17 days in Lima, Chile & Bolivia Itinerary

17 days in Lima, Chile & Bolivia Itinerary

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17 days in Lima, Chile & Bolivia Itinerary

Start: Lisbon, Portugal
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
2
Hanga Roa, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  11​h 45​min
3
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 30​min
4
Iquique, Chile
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
5
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  22​h
End: Lisbon, Portugal


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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Cathedral of Lima. Visit Site Museum and Archaeological Sanctuary of Pachacamac and Iglesia Virgen Milagrosa for their historical value. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take a stroll through San Isidro, and steep yourself in history at Casa de Aliaga.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lima driving holiday planning tool .

Lisbon, Portugal to Lima is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Lisbon to Lima, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Lisbon, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Lima, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Cathedral of Lima ©
Cathedral of Lima
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Hanga Roa, Chile

Hanga Roa ©
The main town and capital of Chile's Easter Island, Hanga Roa serves as a base for most visitors to the island, with all explorations of Easter Island and its famous moai monoliths beginning here.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Orongo and Ahu Tongariki. Step off the beaten path and head to Rapa Nui Parque Nacional and Rano Kau. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Ahu Tahai, delve into the distant past at Rano Raraku, appreciate the history behind Hanga Kioe, and stroll the grounds of Cementerio de Isla de Pascua.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hanga Roa tour planner .

You can fly from Lima to Hanga Roa in 10.5 hours. Traveling from Lima to Hanga Roa, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Hanga Roa are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Easter Island
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Rapa Nui Parque Nacional ©
Rapa Nui Parque Nacional
Orongo ©
Orongo
Rano Kau ©
Rano Kau

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.
Visiting Piedras Rojas and Reserva Nacional de Flamencos will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Valle Arcoiris and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, examine the collection at Museo del Meteorito, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tebinquinche Lake.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Pedro de Atacama trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Hanga Roa to San Pedro de Atacama takes 12 hours. The time zone changes from Easter Is. Time to Chile Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Hanga Roa in March, expect nights in San Pedro de Atacama to be colder, around 7°C, while days are slightly colder, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Iquique.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas
Valle Arcoiris ©
Valle Arcoiris
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio

2
nights
Iquique, Chile

Iquique ©
Thanks to the city's position on the Pacific coast, vacations in Iquique appeal to beachgoers, paragliders, bodyboarders, nature lovers, photographers, and fans of picture-perfect sunsets.
On the 13th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cavancha, kick back and relax at Playa Brava, then see the interesting displays at Museo Corbeta Esmeralda, and finally wander the streets of Baquedano Street. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Salar del Huasco and then see a world frozen in time at Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Iquique holiday planner.

You can take a bus from San Pedro de Atacama to Iquique in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Uyuni.

Things to do in Iquique

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Cavancha ©
Playa Cavancha
Baquedano Street ©
Baquedano Street

2
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni and then head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi. On your second day here, contemplate the geological forces at Tunupa Volcano.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Uyuni online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Iquique to Uyuni takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in March, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks Nature
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Tunupa Volcano ©
Tunupa Volcano
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi

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