27 days in South America Itinerary

27 days in South America Itinerary

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27 days in South America Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
2
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive:  11​h 15​min
4
Puno, Peru
— 3 nights
5
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
6
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  9​h 15​min
7
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: London, United Kingdom

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, then contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, then admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lima trip builder site .

London, UK to Lima is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Peru Time (PET) is minus 5 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from London in January: high temperatures in Lima hover around 31°C and lows are around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Salinas de Maras (in Maras) and Cerveceria Willkamayu (in Urubamba). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, and steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cusco day trip site .

Getting from Lima to Cusco by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in January, you will find days in Cusco are little chillier (22°C), and nights are much colder (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Cerveceria Willkamayu, Salinas de Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

3
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, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Mariposario de Machupicchu, get great views at Intipuncu, and look for all kinds of wild species at Los Jardines de Mandor.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip maker website .

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 12th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Puno.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Titicaca. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Taquile Island, explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani, make a trip to Catedral de Puno, and steep yourself in history at La Casa del Corregidor.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Puno road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Machu Picchu to Puno takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Puno, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Uyuni.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Tours
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Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands

2
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Step out of Uyuni to go to Colchani and see Museo de la Llama y la Sal, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni, step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi, examine the collection at Train Cemetery, and hike along Senda Andina.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Uyuni trip maker site .

You can drive from Puno to Uyuni in 12 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time to Bolivia Time is 1 hour. While traveling from Puno, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Uyuni, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Museo de la Llama y la Sal
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Tunupa Volcano ©
Tunupa Volcano

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, historic sites, nightlife, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, explore the activities along Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques, and take in the natural beauty of Termas Banos de Puritama.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Pedro de Atacama trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Uyuni in January, plan for much warmer days and slightly colder nights in San Pedro de Atacama: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques ©
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques

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.
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) is known for nature, adventure, museums, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Historical Museum,Municipality of Puerto Natales, explore the striking landscape at Channel of Last Hope (Ultima Esperanza), trek along Mirador Cerro Dorotea, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find maps and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) route website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in January, expect nights in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Horseback Riding Tours
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument ©
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument
Channel of Last Hope (Ultima Esperanza) ©

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.
Santiago is known for shopping, museums, parks, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, don't miss a visit to Patio Bellavista, explore the world behind art at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and examine the collection at La Chascona.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Santiago trip builder .

Getting from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Santiago by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Nature
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

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