18 days in Chile & Peru Itinerary

18 days in Chile & Peru Itinerary

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18 days in Chile & Peru Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Bus:  6 h 30 min
2
Ancud, Chile
— 1 night
+3
Bus + Shuttle + Fly + Shuttle:  10 h 15 min
3
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  13 h
4
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
5
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  27 h
6
Trujillo, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  19 h
7
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
End: Santiago, Chile


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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at La Chascona and Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, explore the world behind art at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and hit the slopes at Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Santiago sightseeing planner .

Sydney, Australia to Santiago is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Chile Time (CLT) is minus 14 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ancud.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Outdoors

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Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

1
night
Ancud, Chile

Ancud ©
A city of 40,000 people, Ancud was the capital of Chiloe Archipelago until it was superseded by the city of Castro in 1982.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Chiloe Island Penguin Colony, then examine the collection at Museo Regional de Ancud, then get engrossed in the history at Museo de Las Iglesias de Chiloe, and finally enjoy the sea views from Faro Corona en Chiloe. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museo Bomberil Cuerpo de Bomberos de Ancud, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Ancud, then contemplate the long history of Fuerte Ahui, and finally step off the mainland to explore Isla Aucar.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Ancud online tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Santiago to Ancud in 6.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in December, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Ancud

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Chiloe Island Penguin Colony, Isla Aucar
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Isla Aucar ©
Isla Aucar
Museo Regional de Ancud ©
Museo Regional de Ancud
Faro Corona en Chiloe ©
Faro Corona en Chiloe

1
night
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.
On the 17th (Tue), explore the fascinating landscape at Atacama Desert, delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor, then take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo del Meteorito. Keep things going the next day: hike along Cornices Trail, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, and then explore the activities along Lagunas Baltinache.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Pedro de Atacama holiday planning site .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Ancud to San Pedro de Atacama in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ancud in December: highs in San Pedro de Atacama hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
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Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Atacama Desert ©
Atacama Desert

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.
Sacsayhuaman and Centro Historico De Cusco will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Plaza de Armas and Sacred Valley of the Incas. Step out of Cusco with an excursion to Salinas de Maras in Maras--about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, trek along exploor, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip itinerary maker .

Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to Cusco by combination of bus and flight takes about 13 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Cusco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in December: highs in Cusco hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
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 22nd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, then take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), and then explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip planning website .

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Trujillo.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes) ©
Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes)
Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen ©
Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen

2
nights
Trujillo, Peru

Trujillo ©
Considered the country's capital of culture, Trujillo was the birthplace of the North Group, a community of artists and intellectuals that included celebrated poet Cesar Vallejo and notable novelist Ciro Alegria.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Casa Urquiaga (Casa Calonge), delve into the distant past at El Brujo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Huanchaco Beach, and finally explore the ancient world of Chan Chan. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Huaca del Sol y la Luna, explore the ancient world of La Huaca del Sol, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Belen, then contemplate the long history of Casa Orbegoso, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia y Monasterio El Carmen.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Trujillo road trip website .

You can drive from Machu Picchu to Trujillo in 27 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Playa de Huanchaco, La Huaca del Sol
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Chan Chan ©
Chan Chan
Site Museum ©
Site Museum
La Huaca del Sol ©
La Huaca del Sol

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nights
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva del Milodon, examine the collection at Museo Historico e Industrial Puerto Bories, then see the interesting displays at Historical Museum,Municipality of Puerto Natales, and finally don't miss a visit to Muelle Historico. Here are some ideas for day two: see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Trujillo to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine). Traveling from Trujillo to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) is little chillier than Trujillo - with highs of 15°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument ©
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument

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