35 days in Chile, Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

35 days in Chile, Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

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35 days in Chile, Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

Start: Santiago, Chile
1
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
plane:  4​h
2
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h
3
Ica, Peru
— 2 nights
bus:  17​h
4
Cusco, Peru
— 9 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  3​h
5
Puno, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Copacabana, Bolivia
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
7
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
8
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
9
Iquique, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
10
Tongoy, Chile
— 2 nights
bus:  9​h
11
Valparaiso, Chile
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
12
Santiago, Chile
— 1 night
End: Santiago, Chile

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like La Chascona and Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos. Escape the urban bustle at San Cristóbal Hill and River Rafting & Tubing. Change things up with a short trip to Concha y Toro in Pirque (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia, examine the collection at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

Plan trip to Santiago with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Lima.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Concha y Toro
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
La Chascona ©
La Chascona
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©

2
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.
On the 25th (Mon), take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): take in the local highlights with Peruvian Soul, then admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de la Union, and then kick back and relax at Playa Kon-Tiki.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lima trip maker app .

You can drive from Santiago to Lima in 42 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Lima. In February, daily temperatures in Lima can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Ica.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Peruvian Soul ©
Peruvian Soul
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©

2
nights
Ica, Peru

Ica ©
Located on the Ica River in the desert areas of Peru's southern coast, the city of Ica stands as something of an oasis in the dry, barren landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): examine the collection at Regional Museum of Ica, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario del Senor de Luren, and finally do a tasting at Tacama. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, then learn about winemaking at El Catador, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Huacachina.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ica trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Lima to Ica takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February in Ica, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Ica

Wineries Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
El Catador ©
El Catador
Regional Museum of Ica
Regional Museum of Ica
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

9
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.
Sacsayhuaman and Salinas de Maras are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Centro Historico De Cusco and Sacred Valley of the Incas for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Perolniyoq Waterfall (in Ollantaytambo) and Moray (in Maras). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, identify plant and animal life at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, and delve into the distant past at Tambomachay.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cusco trip itinerary site .

Getting from Ica to Cusco by combination of bus, taxi, and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Ica in March, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Cusco: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Puno.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Maras, Choquequirao Archeological Park, Perolniyoq Waterfall, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Winay Wayna
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Catedral de Puno.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Puno road trip planning site .

Getting from Cusco to Puno by combination of flight and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Puno, with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Copacabana.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Catedral de Puno ©
Catedral de Puno
Enrique Torres Belon Stadium ©
Enrique Torres Belon Stadium

2
nights
Copacabana, Bolivia

Copacabana ©
The town of Copacabana represents the largest Bolivian settlement on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in the continent.
On the 13th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Copacabana Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cerro Calvario, and then contemplate the long history of Isla del Sol.

Plan my day in Copacabana using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Puno to Copacabana takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time (PET) to Bolivia Time (BOT) is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to La Paz.

Things to do in Copacabana

Nature Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Isla del Sol ©
Isla del Sol
Cerro Calvario ©
Cerro Calvario
Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana
Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana

3
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Francisco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Valley of the Moon and then delve into the distant past at Tiwanaku.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read La Paz day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Copacabana to La Paz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Scenic Drive Nature
Highlights from your plan
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Valley of the Moon ©
Valley of the Moon

1
night
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi and then explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez and then examine the collection at Train Cemetery.

Before you visit Uyuni, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from La Paz to Uyuni takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from La Paz in March, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Uyuni: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Iquique.

Things to do in Uyuni

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

4
nights
Iquique, Chile

Iquique ©
Thanks to the city's position on the Pacific coast, vacations in Iquique appeal to beachgoers, paragliders, bodyboarders, nature lovers, photographers, and fans of picture-perfect sunsets.
Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone and Paseo Peatonal Baquedano will appeal to history buffs. Salitrera Santa Laura and Baquedano Street are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Playa Cavancha, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Brava, push the limits with an extreme tour, and brush up on your military savvy at Museo Corbeta Esmeralda.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Iquique trip maker site .

You can drive from Uyuni to Iquique in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Tongoy.

Things to do in Iquique

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Geisers of Puchuldiza
Highlights from your plan
Playa Cavancha ©
Playa Cavancha
Salitrera Santa Laura ©
Salitrera Santa Laura

2
nights
Tongoy, Chile

Tongoy ©
Tongoy is a Chilean coastal town in the commune of Coquimbo in Elqui Province, Coquimbo Region. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Humedal de Pachingo, then explore the engaging exhibits at Plazuela de Juegos Gabriela Mistral, and then kick back and relax at Playas Socos.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tongoy journey planning app .

Explore your travel options from Iquique to Tongoy with the Route module. In March, daytime highs in Tongoy are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Tongoy

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Plazuela de Juegos Gabriela Mistral, Cielo Sur Observatory
Highlights from your plan
Humedal de Pachingo ©
Humedal de Pachingo
Playas Socos
Playas Socos
Cielo Sur Observatory ©
Cielo Sur Observatory

2
nights
Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso ©
Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Paseo Gervasoni, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Paseo Yugoslavo, and finally see the interesting displays at La Sebastiana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Paseo 21 de Mayo, then step into the grandiose world of Wulff Castle, then kick back and relax at Reñaca, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Palacio Polanco.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Valparaiso holiday planning website .

Explore your travel options from Tongoy to Valparaiso with the Route module. March in Valparaiso sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Santiago.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Vina del Mar
Highlights from your plan
Paseo Gervasoni ©
Paseo Gervasoni
La Sebastiana ©
La Sebastiana
Reñaca ©
Reñaca

1
night
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): wander the streets of Barrio Bellavista and then admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago sightseeing planner .

Getting from Valparaiso to Santiago by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Barrio Bellavista ©
Barrio Bellavista

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