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
— 4 nights
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Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
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Puno, Peru
— 2 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Manu National Park, Peru
— 2 nights
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Huascaran National Park, Peru
— 4 nights

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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. Get out of town with these interesting Cusco side-trips: Moray (in Maras) and Iglesia de Urubamba (in Urubamba). Spend the 30th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Cusco trip site.

Washington DC, USA to Cusco is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC in August, you will find days in Cusco are little chillier (70°F), and nights are colder (36°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Cusco

Side Trips

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

5
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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.
Visiting San Cristóbal Hill and El Colorado will get you outdoors. Family-friendly places like Cerro Santa Lucia and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Patio Bellavista, hit the slopes at La Parva Ski Resort, browse the different shops at Costanera Center, and get great views at Sky Costanera.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Santiago trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Santiago takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cusco to Santiago is 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to catch the shuttle to Valle Nevado.

Things to do in Santiago

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

1
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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 5th (Sat): hit the slopes at Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Valle Nevado journey planner.

Getting from Santiago to Valle Nevado by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): fly down the slopes at Ski Portillo Just For The Day.

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

Getting from Valle Nevado to Portillo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can 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

4
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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.
Bring the kids along to Geyser del Tatio and Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques. Escape the urban bustle at Valle De La Luna and On Safari Atacama. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Termas Banos de Puritama, don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, admire nature's extreme beauty at Atacama Desert, and explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor.

Plan my day in San Pedro de Atacama using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Explore your travel options from Portillo to San Pedro de Atacama with the Route module. In September, daily temperatures in San Pedro de Atacama can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Misti, make a trip to Maqueta del Colca, then examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Monasterio de la Recoleta, then admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas, and then experience the excitement of Arequipa Massage.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Arequipa online journey maker.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Arequipa takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Arequipa. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Arequipa, with lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

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

2
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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.
On the 13th (Sun), head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands, then head off the coast to Taquile Island, and then get great views at Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez. Keep things going the next day: slough off your stress at Inca Sauna and then stroll the grounds of Sillustani.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Puno online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Arequipa to Puno in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, Puno is slightly colder than Arequipa - with highs of 66°F and lows of 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can 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 15th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, relax and rejuvenate at SPA Rocas Sagradas, and then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu day trip site.

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 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Manu National Park.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

2
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Manu National Park, Peru

Manu National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): delve into the lush surroundings at Manu National Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Manu National Park online holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Machu Picchu to Manu National Park with the Route module. You'll set off for Huascaran National Park on the 18th (Fri).

Things to do in Manu National Park

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

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.
Get outdoors at Huascaran and Laguna Chinancocha. Get out of town with these interesting Huascaran National Park side-trips: Chacas (Museo de Chacas & Santuario de Mama Ashu). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna 69, head outdoors with Laguna Llaca, take in the dramatic natural features at Duck Canyon, and appreciate the views at Cordillera Blanca Summit.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Huascaran National Park tour builder site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Manu National Park to Huascaran National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

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

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