59 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

59 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

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Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly + Drive:  36 h
1
Canaima National Park, Venezuela
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  23 h 15 min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  8 h 45 min
3
Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  12 h
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
5
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  2 h
6
La Paz, Bolivia
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
7
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  9 h 45 min
8
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  5 h 15 min
9
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
Ferry:  2 h 15 min
10
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  6 h 15 min
11
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
12
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  1 h 30 min
13
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

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, admire the sheer force of Salto Aponguao, and explore the striking landscape at Salto Kawi.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Canaima National Park travel route planner.

Manchester, UK to Canaima National Park is an approximately 35- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Colombia Standard Time (COT) is minus 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Canaima National Park

Nature Parks
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Salto Aponguao ©
Salto Aponguao
Salto Kawi ©
Salto Kawi

5
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to Vara Blanca and see Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes, stroll through Proyecto Asis, and head outdoors with El Salto.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos attractions planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Canaima National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Traveling from Canaima National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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.
Lima is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de Torre Tagle, take a stroll through Miraflores, and stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Lima online road trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Lima in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Peru Standard Time (PET) is 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

2
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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac, stop by Mapi Art, and delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu road trip planner.

Getting from Lima to Machu Picchu by combination of flight, bus, and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: Salinas de Maras (in Maras) and Cerveceria Willkamayu (in Urubamba). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco, pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Cusco day trip app.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. August in Cusco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Salinas de Maras, Cerveceria Willkamayu
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 24:
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

4
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Spend the 25th (Tue) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Tiwanaku, make a trip to Calle Sagarnaga, take in the dramatic natural features at Valley of the Moon, and examine the collection at Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read La Paz trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cusco to La Paz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time (PET) to Bolivia Time (BOT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Cusco in August, things will get a bit cooler in La Paz: highs are around 18°C and lows about -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours
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WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

4
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Explore Santiago's surroundings by going to Concha y Toro (in Pirque) and Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile (in Valle Nevado). There's much more to do: get great views at San Cristóbal Hill, stop by Patio Bellavista, admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera.

To plan Santiago vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Fly from La Paz to Santiago in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Concha y Toro, Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
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Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

3
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche
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.
San Carlos de Bariloche is known for nature, winter sports, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: fly down the slopes at Catedral Alta Patagonis, look for gifts at Chocolaterie VanWynsberghe, hike along Circuito Chico, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Carlos de Bariloche itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Santiago to San Carlos de Bariloche in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time to Argentina Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in San Carlos de Bariloche can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Catedral Alta Patagonis
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Circuito Chico ©
Circuito Chico

5
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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Puerto Madero, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and get a taste of the local shopping with Palermo.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires tour itinerary maker tool.

Getting from San Carlos de Bariloche to Buenos Aires by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Buenos Aires: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Montevideo.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Montevideo: Museo – Taller de Casapueblo (in Punta Ballena) and Pizzorno Family Estates (in Canelones). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, explore the world behind art at Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Salvo, and get a sense of history and politics at Palacio Legislativo.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Montevideo vacation maker site.

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 in Montevideo, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Montevideo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Pizzorno Family Estates, Museo – Taller de Casapueblo
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Pizzorno Family Estates ©
Pizzorno Family Estates
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo ©
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo

4
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 nature, zoos & aquariums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls, make a trip to Marco Das Tres Fronteiras, get interesting insight from Tours, and get to know the resident critters at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Foz do Iguacu online trip builder.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Montevideo to Foz do Iguacu in 8.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Montevideo in September, with highs in Foz do Iguacu at 32°C and lows at 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

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

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida in Aparecida (about 1h 55 min away). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, see the interesting displays at Museu do Futebol, wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, and browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sao Paulo trip builder site.

Getting from Foz do Iguacu to Sao Paulo by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. September in Sao Paulo sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida
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Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Petropolis (Imperial Museum & Cervejaria Bohemia). There's still lots to do: catch a ride on Sugarloaf Mountain, get your bearings at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, and enjoy the sand and surf at Barra da Tijuca Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sao Paulo in September since evenings lows in Rio de Janeiro dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Petropolis
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

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