16 days in Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

16 days in Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

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16 days in Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

Start: Honolulu, United States
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
2
Arequipa, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Puno, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
6
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  30​h
End: Honolulu, United States


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2
nights
Lima, Peru

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), stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua, get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, and take a leisurely stroll along Miraflores Boardwalk.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lima route maker .

Honolulu, USA to Lima is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Honolulu to Lima, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Honolulu in July, plan for cooler days and slightly colder nights in Lima: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

1
night
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas, then see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, and finally admire the striking features of Casa del Moral.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Arequipa tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Lima to Arequipa by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Arequipa when traveling from Lima in July, with lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites
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Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

2
nights
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 24th (Wed): head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, and then don't miss a visit to Chullpas. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Sillustani, step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island, and then take some stellar pictures from Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Puno journey planner .

Drive from Arequipa to Puno in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in July, expect nights in Puno to be cooler, around 23°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to La Paz.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chullpas
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Sillustani ©
Sillustani

3
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring nature at Cotapata National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Tiwanaku, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas, and have fun at Urban Rush Bolivia.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the La Paz visit planner .

Getting from Puno to La Paz by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Time to Bolivia Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Puno in July, expect nights in La Paz to be about the same, around 25°F, while days are little chillier, around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

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

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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, trails, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, stop by Tiki Workshop, take a stroll through San Blas, and contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cusco trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from La Paz to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Cusco. Traveling from La Paz in July, expect Cusco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 69°F and 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

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 1st (Thu), delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then make a trip to Intipuncu. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Phutuq K'usi.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu trip planner .

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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