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
— 5 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
— 5 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): 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 take an in-depth tour of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro). On the next day, steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, then visit Miraflores, and then stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Lima trip planning tool.

Washington DC, USA to Lima is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC in September, things will get a bit cooler in Lima: highs are around 67°F and lows about 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to 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)

5
nights
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.
Visiting Huascaran and Laguna 69 will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Huascaran National Park to Chacas to see Santuario de Mama Ashu about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: appreciate the views at Cordillera Blanca Summit, take in the dramatic natural features at Duck Canyon, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chinancocha, and get outside with Laguna Llaca.

To find out how to plan a trip to Huascaran National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Lima to Huascaran National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Huascaran National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

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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 La Parva Ski Resort. Kids will appreciate attractions like Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). Take a break from Santiago with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in San Jose de Maipo, about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, and make a trip to Patio Bellavista.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Santiago trip maker website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Huascaran National Park to Santiago. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time (PET) to Chile Standard Time (CLT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. 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

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Copiapo, Chile

Copiapo ©
Surrounded by the Atacama Desert, Copiapo receives very little rainfall and owes its existence to the mining industry.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Verde, then explore the fascinating landscape at Desierto Florido, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria. Keep things going the next day: get into the urban bustle at Centro Cultural Estacion Caldera and then get outside with Bahia Cisne.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Copiapo trip planner.

You can fly from Santiago to Copiapo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Copiapo

Nature · Parks · 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 ©

5
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 outdoors at Valle De La Luna and On Safari Atacama. Bring the kids along to Geyser del Tatio and Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Salar de Tara, witness a stunning natural landmark at Termas Banos de Puritama, make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, and look for gifts at Libreria Del Desierto.

To plan San Pedro de Atacama vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Copiapo to San Pedro de Atacama takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Puno.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 4:
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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.
On the 5th (Mon), head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands, then step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island, and then get great views at Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: race across the water with a speed boat tour.

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Traveling by flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Puno takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Puno, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Puno: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 35°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Puno

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at SPA Rocas Sagradas, then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mandor, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Phutuq K'usi. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Puno to Machu Picchu takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Phutuq K'usi ©
Phutuq K'usi
Mandor ©
Mandor

6
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Salinas de Maras and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Kids will enjoy Sacsayhuaman and Sacred Valley of the Incas. Explore Cusco's surroundings by going to Moray (in Maras) and Iglesia de Urubamba (in Urubamba). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, hike along exploor, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and explore the ancient world of Tambomachay.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cusco trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Side Trips

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

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