18 days in Peru & Santiago Itinerary

18 days in Peru & Santiago Itinerary

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18 days in Peru & Santiago Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  22 h 15 min
1
Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  4 h
2
Puno, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  3 h
3
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
4
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Brisbane, Australia

4
nights
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
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.
Lima is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, wander the streets of Miraflores, look for gifts at Artesanias Las Pallas, and stop by Barranco.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lima day trip app.

Brisbane, Australia to Lima is an approximately 22.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Lima, you'll gain 15 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, daily temperatures in Lima can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Puno.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua

3
nights
Puno, Peru

Puno ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Puno side-trips: Main Gate (in Taquile Island) and Fertility Temple (in Chucuito). There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island, stroll the grounds of Sillustani, explore the activities along Lake Titicaca, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Puno trip site.

Getting from Lima to Puno by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Lima in May, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Puno: temperatures range from 21°C by day to -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Main Gate, Fertility Temple, Lake Titicaca
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cusco vacation maker website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Puno to Cusco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Puno in May since evenings lows in Cusco dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

5
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santiago: Concha y Toro (in Pirque) and River Rafting & Tubing (in San Jose de Maipo). There's lots more to do: stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, stop by Patio Bellavista, examine the collection at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, and tour the pleasant surroundings at San Cristóbal Hill.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Santiago vacation builder app.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Santiago takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time (PET) to Chile Time (CLT) is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Concha y Toro, River Rafting & Tubing
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La Chascona ©
La Chascona
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill

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