31 days in Peru, Bolivia & Chile Itinerary

31 days in Peru, Bolivia & Chile Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Lima, Peru
— 5 nights
2
Huacachina, Peru
— 1 night
3
Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
4
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
5
Puno, Peru
— 1 night
6
Copacabana, Bolivia
— 1 night
7
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
8
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 night
9
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
10
Santiago, Chile
— 6 nights

5
nights
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.
Lima is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and take a stroll through Miraflores.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lima tour itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Lima is an approximately 13-hour flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Lima when traveling from Washington DC in May, with lows around 65°F. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Huacachina.

Things to do in Lima

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

1
night
Huacachina, Peru

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Huacachina trip planner.

Drive from Lima to Huacachina in 4.5 hours. In May in Huacachina, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Huacachina

Outdoors · Tours
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Off-Road Tours
SandSnow School ©
SandSnow School

2
nights
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Arequipa is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, get impressive views of Volcan Misti, pause for some serene contemplation at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, and steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Arequipa online day trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Huacachina to Arequipa with the Route module. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Huacachina in May: high temperatures in Arequipa hover around 69°F and lows are around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: Balcon del Inka (in Chinchero) and Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cusco tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Cusco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Arequipa in May since evenings lows in Cusco dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Puno.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Balcon del Inka
Find places to stay May 22 — 27:
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras

1
night
Puno, Peru

Puno ©
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.
On the 28th (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Uros Floating Islands, then step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island, and then take some stellar pictures from Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Puno driving holiday site.

You can fly from Cusco to Puno in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in May, Puno is a bit cooler at night with lows of 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Copacabana.

Things to do in Puno

Nature · Parks
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez ©
Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez

1
night
Copacabana, Bolivia

Copacabana ©
The town of Copacabana represents the largest Bolivian settlement on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in the continent.
On the 29th (Sat), take in the local highlights with Stroll On Walking Tours and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Isla del Sol.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Copacabana trip planner.

Drive from Puno to Copacabana in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puno to Copacabana due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to La Paz.

Things to do in Copacabana

Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay May 28 — 29:
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Isla del Sol ©
Isla del Sol

3
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Change things up with a short trip to Puma Punku in Tiahuanaco (about 1h 10 min away). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Tiwanaku, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, explore the striking landscape at Valley of the Moon, and don't miss a visit to Mi Teleferico.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our La Paz vacation builder app.

Traveling by car from Copacabana to La Paz takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in La Paz are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Puma Punku
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Mercado de Las Brujas ©
Mercado de Las Brujas

1
night
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
On the 2nd (Wed), head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Uyuni itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Uyuni takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from La Paz in June, plan for slightly colder days in Uyuni, with highs around 45°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 2:
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi

3
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.
San Pedro de Atacama is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, explore the activities along Lagunas Altiplanicas, explore the fascinating landscape at Atacama Desert, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at On Safari Atacama.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Pedro de Atacama trip website.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama in 11.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Uyuni in June, you will find days in San Pedro de Atacama are warmer (71°F), and nights are little chillier (33°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 6:
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On Safari Atacama ©
On Safari Atacama
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna

6
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.
When in Santiago, make a side trip to see Concha y Toro in Pirque, approximately Pirque away. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of San Cristóbal Hill, admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera, and get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Santiago tour itinerary planning site.

You can fly from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Concha y Toro
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 12:
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La Chascona ©
La Chascona
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

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