni. Traveling from Cusco in December, expect nights in Uyuni to be somewhat warmer, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks · Nature
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 6 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo del Meteorito and Pukara de Quitor. Escape the urban bustle at Salar de Tara and Laguna Chaxa. Spend the 21st (Mon) exploring nature at Reserva Nacional de Flamencos. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Valle Arcoiris, don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, take in the natural beauty of Termas Banos de Puritama, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama planning app.

Traveling by car from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Uyuni in December, you will find days in San Pedro de Atacama are warmer (29°C), and nights are little chillier (6°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Mendoza, Argentina

— 6 nights
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Bodega Ruca Malen and Pulenta Estate Winery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Casa El Enemigo and Food Tours. Dedicate the 26th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Bodega Chandon, get outside with Outdoor Activities, walk around Parque General San Martin, and take some stellar pictures from Cerro de la Gloria.

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You can fly from San Pedro de Atacama to Mendoza in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Mendoza is 1 hour. When traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Mendoza: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

— 7 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 some cultural insight at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Nahuel Huapi and Museo del Lago Gutierrez. Get outdoors at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi and Sendero de los Arrayanes. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, trek along Circuito Chico, and explore the activities along Isla Victoria.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Carlos de Bariloche trip app.

Fly from Mendoza to San Carlos de Bariloche in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mendoza in December, you will find days in San Carlos de Bariloche are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are colder (6°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Punta del Este.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ralli Museum Punta del Este and Museo Del Mar. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Mansa and Castillo Pittamiglio - Universo Pittamiglio. Change things up with a short trip to Cerro San Antonio in Piriapolis (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Brava, get great views at Mirador Punta Ballena, cast your line with DimarTours, and snap pictures at Puente Leonel Viera.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Punta del Este trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Carlos de Bariloche to Punta del Este takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect much warmer evenings in Punta del Este when traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in January, with lows around 23°C. On the 11th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ciudad Del Este.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): browse the different shops at Nissei and then don't miss a visit to PRESA DE ITAIPU.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ciudad Del Este trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Punta del Este to Ciudad Del Este in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Punta del Este in January: highs in Ciudad Del Este hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Brasilia.

Things to do in Ciudad Del Este

Shopping

Brasilia, Brazil

— 3 nights

Capital of Hope

Although it lacks the cultural flair of Rio de Janeiro and the massive urban sprawl of Sao Paulo, Brasilia holds a fascinating place in the tapestry of Brazil.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Dom Bosco and then admire the landmark architecture of Templo da Boa Vontade. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge, then appreciate the history behind Memorial JK, and then stroll around Parque da Cidade Sarah Kubitschek.

For maps and more tourist information, use the Brasilia vacation app.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Ciudad Del Este to Brasilia in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Ciudad Del Este in January, things will get slightly colder in Brasilia: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Milan.

Things to do in Brasilia

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Milan, Italy

— 14 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Get some historical perspective at Palazzo Te and Basilica di Santa Anastasia. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore and Duomo Vecchio di Brescia. Explore Milan's surroundings by going to Verona (Piazzale Castel San Pietro, Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, &more), Turin (Armeria Reale, Museo Pietro Micca, &more) and Vigoleno (Pieve di San Giorgio & Castello di Vigoleno). And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Cathedral of Cremona, contemplate the long history of Mura Venete, take a stroll through Borgo Castell'Arquato, and step into the grandiose world of Castello di Gropparello.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Milan online road trip planner.

You can fly from Brasilia to Milan in 18 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Brasilia to Milan. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Brasilia in January: high temperatures in Milan hover around 9°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
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.

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.

Peru travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
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.

Bolivia travel guide

4.2
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.

Chile travel guide

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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 · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
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 · Art Museums
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.

Paraguay travel guide

3.8
Landmarks · Shopping Malls · 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.

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.