38 days in Peru, Chile & Argentina Itinerary

38 days in Peru, Chile & Argentina Itinerary

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38 days in Peru, Chile & Argentina Itinerary

Start: Ottawa, Canada
Fly:  11​h
1
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
2
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
3
Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  14​h 30​min
4
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h
5
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Pucon, Chile
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  7​h
7
Punta Arenas, Chile
— 3 nights
bus:  7​h 45​min
8
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
9
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
10
El Chalten, Argentina
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  8​h 45​min
11
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
End: Buenos Aires, Argentina

3
nights
Lima, Peru

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de las Nazarenas, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte de Lima - MALI, then get to know the fascinating history of San Isidro, and finally examine the collection at Museo del Automovil Coleccion Nicolini.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lima day trip planner .

Ottawa, Canada to Lima is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Ottawa in January; daily highs in Lima reach 31°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima ©
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima
San Isidro ©
San Isidro

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Horseback Riding Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Montana de Siete Colores and exploor. Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: Piquillacta (in Huarcapay) and San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas (in Andahuaylillas). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, look for all kinds of wild species at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, take in the dramatic natural features at Cerro Colorado Vinicunca, and contemplate the long history of Tipon.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Cusco day trip app .

You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in January, you will find days in Cusco are slightly colder (22°C), and nights are much colder (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas, Piquillacta
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
On the 16th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Miguel Arcangel and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, explore the world behind art at San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery, then see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Villalobos, then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos.

Make your Arequipa itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Cusco to Arequipa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in January, Arequipa is a bit warmer at night with lows of 13°C. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Petroglifos de Toro Muerto
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa

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.
Get outdoors at Lascar and Piedras Rojas. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo del Meteorito and Cementerio de Toconao. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, identify plant and animal life at Valle Arcoiris, and make a trip to Yerbas Buenas Petroglyphs.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama travel planning app .

Getting from Arequipa to San Pedro de Atacama by combination of flight and bus takes about 14.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Arequipa to San Pedro de Atacama due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Arequipa in January, plan for a bit warmer days in San Pedro de Atacama, with highs around 29°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Cementerio de Toconao
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Valle Arcoiris ©
Valle Arcoiris
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas

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.
On the 23rd (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion, and then pause for some serene contemplation at San Francisco Church. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Santa Rita Winery.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Santiago itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Pucon.

Things to do in Santiago

Wineries Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Vina Santa Rita
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Vina Santa Rita ©
Vina Santa Rita
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion ©

4
nights
Pucon, Chile

Pucon ©
Nestled in the shadow of the snow-capped Villarrica volcano, Pucon ranks among the world's premier destinations for adventure sports and high-thrills activities.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Termas Geometricas and Lago Panguipulli. Get in touch with nature at Reserva Biologica Huilo Huilo and Sendero el Puma. Get out of town with these interesting Pucon side-trips: Neltume Cultural Center, Museum and Memorial (in Neltume) and Parroquia San Sebastian (in Panguipulli). There's more to do: examine the collection at Museo Mapuche Pucon and take in the views from Quelhue.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Pucon visit planner.

Traveling by car from Santiago to Pucon takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Pucon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Panguipulli, Neltume
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Termas Geometricas ©
Termas Geometricas
Lago Panguipulli ©
Lago Panguipulli
Quelhue ©
Quelhue

3
nights
Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cementerio Municipal and Nao Victoria Museo. Explore hidden gems such as Salesian Museum and Plaza Munoz Gamero. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Palacio Sara Braun, identify plant and animal life at Reserva nacional Magallanes, get outside with Strait of Magellan, and explore the striking landscape at Cabo Froward.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Punta Arenas trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Pucon to Punta Arenas takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Punta Arenas, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Cementerio Municipal ©
Cementerio Municipal
Nao Victoria Museo ©
Nao Victoria Museo

3
nights
Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia ©
Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Ushuaia Bay. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Isla Martillo and Plaza Malvinas. Spend the 1st (Sat) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Roca, get a new perspective on nature at Acatushun Museum, and see the interesting displays at Museo Yamana.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ushuaia trip app .

You can take a bus from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time (CLT) to Argentine Time (ART) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in February, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lago Roca
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Lago Roca ©
Lago Roca
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ushuaia Bay ©
Ushuaia Bay

2
nights
El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate ©
El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): see the interesting displays at El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center, get a new perspective on nature at Museo Regional Municipal de El Calafate, and then identify plant and animal life at La Leona Petrified Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus, then explore the striking landscape at Onelli Glacier, and then get outside with Enjoy!.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the El Calafate trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Ushuaia to El Calafate in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Ushuaia in February, El Calafate is a bit warmer at night with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can take a bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Onelli Glacier ©
Onelli Glacier
Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus ©
Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus

3
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Laguna de los Tres and Laguna Torre. Get outdoors at Cerro Fitz Roy and Lago del Desierto. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at El Mirador De Los Condores.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the El Chalten trip planner .

Take a bus from El Calafate to El Chalten in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Lago del Desierto, Laguna de los Tres
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Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Lago del Desierto ©
Lago del Desierto

4
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Museo de La Plata and Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales Bernardino Rivadavia. Get outdoors at Horseback Riding Tours and Parque 3 de Febrero. Get out of town with these interesting Buenos Aires side-trips: Reserva Natural Punta Lara (in Ensenada), Parque Nacional Ciervo de los Pantanos (in Campana) and Slow Delta (in Tigre). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento, shop like a local with Puerto Madero, experience the excitement of Juegos Mentales - Tu Puedes Escaparte, and see the interesting displays at Fragata ARA Sarmiento.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires online vacation maker .

Getting from El Chalten to Buenos Aires by combination of bus and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Parque Nacional Ciervo de los Pantanos, Museo de La Plata, Reserva Natural Punta Lara, Slow Delta
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Horseback Riding Tours
Museo de La Plata ©
Museo de La Plata
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

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