30-day backpacking itinerary for 3 countries in South America

Do you dream to travel to South America and see as much as possible? But do you feel this can only be done when you take a gap year in your twenties? WRONG! As a thirty year something I decide to follow my dream. I arranged a 30-day backpacking trip around South America. I managed to visit the highlights of 3 different countries and experienced amazing epic adventures. Do you want to do the same? But no idea where to start? I give you my 30-day South America backpacking itinerary.

I share my 30-day South America backpacking itinerary. I tell you where I stayed and what I did in Peru, Chile and Bolivia and I share my costs for lodging.

How long should you go to South America?

For the past decade, the idea of traversing the continent of South America lingered in my mind. I have a complete 12-month South America backpacking itinerary imprinted in my brain, but I don’t think I’ll ever use it completely. South America is really a vast continent.

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One moment you’re in the jungle and the next you could be in the desert or almost in the Arctic! If you wonder how long you should travel in South America, the answer is: as long as you can. But it isn’t said that this should all be in 1 stretch! You can explore parts of South America on different trips. This 30-day South America backpacking itinerary focusses on Peru, Bolivia and the northern tip of Chile. This can be done in a loop, without backtracking and within 30 days!

I share my 30-day South America backpacking itinerary. I tell you where I stayed and what I did in Peru, Chile and Bolivia and I share my costs for lodging.
Last minute read up at the airport before my big trip.

Backpacking in South America

Before I tell you all about my route and dish out all my tips to build the best itinerary for travel in South America, you need to know a little bit about my travel style. This is called my backpacking itinerary for South America because that is how I did it. I packed my backpack, and travelled from place to place. I slept in dorms and travelled by bus.

But, as a 30-something woman, I need some privacy from time to time. And I like to treat myself to some epic adventures and luxury when I feel like it. When needed, I booked a private (luxury!!) hotel room or booked a flight to cover the biggest distances in the most efficient way. After all, this is my holiday as well!

You can use my itinerary for South America and not use a backpack. Or stay longer in 1 place or book family accommodations if you travel with your kids or partner. This 30-day backpacking itinerary for South America can be used as a guideline to see if your travel plans are feasible.

I share my 30-day South America backpacking itinerary. I tell you where I stayed and what I did in Peru, Chile and Bolivia and I share my costs for lodging.
Feeling amazing after a good night sleep
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Research at home

Before I left, I researched everything indefinitely. I am not the kind of person who shows up at a bus station and see where things take her. Especially when you want to maximize your time and budget, you need to know your options and be prepared.

I didn’t want to lose valuable time because the only bus of the day just left half an hour ago. That being said, you need to be flexible when you travel the countries of South America.

Plans change, road blocks happen and strikes but especially festivals can turn a place upside down and your travel schedule too! So what did I do?

I share my 30-day South America backpacking itinerary. I tell you where I stayed and what I did in Peru, Chile and Bolivia and I share my costs for lodging.
Celebrations in Cusco. The city was on lock-down for 2 days!

I researched everything in depth, made (mental) notes but didn’t make any plans. All the plans where in my head. I had my 30-day itinerary set in my head, but only booked for the first 2 days.

I had alternative ideas and a backup plan ready (in my head) when needed. Every time when I knew I’d leave a city the next day, I would go online and book my next hostel or hotel via the app. At home, I made a list of hostels in each place I liked and I could easily see if they were available at my preferred dates and book online.

Helpful resources to plan your South America backpacking trip

Here are some very useful links that I used to research my South America backpacking trip.

In all fairness, I didn’t bring all the Lonely Planets on my backpacking trip through South America, (you know: HEAVY!) but I read them front to cover at home.

I share my 30-day South America backpacking itinerary. I tell you where I stayed and what I did in Peru, Chile and Bolivia and I share my costs for lodging.
Party in Arequipa!

The route through 3 countries in South America

I asked for 8 weeks off work to travel from Buenos Aires to Lima in Peru, in the hope my boss would allow 6 weeks. Unfortunately, he didn’t and I got 4 weeks max. Together with some bank holidays, I managed to get 30 days off straight to go to South America.

This meant I had to cross some things off. In the end, I decided to focus on Peru and Bolivia and if possible, add the northern tip of Chile too. In 30 days I backpacked from Lima, Peru, via Arequipa to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile. From there I took a tour of the Uyuni Salt Flats that landed me in Bolivia. I visited Sucre and La Paz, before I travelled back to Peru via Lake Titicaca. After some time in Cusco, I visited Machu Picchu and headed to the Peruvian coasts to finish my 30-day backpacking itinerary in Lima, Peru.

