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
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + train:
6​h 15​min
Arequipa, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:
2​h
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:
20​h
Lisbon, Portugal

few
hours
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.
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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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Plaza 24 de Septiembre

3
days
La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Get outdoors at Illimani and Huayna Potosi. Spend the 16th (Wed) on two wheels at Yungas Road. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Tiwanaku, make a trip to Cementerio General, and explore the striking landscape at Valle de la Luna.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read La Paz online itinerary creator.

Traveling by flight from Santa Cruz to La Paz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Santa Cruz in August; daily highs in La Paz reach 17°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cusco.

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Valle de la Luna
Tiwanaku
Illimani

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 Plaza de Armas are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, get to know the fascinating history of San Blas, explore the ancient world of Choquequirao Archeological Park, and contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cusco travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Cusco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Cusco. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from La Paz in August; daily highs in Cusco reach 24°C and lows reach 2°C. On the 22nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Sightseeing Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Hacienda del Chalan, Choquequirao Archeological Park
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Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco

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

Side Trips

Aguas Calientes, Banos Termales de Cocalmayo
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Intipuncu
Machu Picchu
Winawayna

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 Museo Santuarios Andinos. 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. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, contemplate the long history of Yanahuara, and contemplate the geological forces at El Misti.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Arequipa online itinerary creator.

You can 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. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Lima.

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Santa Catalina Monastery
Historic Centre of Arequipa

3
days
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 Cathedral of Lima. Your inner history buff will appreciate Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco and Centro Historico de Lima. Get out of town with these interesting Lima side-trips: El Silencio (in Punta Hermosa) and Palomino (in Callao). 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.

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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

Side Trips

El Silencio, Palomino
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Huaca Pucllana
Cathedral of Lima

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