13 days in Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

13 days in Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

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13 days in Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
2
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h 15​min
3
Puno, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand


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2
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cusco: Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cusco day trip planning tool .

Auckland, New Zealand to Cusco is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 17 hours traveling from Auckland to Cusco. When traveling from Auckland in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cusco, with highs around 25°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Maras
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then delve into the distant past at Intipuncu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, then stop by Mapi Art, and then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Puno.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Banos Termales de Cocalmayo
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

1
night
Puno, Peru

Puno ©
Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Chullpas, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, and then head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Puno visit site .

You can drive from Machu Picchu to Puno in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Puno, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Paz.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Chullpas
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

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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 23rd (Mon): delve into the distant past at Tiwanaku and then stroll around Valley of the Moon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: push the limits with an extreme tour, then don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas, and then have fun at Urban Rush Bolivia.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read La Paz trip itinerary site .

Drive from Puno to La Paz in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time (PET) to Bolivia Time (BOT) is 1 hour. Traveling from Puno in September, you will find days in La Paz are little chillier (18°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours Outdoors Nature
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Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Mercado de Las Brujas ©
Mercado de Las Brujas

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, make a trip to Miraflores, then shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), and finally take a stroll through Barranco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, then stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua, and finally admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Lima online trip maker .

You can fly from La Paz to Lima in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Lima due to the time zone difference. When traveling from La Paz in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Lima, with highs around 22°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

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