29 days in Peru, Bolivia & Chile Itinerary

29 days in Peru, Bolivia & Chile Itinerary

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29 days in Peru, Bolivia & Chile Itinerary

Start: Willemstad, Curacao
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  17 h 30 min
1
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 day
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h
2
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
3
Arequipa, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
5
Sucre, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5 h 15 min
6
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 day
Drive:  11 h 15 min
7
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h 45 min
8
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Vina del Mar, Chile
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  7 h 30 min
10
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Willemstad, Curacao

1
day
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 30th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Intipuncu and then delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Machu Picchu trip itinerary planner.

Willemstad, Curacao to Machu Picchu is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time to Peru Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sacsayhuaman and Plaza de Armas. Go for a jaunt from Cusco to Maras to see Salinas de Maras about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of San Blas, pause for some serene contemplation at Convento de Santo Domingo, take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, and admire the landmark architecture of The Company of Jesus Church.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cusco trip website .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in March, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Salinas de Maras
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras

1
night
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, then take in panoramic vistas at Yanahuara, and finally examine the collection at Monasterio de Santa Catalina.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Arequipa trip planning site .

Getting from Cusco to Arequipa by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Arequipa, with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa

3
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Take a break from the city and head to Huayna Potosi and WMDR Yungas Road. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Tiwanaku, make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas, and explore the striking landscape at Valley of the Moon.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the La Paz driving holiday planner .

Fly from Arequipa to La Paz in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Arequipa to La Paz, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Arequipa in April, things will get a bit cooler in La Paz: highs are around 17°C and lows about 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Sucre.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Huayna Potosi ©
Huayna Potosi
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road

2
nights
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 8th (Mon): make a trip to Cal Orck'o, look for gifts at Inca Pallay Shop, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Clara Convent, then examine the collection at Museo del Convento de la RECOLETA, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Centro Cultural Masis, get engrossed in the history at House of Liberty Museum - Casa de la Libertad, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de San Francisco, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museum of the Cathedral - Museo de la Catedral, and finally get outside with La Maja.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sucre trip builder website .

You can fly from La Paz to Sucre in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from La Paz in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Sucre: highs are around 24°C and lows about 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Sucre

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
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
day
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi and then explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Uyuni trip planner.

Getting from Sucre to Uyuni by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Sucre in April, you will find days in Uyuni are much colder (10°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi

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.
Get outdoors at Atacama Desert and Salar de Tara. Get a sense of the local culture at Pukara de Quitor and Museo del Meteorito. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Valle de la Luna - Valle de la Muerte, take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. While traveling from Uyuni, expect much warmer days and little chillier nights in San Pedro de Atacama, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Concha y Toro and Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. Step out of Santiago to go to Pirque and see Vina El Principal, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, see the interesting displays at La Chascona, take a stroll through Barrio Bellavista, and admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Santiago trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Vina del Mar.

Things to do in Santiago

Neighborhoods Parks Museums

Side Trip

Pirque
Highlights from your plan
Barrio Bellavista ©
Barrio Bellavista
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Concha y Toro ©
Concha y Toro

3
nights
Vina del Mar, Chile

Vina del Mar ©
A more organized counterpart to its chaotic neighbor Valparaiso, Vina del Mar lives up to its reputation as the "Garden City." Brimming with public parks and flower displays, Chile's fourth-largest city embraces nature, with palm-lined avenues enhancing the "green" ambience.
Get some cultural insight at Matetic Vineyard and Vina Errazuriz. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vina del Mar: Vina Casa Marin Winery (in Lo Abarca) and Casablanca (Emiliana Organic Vineyards & Kingston Family Vineyards). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Reñaca and see the interesting displays at Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Vina del Mar trip tool .

Getting from Santiago to Vina del Mar by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. April in Vina del Mar sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Vina del Mar

Wineries Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Casablanca, Matetic Vineyards, Vina Errazuriz, Casa Marin Winery
Highlights from your plan
Matetic Vineyards ©
Matetic Vineyards
Emiliana Organic Vineyards ©
Emiliana Organic Vineyards
Casa Marin Winery ©
Casa Marin Winery

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Miraflores and Huaca Pucllana. Visiting Playa Kon-Tiki and Playa Penascal will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Barranco, don't miss a visit to Circuito Magico Del Agua, take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lima road trip planning website .

Getting from Vina del Mar to Lima by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Time to Peru Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Vina del Mar in April, things will get a bit warmer in Lima: highs are around 28°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

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

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