I share my 30-day South America backpacking itinerary. I tell you where I stayed and what I did in Peru, Chile and Bolivia and I share my costs for lodging.
My route around South America

Below you can find all the details of what I did and how long I stayed in each part of South America, together with some tips and suggestions on how to make your own travel itinerary for South America.

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Peru part 1

In total, I visited Peru twice as I booked a round trip to Lima from Europe. This is the first part. You can use this to build you own Peru travel itinerary if you link part 1 and part 2 together.

My arrival in Lima 

My 30-day South America backpacking itinery started in Lima, Peru, where I arrived in the evening and took a taxi to my hostel in Miraflores. I booked 1 night at this hostel to make my arrival a bit easier and to recover from the flight. Because I anticipated that I might not like the crowded capital of Peru, I figured I would always be able to spend some more time in Lima on my return.

I got some money and I walked around a bit. The next morning I enjoyed the amazing breakfast and went back to the airport for my flight to Arequipa.

How long did I stay?Where did I stay?How much for 1 night?
1 nightChaski Lodge in Miraflores, private room and this hostel has the best breakfast ever!€32 or $36 per night for a private room. Dorms from €13

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Felt like a billionair in Peru.

Things you can do in Lima

If you want to explore more in Lima (or have more time) make sure to check out the following:

Travel to Arequipa

At home, I stared at the map of Peru for hours on end. I researched bus schedules and tour schedules to see if I would be able to take a bus from Lima to the coast, do some tours and continue to Arequipa by bus. But as my departure date got closer, I got a bit anxious if the start of my 30-day South America backpacking itinerary would be a bit too tiring for me. So I decided to throw some money at the problem and booked a 1-way flight to Arequipa from Lima.

 Hours in TransitPrice
Bus Lima- Arequipa17 hours€28 or $31 for regular seat up to €55 or $61 for a VIP seat
Flight Lima- Arequipa1,5 hours€75 or $83 one way

I share my 30-day South America backpacking itinerary. I tell you where I stayed and what I did in Peru, Chile and Bolivia and I share my costs for lodging.
Toughdown at Arequipa airport

Driving through the city towards the Plaza d’Armas, I was a bit intimidated but I instantly fell in love with Arequipa. The white and brown buildings and the street vibe looked to appealing.Arequipa Peru

Read more: 7 arguments to travel to Arequipa Peru

I visited the Santa Catalina Monastery in Arequipa, ate cuy on a rooftop terrace and joined a walking tour of the city. I would have loved to stay longer in Arequipa to explore more, but I was a bit eager to continue my travels and afraid I’d run out of time at the end. So I booked a 2-day trip to the Colca Canyon. Read why that was a big mistake:

Read more: My disastrous trip to the Colca Canyon Peru.

I share my 30-day South America backpacking itinerary. I tell you where I stayed and what I did in Peru, Chile and Bolivia and I share my costs for lodging.
Gorgeous Arequipa took my breath away.
How long did I stay?Where did I stay?How much for 1 night?
3 nightsMercaderes Backpackers (out of business) find other hostels in Arequipa€7,50 or $8.50 per night

Things you can do in Arequipa

If you want to explore more in Arequipa (or have more time) make sure to check out the following:

Travel by bus from Peru to Chile 

Chile is one of the longest countries in the world. If you wish to see Chile, you need to travel a bit more of the 2,653 miles (4,270 km) from North to South than I did. As I was dead set to include the region of San Pedro de Atacama in Chile in my 30-day South America backpacking itinerary, I headed south from Arequipa Peru towards the border with Chile.

I left Arequipa Peru at 10.00 am and arrived in San Pedro de Atacama Chile at 7.00 am the next day. You can break up your journey and see more of Chile with a stop in Arica.

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Gorgeous sun set over the Valle de la Luna Chile

Read more: Travel by bus from Arequipa Peru to San Pedro de Atacama Chile.

San Pedro de Atacama Chile

I wanted to see and do so many things when in San Pedro de Atacama. On my list were the Tatio Geysers and Valle de la Luna. I wanted to see the colourful lakes and go on a stargazing tour.

Unfortunately, the overnight bus and the lack of sleep, spiked my Crohn’s disease and as of this moment, I was in a bad flare. I couldn’t keep down any food, had a fever and needed sleep.

