57 days in South America Itinerary

57 days in South America Itinerary

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Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fly:  15 h
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 7 nights
Fly + Bus:  1 h 30 min
2
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Mendoza, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
Ferry:  2 h 15 min
5
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  7 h 30 min
6
Paraguari, Paraguay
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  11 h 15 min
7
Sucre, Bolivia
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 45 min
8
Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
9
Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
10
Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
11
Bogota, Colombia
— 5 nights
Drive:  17 h 30 min
12
Canaima National Park, Venezuela
— 4 nights
Drive:  10 h 15 min
13
Georgetown, Guyana
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  2 h 30 min
14
Paramaribo, Suriname
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  14 h
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

7
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Ilha Fiscal and Forte de Copacabana. Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro and Museu Chacara do Ceu will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rio de Janeiro: Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi (in Niteroi) and Petropolis (Museu Casa de Santos Dumont, Imperial Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, wander the streets of Santa Teresa, take in the exciting artwork at Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas, and examine the collection at Espaco Cultural da Marinha.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro holiday maker app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 15- hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time is minus 4 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in September, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at 32°C and lows at 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Petropolis, Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

5
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Get some cultural insight at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo and Afro Brazil Museum. Appreciate the collections at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP and Museu da Lingua Portuguesa. Go for a jaunt from Sao Paulo to Jundiai to see Fundacao Serra do Japi about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, identify plant and animal life at Bosque das Cerejeiras, examine the collection at Museu de Arte Brasileira - FAAP, and explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 18°C in Sao Paulo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Fundacao Serra do Japi
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

4
nights
Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza ©
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Get a sense of the local culture at Bodega Matervini and Bodega Cruzat. Bubbles Experience. Step out of Mendoza to go to Tupungato and see Valle de Uco, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Museo Fundacional, do a tasting at Casarena Bodega y Vinedos, identify plant and animal life at Reserva Natural Divisadero Largo, and stroll around Parque General San Martin.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mendoza trip tool.

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Mendoza in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in September: high temperatures in Mendoza hover around 25°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries Parks Museums

Side Trips

Valle de Uco, Santuario Virgen de Lourdes
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Bodega Matervini ©
Bodega Matervini
Bodega Tierras Altas ©
Bodega Tierras Altas
Bodega Cruzat. Bubbles Experience ©
Bodega Cruzat. Bubbles Experience

6
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo. Visit Cemiterio de Recoleta and Plaza de Mayo for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Buenos Aires: Tigre (Museo de arte Tigre & Delta Terra Natural Reserve). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, appreciate the extensive heritage of La Boca, wander the streets of Calle Defensa, and shop like a local with Puerto Madero.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Mendoza to Buenos Aires takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Mendoza in September: highs in Buenos Aires hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Montevideo.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Tigre
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

4
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo – Taller de Casapueblo and Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pocitos and Pizzorno Family Estates. Change things up with a short trip to Museo Vivo del Titere in Maldonado (about 2 hours away). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, see the interesting displays at Fundacion Mario Benedetti, take an in-depth tour of Cabildo de Montevideo, and get a sense of history and politics at Palacio Legislativo.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Montevideo trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Buenos Aires to Montevideo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Paraguari.

Things to do in Montevideo

Museums Neighborhoods Wineries

Side Trips

Maldonado, Pizzorno Family Estates
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Pizzorno Family Estates ©
Pizzorno Family Estates
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo ©
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo

1
night
Paraguari, Paraguay

Paraguari ©
Paraguarí is a city, distrito and capital of Paraguarí Department in Paraguay, located 66 km from the country’s capital, Asunción. On the 28th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Eco Reserva Mbatovi.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Paraguari tour itinerary maker app.

Explore your travel options from Montevideo to Paraguari with the Route module. Traveling from Montevideo to Paraguari, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, Paraguari is a bit warmer than Montevideo - with highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Sucre.

