30 days in Chile & Peru Itinerary

30 days in Chile & Peru Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hanga Roa, Chile
— 5 nights
2
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
3
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 6 nights
4
Iquique, Chile
— 2 nights
5
Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
6
Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
7
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights


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5
nights
Hanga Roa, Chile

Hanga Roa ©
The main town and capital of Chile's Easter Island, Hanga Roa serves as a base for most visitors to the island, with all explorations of Easter Island and its famous moai monoliths beginning here.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Anakena and Rapa Nui Parque Nacional. Family-friendly places like Rano Raraku and Orongo will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Ahu Tongariki, explore the ancient world of Hanga Kioe, get impressive views of Rano Kau, and stroll through Ovahe.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hanga Roa trip itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Hanga Roa is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Easter Island Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in August: high temperatures in Hanga Roa hover around 70°F and lows are around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Easter Island
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Anakena ©
Anakena
Rano Raraku ©
Rano Raraku
Ahu Tongariki ©
Ahu Tongariki

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.
Explore hidden gems such as El Colorado and Museo Historico Carabineros de Chile. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania and La Chascona. Go for a jaunt from Santiago to Valle Nevado to see Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, take a stroll through Barrio Bellavista, explore the historical opulence of Castillo Hidalgo, and walk around Comunidad Ecologica de Penalolen.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Hanga Roa to Santiago takes 7 hours. The time zone changes from Easter Island Standard Time to Chile Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
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El Colorado ©
El Colorado
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Pukara de Quitor and Machuca. Family-friendly places like Tebinquinche Lake and Reserva Nacional de Flamencos will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, explore the fascinating landscape at Atacama Desert, head outdoors with Ojos del Salar, and explore the activities along Laguna Chaxa.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Pedro de Atacama road trip planning app.

You can fly from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in San Pedro de Atacama, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Iquique.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
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Tebinquinche Lake ©
Tebinquinche Lake
Reserva Nacional de Flamencos ©
Reserva Nacional de Flamencos
Atacama Desert ©
Atacama Desert

2
nights
Iquique, Chile

Iquique ©
Thanks to the city's position on the Pacific coast, vacations in Iquique appeal to beachgoers, paragliders, bodyboarders, nature lovers, photographers, and fans of picture-perfect sunsets.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cavancha, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone, and then take a memorable excursion with Iquique Zona Parapente. Keep things going the next day: learn about all things military at Museo Corbeta Esmeralda and then wander the streets of Baquedano Street.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Iquique travel route builder app.

Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to Iquique by bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Iquique

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites
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Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone ©
Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone
Museo Corbeta Esmeralda ©
Museo Corbeta Esmeralda
Playa Cavancha ©
Playa Cavancha

2
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.
On the 1st (Tue), look for gifts at La Iberica, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, then see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus. On your second day here, explore the galleries of Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, examine the collection at Museo de Arte Virreinal, and then get impressive views of Volcan Misti.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Arequipa trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Iquique to Arequipa in 10.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Iquique to Arequipa is minus 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Museo de Arte Virreinal ©
Museo de Arte Virreinal
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa ©
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa

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.
Bring the kids along to Sacsayhuaman and Sacred Valley of the Incas. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Moray and Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi. Change things up with a short trip to Salinas de Maras in Maras (about 1h 25 min away). The adventure continues: gain a rich perspective with exploor, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, and delve into the distant past at Tipon.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cusco tour website.

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Cusco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Arequipa in September since evenings lows in Cusco dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Moray ©
Moray
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

3
nights
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.
On the 9th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Mariposario de Machupicchu. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mandor, then explore the ancient world of Intipuncu, and then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu road trip planner.

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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