18 days in Chile & Peru Itinerary

18 days in Chile & Peru Itinerary

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Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
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Vina del Mar, Chile
— 1 night
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights
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Arequipa, Peru
— 1 night
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Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
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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: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, explore the world behind art at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas, and get great views at Sky Costanera.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago day trip planning website.

Paris, France to Santiago is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Paris to Santiago. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vina del Mar.

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Museums · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Vina del Mar, Chile

— 1 night

Garden City

A more organized counterpart to its chaotic neighbor Valparaiso, Vina del Mar lives up to its reputation as the "Garden City." Brimming with public parks and flower displays, Chile's fourth-largest city embraces nature, with palm-lined avenues enhancing the "green" ambience.
On the 12th (Sun), examine the collection at Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck, then make a trip to Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores), then see the interesting displays at La Sebastiana, and finally view the masterpieces at Miel de Oveja.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Vina del Mar trip builder website.

Drive from Santiago to Vina del Mar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Vina del Mar are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can fly to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Vina del Mar

Museums · Shopping

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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna and then make a trip to Aldea de Tulor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Pedro de Atacama online sightseeing planner.

Fly from Vina del Mar to San Pedro de Atacama in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Vina del Mar in December, you will find days in San Pedro de Atacama are a bit warmer (29°C), and nights are little chillier (6°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Arequipa.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Nature · Parks
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Arequipa, Peru

— 1 night

White City

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 15th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas.

Before you visit Arequipa, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from San Pedro de Atacama to Arequipa in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Arequipa due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in December, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Arequipa: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Cusco.

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Cusco, Peru

— 3 nights

Imperial City

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha, steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cusco online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Arequipa to Cusco in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Cusco, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Side Trip

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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.
On the 19th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu day trip planning website.

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. You will leave for Lima on the 20th (Mon).

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Lima, Peru

— 4 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.
Lima is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, explore the galleries of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo Kennedy.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Lima driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Lima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. December in Lima sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Chile travel guide

4.3
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.

Peru travel guide

4.6
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.