Things to do in Paraguari

Parks Wildlife
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Eco Reserva Mbatovi ©
Eco Reserva Mbatovi

1
night
Sucre, Bolivia

Sucre ©
The constitutional capital of Bolivia, Sucre has a well-preserved historic center, with many buildings dating back to the city's founding in the 16th century.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): shop like a local with Arte y Cultura Sucre Galeria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museum of the Cathedral - Museo de la Catedral, then get engrossed in the history at House of Liberty Museum - Casa de la Libertad, and finally engage your brain at Museo del Tesoro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de San Francisco, explore the world behind art at Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR, and then examine the collection at Museo del Convento de la RECOLETA.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sucre trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Paraguari to Sucre. In September, Sucre is a bit cooler than Paraguari - with highs of 26°C and lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Sucre

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR ©
Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR
House of Liberty Museum - Casa de la Libertad ©
Museo del Convento de la RECOLETA ©
Museo del Convento de la RECOLETA

6
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.
Appreciate the collections at Museo de Arte Precolombino and Museo Inka. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sacsayhuaman and Sacred Valley of the Incas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cusco: Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras). Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, contemplate the long history of Tipon, and take an in-depth tour of Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sucre to Cusco in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sucre to Cusco due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

4
nights
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
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.
Appreciate the collections at Museo Larco and Galeria Indigo. Visit Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas and San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro) for their historical value. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru, explore the world behind art at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima, take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Nacion, and admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lima route maker tool.

You can fly from Cusco to Lima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Lima, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas ©
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana

3
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
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 a sense of the local culture at Walled City of Cartagena and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Appreciate the collections at La Presentacion Casa Museo Arte y Cultura and NH Galeria. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and contemplate the long history of Baluarte de la Merced.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cartagena tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Lima to Cartagena in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Lima in October: highs in Cartagena hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
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.
Let the collections at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Galeria La Cometa capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica and Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Reserva Natural El Chochal de Siecha (in Guasca), Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira) and Bioparque La Reserva (in Cota). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Cascada La Chorrera.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bogota driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Bogota takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Cartagena in October: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Canaima National Park.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Reserva Natural El Chochal de Siecha, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Cascada La Chorrera, Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros, Bioparque La Reserva
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira

4
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.
Canaima National Park is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Kavak Cave, take in the dramatic natural features at Salto Kawi, admire the sheer force of Salto Aponguao, and contemplate the waterfront views at Sorowapo.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Canaima National Park trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bogota to Canaima National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Georgetown.

Things to do in Canaima National Park

Parks Nature
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Salto Aponguao ©
Salto Aponguao
Salto Kawi ©
Salto Kawi
Yurani Falls ©
Yurani Falls

1
day
Georgetown, Guyana

Georgetown ©
Guyana's capital and main urban area, Georgetown represents the starting point for many visits to the country.
On the 24th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Guyana Heritage Museum Demerara, pause for some photo ops at Seven Ponds Monument, then browse the exhibits of Roy Geddes Steel Pan Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kissing Bridge.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Georgetown tour itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Canaima National Park to Georgetown. Traveling from Canaima National Park to Georgetown, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Georgetown can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Paramaribo.

Things to do in Georgetown

Museums Parks
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Seven Ponds Monument ©
Seven Ponds Monument

3
nights
Paramaribo, Suriname

Paramaribo ©
With the chance to visit a World Heritage-listed inner city, tours of Paramaribo remain among the most culturally enriching things tourists can do in Suriname.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Dutch reformed church, then examine the collection at Fort Nieuw Amsterdam, then stroll through Peperpot Nature Park, and finally take in the views from Jules Wijdenbosch Bridge. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Ready Tex Art Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at Het Koto Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Stichting Villa Zapakara voor Kind & Cultuur.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Paramaribo tour app.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Georgetown to Paramaribo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Georgetown to Paramaribo due to the time zone difference. In October, daytime highs in Paramaribo are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paramaribo

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Peperpot Nature Park, Fort Nieuw Amsterdam
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Fort Nieuw Amsterdam ©
Fort Nieuw Amsterdam
Het Koto Museum ©
Het Koto Museum
Peperpot Nature Park
Peperpot Nature Park

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