44 days in Peru, Bolivia & Chile Itinerary

44 days in Peru, Bolivia & Chile Itinerary

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44 days in Peru, Bolivia & Chile Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Arequipa, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  12​h 15​min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h
5
La Paz, Bolivia
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  10​h 45​min
6
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
La Serena, Chile
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  9​h 45​min
8
Castro, Chile
— 4 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  8​h
9
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
shuttle:  1​h 15​min
10
Valle Nevado, Chile
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Valparaiso, Chile
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

4
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.
Kids will enjoy Planetario Nacional IGP and Museo de Sitio Naval- Submarino Ex Bap Abtao. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and make a trip to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lima itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Lima is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Lima, you'll gain 15 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sydney in October, plan for slightly colder days in Lima, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Museo de Sitio Naval- Submarino Ex Bap Abtao
Highlights from your plan
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Museo de la Nacion ©
Museo de la Nacion

3
nights
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Family-friendly places like Santa Catalina Monastery and Museo Santuarios Andinos will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas, examine the collection at Monasterio de la Recoleta, make a trip to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus, and kick back and relax at Playa los Arcos.

Make your Arequipa itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Lima to Arequipa in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Arequipa when traveling from Lima in October, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Arequipa

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Mariposario de Machupicchu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Machu Picchu using our trip planner.

Getting from Arequipa to Machu Picchu by car takes about 12.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Mariposario de Machupicchu ©
Mariposario de Machupicchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cusco: Pisac (in Pisac) and Salinas de Maras (in Maras). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, and take a stroll through San Blas.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cusco vacation builder site .

Do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. October in Cusco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

4
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Spend the 18th (Fri) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Tiwanaku, take in the dramatic natural features at Valley of the Moon, sample the fine beverages at Andean Culture Distillery, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our La Paz sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cusco to La Paz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time (PET) to Bolivia Time (BOT) is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cusco in October; daily highs in La Paz reach 19°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

4
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.
Family-friendly places like Observatorio Etno-Astronomico Licanantay and Atacama Observatory will thrill your kids. Step out of San Pedro de Atacama with an excursion to Salar de Atacama in Antofagasta--about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, engage your brain at Museo del Meteorito, and identify plant and animal life at Salar de Tara.

To see maps and more tourist information, refer to the San Pedro de Atacama online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from La Paz to San Pedro de Atacama in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from La Paz, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Pedro de Atacama, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to La Serena.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Atacama Desert, Salar de Atacama
Highlights from your plan
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Museo del Meteorito ©
Museo del Meteorito
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio

4
nights
La Serena, Chile

La Serena
Packed with old stone churches in a unique urban landscape, La Serena represents one of Chile's oldest settlements, equally popular with architecture buffs and beachgoers.
Attractions like Reserva Nacional Pinguino de Humboldt and Cielo Sur Observatory make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near La Serena: Playa Guanaqueros (in Guanaqueros) and Tongoy (Playas Socos & Humedal de Pachingo). Next up on the itinerary: look and learn at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia Santo Domingo, delve into the mystery of Valle del Elqui, and see the interesting displays at San Francisco Church.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the La Serena trip planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to La Serena in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from San Pedro de Atacama, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in La Serena, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Castro.

Things to do in La Serena

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Tongoy, Acuario y Museo Facultad de Ciencias del Mar, Cielo Sur Observatory, Playa Guanaqueros, Reserva Nacional Pinguino de Humboldt
Highlights from your plan
Playas Socos
Playas Socos
Cielo Sur Observatory ©
Cielo Sur Observatory
Humedal de Pachingo ©
Humedal de Pachingo

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Playa Lechagua and Parque Nacional De Chiloe. Change things up with a short trip to Museo Regional de Ancud in Ancud (about 1h 15 min away). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Parque Alto Muro Aventura, admire the striking features of Church of San Francisco, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia San Francisco, and delve into the lush surroundings at Bosquepiedra.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Castro trip planning tool .

Getting from La Serena to Castro by combination of flight and bus takes about 10 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from La Serena in October; daily highs in Castro reach 15°C and lows reach 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Castro

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Isla Chiloe, Chonchi, Ancud, Museo Historico Etnografico
Highlights from your plan
Isla de Quinchao ©
Isla de Quinchao
Museo Regional de Ancud ©
Museo Regional de Ancud
Parque Alto Muro Aventura ©
Parque Alto Muro Aventura

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.
Attractions like Central Market (Mercado Central) and Museo de Bomberos de Santiago make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from Santiago with a short trip to Concha y Toro in Pirque, about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, examine the collection at La Chascona, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Colchagua.

Discover how to plan a Santiago trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Castro to Santiago takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the shuttle to Valle Nevado.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Concha y Toro
Highlights from your plan
Museo Interactivo Mirador ©
Museo Interactivo Mirador
Central Market (Mercado Central) ©
Museo Colchagua ©
Museo Colchagua

1
night
Valle Nevado, Chile

Valle Nevado ©
The largest ski zone in South America, Valle Nevado offers 2,800 hectares (7,000 acres) of skiable area in the El Plomo foothills near Santiago.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): fly down the slopes at Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Valle Nevado attractions planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Santiago to Valle Nevado takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Valle Nevado

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile

3
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.
Family-friendly places like La Sebastiana and La Rambla will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Valparaiso side-trips: Isla Negra (La Nave Imaginaria & Casa de Isla Negra). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck, stroll through Reñaca, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and don't miss a visit to Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores).

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Valparaiso trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Valle Nevado to Valparaiso in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Vina del Mar, Isla Negra, La Rambla
Highlights from your plan
Reñaca ©
Reñaca
La Sebastiana ©
La Sebastiana

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