12 days in Peru, La Paz & Uyuni Itinerary

12 days in Peru, La Paz & Uyuni Itinerary

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12 days in Peru, La Paz & Uyuni Itinerary

Start: San Salvador, El Salvador
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
La Paz, Bolivia
— Few hours
Fly + taxi:  3​h
2
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h
3
La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
5
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
6
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: San Salvador, El Salvador

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La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): wander the streets of San Miguel.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our La Paz trip itinerary maker.

San Salvador, El Salvador to La Paz is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from San Salvador to La Paz, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from San Salvador in December; daily highs in La Paz reach 17°C and lows reach 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Neighborhoods Shopping
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San Miguel ©
San Miguel

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Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Uyuni travel planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from La Paz to Uyuni in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from La Paz in December, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Uyuni: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 13°C at night. On the 25th (Mon), you're off toLa Paz.

Things to do in Uyuni

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): wander the streets of San Miguel.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our La Paz trip generator.

You can 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 December, plan for somewhat warmer days in La Paz, with highs around 17°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in La Paz

Neighborhoods Shopping
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San Miguel ©
San Miguel

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Lima, Peru

Lima ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take a stroll through Miraflores, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Naplo.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Lima itinerary builder.

Getting from La Paz to Lima by combination of bus, flight, and car takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Lima. Traveling from La Paz in December, expect nights in Lima to be much warmer, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Miraflores ©
Miraflores

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Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Tambomachay. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Tipon and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cusco holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Lima in December, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Cusco: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Spas Adventure
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
River Rafting & Tubing
Q'enqo ©
Q'enqo

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Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Machu Picchu and Pumamarca Ruins. Step out of the city life by going to Banos Termales de Cocalmayo and Patacancha Valley. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Machu Picchu: Ollantaytambo (Inca Bridge & Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Intipuncu, examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and stop by Artesanias.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu tour planner.

You can take a train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Ollantaytambo, Banos Termales de Cocalmayo
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo ©
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo

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