21 days in Peru & Chile Itinerary

21 days in Peru & Chile Itinerary

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21 days in Peru & Chile Itinerary

Start: Budapest, Hungary
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  12 h
2
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
3
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  8 h 15 min
4
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  8 h 30 min
5
Coyhaique, Chile
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 45 min
6
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  21 h 45 min
End: Budapest, Hungary


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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Huaca Pucllana and Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco. There's much more to do: make a trip to Miraflores, stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua, admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and wander the streets of San Isidro.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lima online trip itinerary maker .

Budapest, Hungary to Lima is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Budapest to Lima is minus 6 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Budapest in October: high temperatures in Lima hover around 24°C and lows are around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Miraflores ©
Miraflores

1
night
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 24th (Thu): stroll through Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu and then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Los Jardines de Mandor.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Machu Picchu trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Lima to Machu Picchu in 12 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

4
nights
Cusco, Peru

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 San Blas will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Salinas de Maras. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and take an in-depth tour of Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cusco trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October in Cusco, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Salinas de Maras
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Atacama Desert and Geyser del Tatio. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Salar de Tara, take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor, and explore the activities along Laguna de Piedras.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Pedro de Atacama day trip planning tool .

Getting from Cusco to San Pedro de Atacama by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cusco to San Pedro de Atacama is 1 hour. Traveling from Cusco in October, you will find days in San Pedro de Atacama are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are a bit cooler (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Coyhaique.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

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

1
night
Coyhaique, Chile

Coyhaique ©
Founded in 1929, Coyhaique is a young city--a baby by world standards--developed from humble agricultural origins to become the capital and main hub of the largely rural Aysen Region.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Coyhaique National Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo.

To find out how to plan a trip to Coyhaique, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Coyhaique takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in November, you will find days in Coyhaique are slightly colder (19°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Coyhaique

Wildlife Parks
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Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo ©
Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo
Coyhaique National Reserve ©
Coyhaique National Reserve

4
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.
Get outdoors at San Cristóbal Hill and Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santiago: Region IX Ltd (in Villarrica) and Concha y Toro (in Pirque). And it doesn't end there: walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, examine the collection at La Chascona, take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera, and wander the streets of Barrio Bellavista.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Coyhaique to Santiago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Concha y Toro, Region IX Ltd, 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
Concha y Toro ©
Concha y Toro

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