22 days in Chile, Bolivia & Peru Itinerary

22 days in Chile, Bolivia & Peru Itinerary

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Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 night
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 4 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
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Lima, Peru
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Santiago, Chile

— 4 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Santiago is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, examine the collection at La Chascona, hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central), and take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Santiago holiday site.

London, UK to Santiago is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from London to Santiago. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Nature

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 3 nights
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.
San Pedro de Atacama is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, take an exotic tour of On Safari Atacama, admire nature's extreme beauty at Atacama Desert, and don't miss a visit to Tunel.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Pedro de Atacama online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in San Pedro de Atacama can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Uyuni.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Uyuni, Bolivia

— 1 night
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): examine the collection at Train Cemetery and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Uyuni attractions planner.

You can drive from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni in 9.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in December, plan for much colder days in Uyuni, with highs around 13°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to fly to La Paz.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature · Parks · Museums

La Paz, Bolivia

— 4 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Step out of La Paz with an excursion to Tiwanaku in Tiwanaku--about 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, experience the excitement of Andean Culture Distillery, don't miss a visit to Fundacion Flavio Machicado Viscarra, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Francisco.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the La Paz vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Uyuni to La Paz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Uyuni in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in La Paz: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to fly to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Cusco, Peru

— 4 nights

Imperial City

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Cerveceria Willkamayu in Urubamba (about 1h 20 min away). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, and steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Cusco day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Cusco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Cusco. Traveling from La Paz in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Cusco: highs are around 24°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 1 night
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 4th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to fly to Lima.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Lima, Peru

— 4 nights

City of the Kings

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.
Lima is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua, visit Barranco, contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Lima day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Lima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. January in Lima sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Chile travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.

Bolivia travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.

Peru travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.