36 days in Peru, Chile & Bolivia Itinerary

36 days in Peru, Chile & Bolivia Itinerary

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36 days in Peru, Chile & Bolivia Itinerary

Start: Brasilia, Brazil
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Santiago, Chile
— Few hours
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Calama, Chile
— Few hours
Bus:  1 h 30 min
3
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 5 nights
Drive:  11 h 45 min
4
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Taxi + Bus:  9 h 15 min
5
La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h
6
Copacabana, Bolivia
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  7 h 30 min
7
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
8
Ollantaytambo, Peru
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
9
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h 15 min
10
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 30 min
11
Arequipa, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
12
Tarapoto, Peru
— Few hours
Drive:  5 h 30 min
13
Chachapoyas, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  15 h 45 min
14
Huaraz, Peru
— 5 nights
Drive:  6 h
15
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
16
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Brasilia, Brazil

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): browse the different shops at Costanera Center.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago trip planning app.

Brasilia, Brazil to Santiago is an approximately 7,5- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Brasilia to Santiago is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Calama.

Things to do in Santiago

Shopping
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Costanera Center ©
Costanera Center

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Calama, Chile

Calama
A hub of northern Chile's copper mining industry, Calama acts as a gateway for exploration of the geological and archaeological sites in the Atacama desert region.
Find out how to plan Calama trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can fly from Santiago to Calama in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in Abril, and nighttime lows around 4°C. You'll set off for San Pedro de Atacama on the 21st (Tue).

Things to do in Calama

Parks Nightlife Fun & Games
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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.
San Pedro de Atacama is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna, contemplate the waterfront views at Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cordillera de la Sal, and identify plant and animal life at Salar de Tara.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama travel route tool.

Getting from Calama to San Pedro de Atacama by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in Abril, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Uyuni.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Museums
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Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara

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Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Change things up with a short trip to Museo de la Llama y la Sal in Colchani (about 54 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni, examine the collection at Train Cemetery, learn more about the world around you at Museo Arquecologia y Antropologico de los Andes Meridionales, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Uyuni tour builder website .

You can drive from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in Abril: highs in Uyuni hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Museo de la Llama y la Sal
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Train Cemetery ©
Train Cemetery

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La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): ponder the world of politics at Centro de Informacion Turistica, don't miss a visit to Mi Teleferico, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Valley of the Moon, stop by ComArt Tukuypaj, then make a trip to Calle Sagarnaga, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Andean Culture Distillery, and finally make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the La Paz trip website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Uyuni to La Paz takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Uyuni, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in La Paz, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Copacabana.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Mercado de Las Brujas ©
Mercado de Las Brujas
Mi Teleferico ©
Mi Teleferico

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Copacabana, Bolivia

Copacabana ©
The town of Copacabana represents the largest Bolivian settlement on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in the continent.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cerro Calvario and then trek along Isla del Sol. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana and then explore the activities along Lake Titicaca.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Copacabana vacation app .

You can take a bus from La Paz to Copacabana in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Copacabana

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Isla del Sol ©
Isla del Sol
Cerro Calvario ©
Cerro Calvario
Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana
Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana

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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: admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, look for gifts at Hilo, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cusco journey maker app.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Copacabana to Cusco in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Copacabana to Cusco. In Maio, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours Historic Sites Wildlife
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Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Walking tours

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Ollantaytambo, Peru

Ollantaytambo ©
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Sitio arqueológico Pinkuylluna, then stop by Misha Wasi, then examine the collection at Choco Museo, and finally steep yourself in history at Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ollantaytambo road trip planning tool.

You can take a bus from Cusco to Ollantaytambo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Maio in Ollantaytambo sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo ©
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo
Sitio arqueológico Pinkuylluna ©
Sitio arqueológico Pinkuylluna
Misha Wasi ©
Misha Wasi

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, and then get great views at Intipuncu.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu tour itinerary website .

Traveling by train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Plaza Manco Capac ©
Plaza Manco Capac
Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen ©
Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen

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Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman

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Arequipa, Peru

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 8th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Arte Colonial and then see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): take a stroll through Yanahuara, make a trip to Plaza de Armas, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Arequipa online vacation maker.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Arequipa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in Maio, plan for a bit warmer nights in Arequipa, with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Tarapoto.

Things to do in Arequipa

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Walking tours
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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Tarapoto, Peru

Tarapoto ©
As a busy commercial hub of northern Peru, Tarapoto straddles the foothills of the Andes and a high jungle plateau characterized by lush cloud forests.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): look for gifts at Exotic Chocolatier and then admire the sheer force of Las Cataratas de Ahuashiyacu.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tarapoto vacation planner.

Fly from Arequipa to Tarapoto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Arequipa in Maio, plan for a bit warmer days in Tarapoto, with highs around 37°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 25°C. On the 11th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Chachapoyas.

Things to do in Tarapoto

Parks Nature Shopping
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Las Cataratas de Ahuashiyacu ©
Las Cataratas de Ahuashiyacu
Exotic Chocolatier ©
Exotic Chocolatier

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Chachapoyas, Peru

Chachapoyas ©
A good base for exploring the surrounding cloud forests, Chachapoyas remains a small and laid-back town despite its growing popularity with international tourists.
On the 12th (Tue), make a trip to Centro Historico and then take in the dramatic scenery at Catarata de Gocta. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Laguna de Pomacochas and then steep yourself in history at Fortaleza de Kuelap.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Chachapoyas holiday builder website.

You can drive from Tarapoto to Chachapoyas in 5.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Huaraz.

Things to do in Chachapoyas

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Catarata de Gocta
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Fortaleza de Kuelap ©
Fortaleza de Kuelap
Centro Historico ©
Centro Historico

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Huaraz, Peru

One of the main cities in the Peruvian Andes, Huaraz mainly draws those seeking adventure out in the landscape.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Huaraz: Huascaran National Park (Cordillera Blanca Summit & Laguna Churup) and CampoSanto Yungay (in Yungay). There's lots more to do: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, take an in-depth tour of Museo Arqueologico de Ancash "Augusto Soriano Infante", don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, and pedal to the sights with Bike Tours.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Huaraz tour itinerary builder app.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Chachapoyas to Huaraz in 12 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. In Maio, daily temperatures in Huaraz can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Huaraz

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Huascaran National Park, CampoSanto Yungay
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Climbing Tours
Cordillera Blanca Summit ©
Cordillera Blanca Summit
Laguna Churup ©
Laguna Churup

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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Miraflores, stroll around Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores, then get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and finally stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lima trip site.

You can fly from Huaraz to Lima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Huaraz in Maio, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Lima, with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

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Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Explore Santiago further: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro Santa Lucia, examine the collection at La Chascona, stop by Patio Bellavista, and go for a walk through Plaza de Armas.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Santiago online travel route planner.

Fly from Lima to Santiago in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lima to Santiago. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Shopping Museums
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Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

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