51 days in Peru & Argentina Itinerary

51 days in Peru & Argentina Itinerary

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51 days in Peru & Argentina Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Canada
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Salta, Argentina
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Humahuaca, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Purmamarca, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Cafayate, Argentina
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  8​h
6
San Rafael, Argentina
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  8​h 15​min
7
Tandil, Argentina
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
8
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h
10
El Calafate, Argentina
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h
11
El Chalten, Argentina
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
12
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
13
San Martin de los Andes, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
14
Cordoba, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Montreal, Canada


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6
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sacred Valley of the Incas and San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas. Step off the beaten path and head to Moray and Horseback Riding Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries in Ollantaytambo (about 1h 50 min away). There's still lots to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Blas (Iglesia de San Blas), explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, and look for all kinds of wild species at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco trip itinerary planning site .

Montreal, Canada to Cusco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Montreal in April, with highs in Cusco at 23°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Salta.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas, Moray, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries
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Moray ©
Moray
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries ©
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

1
night
Salta, Argentina

Salta ©
Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cuesta del Obispo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Virgen de los Tres Cerritos, take in the awesome beauty at Cerro San Bernardo, then see the interesting displays at Salta Cabildo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia San Francisco, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora de La Candelaria de La Vina.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Salta trip builder tool .

You can fly from Cusco to Salta in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cusco to Salta is 2 hours. Traveling from Cusco in May, Salta is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Humahuaca.

Things to do in Salta

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Cuesta del Obispo ©
Cuesta del Obispo
Virgen de los Tres Cerritos ©
Virgen de los Tres Cerritos
Basilica Menor San Francisco ©
Basilica Menor San Francisco

2
nights
Humahuaca, Argentina

Humahuaca ©
The largest settlement in the Quebrada de Humahuaca, Humahuaca allows for thorough exploration of the colorful valley that links the high Andean lands and the temperate plains of southeastern South America.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museo Folklorico Regional, appreciate the history behind Monumento a los Heroes de la Independencia, then contemplate the long history of Torre de Santa Barbara, then cruise along Quebrada de Humahuaca, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz y San Francisco. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Plaza Central de Humahuaca, take in the awesome beauty at Serranía de Hornocal, and then examine the collection at Museo Arqueologico Municipal.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Humahuaca trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Salta to Humahuaca in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Purmamarca.

Things to do in Humahuaca

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Quebrada de Humahuaca ©
Quebrada de Humahuaca
Serranía de Hornocal ©
Serranía de Hornocal
Torre de Santa Barbara ©
Torre de Santa Barbara

2
nights
Purmamarca, Argentina

Purmamarca ©
With a population of just over 2,000, the small village of Purmamarca possesses a remote Andean charm, with its adobe houses and colorful market streets some of the most photogenic in the area.
On the 11th (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at The Hill of Seven Colors, then ponder the world of politics at Cabildo de Purmamarca, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Lima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Plaza 9 de Julio, then explore the striking landscape at Mirador Geologico, and then hike along Paseo de los Colorados.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Purmamarca trip planner .

You can drive from Humahuaca to Purmamarca in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cafayate.

Things to do in Purmamarca

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Paseo de los Colorados ©
Paseo de los Colorados
Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Lima ©
Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Lima
Mirador Geologico ©
Mirador Geologico

2
nights
Cafayate, Argentina

Cafayate ©
Nestled in one of the country's major wine regions, Cafayate and the surrounding area remain a top vacation destination throughout the year.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Carlos Borromeo, then take in the dramatic natural features at Garganta del Diablo Salta, then explore the striking landscape at El Anfiteatro, and finally identify plant and animal life at Quebrada del Rio de las Conchas. On your second day here, examine the collection at Museo de la Vid y el Vino de Cafayate, Salta, Argentina, then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas del Rio Colorado, and then explore the ancient world of Quilmes Ruins (Ruinas de Quilmes).

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cafayate trip builder website .

Drive from Purmamarca to Cafayate in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Rafael.

Things to do in Cafayate

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Quilmes Ruins (Ruinas de Quilmes), Iglesia de San Carlos Borromeo
Highlights from your plan
Quebrada del Rio de las Conchas ©
Quebrada del Rio de las Conchas
Quilmes Ruins (Ruinas de Quilmes) ©
Quilmes Ruins (Ruinas de Quilmes)
Garganta del Diablo Salta ©
Garganta del Diablo Salta

1
night
San Rafael, Argentina

San Rafael ©
With its idyllic tree-lined streets, San Rafael provides a tranquil setting for relaxation in the heart of Argentina.
On the 15th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral San Rafael Arcangel and then take in the dramatic natural features at Canon del Atuel. On the next day, admire the engineering at Embalse Valle Grande, then do a tasting at Bodega Murville, then see human ingenuity at work at Embalse los reyunos, and finally do a tasting at Winery La Abeja.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read San Rafael trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Cafayate to San Rafael in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. May in San Rafael sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Tandil.