I still managed to book a stargazing tour in the Atacama Desert, which was one of the highlights of my 30-day South America backpacking trip. But as the tour ran until well after midnight, I didn’t manage to get up the next morning at 4am to go to the Tatio Geysers. I did manage to do an afternoon tour of Valle de la Luna, which felt already pretty out worldly to me. I met a nice couple from Australia on the bus from Peru to Chile and we decided to book a 3-day Uyuni Salt Flat tour to Bolivia together.

I share my 30-day South America backpacking itinerary. I tell you where I stayed and what I did in Peru, Chile and Bolivia and I share my costs for lodging.
Enjoying the view of Valle de la Luna Chile

How long did I stay?Where did I stay?How much for 1 night?
2 nightHostel Al Anexo, opposide a great bakery with fresh croissants... Mhhh€18 or $20 per night for a 3-bed shared room.

Things you can do in San Pedro de Atacama Chile

If you want to explore more of San Pedro and the Atacama Desert, make sure to check out the following:

Bolivia

Before I left, I always imagined to spend most of my 30-day South America packpacking itinerary in Bolivia. I knew I wanted to see the Salar de Uyuni and I wanted to visit Sucre. If you don’t feel like visiting Sucre or Potosi, you can save some valuable time as it was quite a detour.

Uyuni Salt Flats Bolivia 

I share my 30-day South America backpacking itinerary. I tell you where I stayed and what I did in Peru, Chile and Bolivia and I share my costs for lodging.
Sunrise at the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia

As most Uyuni Salt Flat tours are operated from Uyuni in Bolivia, people believe this is the only way to go. You can go on a 1-day Salt Flat tour or on a 4-day loop tour of the whole region. I researched a bit and found some tour operators who also depart from San Pedro de Atacama in Chile and drop you off in Bolivia. This was the perfect way to travel overland to Bolivia from Chile.

I share my 30-day South America backpacking itinerary. I tell you where I stayed and what I did in Peru, Chile and Bolivia and I share my costs for lodging.
Yoga pose in the middle of nowhere

Read more: The Girlie Guide to Uyuni Salt Flats Bolivia

As I arrived in the small town of Uyuni, I was too sick to stand on my legs anymore. The Uyuni Salt Flats had demanded too much of my body and my plan to continue straight to Sucre was down the drain (quite literally actually).

I booked a hotel room in Uyuni and enjoyed the welcome vicinity of a bathroom. Although I didn’t feel better at all the next day, I knew I wanted to move as quickly as possible. I needed to get out of Uyuni! The mines of Potosi never interested me much, so I decided to take a direct bus to Sucre (with a bus change in Potosi nevertheless but I didn’t stay there).

What tour did I book?How much did I pay?Say what?
3 day Uyuni Salt Flat Tour from San Pedro de Atacama105.000 Chilean Pesosthat is €140 or $158

Colonial Sucre, Bolivia 

After I survived the most horrendous bus ride of my life, I arrived in warm and balmy Sucre. For the first time since I left Arequipa in Peru, I was finally warm again. I booked myself a fancy hotel and stayed in bed for 2 days straight. In between the runs to the bathroom I visited the pharmacy, sat in a café and eat grilled cheese sandwiches. Although I felt absolutely miserable and cried a lot, I still loved Sucre!

How long did I stay?Where did I stay?How much for 1 night?
2 nightsHostel Patrimonio Sucre downtown. It was too expensive but a great place to vegg out in bed and recover.€31 or $35 per night for a double bedroom with bathroom ensuite and breakfast included.
2 nightsCondor B&B Casa de Huéspedes more a backpacker place with a great courtyard not far from the Plaza d'Armas€14 or $16 per night for a 4-bed shared room with breakfast included.

I share my 30-day South America backpacking itinerary. I tell you where I stayed and what I did in Peru, Chile and Bolivia and I share my costs for lodging.
Colonial Sucre is amazing to explore.

Things you can do in Sucre

If you’re not sick, you can enjoy the following:

http://www.sucrelife.com/trekking-to-maragua-crater-from-sucre/
I managed to walk around town a bit. That was all I was able to do in Sucre.

The highest capital in the world: La Paz, Bolivia 

As I was feeling sorry for myself for being sick, I was debating what to do next. I felt I wouldn’t really enjoy La Paz as a city and preferable would skip it all together. But as La Paz is basically the gateway for the rest of Bolivia and I did want to go to Lake Titicaca, I decided to stay 1 night in La Paz.

