60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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Fly to Asuncion, Taxi to San Lorenzo, Bus to Encarnacion
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Encarnacion, Paraguay
— 3 nights
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Asuncion, Paraguay
— 5 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 6 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 6 nights
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Fly to Baltra Island, Ferry to Santa Cruz Ferry Terminal, Bus to Puerto Ayora
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 8 nights
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Ferry to San Cristobal, Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Guayaquil
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
— 6 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 5 nights
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Medellin, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 5 nights
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Encarnacion, Paraguay — 3 nights

Encarnacion offers a good selection of cultural and natural attractions.
Explore Encarnacion's surroundings by going to Trinidad (La Santisima Trinidad De Parana & Parque Ecologico Ita Cajon) and Playa Tacuary (in Carmen Del Parana). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Jose Beach and delve into the distant past at Ruinas de Jesús.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Encarnacion trip builder site.

Rome, Italy to Encarnacion is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight, taxi, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, taxi, and bus. Traveling from Rome to Encarnacion, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Rome in January: high temperatures in Encarnacion hover around 38°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Asuncion.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Beaches
Side Trips

Asuncion, Paraguay — 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Asuncion side-trips: Eco Reserva Mbatovi (in Paraguari) and Lago Ypacarai (in San Bernardino). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of The National Pantheon of Heroes and Oratory of the Virgin Our Lady Saint Mary of the Asuncion, browse the exhibits of Museo Etnografico Andres Barbero, tour the pleasant surroundings at Botanical Garden and Zoo (Jardin Botanico y Zoologico), and ponder the world of politics at Palacio de López.

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Getting from Encarnacion to Asuncion by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Asuncion are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can fly to La Paz.
Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Side Trips

La Paz, Bolivia — 6 nights

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Get out of town with these interesting La Paz side-trips: Tiwanaku (in Tiwanaku) and Chacaltaya Ski Resort (in Milluni). Spend the 26th (Wed) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, make a trip to Mi Teleferico, see the interesting displays at Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos, and stroll around Valley of the Moon.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our La Paz online itinerary planner.

Getting from Asuncion to La Paz by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Asuncion in January, expect La Paz to be much colder, temps between 17°C and 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Cusco.
Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

Cusco, Peru — 5 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.
On the 30th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, make a trip to San Blas, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka.

To see ratings and tourist information, read Cusco travel route tool.

Getting from La Paz to Cusco by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Cusco due to the time zone difference. In January, Cusco is somewhat warmer than La Paz - with highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Machu Picchu.
Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods

Machu Picchu, Peru — 2 nights

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor and then steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu vacation planning site.

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. On the 4th (Fri), you'll travel to Lima.
Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Lima, Peru — 6 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.
Lima is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lima travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Machu Picchu to Lima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. You will leave for Puerto Ayora on the 10th (Thu).
Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Puerto Ayora, Ecuador — 8 nights

The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Puerto Ayora is known for parks, nature, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de los Alemanes, view the masterpieces at Samay Latin Art, and take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Puerto Ayora online trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and bus from Lima to Puerto Ayora takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Guayaquil.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Side Trip

Guayaquil, Ecuador — 3 nights

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Guayaquil is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stop by Cerro Santa Ana, get to know the fascinating history of Guayaquil Historical Park, examine the collection at Presley Norton Museum, and wander the streets of Las Penas.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Guayaquil trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Puerto Ayora to Guayaquil by combination of ferry and flight takes about 9 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to fly to Quito.
Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Quito, Ecuador — 6 nights

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Change things up with these side-trips from Quito: Cascada de Peguche (in Peguche), Pichincha (in Puerto Quito) and Cuicocha (in Cotacachi). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo, see the interesting displays at Museo Etnohistorico de Artesanias del Ecuador Mindalae, and look for gifts at Olga Fisch Folklore.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Quito tour itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Guayaquil to Quito by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Guayaquil in February; daily highs in Quito reach 24°C and lows reach 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to fly to Bogota.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Side Trips

Bogota, Colombia — 5 nights

Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Zipaquira (Desal & Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bogota driving holiday tool.

You can fly from Quito to Bogota in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in February, plan for slightly colder nights in Bogota, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to fly to Medellin.
Parks · Tours · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Medellin, Colombia — 4 nights

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Medellin is known for sightseeing, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, stroll through Las Tangaras Bird Reserve, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Medellin day trip app.

You can fly from Bogota to Medellin in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in March, things will get a bit warmer in Medellin: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to fly to Cartagena.
Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours

Cartagena, Colombia — 5 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cartagena side-trips: Bora Bora Cartagena Beach Club (in Islas de Rosario) and Isla Baru (Aviario Nacional de Colombia & Playa Blanca). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cartagena travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Cartagena takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in March, things will get a bit warmer in Cartagena: highs are around 37°C and lows about 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trips

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.

Bolivia travel guide

4.3
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.

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.

Ecuador travel guide

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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.

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Churches
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.