39 days in Peru, Chile & Bolivia Itinerary

39 days in Peru, Chile & Bolivia Itinerary

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39 days in Peru, Chile & Bolivia Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
1
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Valparaiso, Chile
— 1 day
+2
shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
3
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 6 nights
bus + Drive:  11​h 15​min
4
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Copacabana, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Puno, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Chivay, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Arequipa, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive:  12​h 15​min
10
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h
11
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
12
Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

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.
Get outdoors at Hacienda Picarquin and Comunidad Ecologica de Penalolen. Get some historical perspective at Sewell and Iglesia de Sewell. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santiago: Vina Undurraga (in Talagante), El Yeso Dam (in San Jose de Maipo) and Machali (Iglesia San Lorenzo & Museo de la Gran Mineria de Cobre). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Baha'i and don't miss a visit to Iglesia de San Lazaro.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Santiago online trip maker .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Santiago is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Santiago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Machali, Hacienda Picarquin, Vina Undurraga, El Yeso Dam
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El Yeso Dam ©
El Yeso Dam
Sewell ©
Sewell
Iglesia de Sewell ©
Iglesia de Sewell

1
day
Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso ©
Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
On the 18th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Edificio Luis Cousino, delve into the distant past at Moai, appreciate the extensive heritage of Paseo Yugoslavo, then steep yourself in history at Lutheran Church of the Holy Cross (1897), then get to know the fascinating history of Paseo Gervasoni, and finally make a trip to Ascensor El Peral.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Valparaiso travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Santiago to Valparaiso by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Moai
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Paseo Gervasoni ©
Paseo Gervasoni
Paseo Yugoslavo ©
Paseo Yugoslavo

6
nights
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Valle Arcoiris. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pukara de Quitor and Museo del Meteorito. Go for a jaunt from San Pedro de Atacama to San Francisco de Chiu Chiu to see Iglesia de San Francisco de Chiu Chiu about 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Piedras Rojas, explore the activities along Laguna Chaxa, hike along Cornices Trail, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cordillera de la Sal.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Pedro de Atacama trip itinerary app .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Valparaiso to San Pedro de Atacama in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Valparaiso in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in San Pedro de Atacama, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Iglesia de San Francisco de Chiu Chiu, Atacama Desert
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Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Valle Arcoiris ©
Valle Arcoiris

5
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Visiting Isla Incahuasi and Salar de Uyuni will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Necropolis & Museum Kawsay Wasy and Avenida Ferroviaria. Change things up with a short trip to Museo de la Llama y la Sal in Colchani (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Tunupa Volcano, examine the collection at Train Cemetery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Senda Andina, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Uyuni trip app .

You can do a combination of bus and car from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. When traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in March, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in Uyuni: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Museo de la Llama y la Sal
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Tunupa Volcano ©
Tunupa Volcano
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Train Cemetery ©
Train Cemetery

3
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of Musical Instruments - Museo Instrumentos Musicales de Bolivia and Catedral Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora de la Paz. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scree Rush and Chacaltaya Ski Resort. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore, look for gifts at Green Hands, and take in the awesome beauty at Huayna Potosi.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our La Paz travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Uyuni to La Paz takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Uyuni in March, you will find days in La Paz are a bit warmer (17°C), and nights are little chillier (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Copacabana.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Chacaltaya Ski Resort ©
Chacaltaya Ski Resort
Scree Rush ©
Scree Rush
Huayna Potosi ©
Huayna Potosi

2
nights
Copacabana, Bolivia

Copacabana ©
The town of Copacabana represents the largest Bolivian settlement on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in the continent.
On the 4th (Thu), step off the mainland to explore Isla del Sol, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cerro Calvario, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Copacabana Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Isla De La Luna, see the interesting displays at Museo del Poncho, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Horca del Inca.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Copacabana road trip planner .

Getting from La Paz to Copacabana by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Puno.

Things to do in Copacabana

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Isla del Sol ©
Isla del Sol
Cerro Calvario ©
Cerro Calvario

2
nights
Puno, Peru

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 6th (Sat): gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights. Keep things going the next day: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Puno trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Copacabana to Puno by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Copacabana to Puno is minus 1 hour. In April, daytime highs in Puno are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Chivay.

Things to do in Puno

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Speed Boats Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Chivay, Peru

Chivay ©
Scenic Chivay draws a growing number of tourists each year, yet this remote town of 5,000 inhabitants manages to retain much of its rustic, dusty character.
On the 8th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santa Ana, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Immaculate Conception Church, take some stellar pictures from Abra Patapampa, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of our Lady of the Assumption, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Chivay day trip site .

Traveling by car from Puno to Chivay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Arequipa.

Things to do in Chivay

Historic Sites Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Iglesia Santa Ana, Immaculate Conception Church
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Church of our Lady of the Assumption ©
Zipline

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Iglesia de San Miguel Arcangel and Church of San Agustin. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Petroglifos de Toro Muerto and Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery, get your game on at Patio del Ekeko, examine the collection at Casa Museo Villalobos, and get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte Virreinal Santa Teresa.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Arequipa online vacation planner .

You can drive from Chivay to Arequipa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Arequipa, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Petroglifos de Toro Muerto
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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): snap pictures at Inca Bridge, delve into the distant past at Intipuncu, get a sense of history and politics at Serpost, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, then take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Machu Picchu journey planner .

Traveling by car from Arequipa to Machu Picchu takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Inca Bridge
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Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor
Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen ©
Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen

1
night
Cusco, Peru

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.
On the 14th (Sun), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, delve into the distant past at Q'enqo, then identify plant and animal life at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, and finally explore the ancient world of Tambomachay.

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Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Cusco sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tambomachay ©
Tambomachay
Q'enqo ©
Q'enqo

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Toboganes de Songos and Parasailing & Paragliding. Visit Huaycan de Cieneguilla and Casa de Aliaga for their historical value. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of San Isidro, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church and Sanctuary of Saint Rose of Lima, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte de Lima - MALI, and see the interesting displays at Museo de Minerales Andres del Castillo.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lima trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Lima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cusco, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Lima, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Toboganes de Songos
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San Isidro ©
San Isidro
Toboganes de Songos ©
Toboganes de Songos
Huaycan de Cieneguilla ©
Huaycan de Cieneguilla

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