Someone recently just asked me about my South America Itinerary and I realized I have not written a post about my route through South America. I spent 65 days in South America starting in Buenos Aires, Argentina and ending in Cartagena, Colombia. At the beginning I was with friends in Argentina and Bolivia so I traveled through those places faster than later countries Peru and Colombia. Here is how I spent my 65 days in South America.

New York, USA

Transport: Delta Flight JFK to Atlanta, Atlanta to Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires (1 night)

Stopover en route to El Calafate (I returned here later).
ZZZ: Hotel O-Baires
Transport: Aerolineas Argentinas flight Buenos Aires to El Calafate (3 hours 15 minutes)

SEE ALSO: Buenos Aires City Guide

Glacier Spotting in El Calafate, Patagonia

El Calafate (1 night)

Recommended: Visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier
ZZZ: Sierra Nevada
Transport: Bus from the El Calafate bus station to the El Chalten bus station (~3 hours)

SEE ALSO: Guide to Glacier Spotting in El Calafate, Patagonia

Hiking Patagonia in El Chalten, Argentina
Laguna Torre

El Chalten (2 nights)

Recommended: Laguna de Los Tres hike
ZZZ: Anita’s House *recommended
Transport: Bus from El Chalten to El Calafate, then an Aerolineas Argentinas flight to Buenos Aires (3 hours) and then Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls (1 hour 50 minutes). Our flight to Iguazu Falls was cancelled and we had to spend one night in Buenos Aires.

SEE ALSO: Hiking Patagonia in El Chalten, Argentina

A Quick Visit to Iguazu Falls
Devil’s Throat

Iguazu Falls (1 night)

ZZZ: Raices Esturion Lodge *splurge
Transport: Aerolineas Argentinas flight from Iguazu Falls to Buenos Aires (1 hour 55 minutes)

La Recoleta Cemetary

Buenos Aires (again, 3 nights)

Recommended: La Recoleta Cemetary
ZZZ: Hotel Casona La Boheme *recommended if you’re on a budget
Transport: Sky Airlines flight from Buenos Aires to Santiago (2 hours 15 minutes), flight Santiago to Calama (2 hours 5 minutes) and then a bus from Calama to San Pedro de Atacama (~1.5 hours)

Valle de la Luna Moon Valley San Pedro de Atacama Chile

San Pedro de Atacama (2 nights)

ZZZ: Hostel Campo Base *recommended
Transport: Bus from San Pedro de Atacama to Calama (~1.5 hours), spent one night in Calama at Hostel America and then took a 5am local bus to Uyuni

SEE ALSO: 48 Hours in San Pedro de Atacama


Uyuni (1 night in Uyuni, 2 nights in the Desert)

ZZZ: Hostal Castilla de Liliana *not recommended
Transport: Bus from Uyuni to Sucre with change in Potosi to a smaller van

SEE ALSO: 3 Days in the Desert: Uyuni, Bolivia

Scenes from the Streets: Sucre, Bolivia
La Recoleta

Sucre (1 night)

Recommended: Go to the top of La Recoleta and have drinks or lunch looking over the city
ZZZ: Hotel de Su Merced *recommended
Transport: Boliviana De Aviacion flight from Sucre to La Paz (50 minutes), then local bus from La Paz to Copacabana (~3-4 hours)

SEE ALSO: Scenes from the Street: Sucre, Bolivia

A Quick Guide to Copacabana, Bolivia
At the top of Cerre el Calvario

Copacabana (2 nights)

Recommended: Day trip to Isla del Sol
ZZZ: Hotel La Cupula *recommended
Transport: Tourist bus from Copacabana to La Paz (~3-4 hours)

SEE ALSO: A Quick Guide to Copacabana, Bolivia

A City Guide to La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz (3 nights)

Recommended: Visit the art boutiques on Jaen Street
ZZZ: Casa Fusion Hotel Boutique
Transport: Peruvian Airlines flight to Cusco, Peru (1 hour)

SEE ALSO: A City Guide to La Paz, Bolivia

How to Visit Machu Picchu
Last view of the day

Cusco (8 nights, 1 night in Aguas Calientes)

ZZZ: Hostal El Grial
Transport: Bus from Cusco to Puno (~8 hours)

SEE ALSO: A Quick Guide to Cusco, Peru

A Quick Guide to Puno, Peru
Uros Floating Islands

Puno (4 nights)

Recommended: Isla Taquile
ZZZ: Quechuas Inka Palace
Transport: Bus from Puno to Arequipa (~5-6 hours)

SEE ALSO: A Quick Guide to Puno, Peru

Arequipa, Peru City Guide
Plaza de Armas

Arequipa (7 nights)

Recommended: Santa Catalina Monastery
ZZZ: Casa de Avila *recommended
Transport: LC Peru flight Arequipa to Lima (1.5 hours)

SEE ALSO: Arequipa, Peru City Guide

A Quick Guide to Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Lima (3 nights)

Recommended: Wander the Barranco neighborhood
ZZZ: F1 Hotel Boutique
Transport: VivaColombia flight Lima, Peru to Bogota, Colombia (3 hours 10 minutes)

SEE ALSO: A Quick Guide to Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Bogota, Colombia

Bogota (4 nights)

Recommended: Montserrate Cable Car
ZZZ: Republica Hostel Bogota
Transport: VivaColombia flight from Bogota to Medellin (1 hours 10 minutes)

SEE ALSO: Why You Only Need Two Days in Bogota

Medellin, Colombia City Guide

Medellin (7 nights)

Recommended: Free Walking Tour
ZZZ: Kolor Hotel Boutique *recommended
Transport: Avianca flight to Cartagena (1 hour 7 minutes)

SEE ALSO: Medellin, Colombia City Guide

Exploring the Street Art of Getsemani: Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena (6 nights)

Recommended: Wander the Getsemani neighborhood
ZZZ: Casa Villa Colonial
Transport: Avianca flight Cartagena (1.5 hours via Bogota) to NYC  (6 hours Bogota to NYC)

SEE ALSO: A City Guide to Cartagena, Colombia


*I had planned on going to Ecuador but decided to skip it because of the cost.

*If I were to go back again I would skip Iguazu Falls and spend more time in Patagonia.

*I also didn’t realize that when you cross from Bolivia to Peru via bus that you crossed over Lake Titicaca and I went backwards and had to fly. Next time I would’ve stayed in La Paz first, then gone to Copacabana, then to Peru and done Puno, Arequipa and then Cusco.

SEE ALL: South America Archives

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My Two Month South America Itinerary