57 days in Peru, Chile & Argentina Itinerary

57 days in Peru, Chile & Argentina Itinerary

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Lima, Peru
— 6 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Train to Ollantaytambo, Bus to Cusco
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Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
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Arequipa, Peru
— 3 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
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Castro, Chile
— 6 nights
Bus to Puerto Montt, Fly to Santiago
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Santiago, Chile
— 6 nights
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Mendoza, Argentina
— 5 nights
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Puerto Madryn, Argentina
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
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Salta, Argentina
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Lima, Peru — 6 nights

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.
Step out of Lima with an excursion to Iglesia de Santiago Apostol in Lunahuana--about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), look for gifts at Dedalo arte & artesania, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

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

Manchester, UK to Lima is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Manchester to Lima due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Lima when traveling from Manchester in July, with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Machu Picchu.
Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping
Side Trip

Machu Picchu, Peru — 2 nights

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then soothe aching muscles at SPA Rocas Sagradas.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu vacation planner.

Getting from Lima to Machu Picchu by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Cusco.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours
Side Trip

Cusco, Peru — 6 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray), Cerveceria Willkamayu (in Urubamba) and ChocoMuseo Pisac (in Pisac). On the 1st (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, get outside with exploor, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, and visit San Blas.

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Do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In July in Cusco, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Arequipa.
Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Parks
Side Trips

Arequipa, Peru — 3 nights

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 3rd (Wed): catch some excitement at Arequipa Massage, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, and finally don't miss a visit to Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, then examine the collection at Museo La Recoleta, and finally make a trip to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Arequipa vacation maker tool.

You can fly from Cusco to Arequipa in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in August, Arequipa is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for the flight to San Pedro de Atacama.
Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Spas

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile — 4 nights

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.
San Pedro de Atacama is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor, don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at On Safari Atacama.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama itinerary planner.

Getting from Arequipa to San Pedro de Atacama by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Arequipa to San Pedro de Atacama. Expect slightly colder evenings in San Pedro de Atacama when traveling from Arequipa in August, with lows around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Castro.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trip

Castro, Chile — 6 nights

Main city on Chile's Chiloe Island, Castro represents one of the country's oldest inhabited settlements, making its fortune as both a tourist center and transportation hub.
Go for a jaunt from Castro to Queilen to see Quilun Ecoturismo Marino about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museo Municipal de Castro, explore the activities along Lago Huillinco, find something for the whole family at Parque Alto Muro Aventura, and head off the coast to Lemuy Island.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Castro trip itinerary planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Pedro de Atacama to Castro in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. When traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in August, plan for much colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Castro: temperatures range from 50°F by day to 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Santiago.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks
Side Trips

Santiago, Chile — 6 nights

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santiago: Concha y Toro (in Pirque) and Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile (in Valle Nevado). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, examine the collection at La Chascona, stop by Patio Bellavista, and hit the slopes at La Parva Ski Resort.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago trip itinerary website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Castro to Santiago in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can fly to Mendoza.
Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping
Side Trips

Mendoza, Argentina — 5 nights

Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mendoza: Tupungato (Bodega Familia Giaquinta & Valle de Uco) and Laureano Gomez Winemaker (in Colonia Las Rosas). On the 26th (Fri), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Dedicate the 24th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Bodega Roberto Bonfanti, walk around Parque General San Martin, and make a trip to Plaza Independencia.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Mendoza trip planner.

Getting from Santiago to Mendoza by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Argentina Standard Time (ART) is 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Mendoza are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to San Carlos de Bariloche.
Wineries · Tours · Parks · Nature
Side Trips

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina — 4 nights

Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, scenic San Carlos de Bariloche hugs the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and ranks among Argentina's top destinations for active outdoor vacations.
categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, stroll through Circuito Chico, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Nahuel Huapi, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Carlos de Bariloche travel route planning site.

Traveling by flight from Mendoza to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mendoza in August, expect nights in San Carlos de Bariloche to be little chillier, around 31°F, while days are cooler, around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Puerto Madryn.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Puerto Madryn, Argentina — 2 nights

Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): get a new perspective on nature at Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then kick back and relax at Playa El Doradillo, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Muelle Luis Piedra Buena. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa La Cantera and then stroll through Peninsula Valdes.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Madryn attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from San Carlos de Bariloche to Puerto Madryn takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can fly to Buenos Aires.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trip

Buenos Aires, Argentina — 6 nights

Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Buenos Aires is known for sightseeing, nightlife, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Puerto Madero, ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada, shop like a local with Palermo, and stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Buenos Aires sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Madryn to Buenos Aires takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Buenos Aires, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can fly to Salta.
Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Side Trip

Salta, Argentina — 3 nights

Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
Salta is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on nature at MAAM - Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana de Salta, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cerro San Bernardo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Menor San Francisco, and make a trip to Iglesia Nuestra Senora de La Candelaria de La Vina.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Salta trip planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Salta in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in September, expect nights in Salta to be a bit cooler, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Iguazu National Park.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Nature

Iguazu National Park, Argentina — 2 nights

Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin, then stroll through Salto Bernabe Mendez, and then admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Iguazu National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Fly from Salta to Iguazu National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, Iguazu National Park is somewhat warmer than Salta - with highs of 81°F and lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Peru travel guide

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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

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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.

Argentina travel guide

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Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.