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:  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
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
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, Head underground at Venado Caves, 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
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 12:
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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: don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), tour the pleasant surroundings at Circuito Magico Del Agua, and wander the streets of Barranco.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lima trip planning app.

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 fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Lima. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

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

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: steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor, take in the awesome beauty at Phutuq K'usi, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes).

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu day trip planner.

Do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Lima to Machu Picchu in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough 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). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, explore the ancient world of Sacred Valley of the Incas, pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cusco itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Nature Museums

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Cerveceria Willkamayu, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
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 lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Tiwanaku, get great views at Mirador Killi Killi, make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas, and enjoy some diversion at Urban Rush Bolivia.

Make your La Paz itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Cusco to La Paz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to La Paz due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cusco in August, expect La Paz to be little chillier, temps between 18°C and -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
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). And it doesn't end there: get great views at San Cristóbal Hill, go for a walk through Plaza de Armas, stop by Patio Bellavista, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central).

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago road trip planner.

Getting from La Paz to Santiago by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Concha y Toro, Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Find places to stay Aug 28 — Sep 2:
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Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile

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
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
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: wander the streets of Puerto Madero, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, get a taste of the local shopping with Palermo, and admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

Start your trip to Buenos Aires by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from San Carlos de Bariloche to Buenos Aires takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in September, you will find days in Buenos Aires are a bit warmer (20°C), and nights are much warmer (13°C). 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
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 11:
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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 Palacio Taranco, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Salvo, and walk around Parque Rodo.

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 bus and car. 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

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, Pizzorno Family Estates
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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: take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls, make a trip to Marco Das Tres Fronteiras, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab, and examine the collection at Vale dos Dinossauros.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu road trip planning app.

Getting from Montevideo to Foz do Iguacu by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September, Foz do Iguacu is a bit warmer than Montevideo - with highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can 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, take a stroll through Liberdade, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and get a taste of the local shopping with Paulista Avenue.

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
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 23:
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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 much more to do: catch a ride on Sugarloaf Mountain, see a show at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, kick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rio de Janeiro when traveling from Sao Paulo in September, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow 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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