I booked a direct flight from Sucre to La Paz, found via Skyscanner again, and managed to be in La Paz within the hour.

http://www.sucrelife.com/trekking-to-maragua-crater-from-sucre/
My ride to La Paz

As my taxi drove me through the streets of La Paz, I knew I was right. Maybe I should even try to get out of La Paz the same night? Unfortunately, there was a big festival going on and I needed to wait until after the weekend the get out of La Paz. I absolutely did not want that, so I jumped through some hoops, but managed to get a bus ticket to Copacabana at Lake Titicaca the next day.

As I felt a bit better, I wanted to do something in La Paz and went on the Cable Car above La Paz, Bolivia.

Read more: Soaring high in the sky above La Paz.

How long did I stay?Where did I stay?How much for 1 night?
1 nightHotel Sagarnaga Great hotel in the centre of town. The staff was really helpful.€26 or $29 per night for a double bedroom with bathroom ensuite and breakfast included.

Things you can do in La Paz

If you want to stay longer in La Paz here are some suggestions to do:

From La Paz, you can book tickets to Rurrambanque to explore the jungle in Bolivia.

I share my 30-day South America backpacking itinerary. I tell you where I stayed and what I did in Peru, Chile and Bolivia and I share my costs for lodging.
Highest capital in the world!

Copacabana at Lake Titicaca 

When our bus pulled up at the glistering blue lake, I immediately felt better. All the traffic and delays of getting out of La Paz were forgotten and I settled myself on a rooftop terrace to take in the views.

The lake was stunning and nothing like I imagined. The town of Copacabana is a bit of a tourist trap with everyone either selling boat trips or tours. The food was bad on several occasions but nevertheless I’d recommend to stay here.

How long did I stay?Where did I stay?How much for 1 night?
1 nightHotel Utama a bit of a walk but quiet hotel with good rooms with heating and extra blankets.€18 or $20 per night for a double bedroom with bathroom ensuite and breakfast included.

I share my 30-day South America backpacking itinerary. I tell you where I stayed and what I did in Peru, Chile and Bolivia and I share my costs for lodging.
Leaving crowded La Paz behind for this!

What to do in Copacabana

If you want to stay longer in Copacabana here are some suggestions to do:

I had little time and didn’t feel fit enough to hike, so only visited the south part of Isla del Sol.

Peru part 2

As I was already into the 2nd half of my 30-day South America backpacking itinerary, I needed to head back to Peru and the highlight of my trip was awaiting me.

Puno Lake Titicaca 

Because I was at Lake Titicaca and the bus stops in Puno, Peru anyways, I decided on a half day tour of the Uros Islands and the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca to be able to compare the both side.

Read more: Bolivian or Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca?

I share my 30-day South America backpacking itinerary. I tell you where I stayed and what I did in Peru, Chile and Bolivia and I share my costs for lodging.
Sunset at Lake Titicaca

Puno is the gateway to the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca. Here’s what you can do

What to do in Puno

  • Visit the Uros islands on a boat trip
  • Book an overnight stay with locals at some of the islands

Although it was freezing cold in Puno and it was a rushed visit, I really enjoyed it. This is partly due to some of the best Mexican food I ever had at a local pizza place (!?) and the friendly people of my hotel.

How long did I stay?Where did I stay?How much for 1 night?
1 nightHostal Los Pinos Inn central location and the staff went above and beyond to help me.€15 or $17 per night for a double bedroom with bathroom ensuite and breakfast included.

Bus from Puno to Cusco 

From Puno you can fly to Cusco or take the train. As I love a good train ride, I researched the options. Being almost 10x as expensive as a normal bus ticket, it didn’t run on the right days and I didn’t want to stay longer in Puno.

Instead I choose for the cheaper option to travel by bus. A bit more expensive than the normal bus tickets, I decided to take a cultural bus tour from Puno to Cusco to see some (pre) Inca sites and learn more about the history and get to Cusco all in one go! In one day, I saw 5 different Inca sites with my personal favorite the ruins of Racqi.

I share my 30-day South America backpacking itinerary. I tell you where I stayed and what I did in Peru, Chile and Bolivia and I share my costs for lodging.
Riding the train is always a good option but the bus gave me more flexibility for this route.

Read more: Cultural bus trip from Puno to Cusco.

Explore the Inca capital Cusco 

I felt so much better in Cusco and although I stayed quite a few days, it seemed I didn’t have enough time to explore everything there is to see in Cusco. But I did visit the sights of Sacyhuamen and did a tour of the other Inca sites around Cusco. I ate great burgers at the Plaza, visited the Cathedral with a guide, went shopping for chocolates at the chocolate museum and I also took a tour to the Salt Mines of Maras, the ruins of Moray and Ollantaytambo.

