29 days in Bolivia, Machu Picchu & Chile Itinerary

29 days in Bolivia, Machu Picchu & Chile Itinerary

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29 days in Bolivia, Machu Picchu & Chile Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  21​h
1
La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
2
Copacabana, Bolivia
— 1 night
Drive:  13​h 30​min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+4
train + foot + bus + taxi + Fly:  17​h 45​min
4
Hanga Roa, Chile
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  10​h 15​min
5
Ancud, Chile
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Castro, Chile
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
7
Puerto Varas, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  8​h
8
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h
9
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa


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2
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
When in La Paz, make a side trip to see Puma Punku in Tiahuanaco, approximately 1h 10 min away. Spend the 16th (Wed) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Tiwanaku, have fun at Urban Rush Bolivia, don't miss a visit to Calle Sagarnaga, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the La Paz route maker site .

Johannesburg, South Africa to La Paz is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to La Paz is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, things will get much colder in La Paz: highs are around 18°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Copacabana.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours

Side Trip

Puma Punku
Highlights from your plan
Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
night
Copacabana, Bolivia

Copacabana ©
The town of Copacabana represents the largest Bolivian settlement on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in the continent.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): head off the coast to Isla De La Luna and then head off the coast to Isla del Sol.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Copacabana trip planner .

Traveling by bus from La Paz to Copacabana takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Copacabana

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Isla del Sol ©
Isla del Sol
Isla De La Luna ©
Isla De La Luna

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.
Machu Picchu is known for historic sites, nature, parks, spas, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, stroll through Los Jardines de Mandor, witness a stunning natural landmark at Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, and make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Machu Picchu day trip website .

Drive from Copacabana to Machu Picchu in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Copacabana to Machu Picchu. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Banos Termales de Cocalmayo
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

2
nights
Hanga Roa, Chile

Hanga Roa ©
The main town and capital of Chile's Easter Island, Hanga Roa serves as a base for most visitors to the island, with all explorations of Easter Island and its famous moai monoliths beginning here.
Hanga Roa is known for nightlife, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Ahu Tongariki, don't miss a visit to Ahu Riata, contemplate the geological forces at Rano Kau, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio de Isla de Pascua.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanga Roa trip planner .

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to Hanga Roa in 18 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Machu Picchu to Hanga Roa due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Ancud.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Easter Island
Highlights from your plan
Ahu Tongariki ©
Ahu Tongariki
Rano Raraku ©
Rano Raraku
Anakena ©
Anakena

3
nights
Ancud, Chile

Ancud ©
A city of 40,000 people, Ancud was the capital of Chiloe Archipelago until it was superseded by the city of Castro in 1982.
Step out of Ancud with an excursion to Isla Aucar in Quemchi--about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museo Regional de Ancud, steep yourself in history at Fuerte Ahui, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Las Iglesias de Chiloe, and kick back and relax at Playa Lechagua.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ancud trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Hanga Roa to Ancud takes 10.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Easter Is. Time to Chile Time is 2 hours. In December, Ancud is slightly colder than Hanga Roa - with highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Castro.

Things to do in Ancud

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Chiloe Island Penguin Colony, Isla Aucar
Highlights from your plan
Isla Aucar ©
Isla Aucar
Museo Regional de Ancud ©
Museo Regional de Ancud
Faro Corona en Chiloe ©
Faro Corona en Chiloe

3
nights
Castro, Chile

Castro ©
Main city on Chile's Chiloe Island, Castro represents one of the country's oldest inhabited settlements, making its fortune as both a tourist center and transportation hub.
Castro is known for shopping, museums, adventure, historic sites, and golf. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Church of San Francisco, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Chiloe National Park, and explore the activities along Lago Huillinco.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Castro trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Ancud to Castro by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December, daytime highs in Castro are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Castro

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Chonchi, Isla Chiloe, Museo Historico Etnografico
Highlights from your plan
Chiloe National Park ©
Chiloe National Park
Church of San Francisco ©
Church of San Francisco
Lemuy Island ©
Lemuy Island

2
nights
Puerto Varas, Chile

Puerto Varas ©
Overlooking a lake, with a conical volcano looming in the background, Puerto Varas enjoys memorable scenery but retains its authentic atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Llanquihue, then take in the dramatic scenery at Petrohué Waterfalls, and then steep yourself in history at Casa Yunge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Puerto Montt Historical Museum Juan Pablo II, then contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Osorno, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Todos Los Santos.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Varas holiday planning website .

Getting from Castro to Puerto Varas by bus takes about 3 hours. In December in Puerto Varas, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Puerto Montt
Highlights from your plan
Petrohué Waterfalls ©
Petrohué Waterfalls
Volcan Osorno ©
Volcan Osorno
Lago Todos Los Santos ©
Lago Todos Los Santos

2
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.
San Pedro de Atacama is known for nature, wildlife, historic sites, nightlife, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, look for all kinds of wild species at Salar de Tara, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama attractions planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Puerto Varas to San Pedro de Atacama in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. While traveling from Puerto Varas, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Pedro de Atacama, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
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

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Concha y Toro (in Pirque) and La Sebastiana (in Valparaiso). There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from San Cristóbal Hill, don't miss a visit to Patio Bellavista, take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas, and walk around Cerro Santa Lucia.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago visit planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

La Sebastiana, Concha y Toro
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

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