18 days in Bolivia & Peru Itinerary

18 days in Bolivia & Peru Itinerary

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18 days in Bolivia & Peru Itinerary

Lisbon, Portugal
Fly:  20​h 15​min
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + Drive:  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 Valley of the Moon. 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 take in the awesome beauty at Huayna Potosi.

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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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Valley of the Moon
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 Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, pause for some serene contemplation at Convento de Santo Domingo, explore the ancient world of Choquequirao Archeological Park, and admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco.

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Do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from La Paz to Cusco in 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. Traveling from La Paz in August, expect Cusco to be a bit warmer, temps between 24°C and 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Sightseeing Museums

Side Trips

Choquequirao Archeological Park, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Hacienda del Chalan
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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.

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You can take a train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 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

Historic Sites Sightseeing 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 outdoors at Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve and El Misti. Historic Centre of Arequipa and Cathedral of Arequipa Museum will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, don't miss a visit to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, and admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas.

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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, daily temperatures in Arequipa can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lima.

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El Misti
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 Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco and Huaca Pucllana. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral of Lima 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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