56 days in South America Itinerary

56 days in South America Itinerary

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Fly to Foz do Iguacu, Bus to Iguazu National Park
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cordoba, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 3 nights
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
Bus
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Punta Arenas, Chile
— 3 nights
Drive
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El Chalten, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puerto Rio Tranquilo, Chile
— 3 nights
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Shuttle to Coyhaique, Bus to Balmaceda, Foot to Balmaceda, Fly to Puerto Montt
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Puerto Varas, Chile
— 1 night
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 1 night
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Pucon, Chile
— 2 nights
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Santa Cruz, Chile
— 2 nights
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Valparaiso, Chile
— 2 nights
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Salta, Argentina
— 1 night
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Province of Jujuy, Argentina
— 2 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 night
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Potosi, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Sucre, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Copacabana, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Puno, Peru
— 3 nights
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Arequipa, Peru
— 1 night
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Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina

— 3 nights
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
You've now added Iguazu Falls to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): head off the coast to Isla San Martin, then identify plant and animal life at Salto Bernabe Mendez, then go deep underground at Minas Tierra Colorada, and finally go deep underground at Wanda Mines.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Iguazu National Park trip planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Iguazu National Park is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Lisbon to Iguazu National Park, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in February, things will get much hotter in Iguazu National Park: highs are around 37°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Cordoba.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Cordoba, Argentina

— 2 nights

The Learned One

History lives on in the streets of Cordoba, Argentina's second-largest city.
Museo Del Che Guevara has been added to your itinerary. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Camino de las Altas Cumbres, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Parque del Kempes, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at El Cerro de la Cruz, and finally take in the views from Puente del Bicentenario.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cordoba road trip planner.

You can fly from Iguazu National Park to Cordoba in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Iguazu National Park in February, expect nights in Cordoba to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Cordoba

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 3 nights

Queen of La Plata

Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
On the 9th (Sun), wander the streets of Palermo Viejo and then don't miss a visit to Paseo de la Historieta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at La Casa del Dulce de Leche.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Cordoba to Buenos Aires takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cordoba in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. On the 11th (Tue), you're off to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods · Shopping

Puerto Madryn, Argentina

— 3 nights
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
On the 11th (Tue), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): stroll through Playa La Cantera, then identify plant and animal life at Estancia San Lorenzo, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Costas de Patagonia.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Madryn trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

El Calafate, Argentina

— 2 nights
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.
On the 14th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at La Leona Petrified Forest and then join in the after-dark buzz at Patagonia Profunda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Onelli Glacier, then look for gifts at Vellon Negro, then get outside with Enjoy!, and finally wander the streets of Avenida Libertador.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read El Calafate trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Puerto Madryn to El Calafate in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in El Calafate can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Punta Arenas, Chile

— 3 nights
An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
You've now added Monumento Natural Los Pinguinos to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): make a trip to Plaza de Armas, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Regional De Magallanes, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cerveceria Hernando de Magallanes, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Monumento Natural Los Pinguinos. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Reserva nacional Magallanes, see the interesting displays at Palacio Sara Braun, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cabo Froward, and finally enjoy the sea views from Faro San Isidro.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Punta Arenas trip itinerary builder website.

Take a bus from El Calafate to Punta Arenas in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from El Calafate to Punta Arenas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from El Calafate in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Punta Arenas, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to El Chalten.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

El Chalten, Argentina

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): stop by Marcopolo Bookstore, take in the awesome beauty at Glaciar Piedras Blancas, and then take in the awesome beauty at Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Torre, take in the dramatic natural features at Amanecer en El Chalten, and then take some stellar pictures from El Mirador De Los Condores.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read El Chalten attractions planner.

Drive from Punta Arenas to El Chalten in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Punta Arenas to El Chalten, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Puerto Rio Tranquilo.

