56 days in South America Itinerary

56 days in South America Itinerary

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Start: Riga, Latvia
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Bogota, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
3
Quito, Ecuador
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
5
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
6
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  18 h 45 min
7
Huascaran National Park, Peru
— 6 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 30 min
8
Lima, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
9
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
10
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
11
Arequipa, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
12
La Paz, Bolivia
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  29 h
End: Riga, Latvia

2
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oceanario. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then don't miss a visit to Baluarte de la Merced.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena itinerary tool.

Riga, Latvia to Cartagena is an approximately 17.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Colombia Standard Time (COT) is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Riga in August, you will find days in Cartagena are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are warmer (30°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Oceanario
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Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Boat Tours & Water Sports

4
nights
Bogota, Colombia

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Ospina Park (in Chia), Adrian Ibanez Galeria (in Tabio) and Zipaquira (Esensal & Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), look for gifts at Vitrina Guayca, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and stroll around Parque de Usaquen.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bogota trip builder.

Fly from Cartagena to Bogota in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Cartagena in September: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita, Ospina Park, Adrian Ibanez Galeria
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Food Tours
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica

5
nights
Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©
High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Venture out of the city with trips to Middle of the World (in Cayambe) and Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve (in Calacali). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica del Voto Nacional, and don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Quito fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Quito takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in September, things will get a bit warmer in Quito: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Quito

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Middle of the World, Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve
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Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila ©
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco

5
nights
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Puerto Villamil is known for nature, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Sierra Negra, glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Concha de Perla, and step off the mainland to explore Turtle Island.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Villamil itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Quito to Puerto Villamil takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Quito to Puerto Villamil, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sierra Negra
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Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras
Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

4
nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Puerto Ayora is known for parks, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Ecologico Galapagos, and walk around El Garrapatero.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora takes 2.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora. In September, daytime highs in Puerto Ayora are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Bellavista
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay

6
nights
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is known for wildlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Interpretation Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Carola, stroll through La Loberia, and take in the waterfront at Malecon San Cristobal.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno online visit planner.

Getting from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. In September in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Huascaran National Park.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
Isla Lobos ©
Isla Lobos

6
nights
Huascaran National Park, Peru

Huascaran National Park ©
A trip to Huascaran National Park allows visitors to explore part of the Cordillera Blanca, the world’s highest tropical mountain range.
Huascaran National Park is known for nature and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Huascaran, admire the verdant scenery at Cordillera Blanca Summit, get outside with Laguna Llaca, and explore the activities along Laguna 69.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Huascaran National Park sightseeing planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Huascaran National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Huascaran National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Chacas
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Laguna 69 ©
Laguna 69
Huascaran ©
Huascaran
Lagunas de Llanganuco ©
Lagunas de Llanganuco

5
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, take a stroll through Miraflores, get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de Torre Tagle, and walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lima holiday app.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Huascaran National Park to Lima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In October in Lima, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas ©
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas

5
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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cusco online road trip planner.

Fly from Lima to Cusco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Cusco, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
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exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mandor. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac, then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, and then get great views at Intipuncu.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu day trip website.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

3
nights
Arequipa, Peru

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Arequipa is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

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

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to Arequipa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Arequipa can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Arequipa

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Walking tours
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

5
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
When in La Paz, make a side trip to see Puma Punku in Tiahuanaco, approximately Tiahuanaco away. Spend the 19th (Tue) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Tiwanaku, don't miss a visit to Fundacion Flavio Machicado Viscarra, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and admire the striking features of Iglesia de San Francisco.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our La Paz travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to La Paz takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time to Bolivia Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Arequipa in October, things will get a bit cooler in La Paz: highs are around 19°C and lows about 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Puma Punku
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku

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