19 days in Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

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Arequipa, Peru
— 1 night
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Puno, Peru
— 2 nights
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Copacabana, Bolivia
— 3 nights
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Ferry to San Pablo de Tiquina, Bus to La Paz - Cementerio y Plaza Tomas Katari, Fly to Uyuni
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 3 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
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Trujillo, Peru
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Arequipa, Peru — 1 night

White City

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 13th (Fri): contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Misti, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, and then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista), and then take a stroll through Yanahuara.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Arequipa driving holiday planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Arequipa is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Dublin to Arequipa due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Dublin in January, plan for much warmer days in Arequipa, with highs around 23°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Puno.
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Puno, Peru — 2 nights

City of the Lake

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 15th (Sun): take a tour of Yavari Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, and then make a trip to Catedral de Puno. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani and then contemplate the long history of La Casa del Corregidor.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Puno road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Arequipa to Puno takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Arequipa in January, with highs in Puno at 20°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Copacabana.
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Copacabana, Bolivia — 3 nights

The town of Copacabana represents the largest Bolivian settlement on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in the continent.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Isla del Sol and Cerro Calvario. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, head off the coast to Isla De La Luna, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Copacabana online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Puno to Copacabana in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time (PET) to Bolivia Time (BOT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Uyuni.
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Uyuni, Bolivia — 3 nights

Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni and then step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's extreme beauty at Siloli Desert, witness a stunning natural landmark at Aguas Termales de Polques, then see the interesting displays at Train Cemetery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Geiser Sol de la Manana.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Uyuni road trip tool.

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Copacabana to Uyuni in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. January in Uyuni sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 13°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to La Paz.
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La Paz, Bolivia — 3 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at WMDR Yungas Road and Calle Sagarnaga. Change things up with a short trip to Tiwanaku in Tiwanaku (about 1h 50 min away). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Valley of the Moon, stop by Unique, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora de la Paz, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Murillo.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the La Paz trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Uyuni to La Paz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Uyuni in January, plan for little chillier nights in La Paz, with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Cusco.
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Cusco, Peru — 3 nights

Imperial City

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 Tipon and Yanantin Alpaca y Artesania. Spend the 28th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, hunt for treasures at Mercado Central de San Pedro, examine the collection at ChocoMuseo, and explore the ancient world of Q'enqo.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cusco trip planner.

Fly from La Paz to Cusco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from La Paz to Cusco is minus 1 hour. Traveling from La Paz in January, expect Cusco to be a bit warmer, temps between 22°C and 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Trujillo.
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Trujillo, Peru — 1 night

Capital of Culture

Considered the country's capital of culture, Trujillo was the birthplace of the North Group, a community of artists and intellectuals that included celebrated poet Cesar Vallejo and notable novelist Ciro Alegria.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Trujillo - Catedral de Santa Maria, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia Senor de Huaman, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo, contemplate the long history of Chan Chan, then contemplate the long history of Site Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of La Huaca del Sol.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Trujillo online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Trujillo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cusco, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Trujillo, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.
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Peru travel guide

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Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.
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Bolivia travel guide

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Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.
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