20 days in Peru, Uyuni & San Pedro de Atacama Itinerary

20 days in Peru, Uyuni & San Pedro de Atacama Itinerary

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20 days in Peru, Uyuni & San Pedro de Atacama Itinerary

Start: Lima, Peru
1
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
2
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+5
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  11 h 30 min
4
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 4 nights
Drive:  11 h 45 min
5
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  8 h 30 min
6
Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
End: Lima, Peru

2
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.
On the 9th (Sun), take a stroll through Miraflores, contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, then make a trip to Circuito Magico Del Agua, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, stroll around Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), then wander the streets of Barranco, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Lima trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Portugal, the closest major aiport is Jorge Ch├ívez International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

3
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.
Rainbow Mountain Cusco has been added to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, and admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco.

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Fly from Lima to Cusco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in February, expect nights in Cusco to be colder, around 9°C, while days are little chillier, around 23°C. You will leave for Maras on the 14th (Fri).

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

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): get great views at Intipuncu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Los Jardines de Mandor and then explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu itinerary tool .

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

4
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
When in Uyuni, make a side trip to see Museo de la Llama y la Sal in Colchani, approximately Colchani away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni, get a new perspective on nature at Museo Arquecologia y Antropologico de los Andes Meridionales, examine the collection at Necropolis & Museum Kawsay Wasy, and step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi.

To see maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Uyuni trip planner.

You can do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi from Machu Picchu to Uyuni in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Machu Picchu to Uyuni due to the time zone difference. February in Uyuni sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Museo de la Llama y la Sal
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Tunupa Volcano ©
Tunupa Volcano

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.
When in San Pedro de Atacama, make a side trip to see Salar de Atacama in Antofagasta, approximately Antofagasta away. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna, look for all kinds of wild species at Salar de Tara, delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor, and take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio.

For reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama trip planner.

You can drive from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Uyuni in February, you will find days in San Pedro de Atacama are much hotter (28°C), and nights are little chillier (8°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Salar de Atacama
Highlights from your plan
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques ©
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques

2
nights
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Arequipa is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, don't miss a visit to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos.

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Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Arequipa takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time to Peru Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in February, plan for slightly colder days in Arequipa, with highs around 22°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

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