58 days in South America Itinerary

58 days in South America Itinerary

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Lima, Peru
— 5 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 7 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
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Santiago, Chile
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Montevideo, Uruguay
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Asuncion, Paraguay
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Georgetown, Guyana
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Lima, Peru — 5 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 Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas and Huaca Pucllana. Get a sense of the local culture at Museo Larco and Miraflores. Step out of Lima with an excursion to Playa Santa Maria del Mar in Santa Maria Del Mar--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Penascal, take a stroll through Barranco, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo Kennedy, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Lima trip builder.

Toronto, Canada to Lima is an approximately 11-hour flight. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in January; daily highs in Lima reach 31°C and lows reach 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sacsayhuaman and Qorikancha. You'll explore and learn at Museo de Arte Precolombino and Museo Inka. Step out of Cusco to go to Maras and see Salinas de Maras, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Spend the 10th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, take a memorable excursion with exploor, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and don't miss a visit to San Blas.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in January, expect nights in Cusco to be colder, around 9°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to La Paz.
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La Paz, Bolivia — 7 nights

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Get outdoors at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Golf Tours Bolivia-Day Tours. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos and Museo Tambo Qirquincho. Venture out of the city with trips to Tiwanaku (in Tiwanaku) and Huayna Potosi (in Milluni). Spend the 18th (Wed) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. There's lots more to do: stroll around Valley of the Moon, make a trip to Mi Teleferico, examine the collection at Museo de Metales Preciosos, and ponder the world of politics at Centro de Informacion Turistica.

Discover how to plan a La Paz trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

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 January; daily highs in La Paz reach 17°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like La Chascona and Casa de Isla Negra. Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania and Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion will appeal to history buffs. Explore Santiago's surroundings by going to Concha y Toro (in Pirque), Husky Point (in Curacautin) and Cinco Oceanos Dive Center (in Algarrobo). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Baha'i, walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, and wander the streets of Barrio Lastarria.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Santiago trip planner.

Fly from La Paz to Santiago in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Buenos Aires.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 7 nights

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.
Cemiterio de Recoleta and La Boca will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Parque 3 de Febrero and Peru Beach. Spend the 4th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Puerto Madero, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, appreciate the extensive heritage of Calle Defensa, and get engrossed in the history at El Zanjon de Granados.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires trip planner.

Fly from Santiago to Buenos Aires in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Argentina Standard Time (ART), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January in Buenos Aires, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Montevideo.
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Montevideo, Uruguay — 7 nights

With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Catedral de Montevideo and Iglesia San Juan Bautista will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Playa Mansa and Barcos del Este. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montevideo: Punta Ballena (Playa Punta Ballena & Museo – Taller de Casapueblo) and The Fingers of Punta del Este (in Punta del Este). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Pocitos, don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de las Carmelitas, and get to know the fascinating history of Galeria de Arte Porton de San Pedro.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Montevideo trip maker website.

Fly from Buenos Aires to Montevideo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and car. In February, daytime highs in Montevideo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to fly to Asuncion.
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Asuncion, Paraguay — 7 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Eco Reserva Mbatovi and Cerro Coi. Casa de la Independencia and Museo del Barro are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asuncion: Aregua (Playa De Aregua & Castillo Carlota Palmerola) and San Bernardino (Lago Ypacarai & Aventura Xtrema). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Museo Etnografico Andres Barbero, get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de López, admire the landmark architecture of The National Pantheon of Heroes and Oratory of the Virgin Our Lady Saint Mary of the Asuncion, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Asuncion trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Montevideo to Asuncion by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Montevideo to Asuncion is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Montevideo in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Asuncion: highs are around 39°C and lows about 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Rio de Janeiro.
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 8 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 Praia de Ipanema will get you outdoors. You'll explore and learn at Imperial Museum and Museu Nacional De Belas Artes. Go for a jaunt from Rio de Janeiro to Niteroi to see Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll through Pedra do Arpoador, admire the striking features of Ilha Fiscal, get great views at Leblon Beach, and admire the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro.

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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. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Georgetown.
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Georgetown, Guyana — 2 nights

Guyana's capital and main urban area, Georgetown represents the starting point for many visits to the country.
On the 27th (Mon), see what you can catch with Blackwater Adventures and then admire the striking features of St. George's Cathedral.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Georgetown sightseeing planner.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Georgetown by flight takes about 17.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Georgetown is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in February, expect nights in Georgetown to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are slightly colder, around 34°C. You'll set off for home on the 28th (Tue).
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Peru travel guide

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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.
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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

4.3
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.
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Argentina travel guide

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Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
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.
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Uruguay travel guide

4.1
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.
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Paraguay travel guide

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Shopping Malls · Landmarks · 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.
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Brazil travel guide

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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.
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Guyana travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Gardens · Waterfalls
Land of Many Waters
A land of thick rainforest, expansive savannas, and lively Caribbean culture, Guyana is becoming more and more notable for its adventure and eco-tourism opportunities. Sightseeing in Guyana ranges from touring the colonial-era architectural gems of the historic capital, to hiking the verdant forest trails. Scenic waterfalls and mountaintops, laidback ranches, an array of tropical wildlife, and delicious Creole fusion cuisine await you on your Guyana holiday.
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