27 days in South America Itinerary

27 days in South America Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London, United Kingdom
Train + Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
2
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
+6
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  11 h 15 min
4
Puno, Peru
— 3 nights
+8
Bus + Foot + travelMode.name.cable_car + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus + Fly + Taxi:  12 h
5
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Taxi + Bus:  11 h 45 min
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 + Train:  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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, then contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, then make a trip to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lima itinerary builder website.

London, UK to Lima is an approximately 15.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Lima. In January, Lima is warmer than London - with highs of 31°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cusco side-trips: Salinas de Maras (in Maras) and Cerveceria Willkamayu (in Urubamba). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Lima in January, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Cusco: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 9°C at night. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Salinas de Maras, Cerveceria Willkamayu
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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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes).

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Machu Picchu online day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Puno.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
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.
Lake Titicaca has been added to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island, make a trip to Catedral de Puno, explore the ancient world of Catedral de Chucuito, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Puno trip itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to Puno in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Puno are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lake Titicaca
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Museo de la Llama y la Sal in Colchani (about 54 minutes away). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni, see the interesting displays at Train Cemetery, head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi, and hike along Senda Andina.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Uyuni travel route app.

Do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Puno to Uyuni in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puno to Uyuni due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Puno in January: highs in Uyuni hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Museo de la Llama y la Sal
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Tunupa Volcano ©
Tunupa Volcano
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: witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, examine the collection at Museo del Meteorito, and identify plant and animal life at Salar de Tara.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama by combination of taxi and bus takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Uyuni in January, you will find days in San Pedro de Atacama are much warmer (29°C), and nights are slightly colder (8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for 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, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Historical Museum,Municipality of Puerto Natales, Head underground at Mylodon Cave Natural Monument, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirador Cerro Dorotea, and explore the striking landscape at Channel of Last Hope (Ultima Esperanza).

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) online day trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. When traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), with highs around 18°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Horseback Riding Tours
Historical Museum,Municipality of Puerto Natales ©
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument ©
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument

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, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, see the interesting displays at La Chascona, walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, and go for a walk through Plaza de Armas.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago tour itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Santiago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Shopping
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

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