Things to do in El Chalten

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Puerto Rio Tranquilo, Chile

— 3 nights
Sandwiched between a sapphire lake and a mountainous Patagonian national park, Puerto Rio Tranquilo makes an excellent base for outdoor tourism.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Marble Cathedrals. Step off the beaten path and head to Parque Nacional Laguna San Rafael and Laguna Verde. Take a break from Puerto Rio Tranquilo with a short trip to La Mina Escondida in Puerto Guadal, about 1h 5 min away. There's more to do: explore the activities along Bayo Lake and look for gifts at Colores del Lago.

To find reviews and other tourist information, read Puerto Rio Tranquilo journey planner.

Traveling by car from El Chalten to Puerto Rio Tranquilo takes 13.5 hours. Traveling from El Chalten to Puerto Rio Tranquilo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February, daily temperatures in Puerto Rio Tranquilo can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Puerto Rio Tranquilo

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Puerto Varas, Chile

— 1 night

City of Roses

Overlooking a lake, with a conical volcano looming in the background, Puerto Varas enjoys memorable scenery but retains its authentic atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Gruta de Lourdes, then look for all kinds of wild species at Romahue, then don't miss a visit to Casa Yunge, and finally appreciate the views at Valle Cochamo.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Varas trip app.

Traveling by combination of shuttle, bus, and flight from Puerto Rio Tranquilo to Puerto Varas takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Puerto Varas can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. On the 25th (Tue), you're off to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia San Eduardo, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Sendero de los Arrayanes. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Bonita and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Carlos de Bariloche vacation builder website.

You can drive from Puerto Varas to San Carlos de Bariloche in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Varas to San Carlos de Bariloche due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Puerto Varas in February, you will find days in San Carlos de Bariloche are somewhat warmer (27°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Pucon.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Pucon, Chile

— 2 nights
Nestled in the shadow of the snow-capped Villarrica volcano, Pucon ranks among the world's premier destinations for adventure sports and high-thrills activities.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Santuario el Cani. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Fortin Mapuche, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Pucon journey planner.

Traveling by car from San Carlos de Bariloche to Pucon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time to Chile Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Pucon

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

Santa Cruz, Chile

— 2 nights
The Chilean city of Santa Cruz offers a view into the country's agricultural and pastoral heritage, with well-preserved colonial-era traditions and architecture.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): examine the collection at Museo El Huique, experience rural life at Lecheria Los Maitenes, then do a tasting at Hacienda Araucano, and finally do a tasting at OWM. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Vina Apaltagua, then learn about winemaking at Vina Escondida de Colchagua, then learn about winemaking at Koyle Family Vineyards, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Colchagua Valley.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Pucon to Santa Cruz in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Wineries · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Valparaiso, Chile

— 2 nights

Jewel of the Pacific

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 3rd (Tue): do a tasting at Vina Casas del Bosque, then take in the dramatic natural features at Concon Dunes, then delve into the distant past at Moai, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Paseo Gervasoni. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Emiliana Organic Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Kingston Family Vineyards, and then admire the verdant scenery at Casablanca Valley.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Valparaiso online day trip planner.

Drive from Santa Cruz to Valparaiso in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Santa Cruz in March, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Valparaiso: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Salta.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Nature · Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Salta, Argentina

— 1 night

Salta the Beautiful

Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): delve into the lush surroundings at Quebrada de San Lorenzo.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Salta day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Valparaiso to Salta takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Valparaiso to Salta due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Valparaiso in March, you will find days in Salta are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). On the 6th (Fri), you're off to Province of Jujuy.

Things to do in Salta

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Province of Jujuy, Argentina

— 2 nights
Quebrada de Humahuaca has been added to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Las Paletas Del Pintor and then explore the striking landscape at Quebrada de Humahuaca.

Find out how to plan Province of Jujuy trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Salta to Province of Jujuy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Province of Jujuy

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 4 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lagunas Escondidas, Geyser del Tatio and Valle De La Luna. Take a break from the city and head to Atacama Desert and Laguna Chaxa. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Valle Arcoiris, don't miss a visit to Yerbas Buenas Petroglyphs, examine the collection at Museo del Meteorito, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cordillera de la Sal.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Pedro de Atacama road trip tool.

