16 days in Chile, Ecuador & Peru Itinerary

16 days in Chile, Ecuador & Peru Itinerary

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Valparaiso, Chile
— 1 night
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Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 1 night
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
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Valparaiso, Chile

— 1 night

Jewel of the Pacific

Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): see the interesting displays at La Sebastiana.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Valparaiso trip itinerary maker.

Lisbon, Portugal to Valparaiso is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Lisbon to Valparaiso, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in June, you will find days in Valparaiso are cooler (60°F), and nights are little chillier (48°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santiago.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Santiago, Chile

— 3 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, then explore the historical opulence of Castillo Hidalgo, then stop by Patio Bellavista, and finally examine the collection at La Chascona. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Concha y Toro, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, and then admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

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Traveling by car from Valparaiso to Santiago takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can fly to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Wineries

Side Trip

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 2 nights
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.
Get outdoors at Geyser del Tatio and Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, witness a stunning natural landmark at Termas Banos de Puritama, and get curious at Museo del Meteorito.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama route planner.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in San Pedro de Atacama can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can fly to Guayaquil.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Childrens Museums · Museums

Guayaquil, Ecuador

— 1 night

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): wander the wide-open spaces of Hacienda La Danesa and then stop by Las Penas.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Guayaquil visit planner.

You can fly from San Pedro de Atacama to Guayaquil in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Ecuador Time (ECT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in July, expect nights in Guayaquil to be much warmer, around 71°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 85°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can fly to Lima.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Neighborhoods
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Lima, Peru

— 2 nights

City of the Kings

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.
On the 3rd (Sat), delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), then take a stroll through Miraflores, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco. Here are some ideas for day two: ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de Torre Tagle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Lima, and finally stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lima trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Guayaquil to Lima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Guayaquil in July, with highs in Lima at 66°F and lows at 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Cusco, Peru

— 4 nights

Imperial City

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.
Sacsayhuaman and Plaza de Armas are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Qorikancha and Salinas de Maras. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Cusco trip website.

You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Cusco, with lows of 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 1 night
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, then make a trip to Intipuncu, then admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Phutuq K'usi.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu trip builder.

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Chile travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.

Ecuador travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.

Peru travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.