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:  11​h 45​min
1
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  10​h 15​min
2
Nazca, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
3
Ollantaytambo, Peru
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Mexico City, Mexico

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Planetarium Cusco and River Rafting & Tubing. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Inka and Museo Historico Regional. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Art Museum, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cusco trip planner .

Mexico City, Mexico to Cusco is an approximately 12-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Cusco due to the time zone difference. In April, Cusco is a bit cooler than Mexico City - with highs of 23°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nazca.

Things to do in Cusco

Museums Historic Sites Adventure

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Nazca, Peru

Nazca ©
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
On the 4th (Fri), explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Chauchilla, take an in-depth tour of Didactic Museum Antonini (Museo Antonini), then see the sky in a new way at Planetario Maria Reiche, and finally delve into the distant past at Cantalloc Aqueduct.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nazca trip planner .

Getting from Cusco to Nazca by car takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Nazca

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Cementerio Chauchilla ©
Cementerio Chauchilla
Cantalloc Aqueduct ©
Cantalloc Aqueduct

2
nights
Ollantaytambo, Peru

Ollantaytambo ©
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Choco Museo, explore the ancient world of Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries, then don't miss a visit to Plazoleta Aracama, and finally explore the ancient world of Pumamarca Ruins.

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Getting from Nazca to Ollantaytambo by combination of bus, taxi, and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Ollantaytambo are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Machu Picchu.

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
Sitio arqueológico Pinkuylluna ©
Sitio arqueológico Pinkuylluna

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.
On the 8th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then don't miss a visit to Intipuncu.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip itinerary maker app .

Take a train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to La Paz.

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
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Appreciate the collections at Museum of Musical Instruments - Museo Instrumentos Musicales de Bolivia and National Museum of Art - Museo Nacional de Arte. Explore hidden gems such as Tiwanaku and National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Valley of the Moon, take in the awesome beauty at Huayna Potosi, and see the interesting displays at Museo Tambo Qirquincho.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the La Paz road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Machu Picchu to La Paz in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Machu Picchu to La Paz. In May, daytime highs in La Paz are 17°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Paz

Nature Parks Museums
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Valley of the Moon ©
Valley of the Moon
Museo Tambo Qirquincho ©
Museo Tambo Qirquincho

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