17 days in Peru & Argentina Itinerary

17 days in Peru & Argentina Itinerary

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17 days in Peru & Argentina Itinerary

Start: Mexico City, Mexico
Fly:  11 h 15 min
1
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Train:  4 h
2
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 day
Train:  4 h
3
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h
4
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 45 min
5
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
6
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
7
El Calafate, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
8
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 day
Shuttle + Fly:  13 h
End: Mexico City, Mexico

3
nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Humantay Lake, Sacred Valley of the Incas and Ausangate.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cusco sightseeing planning app .

Mexico City, Mexico to Cusco is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Peru Time (PET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, daytime highs in Cusco are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Humantay Lake ©
Humantay Lake
Ausangate ©
Ausangate

1
day
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 15th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor, and then stroll through Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu day trip site .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu ©
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

1
night
Cusco, Peru

Cusco
For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. On the 16th (Wed), you're off to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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1
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Lima, Peru

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 16th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Museo del Automovil Coleccion Nicolini, explore the world behind art at Museo MATE, then admire the masterpieces at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church and Sanctuary of Saint Rose of Lima and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lima journey planning site .

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Lima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Cusco in December, with highs in Lima at 28°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo ©
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima ©
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima

2
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
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.
On the 18th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Lujan, then take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, then contemplate the long history of Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Pilar, and finally don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Isidro, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then see the interesting displays at Fragata ARA Sarmiento.

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

Getting from Lima to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time (PET) to Argentine Time (ART) is 2 hours. While traveling from Lima, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Buenos Aires, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Catedral de San Isidro, Basilica de Lujan
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Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Catedral de San Isidro ©
Catedral de San Isidro
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta

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nights
Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia ©
Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
Take a break from the city and head to Lago Roca and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ushuaia Bay and Paseo del Centenario. Spend the 20th (Sun) exploring nature at Tierra del Fuego National Park. There's more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Vinciguerra and get a new perspective on nature at Acatushun Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ushuaia trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In December, Ushuaia is cooler than Buenos Aires - with highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lago Roca
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Lago Roca ©
Lago Roca
Ushuaia Bay ©
Ushuaia Bay
Tierra del Fuego National Park ©
Tierra del Fuego National Park

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nights
El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at River Rafting & Tubing and Glaciar Spegazzini. You'll explore and learn at El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center and Museo Regional Municipal de El Calafate. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, look for all kinds of wild species at La Leona Petrified Forest, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus, and head outdoors with Enjoy!.

To see where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read El Calafate tour planner.

Getting from Ushuaia to El Calafate by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Ushuaia in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 15°C in El Calafate. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in El Calafate

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Glaciar Spegazzini
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River Rafting & Tubing
Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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day
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Buenos Aires using our trip planner.

You can fly from El Calafate to Buenos Aires in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from El Calafate, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Buenos Aires, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Museums
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Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo ©
Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo

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