30 days in Peru & Chile Itinerary

30 days in Peru & Chile Itinerary

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Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
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Valle Nevado, Chile
— 1 night
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Portillo, Chile
— 1 night
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 5 nights
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Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
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Puno, Peru
— 2 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
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Manu National Park, Peru
— 2 nights
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Huascaran National Park, Peru
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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. Change things up with a short trip to Moray in Maras (about 1h 20 min away). Spend the 30th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco, get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, and examine the collection at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco journey planning app.

Washington DC, USA to Cusco is an approximately 15-hour flight. When traveling from Washington DC in August, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Cusco: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 36°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Santiago.

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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
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.
Step out of the city life by going to San Cristóbal Hill and La Parva Ski Resort. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cerro Santa Lucia and Patio Bellavista. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), examine the collection at La Chascona, make a trip to Plaza Camilo Mori, and take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Santiago vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Cusco to Santiago in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to Santiago. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to take a shuttle to Valle Nevado.

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Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Museums
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
El Colorado ©
El Colorado
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

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Valle Nevado, Chile

Valle Nevado ©
The largest ski zone in South America, Valle Nevado offers 2,800 hectares (7,000 acres) of skiable area in the El Plomo foothills near Santiago.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): hit the slopes at Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Valle Nevado trip maker.

You can take a shuttle from Santiago to Valle Nevado in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Portillo.

Things to do in Valle Nevado

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks
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Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile

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Portillo, Chile

Portillo ©
Powder-white peaks frame a sapphire lake at picture-perfect Portillo.
On the 8th (Tue), stroll through Ski Portillo Just For The Day.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Portillo trip planner.

You can drive from Valle Nevado to Portillo in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Portillo

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks
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Ski Portillo Just For The Day ©
Ski Portillo Just For The Day

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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.
Attractions like Geyser del Tatio and Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques make great kid-friendly stops. Get outdoors at Valle De La Luna and Salar de Atacama. There's lots more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at On Safari Atacama, take in the natural beauty of Termas Banos de Puritama, don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, and explore the activities along Laguna de Piedras.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama online trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Portillo to San Pedro de Atacama. In September, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

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On Safari Atacama ©
On Safari Atacama
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Monasterio de la Recoleta, then examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, then don't miss a visit to Maqueta del Colca, and finally catch some excitement at Arequipa Massage. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get impressive views of Volcan Misti, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Arequipa trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Arequipa takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Arequipa is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in September since evenings lows in Arequipa dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums · Nature · Fun & Games · Spas
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Arequipa Massage ©
Arequipa Massage
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Volcan Misti ©
Volcan Misti

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Puno, Peru

Puno ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Uros Floating Islands, head off the coast to Taquile Island, and then take some stellar pictures from Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez. On your second day here, slough off your stress at Inca Sauna and then stroll the grounds of Sillustani.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Puno day trip site.

Traveling by car from Arequipa to Puno takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in September, expect Puno to be little chillier, temps between 66°F and 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Puno

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Baths
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Inca Sauna ©
Inca Sauna

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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 18th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, then indulge in some personalized pampering at SPA Rocas Sagradas, and then look for gifts at Mapi Art.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Puno to Machu Picchu by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Manu National Park.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Mapi Art ©
Mapi Art

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Manu National Park, Peru

Manu National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take a peaceful walk through Manu National Park.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Manu National Park road trip planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Machu Picchu to Manu National Park. You'll set off for Huascaran National Park on the 20th (Sun).

Things to do in Manu National Park

Nature · Wildlife · Parks
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Manu National Park ©
Manu National Park

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Huascaran and Laguna 69. Change things up with these side-trips from Huascaran National Park: Chacas (Museo de Chacas & Santuario de Mama Ashu). There's lots more to do: appreciate the views at Cordillera Blanca Summit, get outside with Laguna Llaca, explore the striking landscape at Duck Canyon, and make a trip to Plaza Mayor de Chacas.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Huascaran National Park trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Manu National Park to Huascaran National Park with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Huascaran National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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Laguna 69 ©
Laguna 69
Huascaran ©
Huascaran
Cordillera Blanca Summit ©
Cordillera Blanca Summit

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