18 days in Bolivia & Peru Itinerary

18 days in Bolivia & Peru Itinerary

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Lisbon, Portugal
Fly:
20​h 15​min
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
— 1 night
Fly:
1​h 45​min
La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Fly:
1​h 30​min
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
train:
4​h
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly + train:
6​h 15​min
Arequipa, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:
2​h
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:
20​h
Lisbon, Portugal

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Santa Cruz, Bolivia


More populous than the capital and La Paz, and one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, Santa Cruz has become a thriving commercial center, yet retained some of the trappings of tradition.
To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz sightseeing planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Santa Cruz is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Lisbon to Santa Cruz due to the time zone difference. August in Santa Cruz sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to La Paz.

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3
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La Paz, Bolivia


Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Get outdoors at Illimani and Yungas Road. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Tiwanaku, make a trip to Mi Teleferico, explore the striking landscape at Valle de la Luna, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Huayna Potosi.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the La Paz trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Santa Cruz to La Paz in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Santa Cruz in August, with highs in La Paz at 17°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cusco.

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5
days
Cusco, Peru


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 outdoors at Salinas de Maras and Hacienda del Chalan. Sacsayhuaman and Centro Historico De Cusco are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, pause for some serene contemplation at Convento de Santo Domingo, explore the ancient world of Choquequirao, and admire the landmark architecture of Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip itinerary builder.

Getting from La Paz to Cusco by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from La Paz to Cusco is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from La Paz in August; daily highs in Cusco reach 24°C and lows reach 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Sightseeing, Historic Sites, Museums, Parks
SIDE TRIPS : Hacienda del Chalan, Choquequirao, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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2
days
Machu Picchu, Peru


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 23rd (Wed): explore the ancient world of Winawayna, then explore the ancient world of Intipuncu, and then explore the ancient world of Machu Picchu. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), identify plant and animal life at Los Jardines de Mandor, and then take in the natural beauty of Banos Termales de Cocalmayo.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Sightseeing, Historic Sites, Parks, Nature
SIDE TRIPS : Aguas Calientes, Banos Termales de Cocalmayo
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3
days
Arequipa, Peru


In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Get some cultural insight at Santa Catalina Monastery and Yanahuara. Visit Historic Centre of Arequipa and Cathedral of Arequipa Museum for their historical value. Spend the 27th (Sun) exploring nature at Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, contemplate the geological forces at El Misti, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Arequipa trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Machu Picchu to Arequipa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lima.

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3
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Lima, Peru


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.
Get some cultural insight at Huaca Pucllana and Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral of Lima and Centro Historico de Lima. Get out of town with these interesting Lima side-trips: Islas Palomino (in Callao) and El Silencio (in Punta Hermosa). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Miraflores, take an in-depth tour of Larco Museum, stroll through Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores, and identify plant and animal life at Pantanos de Villa.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lima trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Arequipa to Lima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Arequipa in August, expect nights in Lima to be somewhat warmer, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Sightseeing, Parks, Historic Sites, Beaches
SIDE TRIPS : Islas Palomino, El Silencio
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