31 days in Chile, Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

31 days in Chile, Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

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Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
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Vina del Mar, Chile
— 5 nights
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La Serena, Chile
— 5 nights
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Antofagasta, Chile
— 2 nights
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 night
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Copacabana, Bolivia
— 1 night
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Puno, Peru
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
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Lima, Peru
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Santiago, Chile — 5 nights

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Bring the kids along to Cerro Santa Lucia and La Chascona. When in Santiago, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in San Jose de Maipo, approximately San Jose de Maipo away. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, wander the streets of Barrio Bellavista, buy something for everyone on your list at Costanera Center, and look for gifts at Patio Bellavista.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Santiago trip builder.

Stockholm, Sweden to Santiago is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Stockholm to Santiago is minus 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Vina del Mar.
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Vina del Mar, Chile — 5 nights

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.
Kids will enjoy La Sebastiana and Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck. Explore Vina del Mar's surroundings by going to Cinco Oceanos Dive Center (in Algarrobo), Isla Negra (La Nave Imaginaria & Casa de Isla Negra) and Villard Fine Wines (in Casablanca). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Reñaca, take some stellar pictures from Roca Oceanica, take in the exciting artwork at Miel de Oveja, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional La Campana.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Vina del Mar road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santiago to Vina del Mar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to La Serena.
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La Serena, Chile — 5 nights

Packed with old stone churches in a unique urban landscape, La Serena represents one of Chile's oldest settlements, equally popular with architecture buffs and beachgoers.
Attractions like Valle del Elqui and Iglesia Santo Domingo make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around La Serena: Reserva Nacional Pinguino de Humboldt (in Punta Choros) and Tongoy (Humedal de Pachingo & Playas Socos). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Agustin, Convent and Church, make a splash at Parque Acuatico Curunina La Serena, make a trip to Barrio Patrimonial La Serena, and pause for some photo ops at Casa de La Providencia.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our La Serena travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Vina del Mar to La Serena in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in La Serena sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Antofagasta.
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Antofagasta, Chile — 2 nights

A major port city of northern Chile, Antofagasta officially became part of the country in 1904, when the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Chile and Bolivia formerly enshrined a new regional status quo after the War of the Pacific (1879-83).
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Centro Cultural Estación Antofagasta and then get lost in a book at Biblioteca Regional de Antofagasta.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Antofagasta vacation site.

Fly from La Serena to Antofagasta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from La Serena in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Antofagasta, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Uyuni.
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Uyuni, Bolivia — 1 night

Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): make a trip to Plaza Arce and then stop by Pueblo Pulacayo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo de la Llama y la Sal and then explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Uyuni trip planner.

Getting from Antofagasta to Uyuni by car takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Antofagasta in October, with highs in Uyuni at 8°C and lows at 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Copacabana.
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Copacabana, Bolivia — 1 night

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 21st (Fri): hike along Isla del Sol.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Copacabana trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Uyuni to Copacabana in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Puno.
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Puno, Peru — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): head off the coast to Taquile Island. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Uros Tupirmarka Lodge and then step off the mainland to explore Uros Floating Islands.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Puno vacation maker website.

Traveling by car from Copacabana to Puno takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Copacabana to Puno, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can fly to Cusco.
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Cusco, Peru — 4 nights

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.
On the 27th (Thu), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, wander the streets of San Blas, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cusco trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Puno to Cusco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puno in October, Cusco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Lima.
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Lima, Peru — 4 nights

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.
Kids will enjoy Museo Larco and Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Nacion, ponder the world of politics at Palacio de Torre Tagle, and examine the collection at Museo de Minerales Andres del Castillo.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lima trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Cusco to Lima by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Cusco in October since evenings lows in Lima dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
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Chile travel guide

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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.
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Bolivia travel guide

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Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.
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Peru travel guide

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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.
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