31 days in Peru, Bolivia & Argentina Itinerary

31 days in Peru, Bolivia & Argentina Itinerary

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Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, Fly to Lima
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Train to Ollantaytambo, Bus to Cusco
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
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Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Sucre, Bolivia
— 1 night
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Santa Cruz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Mendoza, Argentina
— 3 nights
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 5 nights
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Lima, Peru

— 2 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Barranco and Huaca Pucllana. The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Miraflores Boardwalk, walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua, get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, and ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

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Brussels, Belgium to Lima is an approximately 18-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Peru Standard Time (PET), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Brussels in December: high temperatures in Lima hover around 28°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can fly to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 2 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 16th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen and then steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mandor, delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and then take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sacred Valley of the Incas and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cusco: Pisac (in Pisac) and Cerveceria Willkamayu (in Urubamba). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha, and delve into the distant past at Tambomachay.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cusco trip planning site.

Do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can fly to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Arequipa, Peru

— 2 nights

White City

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 22nd (Wed): steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, then see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, and then admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, and then get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

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Traveling by flight from Cusco to Arequipa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Arequipa can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to La Paz.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites · Museums

La Paz, Bolivia

— 2 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
On the 24th (Fri), get great views at Mirador Killi Killi, then gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights, and then make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas. Keep things going the next day: experience the excitement of Andean Culture Distillery, admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia de San Francisco, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the La Paz tour itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Arequipa to La Paz in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Arequipa to La Paz is 1 hour. Traveling from Arequipa in December, things will get little chillier in La Paz: highs are around 18°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Sucre.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Fun & Games

Sucre, Bolivia

— 1 night

City of the Four Names

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.
On the 26th (Sun), engage your brain at Museo del Tesoro, make a trip to Plaza 25 de Mayo, then get engrossed in the history at House of Liberty Museum - Casa de la Libertad, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of La Recoleta.

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You can fly from La Paz to Sucre in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Sucre is somewhat warmer than La Paz - with highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Sucre

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Santa Cruz, Bolivia

— 2 nights
More populous than the capital and La Paz, and one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, Santa Cruz has become a thriving commercial center, yet retained some of the trappings of tradition.
On the 27th (Mon), take a stroll around Casa Cultural Melchor Pinto, then admire the natural beauty at Guembe, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de la Inmaculada Concepcion. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Plaza 24 de Septiembre and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Cruz.

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You can fly from Sucre to Santa Cruz in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sucre in December, you will find days in Santa Cruz are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are much hotter (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 3 nights

Queen of La Plata

Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Step off the beaten path and head to Catedral Primada and Puente de la Mujer. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, pause for some photo ops at Floralis Generica, ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada, and don't miss a visit to Plaza de Mayo.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires route planner.

Getting from Santa Cruz to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santa Cruz to Buenos Aires. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Santa Cruz in December: highs in Buenos Aires hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to fly to Mendoza.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Historic Sites · Casinos · Fun & Games

Mendoza, Argentina

— 3 nights
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Food Tours and Pulenta Estate Winery. The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Bodega Renacer, stroll around Parque General San Martin, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and get great views at Cerro de la Gloria.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Mendoza sightseeing planner.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Mendoza by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in December, you will find days in Mendoza are a bit warmer (37°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can fly to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Mendoza

Tours · Wineries · Outdoors · Adventure

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

— 5 nights
Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, scenic San Carlos de Bariloche hugs the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and ranks among Argentina's top destinations for active outdoor vacations.
Step off the beaten path and head to Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi and Isla Victoria. And it doesn't end there: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, fly down the slopes at Piedras Blancas, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Nahuel Huapi, and kick back and relax at Playa Bonita.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Carlos de Bariloche trip planner.

Fly from Mendoza to San Carlos de Bariloche in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Mendoza in January, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in San Carlos de Bariloche: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Ushuaia.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Ushuaia, Argentina

— 3 nights

End of the World

Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Martial and Helicopter Tours. When in Ushuaia, make a side trip to see Lago Roca in Tierra del Fuego National Park, approximately Tierra del Fuego National Park away. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, don't miss a visit to Les Éclaireurs Lighthouse, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Esmeralda, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro Castor (Castor Mount).

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Fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Ushuaia in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in January, you will find days in Ushuaia are much colder (15°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

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.

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.

Argentina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.