I share my 30-day South America backpacking itinerary. I tell you where I stayed and what I did in Peru, Chile and Bolivia and I share my costs for lodging.
Amazing Cusco keeps you occupied for days!

Read more: 7 Interesting Inca sites around Cusco that are not Machu Picchu

I think I could have easily spent a whole week in Cusco. There is so much to see and do. The restaurants are amazing and it has a great vibe.

Read more: Chocolate Museum in Cusco

How long did I stay?Where did I stay?How much for 1 night?
2 nightsPirwa Backpackers Colonial
a real backpackers hostel.
It was a bit too noisy for my taste so I decided to move.
€6,50 or $8.50 per night for a 4 bed dorm.
3 nightsKokopelli Hostel Cusco This place was amazing!
The 6-bed girl dorm had a bathroom ensuite, curtains, power sockets in a little locker inside the bed, hairdryer and good breakfast.
This is what every hostel should be like.
€13,50 or $15 per night for a 6-bed shared room with breakfast included.

What to do in Cusco

Some people only use Cusco as a base for their trip to Machu Picchu, but Cusco is really worth more of your time. The things to do:

I share my 30-day South America backpacking itinerary. I tell you where I stayed and what I did in Peru, Chile and Bolivia and I share my costs for lodging.
Enjoying the Valley of the Incas and the beautiful sights.

Machu Picchu Peru 

I like to think I saved the best for almost last. I did this intentional and kept Cusco and Machu Picchu for the end of my trip. This way, I got to learn more about Inca culture before visiting this Wonder of the World. As I am absolutely not fit enough to hike the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, I saved myself 3 to 5 days. Instead, I went on a 2-day trip by train to Aguas Caliente, the gateway to Machu Picchu.

I share my 30-day South America backpacking itinerary. I tell you where I stayed and what I did in Peru, Chile and Bolivia and I share my costs for lodging.
Didn’t hike but it felt like a big conquest to made it to Machu Picchu.

Read more: Train to Machu Picchu, a non-hiking guide.

I actually went to Machu Picchu twice. The first time was the afternoon I arrived and I returned the next morning and spent all day at Machu Picchu.

Read more:

I toured the ruins of Machu Picchu, took plenty of selfies and walked to the sun gate.

How long did I stay?Where did I stay?How much for 1 night?
1 nightCasa del Sol Machupicchu
I decided to splurge for my time in Machu Picchu.
Queen size room with river views, a bath tub and
a very luxurious breakfast (that they serve from 5 am onwards). This is the ultimate luxury retreat!
€192 or $214 per night for a queen size room. Ahum.. say what!?!

I share my 30-day South America backpacking itinerary. I tell you where I stayed and what I did in Peru, Chile and Bolivia and I share my costs for lodging.
Going to Machu Picchu twice was the best decision I made on the whole trip.

Other things you can do in Machu Picchu:

Desert Oasis Huacachina 

With 4 nights to spare before my flight home, I was pretty happy with myself. I executed my 30-day South America backpacking itinerary to a tee and did all the things I wanted to do.

Well, at least I got to visit all the places I wanted to visit. As I couldn’t go back to Arequipa, San Pedro de Atacama or Sucre to spend more time there, I needed to come up with a plan for the 4 days I still had left in Peru.

I share my 30-day South America backpacking itinerary. I tell you where I stayed and what I did in Peru, Chile and Bolivia and I share my costs for lodging.
The colours of Peru are everywhere!

I decided to take the bus from Cusco and stopped in Huacachina. This desert oasis town is known for 1 thing: Sandboarding in the dunes of Huacachina. And basically that is all there is to do but it sure was fun! I didn’t sand board myself (I’m too much of a chicken to go head down from a huge sand dune) but I did ride the dune buddy and snap some great sun set pictures.

I share my 30-day South America backpacking itinerary. I tell you where I stayed and what I did in Peru, Chile and Bolivia and I share my costs for lodging.
The desert in Peru is amazing!

Read more: Dune Buggies and Sandboarding in Huacachina Peru

How long did I stay?Where did I stay?How much for 1 night?
1 nightBanana's Adventure I was drawn in by the pool, the beach shack looking place and the tours. It is a great place to relax and join the fun!€16 or $17.50 per night for a 3-bed shared room.

