12 days in Peru & Chile Itinerary

12 days in Peru & Chile Itinerary

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12 days in Peru & Chile Itinerary

Start: Cusco, Peru
Fly:  1 h 45 min
1
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
2
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  10 h 15 min
3
Calama, Chile
— 1 day
Bus:  1 h 30 min
4
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  8 h 15 min
End: Cusco, Peru


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3
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, then explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, and then make a trip to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor). On your second day here, take a stroll through Barranco, don't miss a visit to Miraflores, shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Indigo.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lima online holiday planner .

Cusco to Lima is an approximately 2-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Lima: highs are around 28°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: Cerveceria Willkamayu (in Urubamba) and Salinas de Maras (in Maras). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip planner.

Fly from Lima to Cusco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Lima, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Cusco, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Calama.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Cerveceria Willkamayu
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

1
day
Calama, Chile

Calama ©
A hub of northern Chile's copper mining industry, Calama acts as a gateway for exploration of the geological and archaeological sites in the Atacama desert region.
On the 4th (Sat), get outside with Sol Del Desierto, make a trip to Mina de Chuquicamata, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Mall Plaza Calama.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Calama tour itinerary maker app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cusco to Calama. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to Calama due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cusco in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Calama: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Calama

Outdoors Shopping
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Sol Del Desierto ©
Sol Del Desierto
Mina de Chuquicamata ©
Mina de Chuquicamata
Mall Plaza Calama ©
Mall Plaza Calama

3
nights
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
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, historic sites, nightlife, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna, delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor, make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama trip planner.

You can take a bus from Calama to San Pedro de Atacama in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in San Pedro de Atacama, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques ©
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques

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