19 days in Arequipa, Chivay & Cusco Itinerary

19 days in Arequipa, Chivay & Cusco Itinerary

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19 days in Arequipa, Chivay & Cusco Itinerary

Start: Santiago
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Arequipa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Chivay
— 6 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Cusco
— 9 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Santiago

3
nights
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): stop by La Iberica, steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, wander the streets of Yanahuara, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista), and finally examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Arequipa travel route planning app .

Santiago, Chile to Arequipa is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Arequipa due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in Arequipa are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 5th (Sun), you're off toChivay.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery

6
nights
Chivay

Chivay ©
Scenic Chivay draws a growing number of tourists each year, yet this remote town of 5,000 inhabitants manages to retain much of its rustic, dusty character.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Condor's Cross and Mirador de Wayra Punku. Uyo Uyo Archaeological Site and Astronomical Observatory are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chivay: Cabanaconde (Mirador Cruz del Condor & Mirador Achachiua). There's more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Colca Canyon and take in the natural beauty of La Calera Thermal Waters.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Chivay vacation planner.

Drive from Arequipa to Chivay in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 11th (Sat), you're off toCusco.

Things to do in Chivay

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cabanaconde, Uyo Uyo Archaeological Site, Mirador de Wayra Punku, Colca Canyon
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Condor's Cross ©
Condor's Cross
Colca Canyon ©
Colca Canyon
Mirador de Wayra Punku ©
Mirador de Wayra Punku

9
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Spas and Cerro Colorado Vinicunca. Take a break from the city and head to Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi and Horseback Riding Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cusco: Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva (in Yucay), Piquillacta (in Huarcapay) and Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero (in Chinchero). The adventure continues: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, trek along exploor, explore the activities along Humantay Lake, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Chivay to Cusco takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Cusco sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero, Piquillacta, San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas, Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Spas
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Humantay Lake ©
Humantay Lake

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