60 days in South America Itinerary

60 days in South America Itinerary

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Puerto Varas, Chile
— 1 night
Drive
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly to El Calafate, Bus to El Chalten
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El Chalten, Argentina
— 2 nights
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 5 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 3 nights
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Florianopolis, Brazil
— 6 nights
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Fly to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao, Bus to Conceição de Jacareí, Ferry to Ilha Grande
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Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 7 nights
Ferry to Conceição de Jacareí, Bus to Rio de Janeiro
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Drive
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Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil
— 4 nights
Shuttle to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao, Fly to Fernando de Noronha
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly to Salvador, Ferry to Morro de Sao Paulo
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Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Ferry to Salvador, Fly to Porto Seguro
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Porto Seguro, Brazil
— 6 nights
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Puerto Varas, Chile — 1 night

City of Roses

Overlooking a lake, with a conical volcano looming in the background, Puerto Varas enjoys memorable scenery but retains its authentic atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Todos Los Santos and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Llanquihue. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Petrohué Waterfalls and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Puerto Varas vacation website.

San Francisco, USA to Puerto Varas is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Chile Standard Time is 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: highs in Puerto Varas hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to San Carlos de Bariloche.
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Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Isla Victoria. Spend the 5th (Thu) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Parque Municipal Llao Llao, hike along Circuito Chico, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de los Duendes, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the San Carlos de Bariloche trip planner.

Getting from Puerto Varas to San Carlos de Bariloche by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Argentina Standard Time (ART), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Puerto Varas in December since evenings lows in San Carlos de Bariloche dip to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to El Chalten.
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El Chalten, Argentina — 2 nights

Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Fitz Roy. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Chorillo del Salto, then stroll through Laguna de los Tres, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Torre.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read El Chalten journey planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Carlos de Bariloche to El Chalten in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to El Calafate.
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El Calafate, Argentina — 3 nights

El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno and El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Argentino, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and explore the striking landscape at Upsala Glacier.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our El Calafate itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from El Chalten to El Calafate in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December in El Calafate, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Ushuaia.
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Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:

Ushuaia, Argentina — 5 nights

End of the World

Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Laguna Esmeralda and Isla Martillo. When in Ushuaia, make a side trip to see Lago Roca in Tierra del Fuego National Park, approximately Tierra del Fuego National Park away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Les Éclaireurs Lighthouse, take in the awesome beauty at Glacier Martial, contemplate the waterfront views at Bahia Lapataia, and appreciate the history behind Plaza Malvinas.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Ushuaia trip maker app.

You can fly from El Calafate to Ushuaia in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. In December, Ushuaia is little chillier than El Calafate - with highs of 52°F and lows of 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Buenos Aires.
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Find places to stay Dec 13 — 18:

Buenos Aires, Argentina — 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Puente de la Mujer and Palacio Barolo. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Cementerio de la Recoleta, contemplate the long history of Casa Rosada, admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and appreciate the extensive heritage of La Boca.

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Traveling by flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. In December, Buenos Aires is warmer than Ushuaia - with highs of 83°F and lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Punta del Este.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:

Punta del Este, Uruguay — 3 nights

Monaco of South America

With plenty of modern casinos, well-developed beaches, chic restaurants, and upscale hotels, Punta del Este vacations draw visitors from Argentina, Brazil, and beyond.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mirador Punta Ballena and Conrad Casino. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Brava, admire the masterpieces at Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, make a trip to The Fingers of Punta del Este, and stroll through Playa Mansa.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Punta del Este online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Punta del Este by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in December: highs in Punta del Este hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Florianopolis.
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Florianopolis, Brazil — 6 nights

Magic Island

Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Step off the beaten path and head to Guarda do Embau Beach and Lagoa da Conceicao. Venture out of the city with trips to Praia das Laranjeiras (in Balneario Camboriu), Praia do Rosa (in Praia do Rosa) and Bombinhas Beach (in Bombinhas). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Dunas da Joaquina, enjoy the sand and surf at Barra da Lagoa Beach, stop by Costa da Lagoa, and stroll through Praia do Campeche.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Florianopolis trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Punta del Este to Florianopolis in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Punta del Este in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Florianopolis, with highs around 82°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Ilha Grande.
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Ilha Grande, Brazil — 7 nights

A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pico do Papagaio and Dois Rios Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Aventureiro, relax and rejuvenate at Namaste Terapias Corporais, delve into the lush surroundings at Tropical Forest, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Crena Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ilha Grande itinerary app.

Do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Florianopolis to Ilha Grande in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In December in Ilha Grande, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 72°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Parque Lage. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Pedra da Gavea, stroll through Pedra do Arpoador, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro journey maker website.

Getting from Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro by combination of ferry and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In January in Rio de Janeiro, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Armacao dos Buzios.
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Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil — 4 nights

Brazil's St Tropez

Perched on the tip of a peninsula about 175 km (109 mi) east of Rio de Janeiro, the coastal town of Armacao dos Buzios attracts visitors looking to enjoy a beachside getaway without the crowds and chaos of the big city.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mirante do Pontal do Atalaia and Ferradura Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Armacao dos Buzios: Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia (in Arraial do Cabo) and Cabo Frio (Praia das Conchas & Praia do Forte). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Rua das Pedras, kick back and relax at Ferradurinha Beach, and take a leisurely stroll along Orla Bardot Boardwalk.

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You can drive from Rio de Janeiro to Armacao dos Buzios in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in January, and nighttime lows around 73°F. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fernando de Noronha.
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil — 6 nights

Emerald of the Atlantic

With 21 lush islands scattered among pristine waters in the Atlantic Ocean, a Fernando de Noronha holiday is well worth the effort it takes to get there.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Atalaia Beach and Fernado de Noronha Island. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Fortaleza N S dos Remedios, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Leão, and enjoy breathtaking views from Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Fernando de Noronha road trip planner.

Getting from Armacao dos Buzios to Fernando de Noronha by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 9.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Armacao dos Buzios to Fernando de Noronha is 1 hour. In January in Fernando de Noronha, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Morro de Sao Paulo.
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Find places to stay Jan 15 — 21:

Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil — 2 nights

One of the island of Tinhare's five villages, Morro de Sao Paulo stands as an old, charming settlement, with plenty of natural attractions and all the facilities to make visitors feel at home.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Gamboa Beach, then kick back and relax at Quarta Praia, and then kick back and relax at Terceira Praia. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Segunda Praia and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Da Nossa Senhora Da Luz.

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You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Fernando de Noronha to Morro de Sao Paulo in 10.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Morro de Sao Paulo due to the time zone difference. January in Morro de Sao Paulo sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Porto Seguro.
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Porto Seguro, Brazil — 6 nights

In a sense, Porto Seguro is where Brazil as a country began, marking the spot where Portuguese explorers first arrived in the 16th century.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Igreja Matriz Nossa Senhora D'Ajuda and Igreja de Sao Joao Batista. Change things up with a short trip to Coroa Vermelha Beach in Santa Cruz Cabralia (about 34 minutes away). There's lots more to do: stroll through Muta Beach, kick back and relax at Parracho Beach, identify plant and animal life at Reserva Pataxo da Jaqueira, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Quadrado.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Porto Seguro trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Morro de Sao Paulo to Porto Seguro takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, daytime highs in Porto Seguro are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
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