33 days in Peru, Argentina & Chile Itinerary

33 days in Peru, Argentina & Chile Itinerary

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33 days in Peru, Argentina & Chile Itinerary

Start: Mexico City, Mexico
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
2
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 5 nights
Drive:  11​h 15​min
3
Puno, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h
4
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 3 nights
6
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
7
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
8
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  32​h
End: Hong Kong, China

6
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: Salinas de Maras (in Maras) and Pisac (in Pisac). On the 31st (Sat), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, and admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cusco route builder website .

Mexico City, Mexico to Cusco is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from Mexico City to Cusco, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Mexico City, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Cusco, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Pisac, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Salinas de Maras
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exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

5
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.
Machu Picchu is known for historic sites, nature, spas, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, stop by Mapi Art, and make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu road trip planning site .

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Puno.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Choquequirao Archeological Park, Banos Termales de Cocalmayo
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Choquequirao Archeological Park ©
Choquequirao Archeological Park
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): stroll the grounds of Sillustani, head off the coast to Taquile Island, and then get great views at Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, and then make a trip to Catedral de Puno.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Puno journey planning tool .

Drive from Machu Picchu to Puno in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Puno are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Sillustani ©
Sillustani

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Concha y Toro in Pirque (about 38 minutes away). Dedicate the 14th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Santiago route maker website .

Fly from Puno to Santiago in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time (PET) to Chile Time (CLT) is 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

Concha y Toro, Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Santa Lucia Hill ©
Santa Lucia Hill
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

3
nights
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Torres del Paine National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then make a trip to Muelle Historico, and then Head underground at Cueva del Milodon.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) travel route builder .

Getting from Santiago to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Outdoors Tours Nature
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Horseback Riding Tours
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument ©
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument
Muelle Historico ©
Muelle Historico

1
night
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Perito Moreno Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Seco and then explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Spegazzini.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Los Glaciares National Park online holiday planner .

Getting from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Los Glaciares National Park by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Los Glaciares National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Los Glaciares National Park, with lows of 7°C. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Nature Parks
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Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

4
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, museums, parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Recoleta Cemetery, wander the streets of San Telmo, get a taste of the local shopping with Palermo, and stop by El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires tour builder website .

Traveling by flight from Los Glaciares National Park to Buenos Aires takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Los Glaciares National Park in September; daily highs in Buenos Aires reach 20°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

3
nights
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lago Urugua-i (in Puerto Libertad) and Wanda (Minas Tierra Colorada & Wanda Mines). Spend the 23rd (Mon) exploring the gorgeous surroundings at Cataratas del Iguazu. There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez and step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Iguazu National Park day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Iguazu National Park, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Wanda, Lago Urugua-i
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

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