57 days in South America Itinerary

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Georgetown, Guyana
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Asuncion, Paraguay
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Gramado, Brazil
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
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Mendoza, Argentina
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Santiago, Chile
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
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Uyuni, Bolivia
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Bogota, Colombia
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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Cartagena, Colombia
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Georgetown, Guyana — 4 nights

Garden City of the Caribbean

Guyana's capital and main urban area, Georgetown represents the starting point for many visits to the country.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cheddi Jagan Research Centre and The Non Aligned Monumnet. There's much more to do: see what you can catch with Blackwater Adventures, don't miss a visit to Umana Yana, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. George's Cathedral, and admire the landmark architecture of Parliament Bldg.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Georgetown trip itinerary maker tool.

Belfast, UK to Georgetown is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Belfast to Georgetown is minus 4 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Belfast in November, with highs in Georgetown at 34°C and lows at 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Asuncion.
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Asuncion, Paraguay — 2 nights

Mother of Cities

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): appreciate the history behind The National Pantheon of Heroes and Oratory of the Virgin Our Lady Saint Mary of the Asuncion, ponder the world of politics at Palacio de López, and then make a trip to Plaza Uruguaya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Museo Etnografico Andres Barbero, explore the activities along Lago Ypacarai, and then view the masterpieces at El Cantaro, Almacen de Arte.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Asuncion journey website.

You can fly from Georgetown to Asuncion in 16 hours. Traveling from Georgetown in November, expect little chillier with lows of 22°C in Asuncion. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Rio de Janeiro.
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 5 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Escadaria Selaron. Go for a jaunt from Rio de Janeiro to Niteroi to see Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, stroll around Parque Lage, admire the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, and admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Asuncion to Rio de Janeiro takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Asuncion to Rio de Janeiro is 1 hour. In November, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Sao Paulo.
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Sao Paulo, Brazil — 3 nights

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Explore hidden gems such as Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP and Museu da Lingua Portuguesa. There's much more to do: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, examine the collection at Afro Brazil Museum, explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sao Paulo Brazil Temple.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sao Paulo trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, Sao Paulo is little chillier than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Gramado.
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Gramado, Brazil — 5 nights

Hydrangea Garden

Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Portico via Nova Petropolis. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gramado: Bento Goncalves (Caminhos de Pedra, Casa Valduga Winery, &more) and Chagdud Gonpa Brazil Buddhist Temple (in Tres Coroas). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Casa do Colono, do a tasting at Vitivinicola Jolimont, find something for the whole family at Parque Terra Magica Florybal, and meet the residents at GramadoZoo.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Gramado day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Gramado in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 5 nights

Queen of La Plata

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires and Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Pilar. The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio de la Recoleta, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, wander the streets of Puerto Madero, and don't miss a visit to Plaza de Mayo.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires itinerary planning website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Buenos Aires in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to San Carlos de Bariloche.
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina — 5 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ventisquero Negro and Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Nahuel Huapi. Spend the 21st (Wed) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, hike along Circuito Chico, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and stroll around Parque Nahuelito.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read San Carlos de Bariloche itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in December: highs in San Carlos de Bariloche hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to fly to Mendoza.
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Mendoza, Argentina — 4 nights

Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Cerro de la Gloria. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mendoza: Tupungato (Valle de Uco & La Quebrada del Condor-Day Trip). On the 25th (Sun), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's more to do: walk around Parque General San Martin and learn about winemaking at Bodega Matervini.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mendoza road trip website.

Traveling by flight from San Carlos de Bariloche to Mendoza takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Mendoza, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Santiago.
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Santiago, Chile — 4 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Step off the beaten path and head to Walking tours and La Chascona. When in Santiago, make a side trip to see La Sebastiana in Valparaiso, approximately Valparaiso away. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, go for a walk through Plaza de Armas, and explore the world behind art at Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Santiago journey planning tool.

You can fly from Mendoza to Santiago in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mendoza to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to San Pedro de Atacama.
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile — 5 nights

Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques and Iglesia de San Pedro de Atacama. There's much more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, witness a stunning natural landmark at Termas Banos de Puritama, don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, and explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Uyuni.
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Uyuni, Bolivia — 2 nights

Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): mingle with the ghosts of the past at Pueblo Pulacayo and then step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni.

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Traveling by car from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in January, expect nights in Uyuni to be somewhat warmer, around 13°C, while days are colder, around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Bogota.
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Bogota, Colombia — 3 nights

Athens of South America

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.
On the 6th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and then take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Bogota using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Uyuni to Bogota takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Uyuni to Bogota is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Uyuni in January: highs in Bogota hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 7°C. On the 8th (Sun), you'll travel to Puerto Ayora.
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador — 6 nights

The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Think Galapagos, explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora online trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and bus from Bogota to Puerto Ayora takes 12 hours. Traveling from Bogota in January, you will find days in Puerto Ayora are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are warmer (27°C). You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Sat) before leaving for Cartagena.
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Cartagena, Colombia — 3 nights

City of Heroes

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.
On the 15th (Sun), make a trip to Torre del Reloj, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Santo Domingo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena and then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cartagena sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight from Puerto Ayora to Cartagena in 12.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
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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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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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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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Chile travel guide

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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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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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Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
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.
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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.
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