30 days in Chile, Argentina & Peru Itinerary

30 days in Chile, Argentina & Peru Itinerary

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30 days in Chile, Argentina & Peru Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Valparaiso, Chile
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
3
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  9​h 30​min
4
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h
5
El Chalten, Argentina
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Punta Arenas, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
8
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h
9
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Toronto, Canada

2
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Vina Undurraga and Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania. Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino and La Chascona are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia, explore the historical opulence of Castillo Hidalgo, take some stellar pictures from Sky Costanera, and browse the collection at National Library (Biblioteca Nacional).

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago day trip planning tool .

Toronto, Canada to Santiago is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Santiago, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Santiago

#Museums, #Parks, #Wineries

Side Trip

Vina Undurraga
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Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista
Vina Undurraga ©
Vina Undurraga
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©

3
nights
Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso ©
Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Take a break from the city and head to Reñaca and Playa El Canelillo. Casa de Isla Negra and Paseo Gervasoni are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Valparaiso side-trips: Vina Casas del Bosque (in Casablanca) and Canopy El Canelo (in Algarrobo). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Cerro Concepcion, take some stellar pictures from Paseo Yugoslavo, try to win big at Vina del Mar Casino, and admire the landmark architecture of Edificio Luis Cousino.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Valparaiso trip builder tool .

You can drive from Santiago to Valparaiso in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March in Valparaiso, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Valparaiso

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Algarrobo, Vina del Mar, Vina Casas del Bosque, Casa de Isla Negra
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Reñaca ©
Reñaca
Casa de Isla Negra ©
Casa de Isla Negra
Vina Casas del Bosque ©
Vina Casas del Bosque

2
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Piedras Rojas and Reserva Nacional de Flamencos. Take a break from the city and head to Laguna Tebinquinche and Salar de Tara. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Cejar, admire the landmark architecture of Church of San Pedro de Atacama, and don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Valparaiso to San Pedro de Atacama by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Valparaiso in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in San Pedro de Atacama, with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara
Laguna Tebinquinche ©
Laguna Tebinquinche

2
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche ©
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Museo del Lago Gutierrez and Capilla San Eduardo. Step off the beaten path and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and River Rafting & Tubing. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro, look for gifts at VanWynsberghe Chocolats, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Bonita, and appreciate the history behind Centro Civico.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Carlos de Bariloche holiday builder tool .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to San Carlos de Bariloche in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Chile Time to Argentine Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in March: highs in San Carlos de Bariloche hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours
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Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro ©
River Rafting & Tubing
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
nights
El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten ©
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Laguna Capri and Salto El Chorrillo. Get in touch with nature at Laguna de los Tres and Cerro Fitz Roy. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Laguna Torre, trek along Paso de Viento, explore the activities along Lago Del Desierto, and take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Huemul.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the El Chalten trip builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Carlos de Bariloche to El Chalten in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in El Chalten

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Lago Del Desierto, Laguna de los Tres
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Cerro Fitz Roy ©
Cerro Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Laguna Capri ©
Laguna Capri

3
nights
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) ©
Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
Get in touch with nature at Cueva del Milodon and Estancia La Peninsula. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bernardo O'Higgins National Park and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Channel of Last Hope (Ultima Esperanza), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, examine the collection at Museo Historico e Industrial Puerto Bories, and make a trip to Muelle Historico.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from El Chalten to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Nature
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Estancia La Peninsula ©
Estancia La Peninsula
Cueva del Milodon ©
Cueva del Milodon
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Punta Arenas, Chile

An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nao Victoria Museo and Reserva nacional Magallanes. Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Expedicion Fitz Roy. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Salesian Museum, take a leisurely stroll along Costanera del Estrecho, and make a trip to Monumento al Ovejero.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Punta Arenas online holiday planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Punta Arenas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Punta Arenas are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nao Victoria Museo ©
Nao Victoria Museo
Reserva nacional Magallanes ©
Reserva nacional Magallanes

2
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sacred Valley of the Incas and Q'enqo. Sacsayhuaman and Tipon will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, and explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco driving holiday planner .

Fly from Punta Arenas to Cusco in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Punta Arenas to Cusco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, Cusco is somewhat warmer than Punta Arenas - with highs of 23°C and lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

#Historic Sites, #Outdoors, #Adventure

Side Trip

Cusco Region
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then explore the ancient world of Intipuncu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Banos Termales de Cocalmayo and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip planner .

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

#Historic Sites, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Santa Teresa
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Zipline

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