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 30​min
6
Copacabana, Bolivia
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
7
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
8
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
9
Iquique, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h
10
Tongoy, Chile
— 2 nights
bus:  9​h
11
Valparaiso, Chile
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​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.
Popular historic sites such as Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania and Former National Congress Building are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at San Cristóbal Hill and River Rafting & Tubing. Take a break from Santiago with a short trip to Concha y Toro in Pirque, about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Cerro Santa Lucia, pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion, examine the collection at La Chascona, and get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos.

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Peruvian Soul, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de la Union, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Kon-Tiki.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lima trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Santiago to Lima in 42 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time to Peru Time is minus 1 hour. February in Lima sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to take a 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): see the interesting displays at Regional Museum of Ica, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario del Senor de Luren, and finally do a tasting at Tacama. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, then do a tasting at El Catador, and then explore the activities along Laguna de Huacachina.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ica vacation app .

You can take a bus from Lima to Ica in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February in Ica, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sacsayhuaman and Centro Historico De Cusco. Visiting Salinas de Maras and Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cusco: Perolniyoq Waterfall (in Ollantaytambo) and Moray (in Maras). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, explore the ancient world of Tipon, pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, and look for all kinds of wild species at Inca Jungle.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cusco tour planner.

You can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Ica to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Ica, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Cusco, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 9°C. On the 11th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): make a trip to Catedral de Puno.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Puno trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cusco to Puno in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Puno when traveling from Cusco in March, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Copacabana Cathedral, take some stellar pictures from Cerro Calvario, and then head off the coast to Isla del Sol.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Copacabana trip itinerary app .

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. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puno to Copacabana due to the time zone difference. On the 14th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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.
On the 14th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Francisco. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Valley of the Moon and then explore the ancient world of Tiwanaku.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the La Paz trip itinerary app .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can 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.
On the 17th (Sun), head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez and then examine the collection at Train Cemetery.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Uyuni trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from La Paz to Uyuni in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from La Paz, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Uyuni, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Salitrera Santa Laura and Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Cavancha and Playa Brava. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating landscape at Parque Nacional Salar del Huasco, take an in-depth tour of Regional Museum of Iquique, get outside with Oasisfly Paragliding, and get to know the fascinating history of Paseo Peatonal Baquedano.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Iquique tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Uyuni to Iquique in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can 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. On the 24th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Humedal de Pachingo, then see the interesting displays at Plazuela de Juegos Gabriela Mistral, and then kick back and relax at Playas Socos.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tongoy journey maker site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Iquique to Tongoy. In March, daily temperatures in Tongoy can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 25th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, appreciate the extensive heritage of Paseo Gervasoni, then take some stellar pictures from Paseo Yugoslavo, and finally see the interesting displays at La Sebastiana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Paseo 21 de Mayo, then explore the historical opulence of Wulff Castle, then kick back and relax at Reñaca, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Palacio Polanco.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Valparaiso online tour itinerary builder .

Explore your travel options from Tongoy to Valparaiso with the Route module. In March, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can 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): take a stroll through Barrio Bellavista and then admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Santiago trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Valparaiso to Santiago in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Barrio Bellavista ©
Barrio Bellavista

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