60 days in Caribbean & South America Itinerary

60 days in Caribbean & South America Itinerary

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Willemstad, Curacao
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Bogota, Colombia
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Quito, Ecuador
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Lima, Peru
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Cusco, Peru
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La Paz, Bolivia
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
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Santiago, Chile
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Montevideo, Uruguay
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Maldonado, Uruguay
— 4 nights
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Asuncion, Paraguay
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Willemstad, Curacao

— 3 nights
Willemstad is the capital city of Curaçao, an island in the southern Caribbean Sea that forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Your day by day itinerary now includes Handelskade as well as Waterskiing & Jetskiing. There's more to do: take in the views from Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cas Abao Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Willemstad trip planner.

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago to Willemstad is an approximately 6-hour flight. In March, daily temperatures in Willemstad can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. You'll set off for Bogota on the 4th (Wed).

Things to do in Willemstad

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 4:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira) and Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bogota trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Willemstad to Bogota in 6.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Willemstad to Bogota is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Willemstad in March: highs in Bogota hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 4 — 7:

Quito, Ecuador

— 5 nights

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Get out of town with these interesting Quito side-trips: Cuicocha (in Cotacachi) and Cascada de Peguche (in Peguche). Spend the 11th (Wed) among the fascinating landscape of Cotopaxi National Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Casa Museo Guayasamin, don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Quito online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Quito takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Quito when traveling from Bogota in March, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Quito

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 7 — 12:

Lima, Peru

— 4 nights

City of the Kings

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: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, take a stroll through Miraflores, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lima holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Quito to Lima takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Lima: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 16:

Cusco, Peru

— 5 nights

Imperial City

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.
Take a break from Cusco with a short trip to Salinas de Maras in Maras, about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, visit San Blas, get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, and see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Lima to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Lima in March: highs in Cusco hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 21:

La Paz, Bolivia

— 3 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Step out of La Paz to go to Tiwanaku and see Tiwanaku, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. Spend the 23rd (Mon) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. There's still lots to do: enjoy some diversion at Urban Rush Bolivia, make a trip to Calle Sagarnaga, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the La Paz day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to La Paz takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco to La Paz, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cusco in March, with highs in La Paz at 17°C and lows at 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 21 — 25:

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 4 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.
San Pedro de Atacama is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Piedras.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read San Pedro de Atacama trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from La Paz to San Pedro de Atacama in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from La Paz in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Pedro de Atacama: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 29:

Santiago, Chile

— 5 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.
When in Santiago, make a side trip to see La Sebastiana in Valparaiso, approximately Valparaiso away. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, examine the collection at La Chascona, admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central).

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago day trip planning app.

Fly from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Shopping · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 3:

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 6 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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos, and steep yourself in history at Casa Rosada.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Buenos Aires takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time to Argentina Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in April, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 9:

Montevideo, Uruguay

— 3 nights
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Montevideo is known for shopping, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, admire the striking features of Palacio Salvo, stop by Pocitos, and take a stroll through Ciudad Vieja.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Montevideo day trip planning site.

Fly from Buenos Aires to Montevideo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and car. In April in Montevideo, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Maldonado.

Things to do in Montevideo

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums · Nightlife
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 12:

Maldonado, Uruguay

— 4 nights
One of the larger cities in the country, Maldonado draws visitors primarily interested in the city's coastline and the wider region's beaches.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pan De Azucar (in Pan de Azucar) and Cerro San Antonio (in Piriapolis). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, make a trip to The Fingers of Punta del Este, snap pictures at Puente Leonel Viera, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Montoya.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Maldonado day trip planning site.

Drive from Montevideo to Maldonado in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Asuncion.

Things to do in Maldonado

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 17:

Asuncion, Paraguay

— 1 night

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 18th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Casa de la Independencia, appreciate the history behind The National Pantheon of Heroes and Oratory of the Virgin Our Lady Saint Mary of the Asuncion, then ponder the world of politics at Palacio de López, and finally hunt for treasures at Mercado La Recova.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Asuncion trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Maldonado to Asuncion takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Uruguay Standard Time to Paraguay Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Maldonado in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Asuncion: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Asuncion

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 18:

Sao Paulo, Brazil

— 6 nights

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Step out of Sao Paulo with an excursion to National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida in Aparecida--about 1h 55 min away. There's lots more to do: stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, take a stroll through Liberdade, visit Jardins District, and explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sao Paulo online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Asuncion to Sao Paulo by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Asuncion to Sao Paulo due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Asuncion, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sao Paulo, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 24:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 4 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a ride on Sugarloaf Mountain, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Tijuca, enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, and get great views at Leblon Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sao Paulo in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Rio de Janeiro. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 28:

Curacao travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Bridges · Scuba & Snorkeling
Take a trip to Curacao and lounge on its picture-perfect beaches and coves. Although part of the Kingdom of Netherlands, the island's population has developed its own distinct culture, a blend of Afro-Caribbean and Latin American, with a Creole language called Papiamento. Along with its neighbors, Aruba and Bonaire, Curacao sits outside the Caribbean "hurricane zone" and boasts a warm, breezy climate throughout the year. On a Curacao vacation, you can laze, dive, or snorkel on its scenic stretches of sand, visit charming plantations in the interior, or roam the streets of Willemstad, renowned for its distinct architecture.

Ecuador travel guide

4.5
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.

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.

Bolivia travel guide

4.2
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.

Chile travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
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.

Argentina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
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.

Uruguay travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Scenic Walking Areas · Art Museums
Switzerland of South America
One of the smallest countries in South America, tourist-friendly Uruguay is often called the "Switzerland of South America" because of its consistent economic development and progressive society. Open-minded Montevideo serves as the starting point of most Uruguay vacations, offering visitors an eclectic cultural scene and a chance to discover some of South America's major architectural treasures. Away from the cosmopolitan capital city, vacations in Uruguay involve exploring wildlife-rich areas along the Atlantic and touring the rustic interior on horseback, gaucho style. In this sports-loving country, the highlight of your Uruguay trip might just be a soccer match between Penarol and Nacional, the country's two major clubs.

Paraguay travel guide

3.8
Landmarks · Shopping Malls · 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.

Brazil travel guide

4.4
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.