16 days in Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

16 days in Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

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16 days in Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

Start: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Fly:  25​h
1
Cusco, Peru
— 3 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
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


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3
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cusco: Pisac (in Pisac) and Salinas de Maras (in Maras). On the 13th (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, and examine the collection at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cusco trip builder website .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Cusco is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Riyadh to Cusco is minus 8 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Riyadh in August, with highs in Cusco at 24°C and lows at 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Pisac, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): stop by Mapi Art, delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, then delve into the distant past at Intipuncu, and finally explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Here are some ideas for day two: witness a stunning natural landmark at Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), then admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Phutuq K'usi.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks Historic Sites Nature

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani, then head off the coast to Taquile Island, and finally take some stellar pictures from Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Chullpas, don't miss a visit to Catedral de Puno, then explore and take pictures at Yavari Museum, then head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands, and finally steep yourself in history at La Casa del Corregidor.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Puno trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Machu Picchu to Puno takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Puno are 21°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to La Paz.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

3
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Spend the 18th (Sun) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Tiwanaku, take in the dramatic natural features at Valley of the Moon, stop by Unique, and don't miss a visit to Mi Teleferico.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read La Paz sightseeing planning website .

Traveling by car from Puno to La Paz takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puno to La Paz due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Puno in August, you will find days in La Paz are little chillier (18°C), and nights are about the same (-3°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours
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Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku

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.
Lima is known for parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua, and take a stroll through Miraflores.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lima trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Lima takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from La Paz to Lima, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from La Paz in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Lima, with highs around 22°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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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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