22 days in Argentina, Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

22 days in Argentina, Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

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Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Fly to El Calafate, Bus to El Chalten
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El Chalten, Argentina
— 3 nights
Bus to El Calafate, Fly to Buenos Aires
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Lima, Peru

— 3 nights

City of the Kings

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 historic sites, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, and visit Miraflores.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lima travel route planning website.

London, UK to Lima is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from London to Lima, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Lima hover around 28°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:

Cusco, Peru

— 3 nights

Imperial City

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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Lima in December, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Cusco: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 2 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 27th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor and then steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu trip maker.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. You'll set off for Uyuni on the 28th (Tue).

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Uyuni, Bolivia

— 2 nights
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
On the 29th (Wed), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then examine the collection at Train Cemetery. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Pueblo Pulacayo, take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza Arce.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Uyuni tour itinerary maker.

You can fly from Machu Picchu to Uyuni in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Machu Picchu to Uyuni. In December, daily temperatures in Uyuni can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to La Paz.

Things to do in Uyuni

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

La Paz, Bolivia

— 3 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
La Paz is known for parks, scenic drive, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas, push the limits with an extreme tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and walk around Valley of the Moon.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read La Paz trip maker website.

You can fly from Uyuni to La Paz in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Uyuni in December: highs in La Paz hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:

El Chalten, Argentina

— 3 nights
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.
El Chalten is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Laguna de los Tres, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fitz Roy, get great views at El Mirador De Los Condores, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our El Chalten online trip itinerary builder.

Do a combination of flight and bus from La Paz to El Chalten in 18 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Bolivia Time to Argentina Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. On the 6th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 3 nights

Queen of La Plata

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, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, take a stroll through Calle Defensa, ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires trip maker website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to Buenos Aires in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:

Peru travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Bolivia travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.

Argentina travel guide

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Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.