30 days in Peru & Chile Itinerary

30 days in Peru & Chile Itinerary

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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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Huascaran National Park, Peru
— 4 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
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Copiapo, Chile
— 2 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 6 nights
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Puno, Peru
— 2 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 6 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.
On the 17th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de Torre Tagle, then ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro). On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, take a stroll through Miraflores, and then make a trip to Circuito Magico Del Agua.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Lima trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Washington DC, USA to Lima is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC in September, things will get slightly colder in Lima: highs are around 67°F and lows about 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Huascaran National Park.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

4
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Huascaran National Park, Peru

Huascaran National Park ©
A trip to Huascaran National Park allows visitors to explore part of the Cordillera Blanca, the world’s highest tropical mountain range.
Step out of the city life by going to Huascaran and Laguna 69. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Cordillera Blanca Summit and get outside with Laguna Llaca.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Huascaran National Park trip builder app.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Lima to Huascaran National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Huascaran National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Laguna 69 ©
Laguna 69
Huascaran ©
Huascaran
Cordillera Blanca Summit ©
Cordillera Blanca Summit

5
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at San Cristóbal Hill and Comunidad Ecologica de Penalolen. Bring the kids along to Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile and Cerro Santa Lucia. Step out of Santiago with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in San Jose de Maipo--about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas, hit the slopes at La Parva Ski Resort, take an in-depth tour of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central).

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago road trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Huascaran National Park to Santiago. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Huascaran National Park to Santiago. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Copiapo.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Copiapo, Chile

Copiapo ©
Surrounded by the Atacama Desert, Copiapo receives very little rainfall and owes its existence to the mining industry.
On the 28th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Verde, look for all kinds of wild species at Desierto Florido, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria. Here are some ideas for day two: get into the urban bustle at Centro Cultural Estacion Caldera and then head outdoors with Bahia Cisne.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Copiapo journey builder app.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Copiapo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Copiapo

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Desierto Florido ©
Desierto Florido
Centro Cultural Estacion Caldera ©
Centro Cultural Estacion Caldera
Parroquia Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria ©

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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.
Kids will enjoy Valle De La Luna and On Safari Atacama. Get outdoors at Geyser del Tatio and Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Salar de Tara, witness a stunning natural landmark at Termas Banos de Puritama, delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor, and make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Copiapo to San Pedro de Atacama in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in San Pedro de Atacama can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Puno.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 5:
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On Safari Atacama ©
On Safari Atacama
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio

2
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Puno, Peru

City of the Lake

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 (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Uros Floating Islands, then head off the coast to Taquile Island, and then take some stellar pictures from Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez. On the next day, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Puno online road trip planner.

Fly from San Pedro de Atacama to Puno in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Peru Standard Time (PET) is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in October: highs in Puno hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Puno

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
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Speed Boats Tours
Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands

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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.
On the 8th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Phutuq K'usi, explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, then look for gifts at Mapi Art, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at SPA Rocas Sagradas.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip planner.

Getting from Puno to Machu Picchu by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Phutuq K'usi ©
Phutuq K'usi
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Salinas de Maras and exploor. Go for a jaunt from Cusco to Maras to see Moray about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 13th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Precolombino, get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco trip planner.

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 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Side Trip

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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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