21 days in Peru, Bolivia & Chile Itinerary

21 days in Peru, Bolivia & Chile Itinerary

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21 days in Peru, Bolivia & Chile Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  12​h
2
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
3
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Sucre, Bolivia
— 1 day
Fly + shuttle:  10​h 30​min
5
Valparaiso, Chile
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h
7
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  22​h
End: London, United Kingdom

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Miraflores and Museo Larco. We've included these beaches for you: Playa Kon-Tiki and Playa Penascal. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, appreciate the extensive heritage of Peruvian Soul, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Indigo.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lima journey planning app .

London, UK to Lima is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Peru Time (PET), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from London in December, things will get warmer in Lima: highs are around 28°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Peruvian Soul ©
Peruvian Soul
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor and then explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Intipuncu, delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Machu Picchu holiday maker .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sacsayhuaman and Plaza de Armas. Museo de Arte Precolombino and Qorikancha will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Cusco with an excursion to Salinas de Maras in Maras--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco, take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, and steep yourself in history at Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cusco tour itinerary planner.

Do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Cusco are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sucre.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Salinas de Maras
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

1
day
Sucre, Bolivia

Sucre ©
The constitutional capital of Bolivia, Sucre has a well-preserved historic center, with many buildings dating back to the city's founding in the 16th century.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museo del Convento de la RECOLETA, examine the collection at Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR, then view the masterpieces at Arte y Cultura Sucre Galeria, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Museum of the Cathedral - Museo de la Catedral, and finally take an in-depth tour of House of Liberty Museum - Casa de la Libertad.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sucre day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Sucre takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to Sucre. In December, daily temperatures in Sucre can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Sucre

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR ©
Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR
Museo del Convento de la RECOLETA ©
Museo del Convento de la RECOLETA

1
night
Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso ©
Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
On the 13th (Fri), do a tasting at Matetic Vineyard, see the interesting displays at La Sebastiana, and then examine the collection at Museo de Historia Natural de Valparaiso. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Emiliana Organic Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Kingston Family Vineyards, and then learn about winemaking at Vina Casas del Bosque.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Valparaiso online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Sucre to Valparaiso takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sucre in December, Valparaiso is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Santiago.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Casablanca, Matetic Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Matetic Vineyards ©
Matetic Vineyards
La Sebastiana ©
La Sebastiana
Emiliana Organic Vineyards ©
Emiliana Organic Vineyards

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore La Chascona and Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania. Concha y Toro and Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, make a trip to Santa Lucia Hill, get engrossed in the history at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Santiago road trip planning app .

Getting from Valparaiso to Santiago by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Concha y Toro
Highlights from your plan
La Chascona ©
La Chascona
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Concha y Toro ©
Concha y Toro

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 Atacama Desert and Geyser del Tatio will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pukara de Quitor and Museo del Meteorito. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Salar de Tara, take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, and make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Pedro de Atacama holiday planning website .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio

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