18 days in Peru, Santiago & Easter Island Itinerary

18 days in Peru, Santiago & Easter Island Itinerary

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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Ollantaytambo, Peru
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
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Hanga Roa, Chile
— 5 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 1 night
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac and then steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Intipuncu, then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mandor.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip planner.

London, UK to Machu Picchu is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Peru Standard Time (PET) is minus 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Ollantaytambo.
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Ollantaytambo, Peru — 2 nights

Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
On the 17th (Sat), explore by horseback at Hacienda del Chalan, then contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cerveceria Willkamayu. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at El Albergue Farm, contemplate the long history of Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, and then examine the collection at Choco Museo.

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You can take a train from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. December in Ollantaytambo sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to take a shuttle to Cusco.
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Cusco, Peru — 4 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.
On the 20th (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco day trip planning tool.

Traveling by shuttle from Ollantaytambo to Cusco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to fly to Santiago.
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Santiago, Chile — 2 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): examine the collection at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Patio Bellavista, then go for a walk through Plaza de Armas, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and finally contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Santiago route planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Santiago takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cusco to Santiago is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Hanga Roa.
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Hanga Roa, Chile — 5 nights

The main town and capital of Chile's Easter Island, Hanga Roa serves as a base for most visitors to the island, with all explorations of Easter Island and its famous moai monoliths beginning here.
Spend the 25th (Sun) exploring nature at Rapa Nui Parque Nacional. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Rano Raraku, make a trip to Ahu Tongariki, contemplate the geological forces at Rano Kau, and look for gifts at RapaMusic.

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Traveling by flight from Santiago to Hanga Roa takes 7 hours. Traveling from Santiago to Hanga Roa, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Hanga Roa can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. On the 29th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Santiago.
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Santiago, Chile — 1 night

City of the Island Hills

Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): get great views at Sky Costanera, then examine the collection at La Chascona, then stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Santiago trip maker tool.

You can fly from Hanga Roa to Santiago in 7 hours. Traveling from Hanga Roa to Santiago, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Peru travel guide

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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.
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Easter Island travel guide

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Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
Shrouded in centuries of mystery, Easter Island remains one of the world's most geographically and culturally isolated places. Just over 6,000 people call the Chilean island home, with nearly double that number of visitors arriving each year to unravel the enigma of the island's giant stone heads, known as moai. Built by the island's original inhabitants, the Rapa Nui people, the monolithic moai continue to keep watch over the windswept coastline and serve as top Easter Island tourist attractions. During your Easter Island vacation, you can explore the hilly landscape on foot, by bicycle, or on horseback.
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