30 days in Peru & Chile Itinerary

30 days in Peru & Chile Itinerary

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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
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Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 6 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
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Puerto Varas, Chile
— 3 nights
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Hanga Roa, Chile
— 5 nights

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Lima, Peru

Lima ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico de Lima, then take a stroll through Miraflores, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, and finally walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Lima, and then steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lima online journey planner.

Washington DC, USA to Lima is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC in September, expect Lima to be little chillier, temps between 67°F and 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima
Cathedral of Lima ©
Cathedral of Lima
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco

2
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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 19th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then meet the residents at Mariposario de Machupicchu. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Mandor, delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and then get great views at Intipuncu.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Machu Picchu travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Lima to Machu Picchu in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

6
nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sacsayhuaman and Sacred Valley of the Incas. Explore hidden gems such as Horseback Riding Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. When in Cusco, make a side trip to see Balcon del Inka in Chinchero, approximately Chinchero away. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Q'enqo, admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cusco online trip builder.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by combination of train and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in September, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cusco

Side Trips

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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
exploor ©
exploor

2
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Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
On the 27th (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, then see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Arequipa trip planner.

Fly from Cusco to Arequipa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in September, Arequipa is a bit warmer at night with lows of 49°F. On the 28th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Arequipa

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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa ©
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus ©
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Reserva Nacional de Flamencos and Lagunas Baltinache. Pukara de Quitor and Machuca are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Tebinquinche Lake, see the interesting displays at Museo del Meteorito, take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Pedro de Atacama road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to San Pedro de Atacama takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time to Chile Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Arequipa in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in San Pedro de Atacama, with lows around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
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Tebinquinche Lake ©
Tebinquinche Lake
Reserva Nacional de Flamencos ©
Reserva Nacional de Flamencos
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©

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.
Family-friendly places like San Cristóbal Hill and Cerro Santa Lucia will thrill your kids. Explore hidden gems such as Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania and Castillo Hidalgo. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at La Chascona, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), go for a walk through Plaza de Armas, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Santiago route maker tool.

You can fly from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Nature
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La Chascona ©
La Chascona
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill

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Puerto Varas, Chile

Puerto Varas ©

City of Roses

Overlooking a lake, with a conical volcano looming in the background, Puerto Varas enjoys memorable scenery but retains its authentic atmosphere.
Get some cultural insight at Museo Pablo Fierro and Puerto Montt Historical Museum Juan Pablo II. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales and In Puerto Varas. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Osorno.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Varas online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Puerto Varas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Puerto Varas sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

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Volcan Osorno ©
Volcan Osorno
Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales ©
Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ahu Tongariki and Rano Raraku. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Orongo and Rapa Nui Parque Nacional. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Anakena, steep yourself in history at Ahu Tahai, stroll the grounds of Cementerio de Isla de Pascua, and delve into the distant past at Ahu Nau Nau.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanga Roa day trip website.

You can fly from Puerto Varas to Hanga Roa in 10 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Puerto Varas to Hanga Roa due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Puerto Varas in October, with highs in Hanga Roa at 71°F and lows at 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Orongo ©
Orongo
Rano Raraku ©
Rano Raraku
Ahu Tongariki ©
Ahu Tongariki

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