57 days in Peru, Chile & Argentina Itinerary

57 days in Peru, Chile & Argentina Itinerary

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Lima, Peru
— 6 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
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Arequipa, Peru
— 3 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
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Castro, Chile
— 6 nights
Bus to Puerto Montt, Fly to Santiago
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Santiago, Chile
— 6 nights
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Mendoza, Argentina
— 5 nights
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
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Salta, Argentina
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Lima, Peru

— 6 nights

City of the Kings

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.
Take a break from Lima with a short trip to Iglesia de Santiago Apostol in Lunahuana, about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, pause for some serene contemplation at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lima trip maker.

Manchester, UK to Lima is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Peru Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Lima when traveling from Manchester in September, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can fly to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 2 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get outside with Outdoor Activities. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then soothe aching muscles at SPA Rocas Sagradas.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu trip builder website.

You can fly from Lima to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Cusco, Peru

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cerveceria Willkamayu (in Urubamba), ChocoMuseo Pisac (in Pisac) and Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray). On the 28th (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, take a stroll through San Blas, and explore the ancient world of Sacred Valley of the Incas.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco online travel planner.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September in Cusco, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Arequipa, Peru

— 3 nights

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): catch some excitement at Arequipa Massage, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, and finally make a trip to Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, then examine the collection at Monasterio de la Recoleta, and finally don't miss a visit to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Arequipa trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Arequipa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 11°C in Arequipa. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for the flight to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Fun & Games

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.
San Pedro de Atacama is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, see the sky in a new way at Observatorio Etno-Astronomico Licanantay, take an exotic tour of On Safari Atacama, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama sightseeing site.

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to San Pedro de Atacama takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Arequipa to San Pedro de Atacama. Traveling from Arequipa in October, plan for slightly colder nights in San Pedro de Atacama, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Castro.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Castro, Chile

— 6 nights
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.
Step out of Castro with an excursion to Quilun Ecoturismo Marino in Queilen--about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: stroll around Parque Tantauco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Rosario, explore the activities along Lago Huillinco, and play a few rounds at Quilquico Golf.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Castro online trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Pedro de Atacama to Castro in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in October: highs in Castro hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Castro

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santiago, Chile

— 6 nights

City of the Island Hills

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Santiago: Concha y Toro (in Pirque) and Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile (in Valle Nevado). The adventure continues: stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas, explore the world behind art at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and do a tasting at Vina Cousino Macul.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Santiago tour itinerary maker site.

Getting from Castro to Santiago by combination of bus and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Mendoza.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

Mendoza, Argentina

— 5 nights
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mendoza: Laureano Gomez Winemaker (in Colonia Las Rosas) and Tupungato (Bodega y Vinedo Familia Giaquinta & Valle de Uco). On the 23rd (Sat), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Dedicate the 21st (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: do a tasting at Bodega Budeguer, stroll around Parque General San Martin, and make a trip to Plaza Independencia.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mendoza travel route builder site.

Getting from Santiago to Mendoza by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Argentina Standard Time (ART), which is usually a 1 hour difference. October in Mendoza sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to fly to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

— 4 nights
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.
categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, examine the collection at Museo del Lago Gutierrez, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and trek along Circuito Chico.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Carlos de Bariloche vacation builder website.

Fly from Mendoza to San Carlos de Bariloche in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mendoza in October, expect San Carlos de Bariloche to be slightly colder, temps between 17°C and 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Puerto Madryn, Argentina

— 2 nights
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
On the 28th (Thu), learn more about the world around you at Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa El Doradillo, and finally take in the waterfront at Muelle Luis Piedra Buena. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa La Cantera and then contemplate the waterfront views at Peninsula Valdes.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Madryn travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from San Carlos de Bariloche to Puerto Madryn takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 6 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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, stop by Palermo, and admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Madryn to Buenos Aires takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can fly to Salta.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Salta, Argentina

— 3 nights

Salta the Beautiful

Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
Salta is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on nature at MAAM - Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana de Salta, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convento San Bernardo, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cerro San Bernardo, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes de Salta.

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

Fly from Buenos Aires to Salta in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in November, Salta is little chillier at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Salta

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Iguazu National Park, Argentina

— 2 nights
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin, take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Iguazu National Park vacation maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Salta to Iguazu National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Salta in November since evenings lows in Iguazu National Park dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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.

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.

Argentina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
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.