Things to do in San Rafael

Parks Nature Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Canon del Atuel ©
Canon del Atuel
Catedral San Rafael Arcangel ©
Catedral San Rafael Arcangel
Bodega Murville ©
Bodega Murville

1
night
Tandil, Argentina

Tandil ©
Nestled in the foothills of the nearby mountain range, the town of Tandil offers a solid combination of big-city energy and small-town tranquility.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Cristo de las Sierras, make a trip to Lago y Dique del Fuerte, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monte Calvario, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castillo Morisco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Piedra Movediza, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cerro El Centinela, and then walk around Parque Independencia.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tandil road trip planning app .

Getting from San Rafael to Tandil by combination of flight and bus takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. May in Tandil sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Tandil

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Parque Independencia ©
Parque Independencia
Cerro El Centinela ©
Cerro El Centinela
Monte Calvario ©
Monte Calvario

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Punta Tombo and Loberia de Punta Loma. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Peninsula Valdes and Playa El Doradillo. Explore Puerto Madryn's surroundings by going to Museo Primera Casa de Gaiman (in Gaiman) and Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio (in Trelew). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get curious at Museo Provincial de Ciencias Naturales y Oceanografico, see the interesting displays at Museo del desembarco Punta Cuevas, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Puerto Madryn vacation maker tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Tandil to Puerto Madryn in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Punta Tombo, Museo Primera Casa de Gaiman, Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio
Highlights from your plan
Punta Tombo ©
Punta Tombo
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa El Doradillo ©
Playa El Doradillo

5
nights
Ushuaia, Argentina

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Laguna Esmeralda and Glaciar Martial. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Lago Roca. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Mirador de Lagos Escondido y Fagnano, trek along Glacier Martial, head off the coast to Isla Bridges, and appreciate the history behind Plaza Malvinas.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ushuaia online holiday builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Puerto Madryn to Ushuaia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Ushuaia can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lago Roca, Glaciar Martial
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cerro Castor (Castor Mount) ©
Cerro Castor (Castor Mount)
Ushuaia Bay ©
Ushuaia Bay

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno and Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal. Get in touch with nature at Kayaking & Canoeing and Upsala Glacier. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Rios de Hielo, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, learn more about the world around you at Museo Regional Municipal de El Calafate, and stop by El Galpon de Don Emilio.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our El Calafate holiday maker website .

You can fly from Ushuaia to El Calafate in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can take a bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal ©
Upsala Glacier ©
Upsala Glacier

4
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Laguna Torre and Mirador del Torre. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glaciar Huemul and Chorillo del Salto. Spend the 2nd (Tue) exploring nature at Fitz Roy. And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Road to El Chalten, explore the activities along Laguna Capri, see the interesting displays at Casa Madsen Museo, and take some stellar pictures from El Mirador De Los Condores.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our El Chalten online holiday planner .

You can take a bus from El Calafate to El Chalten in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glaciar Huemul ©
Glaciar Huemul
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Mirador del Torre ©
Mirador del Torre

5
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

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.
Get in touch with nature at Rio Correntoso and Kayaking & Canoeing. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro and River Rafting & Tubing. Change things up with these side-trips from San Carlos de Bariloche: Villa La Angostura (Museo Historico Regional de Villa La Angostura & Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes). There's lots more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, delve into the lush surroundings at Sendero de los Arrayanes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia San Eduardo, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Carlos de Bariloche online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In June in San Carlos de Bariloche, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Martin de los Andes.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Villa La Angostura
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes ©
Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes

3
nights
San Martin de los Andes, Argentina

San Martin de los Andes ©
Perched on the eastern tip of Lake Lacar, laidback San Martin de los Andes feels in tune with the nature around it.
Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Quila Quina and Cascada Chachin - Hua Hum. Get some cultural insight at Castillito Van Dorsser and Museo Casa Koessler. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Sendero al Mirador Bandurrias, fly down the slopes at Cerro Chapelco, look for gifts at Librerias y Jugueterias JUMBO Express, and take in nature's colorful creations at Plaza Sarmiento.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Martin de los Andes day trip website .

Drive from San Carlos de Bariloche to San Martin de los Andes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Cordoba.

Things to do in San Martin de los Andes

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Playa Quila Quina ©
Playa Quila Quina
Cerro Chapelco ©
Cerro Chapelco
Sendero al Mirador Bandurrias ©
Sendero al Mirador Bandurrias

4
nights
Cordoba, Argentina

Cordoba ©
History lives on in the streets of Cordoba, Argentina's second-largest city.
Iglesia de Los Capuchinos and Paseo del Buen Pastor are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Iglesia Catedral de Córdoba and Museo Historico UNC Manzana Jesuitica will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cordoba: Los Terrones (in Capilla del Monte), Eden Hotel (in La Falda) and Villa Carlos Paz (Iglesia Corazon de Jesus, Camino de las Las 100 Curvas, & more). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Estancia Jesuitica y casa del Virrey Liniers and view the masterpieces at Paseo de las Artes.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cordoba day trip planning tool .

You can fly from San Martin de los Andes to Cordoba in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. June in Cordoba sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cordoba

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Villa Carlos Paz, Alta Gracia, Eden Hotel, Los Terrones
Highlights from your plan
Los Terrones ©
Los Terrones
Iglesia de Los Capuchinos ©
Iglesia de Los Capuchinos
Iglesia Catedral de Córdoba ©
Iglesia Catedral de Córdoba

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