Final stop: Paracas

After the laid back vibe of the Huacachina backpackers hostel, I took a short bus ride to Paracas. Ica looked promising too and you can learn to make Pisco Sour or tour the vineyards here, but I went to the small fishermen’s town of Paracas. I booked a tour to the Islas Ballestas to see a lot of birds, dolphins and sea lions and in the afternoon I joined a tour of the natural reserve.

Read my stories about Paracas:

I share my 30-day South America backpacking itinerary. I tell you where I stayed and what I did in Peru, Chile and Bolivia and I share my costs for lodging.
Some wildlife watching in Peru.

How long did I stay?Where did I stay?How much for 1 night?
2 nightsHotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort
I wanted to treat myself to a nice place for my last 2 days of my holiday
€121 or $135 per night for a little bungelow with a major bathroom, tv and roomservice.

My flight back home was at 8 pm so I left Paracas in the morning and bussed down to Lima. I didn’t spend any time in Lima but headed straight to the airport.As I wanted to finish with a bit of luxury, I stayed 2 nights at the Paracas resort. There is not really much to do in Paracas, you can do the tours in 1 day and the town is not fun at all. But I prebooked it online before I left Huacachina and I was there. You could use these 2 days to explore more of Lima for example.

My 30-day South America backpacking itinerary

As you can see, my itinerary of these 3 countries in South America form a loop. I didn’t back track any route and skipped the biggest parts by flying. To decide whether or not to fly, I looked at the price of the journey and the time it would take me.

For example: The bus from Sucre to La Paz takes 18 hours and is a grueling ride over the mountains. Instead I flew in 1 hour and had an extra day to explore.

I share my 30-day South America backpacking itinerary. I tell you where I stayed and what I did in Peru, Chile and Bolivia and I share my costs for lodging.
When you fly, you won’t see views like this, but it does save you quite some time!

Travel time and costs in South America

As you can see from the below table, travel takes time in South America! Especially if you want to see as much as I did on my 30-day travels through South America. Sometimes, a few bucks more saves you a whole day on the bus, whereas other times, it was just impossible to save time and I just had to bite the bullit and endure the bus travel.

FromToHours on BusAverage costs by busHours on PlaneAverage costs by plane
Lima
Peru
Arequipa
Peru
17 hours€31 to €55
or $35 to $61
1,5 hour direct€74 or $82
Arequipa
Peru
San Pedro de Atacama
Chile
21 hours€34 or $3812-17 hours (2 stops)€886 or $986 and you still
have to take the bus to get to San Pedro
Uyuni
Bolivia
Sucre
Bolivia
8 hours€11 or $128-17 hours (2 stops)€190 or $211
Sucre
Bolivia
La Paz
Bolivia
12 hours€23 or $261 hour direct or 2 hours with 1 stop€40 or $44.50
La Paz
Bolivia
Puno
Peru
5 to 8 hours€11 or $1211-14 hours (2 stops)€365 or $406
Puno
Peru
Cusco
Peru
6,5 hours€22 to €31
or $25 to $35
1 hour direct, 9 hours with 1 stop€96 or $107
Cusco
Peru
Lima
Peru
22 hours€41 to €64,50
or $46 to $72
1,5 hours direct€73 or $81

30-day South America backpacking itinerary for Peru, Chile and Bolivia

Wow! You made it to the bottom of this post. Well done. It shows you want to learn more about how to plan your own 30-day South America backpacking itinerary! Or 21-day backpacking trip or 600-day trip! It is all good. My journey across Peru, Chile and Bolivia will show you how to build an itinerary and what you need to research to make it a succes when you’re on time restrain! Let me know what you think of my itinerary in the comment section below. Or save this post to read more later!

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  1. Wow, this is a very comprehensive post!! A few months ago a friend who wanted to travel to South America asked me how long it would take to visit Peru, Bolivia and maybe Chile. I wish I had had your post to answer her, it has all the information she needed.
    About San Pedro de Atacama I would add visiting “Piedras Rojas” and “Lagunas Altiplánicas”. It’s a less famous day tour but the one I enjoyed the most!
    And you did well in flying from Sucre to La Paz. I took the night bus from Uyuni to La Paz and it was the worst night journey of my life. It was winter, the outside temperature was well below zero… and there was no heating. I was wearing all my clothes (including thermal clothes and a blanket) but couldn’t sleep due to the cold.

  2. Wow! I can just imagine how long it would have taken for you to put this guide together and the effort is definitely worth it! Loved every inch of the guide. I haven’t been to South America but it is definitely on my list. You’ve just made going there even more appealing! Sigh! If only I had enough money to travel every where!

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