12 days in Peru, Santiago & Buenos Aires Itinerary

12 days in Peru, Santiago & Buenos Aires Itinerary

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12 days in Peru, Santiago & Buenos Aires Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia, United States
+2
train + foot + Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
2
Maras, Peru
— 1 night
taxi + train:  2​h
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  15​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia, United States

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua, and finally look for gifts at Mercado nro 1 de Surquillo.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Lima trip itinerary tool .

Philadelphia, USA to Lima is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of train and flight. Traveling from Philadelphia in November, you will find days in Lima are somewhat warmer (72°F), and nights are much hotter (63°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Maras.

Things to do in Lima

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

1
night
Maras, Peru

Maras ©
Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. On the 27th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Moray, then contemplate the long history of Salinas de Maras, and then trek along Urubamba Weavers' Route.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Maras trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Lima to Maras by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Lima in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 45°F in Maras. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Urubamba Weavers' Route
Highlights from your plan
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Moray ©
Moray
Urubamba Weavers' Route ©
Urubamba Weavers' Route

1
night
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 28th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then make a trip to Intipuncu.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu trip itinerary maker tool .

Do a combination of taxi and train from Maras to Machu Picchu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

2
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.
On the 29th (Fri), trek along exploor, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, then steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of The Company of Jesus Church, then delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Cusco are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

2
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Santiago is known for shopping, museums, parks, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and see the interesting displays at La Chascona.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago trip itinerary site .

Getting from Cusco to Santiago by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time to Chile Time is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

3
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, then take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and finally don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japones, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, then admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, then take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, and finally take a stroll through Puerto Madero.

Before you visit Buenos Aires, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Buenos Aires takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Time to Argentine Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December in Buenos Aires, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

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