31 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

31 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

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Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 4 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 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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Lisbon, Portugal
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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 your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), take a stroll through Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts, and visit Barrio Bellavista.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Santiago tour itinerary planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Santiago is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Lisbon to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to fly to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 4 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.
Step out of San Pedro de Atacama with an excursion to Salar de Atacama in Antofagasta--about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor, and explore the fascinating landscape at Atacama Desert.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in San Pedro de Atacama, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Uyuni.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Uyuni, Bolivia

— 2 nights
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
On the 6th (Mon), get impressive views of Tunupa Volcano. On your second day here, take a stroll through Pueblo Pulacayo and then explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Uyuni online visit planner.

Drive from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in December: highs in Uyuni hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to La Paz.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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La Paz, Bolivia

— 4 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Go for a jaunt from La Paz to Tiwanaku to see Tiwanaku about 1h 50 min away. Spend the 10th (Fri) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. Next up on the itinerary: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, see the interesting displays at Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos, take in breathtaking views at Palca Canyon, and make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our La Paz road trip app.

You can fly from Uyuni to La Paz in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Uyuni in December, expect nights in La Paz to be little chillier, around 3°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites · Tours

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Cusco, Peru

— 4 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: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, explore the ancient world of Qorikancha, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and take a stroll through San Blas.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Cusco road trip planning app.

Fly from La Paz to Cusco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Cusco. In December, Cusco is somewhat warmer than La Paz - with highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

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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 16th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor and then steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Machu Picchu day trip planning app.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. On the 17th (Fri), you'll travel to Lima.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
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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: ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), pause for some serene contemplation at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, and shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar).

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lima trip planner.

You can fly from Machu Picchu to Lima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Lisbon.

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Lisbon, Portugal

— 6 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra National Palace, &more). There's much more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, stop by Alfama, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon online travel route planner.

Fly from Lima to Lisbon in 17.5 hours. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Lima in December, you will find days in Lisbon are a bit cooler (18°C), and nights are cooler (8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

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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.

Bolivia travel guide

4.2
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.

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.