19 days in Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

19 days in Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

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19 days in Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

Lisbon, Portugal
Fly:  17​h 30​min
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h
Cochabamba, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  3​h
La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
Juliaca, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
train + taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
Lisbon, Portugal

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy, Centro Historico de Lima, Cathedral of Lima, and other attractions. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy, make a trip to El Parque del Amor, take a stroll through Miraflores, then take a leisurely stroll along Miraflores Boardwalk, and finally make a trip to Parque de la Reserva.

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Lisbon, Portugal to Lima is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to Peru Time (PET) is minus 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in April; daily highs in Lima reach 28°C and lows reach 21°C. You'll set off for Arequipa on the 24th (Tue).

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Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy
Huaca Pucllana

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Santa Catalina Monastery. On the 24th (Tue), examine the collection at Monasterio de la Recoleta, explore the stunning scenery at Colca Canyon, admire the landmark architecture of Casa del Moral, then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Yanahuara. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, examine the collection at Cathedral of Arequipa Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and finally don't miss a visit to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus.

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Fly from Lima to Arequipa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Lima in April, expect Arequipa to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Uyuni.

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Historic Centre of Arequipa
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas

2
days
Cochabamba, Bolivia

Dynamic and friendly, Cochabamba benefits from a mild climate largely responsible for its Mediterranean lifestyle and nickname the "City of Eternal Spring." An ideal alternative for anyone wishing to escape the chaos of South America's more popular destinations, Cochabamba vacations allow visitors to discover how regular Bolivians live on an everyday basis.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Tunari, contemplate the long history of Convento Museo Santa Teresa, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Juan de Dios. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Plaza 14 de Septiembre, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Portales, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Sebastian, and finally appreciate the history behind El Cristo de la Concordia.

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You can drive from Arequipa to Cochabamba in 15 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Arequipa to Cochabamba, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Arequipa in May, you will find days in Cochabamba are a bit warmer (31°C), and nights are a bit cooler (7°C). You'll set off for Uyuni on the 3rd (Thu).

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Palacio Portales
El Cristo de la Concordia
Tunari

1
day
Uyuni, Bolivia

Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni and then head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi.

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You can do a combination of flight and car from Cochabamba to Uyuni in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Cochabamba in May, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in Uyuni: temperatures range from 3°C by day to 3°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Fri) before leaving for La Paz.

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Isla Incahuasi
Tunupa Volcano

2
days
La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
You've added Tiwanaku, Valley of the Moon, Mi Teleferico, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Valley of the Moon and then explore the ancient world of Tiwanaku. Here are some ideas for day two: grab your bike and head to Yungas Road, then make a trip to Mi Teleferico, and then admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia de San Francisco.

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Do a combination of car and flight from Uyuni to La Paz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Uyuni in May, plan for warmer days in La Paz, with highs around 17°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Juliaca.

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Yungas Road
Tiwanaku
Valley of the Moon

1
day
Juliaca, Peru

Juliaca is the capital of San Roman Province in the Puno Region of southeastern Peru. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Capachica Peninsula and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Matriz de Santa Catalina.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Juliaca sightseeing planner.

Getting from La Paz to Juliaca by car takes about 5.5 hours. The time zone changes from Bolivia Time to Peru Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from La Paz in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Juliaca, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Cusco.

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2
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.
On the 7th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, then admire the striking features of Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion, and then explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Choquequirao Archeological Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Company of Jesus Church, then explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco, and finally delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas.

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Drive from Juliaca to Cusco in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Juliaca in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 4°C in Cusco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

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

1
day
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 10th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Machu Picchu, then take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu, and then take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes).

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Traveling by train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

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Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes)
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Machu Picchu
Intipuncu

2
days
Lima, Peru

Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church and Sanctuary of Saint Rose of Lima, wander the streets of Barranco, then snap pictures at Bridge of Sighs, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores, and finally take a stroll through San Isidro. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Pachacamac, contemplate the long history of Monastery of Santo Domingo (Iglesia y Monasterio de Santo Domingo), then admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de Torre Tagle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro).

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Getting from Machu Picchu to Lima by combination of train and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Pachacamac
Palacio de Torre Tagle
Barranco

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