23 days in Peru & Chilean Patagonia Itinerary

23 days in Peru & Chilean Patagonia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South America travel route planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

23 days in Peru & Chilean Patagonia Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
2
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h 15​min
3
Puno, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Arequipa, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h
6
Coyhaique, Chile
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h
7
Punta Arenas, Chile
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
8
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  25​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

2
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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, trails, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, hike along exploor, delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco, and admire the striking features of The Company of Jesus Church.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco holiday planning tool .

Auckland, New Zealand to Cusco is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Cusco is minus 17 hours. Traveling from Auckland in December, Cusco is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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 15th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon and then steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Intipuncu, delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and then identify plant and animal life at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Machu Picchu online journey planner .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

1
night
Puno, Peru

Puno ©
Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Uros Floating Islands, then explore the activities along Lake Titicaca, and then make a trip to Chullpas. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Sillustani, head off the coast to Taquile Island, and then get great views at Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Puno attractions planner .

Getting from Machu Picchu to Puno by car takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Chullpas
Highlights from your plan
Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

3
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.
Step out of Arequipa with an excursion to Templo Purisima Concepcion in Lari--about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas, steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

Plan a Arequipa trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Puno to Arequipa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Puno in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Arequipa, with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Templo Purisima Concepcion
Highlights from your plan
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

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.
Lima is known for parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Circuito Magico Del Agua, take in the waterfront at Miraflores Boardwalk, take a stroll through Barranco, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Lima trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Lima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Arequipa in December, with highs in Lima at 28°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Coyhaique.

Things to do in Lima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

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 25th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Coyhaique National Reserve.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Coyhaique vacation maker tool .

Explore your travel options from Lima to Coyhaique with the Route module. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lima to Coyhaique due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lima in December, things will get a bit cooler in Coyhaique: highs are around 21°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Coyhaique

Wildlife Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo ©
Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo
Coyhaique National Reserve ©
Coyhaique National Reserve

3
nights
Punta Arenas, Chile

An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
Spend the 27th (Fri) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. see Oficinas de Turismo Punta Arenas. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Strait of Magellan, examine the collection at Palacio Sara Braun, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Municipal, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Regional De Magallanes.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Punta Arenas trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Coyhaique to Punta Arenas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Coyhaique in December, expect Punta Arenas to be slightly colder, temps between 15°C and 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Museo Regional De Magallanes ©
Museo Regional De Magallanes
Palacio Sara Braun ©
Palacio Sara Braun

3
nights
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
Spend the 30th (Mon) exploring nature at Torres del Paine National Park. Spend the 1st (Wed) on the water with a fishing tour. It doesn't end there: examine the collection at Historical Museum,Municipality of Puerto Natales and Head underground at Cueva del Milodon.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) trip maker app .

Take a bus from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument ©
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument

Similar Plans

59 days in Peru BY A USER FROM MEXICO July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 24 days in Peru, Bolivia & Chile BY A USER FROM DENMARK October, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 24 days in Peru BY A USER FROM SWEDEN July, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 24 days in Peru BY A USER FROM SWEDEN July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 27 days in Peru BY A USER FROM SLOVAKIA October, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 24 days in Peru BY A USER FROM SWEDEN April, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Chile, Argentina & Peru BY A USER FROM MEXICO April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Peru BY A USER FROM CANADA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 31 days in Peru BY A USER FROM CANADA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Chilean Patagonia BY A USER FROM CHILE October, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 55 days in South America & Central America BY A USER FROM HONG KONG May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 25 days in Peru BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced
View more plans