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:  4​h 30​min
Cochabamba, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  3​h
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Juliaca, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
train + taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h 30​min
Lisbon, Portugal

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy, El Parque del Amor, Centro Historico de Lima, and other attractions. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, take a stroll through Miraflores, make a trip to Parque de la Reserva, and admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lima travel planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Lima is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Lisbon to Lima, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Lima: highs are around 28°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Cochabamba.

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Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy
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Huaca Pucllana

2
days
Cochabamba, Bolivia

Cochabamba ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Toro Toro National Park. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Sebastian, then don't miss a visit to Plaza 14 de Septiembre, then contemplate the long history of Convento Museo Santa Teresa, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tunari. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Toro Toro National Park, make a trip to El Cristo de la Concordia, then admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Portales, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Juan de Dios.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cochabamba trip builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lima to Cochabamba. Traveling from Lima to Cochabamba, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lima in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Cochabamba, with lows around 11°C. On the 30th (Mon), you'll travel to Uyuni.

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Tunari ©
Tunari
El Cristo de la Concordia ©
El Cristo de la Concordia
Toro Toro National Park ©
Toro Toro National Park

1
day
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni and then head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Uyuni trip generator.

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 April, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in Uyuni: temperatures range from 7°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to La Paz.

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Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Tunupa Volcano ©
Tunupa Volcano

2
days
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
You've added Plaza Murillo, Calle Sagarnaga, Catedral Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora de la Paz, and other attractions to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: grab your bike and head to Yungas Road, then make a trip to Calle Sagarnaga, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza Murillo.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read La Paz trip builder.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Uyuni to La Paz takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Uyuni in May, expect nights in La Paz to be slightly colder, around -2°C, while days are much warmer, around 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Fri) before leaving for Juliaca.

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Yungas Road ©
Yungas Road
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Valley of the Moon ©
Valley of the Moon

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Juliaca, Peru

Juliaca ©
Juliaca is the capital of San Roman Province in the Puno Region of southeastern Peru. You've now added Amantani Island (Isla Amantani) to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): head off the coast to Amantani Island (Isla Amantani).

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. On the 5th (Sat), you'll travel to Arequipa.

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Amantani Island (Isla Amantani)
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Amantani Island (Isla Amantani) ©
Amantani Island (Isla Amantani)

2
days
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
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 Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve, El Misti and Santa Catalina Monastery. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, admire the striking features of Casa del Moral, and then examine the collection at Monasterio de la Recoleta. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Arequipa Museum, examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, make a trip to Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, then make a trip to Plaza de Armas, then don't miss a visit to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Yanahuara.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Arequipa vacation planner.

Drive from Juliaca to Arequipa in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Juliaca in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 10°C in Arequipa. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cusco.

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Colca Canyon
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El Misti ©
El Misti
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
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Plaza de Armas

2
days
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 7th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion, and then delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cusco trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Cusco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 4°C in Cusco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

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Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

1
day
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.
On the 10th (Thu), make a trip to Machu Picchu and then take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes).

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Machu Picchu vacation builder.

You can take a train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You will leave for Lima on the 11th (Fri).

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1
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Lima, Peru

Lima
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take a stroll through San Isidro, take a stroll through Barranco, then snap pictures at Bridge of Sighs, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lima online itinerary creator.

Do a combination of train and flight from Machu Picchu to Lima in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

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Pachacamac
Pachacamac
Palacio de Torre Tagle ©
Palacio de Torre Tagle
Barranco ©
Barranco

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