44 days in Peru, Santiago & Patagonia Itinerary

44 days in Peru, Santiago & Patagonia Itinerary

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44 days in Peru, Santiago & Patagonia Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Arequipa, Peru
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Puno, Peru
— 1 night
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  11​h 15​min
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
7
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  8​h 45​min
8
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  7​h 15​min
9
El Chalten, Argentina
— 1 night
Bus:  3​h
10
El Calafate, Argentina
— 3 nights
Bus:  2​h
11
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
12
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Sydney, Australia


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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.
Lima is known for parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua, and take a leisurely stroll along Miraflores Boardwalk.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lima holiday app .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Sydney to Lima. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in November: highs in Lima hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Arequipa to Lari to see Templo Purisima Concepcion about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, admire the landmark architecture of Casa del Moral, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, and make a trip to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Arequipa trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Lima to Arequipa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in November, plan for little chillier nights in Arequipa, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Templo Purisima Concepcion
Highlights from your plan
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

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 27th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island, then take some stellar pictures from Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez, and then step off the mainland to explore Uros Floating Islands.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Puno tour planner .

You can drive from Arequipa to Puno in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Puno, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands

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.
On the 28th (Thu), make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac and then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu trip tool .

Getting from Puno to Machu Picchu by car takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

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: Salinas de Maras (in Maras), Pisac (in Pisac) and Cerveceria Willkamayu (in Urubamba). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, and look for gifts at Pedazo de Arte.

For maps and tourist information, read Cusco trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by combination of train and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. November in Cusco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Nature

Side Trips

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

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.
Explore Santiago's surroundings by going to La Sebastiana (in Valparaiso), Concha y Toro (in Pirque) and Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile (in Valle Nevado). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, take an in-depth tour of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Santiago takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Time to Chile Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Concha y Toro, La Sebastiana, Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Highlights from your plan
La Chascona ©
La Chascona
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

3
nights
Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Step out of Puerto Madryn with an excursion to Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio in Trelew--about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Peninsula Valdes, take a leisurely stroll along Muelle Luis Piedra Buena, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and get curious at Museo Provincial de Ciencias Naturales y Oceanografico.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Madryn trip itinerary app .

Fly from Santiago to Puerto Madryn in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Puerto Madryn due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Punta Tombo, Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio
Highlights from your plan
Peninsula Valdes ©
Peninsula Valdes
Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio ©
Ecocentro ©
Ecocentro

3
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche ©
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.
San Carlos de Bariloche is known for nature, winter sports, trails, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, stroll through Catedral Alta Patagonis, explore by horseback at Riding In Patagonia, and walk around Parque Nahuelito.

Make your San Carlos de Bariloche itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Puerto Madryn to San Carlos de Bariloche in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in San Carlos de Bariloche are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Circuito Chico ©
Circuito Chico

1
night
El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten ©
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
On the 19th (Thu), get great views at El Mirador De Los Condores, then stroll through Laguna Torre, and then take in the awesome beauty at Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fitz Roy.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read El Chalten trip itinerary planning website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Carlos de Bariloche to El Chalten in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in El Chalten

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Laguna Capri ©
Laguna Capri

3
nights
El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate ©
El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
Spend the 21st (Sat) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Enjoy!, explore the striking landscape at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno, examine the collection at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico, and explore the activities along Lago Argentino.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the El Calafate online road trip planner .

Traveling by bus from El Chalten to El Calafate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can take a bus to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino

2
nights
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
On the 24th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Spegazzini and then explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): hike along Laguna de los Tres.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Los Glaciares National Park trip site .

Take a bus from El Calafate to Los Glaciares National Park in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini

4
nights
Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia ©
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.
Ushuaia is known for nature, museums, winter sports, historic sites, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Tierra del Fuego National Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Esmeralda, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and take in the awesome beauty at Glacier Martial.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ushuaia road trip tool .

You can fly from Los Glaciares National Park to Ushuaia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Los Glaciares National Park in December, with highs in Ushuaia at 13°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tierra del Fuego National Park ©
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Canal Beagle ©
Canal Beagle

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