15 days in Peru & La Paz Itinerary

15 days in Peru & La Paz Itinerary

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15 days in Peru & La Paz Itinerary

Start: Mexico City, Mexico
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Ollantaytambo, Peru
— 3 nights
+4
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  8​h 15​min
5
Nazca, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Mexico City, Mexico

2
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Valley of the Moon and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Huayna Potosi. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Casa Museo Solon, make a trip to Calle Sagarnaga, admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia de San Francisco, then look for gifts at Mistura - Manifestacion Creativa, then examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Musical Instruments - Museo Instrumentos Musicales de Bolivia.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the La Paz trip website .

Mexico City, Mexico to La Paz is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Mexico City to La Paz due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mexico City in April, expect La Paz to be colder, temps between 17°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums
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Valley of the Moon ©
Valley of the Moon
Iglesia de San Francisco ©
Iglesia de San Francisco
Huayna Potosi ©
Huayna Potosi

5
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sacred Valley of the Incas and Tambomachay. Museum-lovers will get to explore Planetarium Cusco and Pre-Columbian Art Museum. There's still lots to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, delve into the distant past at Q'enqo, look for gifts at Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco, and pause for some serene contemplation at The Company of Jesus Church.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco trip planner .

Getting from La Paz to Cusco by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Bolivia Time to Peru Time is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from La Paz in April; daily highs in Cusco reach 23°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Adventure

Side Trip

Cusco Region
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River Rafting & Tubing
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Tipon ©
Tipon

1
night
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 5th (Sat), examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, then look for gifts at Artesanias, and then explore the ancient world of Intipuncu. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Machu Picchu online itinerary planner .

Take a train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping
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Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon ©

3
nights
Ollantaytambo, Peru

Ollantaytambo ©
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
On the 7th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries, then steep yourself in history at Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, then hunt for treasures at Mercado Artesanal, and finally see the interesting displays at Choco Museo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Pumamarca Ruins, ride a horse along Hacienda del Chalan, then steep yourself in history at Salinas de Maras, and finally look for gifts at Misha Wasi.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ollantaytambo day trip planner .

Getting from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In May in Ollantaytambo, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nazca.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Hacienda del Chalan
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Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries ©
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo ©
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo

2
nights
Nazca, Peru

Nazca ©
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nazca trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Ollantaytambo to Nazca in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lima.

Things to do in Nazca

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Childrens Museums
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Planetario Maria Reiche ©
Planetario Maria Reiche
Cementerio Chauchilla ©
Cementerio Chauchilla
Cantalloc Aqueduct ©
Cantalloc Aqueduct

1
night
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.
On the 11th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Lima and then get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de Torre Tagle.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Lima trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Nazca to Lima in 6.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 21°C. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

#Museums, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 11 — 12:
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Museo de Arte de Lima - MALI ©
Museo de Arte de Lima - MALI
Cathedral of Lima ©
Cathedral of Lima
Palacio de Torre Tagle ©
Palacio de Torre Tagle

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