11 days in Peru & Chile Itinerary

11 days in Peru & Chile Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South America vacation planner

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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Puerto Maldonado, Peru
— 1 night
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights


Lima, Peru

— 2 nights

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 21st (Thu), steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana and then take a stroll through Miraflores. Keep things going the next day: admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Lima route planner.

Knoxville, USA to Lima is an approximately 13-hour flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Knoxville in October: highs in Lima hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Puerto Maldonado.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Puerto Maldonado, Peru

— 1 night
Puerto Maldonado sits at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers in the Amazon rainforest.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): stroll through Inkaterra Ecological Reserve and then stroll through Panthera Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Puerto Maldonado road trip planner.

Fly from Lima to Puerto Maldonado in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Lima in October: highs in Puerto Maldonado hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Puerto Maldonado

Parks · Wildlife
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Machu Picchu, Peru

— 3 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Machu Picchu is known for historic sites, nature, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and admire the natural beauty at Mandor.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu vacation builder site.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Maldonado to Machu Picchu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. On the 26th (Tue), you're off to Santiago.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Santiago, Chile

— 4 nights

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.
Santiago is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, examine the collection at La Chascona, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and explore the world behind art at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Santiago road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Machu Picchu to Santiago in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Standard Time (PET) to Chile Standard Time (CLT) is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Nature

Peru travel guide

Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Chile travel guide

Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.