17 days in Uyuni, La Paz & Santiago Itinerary

17 days in Uyuni, La Paz & Santiago Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  11 h 15 min
1
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
La Paz, Bolivia
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
3
Santiago, Chile
— 6 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

4
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Go for a jaunt from Uyuni to Colchani to see Museo de la Llama y la Sal about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni, head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi, contemplate the geological forces at Tunupa Volcano, and examine the collection at Train Cemetery.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Uyuni itinerary builder.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Uyuni is an approximately 10- hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Uyuni is minus 1 hour. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in February: high temperatures in Uyuni hover around 13°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Museo de la Llama y la Sal
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Tunupa Volcano ©
Tunupa Volcano
Train Cemetery ©
Train Cemetery

5
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Step out of La Paz to go to Tiahuanaco and see Puma Punku, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. Next up on the itinerary: push the limits with an extreme tour, make a trip to Calle Sagarnaga, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Francisco, and enjoy some diversion at Urban Rush Bolivia.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the La Paz travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Uyuni to La Paz by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Uyuni in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in La Paz: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Puma Punku
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road
Mercado de Las Brujas ©
Mercado de Las Brujas

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santiago: Valparaiso (La Sebastiana, Paseo Dimalow, &more), Concha y Toro (in Pirque) and Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores) (in Vina del Mar). And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Cerro Santa Lucia, get great views at San Cristóbal Hill, get engrossed in the history at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Santiago trip planner.

Getting from La Paz to Santiago by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Valparaiso, San Jose de Maipo, Concha y Toro, Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores)
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Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) ©

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