16 days in San Pedro de Atacama, Uyuni & Cusco Region Itinerary

16 days in San Pedro de Atacama, Uyuni & Cusco Region Itinerary

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16 days in San Pedro de Atacama, Uyuni & Cusco Region Itinerary

Start: Lisbon, Portugal
Fly + Shuttle:  22 h 45 min
1
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 5 nights
Drive:  11 h 45 min
2
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  6 h
3
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Maras, Peru
— 1 day
Taxi + Train:  2 h 15 min
5
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  22 h 45 min
End: Lisbon, Portugal

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Salar de Tara and Lascar. Visit Pukara de Quitor and Iglesia de Socaire for their historical value. Take a break from San Pedro de Atacama with a short trip to Cementerio de Toconao in Toconao, about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Valle Arcoiris, contemplate the waterfront views at Lagunas Baltinache, get outside with Quebrada del Diablo, and take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama online route planner .

Lisbon, Portugal to San Pedro de Atacama is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Lisbon to San Pedro de Atacama. When traveling from Lisbon in February, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Pedro de Atacama: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Uyuni.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Cementerio de Toconao
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Lascar ©
Lascar
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara
Valle Arcoiris ©
Valle Arcoiris

1
night
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Salar de Uyuni. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museo de la Llama y la Sal and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez and then examine the collection at Necropolis & Museum Kawsay Wasy.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Uyuni tour itinerary planner.

Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni by car takes about 12 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. While traveling from San Pedro de Atacama, expect cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Uyuni, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Museo de la Llama y la Sal
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez ©
Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rainbow Mountain Cusco. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spas and Kayaking & Canoeing. Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas (in Andahuaylillas) and Piquillacta (in Huarcapay). There's still lots to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the ancient world of Q'enqo, steep yourself in history at Tipon, and stroll through Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cusco visit planner .

Getting from Uyuni to Cusco by combination of taxi and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Bolivia Time (BOT) to Peru Time (PET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Uyuni in February, expect nights in Cusco to be little chillier, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Maras.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours Historic Sites Adventure

Side Trips

Piquillacta, San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Piquillacta ©
Piquillacta
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
day
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. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Moray and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Salinas de Maras.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Maras trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Cusco to Maras takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Maras, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Moray ©
Moray
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Cascadas Allcamayo, indulge in some personalized pampering at Samay Spa, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, and finally stroll through Los Jardines de Mandor. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna and then stroll through Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu.

Plan trip to Machu Picchu with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Maras to Machu Picchu in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu ©
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu

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