You can drive from Province of Jujuy to San Pedro de Atacama in 7 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Chile Standard Time (CLT) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Province of Jujuy in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 7°C in San Pedro de Atacama. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Uyuni.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Uyuni, Bolivia

— 1 night
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Salar de Uyuni as well as Laguna Colorada. On the 13th (Fri), get outside with Laguna Colorada, then explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni, and then see the interesting displays at Necropolis & Museum Kawsay Wasy. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi and then get impressive views of Tunupa Volcano.

Planning Uyuni trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Drive from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in March, plan for colder days in Uyuni, with highs around 11°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Potosi.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Potosi, Bolivia

— 2 nights

Ville Imperial

One of the highest cities in the world at 4,090 m (13,420 ft), Potosi actually rose to fame for something below the ground.
On the 15th (Sun), explore the activities along Laguna Negra, get outside with Gruta De Las Galaxias, then examine the collection at Museo Historico Minero Diego Huallpa, and finally mingle with the ghosts of the past at Pueblo Pulacayo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Cerro Rico.

To find photos and tourist information, read our Potosi vacation builder site.

Getting from Uyuni to Potosi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Uyuni in March, expect nights in Potosi to be little chillier, around 2°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 19°C. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Sucre.

Things to do in Potosi

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Sucre, Bolivia

— 2 nights

City of the Four Names

The constitutional capital of Bolivia, Sucre has a well-preserved historic center, with many buildings dating back to the city's founding in the 16th century.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with La Maja, stop by Mercado Central, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de San Francisco, and finally examine the collection at Centro Turistico Comunitario.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sucre trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Potosi to Sucre takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Potosi in March, with highs in Sucre at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Sucre

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Museums

La Paz, Bolivia

— 2 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): experience the excitement of Andean Culture Distillery, go all around town with City Tours, then hit the slopes at Chacaltaya Ski Resort, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora de la Paz. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Scree Rush.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our La Paz trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sucre to La Paz takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sucre in March, expect La Paz to be slightly colder, temps between 17°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Copacabana.

Things to do in La Paz

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Copacabana, Bolivia

— 2 nights
The town of Copacabana represents the largest Bolivian settlement on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in the continent.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): head off the coast to Isla del Sol, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cerro Calvario, then explore the striking landscape at Horca del Inca, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): make a trip to Avenida 6 de Agosto and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Copacabana online trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Paz to Copacabana takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Puno.

Things to do in Copacabana

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails

Puno, Peru

— 3 nights

City of the Lake

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 23rd (Mon): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Umayo, tour the water at your own pace with Sacred Lake, then take some stellar pictures from Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez, then pause for some photo ops at Arco Deustua, and finally contemplate the long history of La Casa del Corregidor.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Puno tour itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Copacabana to Puno in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Copacabana to Puno due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

Tours · Outdoors · Transportation · Nature

Arequipa, Peru

— 1 night

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia la Merced, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Agustin, have fun at Arequipa Massage, then stop by La Iberica, and finally explore the world behind art at San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): stroll through Santuario Nacional Lagunas de Mejia, then see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Villalobos, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at La Rotonda Taproom Arequipa, and finally steep yourself in history at Petroglifos de Toro Muerto.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Arequipa travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Puno to Arequipa in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Puno in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Arequipa, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Cusco, Peru

— 2 nights

Imperial City

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 day by day itinerary now includes Sacred Valley of the Incas as well as Rainbow Mountain Cusco. On the 27th (Fri), catch all the local highlights with Rainbow Mountain Cusco and then steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas. On your second day here, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, and then delve into the distant past at Tambomachay.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Arequipa to Cusco in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in March, Cusco is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours · Historic Sites · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trip

Argentina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.

Chile travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.

Aisen Region travel guide

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Caves · Outdoor Activities · Bodies of Water

Bolivia travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.

Peru travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.