21 days in Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

21 days in Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

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21 days in Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  29​h
1
Paracas, Peru
— 1 day
bus:  1​h
2
Ica, Peru
— 1 night
bus:  4​h
3
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
4
Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Puno, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Copacabana, Bolivia
— 1 night
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
7
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Potosi, Bolivia
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h
9
Cochabamba, Bolivia
— 1 night
Fly:  45​min
10
Sucre, Bolivia
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
11
La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
12
Rurrenabaque, Bolivia
— 1 night
Drive:  11​h
13
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 day
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
14
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne, Australia


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Paracas, Peru

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
On the 25th (Thu), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then kick back and relax at Supay Beach, and then do a tasting at Bodega 1615.

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Melbourne, Australia to Paracas is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Melbourne to Paracas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in July, expect Paracas to be somewhat warmer, temps between 23°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Ica.

Things to do in Paracas

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Supay Beach ©
Supay Beach
Bodega 1615 ©
Bodega 1615

1
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Ica, Peru

Ica ©
Located on the Ica River in the desert areas of Peru's southern coast, the city of Ica stands as something of an oasis in the dry, barren landscape.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the activities along Laguna de Huacachina, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario del Senor de Luren, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Ica, and finally do a tasting at Tacama.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ica online day trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Paracas to Ica takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Lima.

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Nature Parks Wineries
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Tacama ©
Tacama
Catedral de Ica ©
Catedral de Ica
Santuario del Senor de Luren ©
Santuario del Senor de Luren

1
night
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.
On the 27th (Sat), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lima holiday builder website .

You can take a bus from Ica to Lima in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. In July in Lima, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
On the 28th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Agustin, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista), take in panoramic vistas at Yanahuara, then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia la Merced. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Petroglifos de Toro Muerto, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then explore the world behind art at San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery, and finally see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Arequipa trip site .

Fly from Lima to Arequipa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Arequipa, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites Museums Adventure

Side Trip

Petroglifos de Toro Muerto
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Yanahuara ©
Yanahuara
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): steep yourself in history at La Casa del Corregidor, then admire all the interesting features of Yavari Museum, and then take a stroll through Luquina Chico.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Puno trip tool .

Getting from Arequipa to Puno by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Arequipa, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Puno, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Copacabana.

Things to do in Puno

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Luquina Chico ©
Luquina Chico
La Casa del Corregidor ©
La Casa del Corregidor
Yavari Museum ©
Yavari Museum

1
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Copacabana, Bolivia

Copacabana
The town of Copacabana represents the largest Bolivian settlement on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in the continent.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): don't miss a visit to Avenida 6 de Agosto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana, and then step off the mainland to explore Isla del Sol.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Copacabana trip planner .

Getting from Puno to Copacabana by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puno to Copacabana due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Copacabana

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature
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Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana
Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana
Isla del Sol ©
Isla del Sol

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day
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi and then explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the Uyuni trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Copacabana to Uyuni takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Uyuni can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Potosi.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature Parks
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Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni

1
night
Potosi, Bolivia

Potosi ©
One of the highest cities in the world at 4,090 m (13,420 ft), Potosi actually rose to fame for something below the ground.
On the 2nd (Fri), get outside with Gruta De Las Galaxias, contemplate the long history of San Lorenzo Church, then examine the collection at Casa Nacional de la Moneda, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco of Potosi Convent and Temple.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Potosi online trip maker .

Getting from Uyuni to Potosi by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Uyuni in August: highs in Potosi hover around 17°C, while lows dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Cochabamba.

Things to do in Potosi

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums
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Casa Nacional de la Moneda ©
Casa Nacional de la Moneda
San Lorenzo Church ©
San Lorenzo Church

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night
Cochabamba, Bolivia

Cochabamba ©
Dynamic and friendly, Cochabamba benefits from a mild climate largely responsible for its Mediterranean lifestyle and nickname the "City of Eternal Spring." An ideal alternative for anyone wishing to escape the chaos of South America's more popular destinations, Cochabamba vacations allow visitors to discover how regular Bolivians live on an everyday basis.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Portales, get outside with andesXtremo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento Santa Clara, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santo Domingo.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cochabamba road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Potosi to Cochabamba in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Potosi in August, plan for much warmer days in Cochabamba, with highs around 32°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Sucre.

Things to do in Cochabamba

Outdoors Historic Sites
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Iglesia y Convento Santa Clara ©
Iglesia y Convento Santa Clara
Iglesia Santo Domingo ©
Iglesia Santo Domingo
Palacio Portales
Palacio Portales

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Sucre, Bolivia

Sucre ©
The constitutional capital of Bolivia, Sucre has a well-preserved historic center, with many buildings dating back to the city's founding in the 16th century.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): admire the sheer force of The 7 Cascadas, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de San Francisco, then see the interesting displays at El Centro Turistico Comunitario, then stop by Inca Pallay Shop, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Clara Convent.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sucre trip planner .

Getting from Cochabamba to Sucre by flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cochabamba in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sucre: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Sucre

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Santa Clara Convent ©
Santa Clara Convent
Basilica de San Francisco ©
Basilica de San Francisco
Inca Pallay Shop ©
Inca Pallay Shop

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La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
On the 5th (Mon), examine the collection at Museum of Musical Instruments - Museo Instrumentos Musicales de Bolivia, then take a stroll through Sopocachi, and then tee off at Golf Tours Bolivia-Day Tours.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the La Paz road trip tool .

Fly from Sucre to La Paz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, La Paz is slightly colder than Sucre - with highs of 18°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rurrenabaque.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Golf Neighborhoods
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Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

Rurrenabaque ©
A holiday in Rurrenabaque is a great option for those interested in exploring the region's amazing natural biodiversity, breathtaking landscapes, and native cultures of the area.
On the 6th (Tue), play a few rounds at El Chocolatal Golf Eco Resort and then get outside with Canopy Villa Alcira.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rurrenabaque online route maker .

You can fly from La Paz to Rurrenabaque in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from La Paz in August, expect Rurrenabaque to be warmer, temps between 36°C and 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Rurrenabaque

Outdoors Golf
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El Chocolatal Golf Eco Resort ©
El Chocolatal Golf Eco Resort

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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 7th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor.

You can plan Machu Picchu trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Explore your travel options from Rurrenabaque to Machu Picchu with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Bolivia Time (BOT) to Peru Time (PET) is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Horseback Riding Tours and Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi. You'll discover tucked-away gems like San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas and Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero. Treat yourself to a day of pampering on the 9th (Fri) at some of the best spas. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Tipon, steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cusco online attractions planner .

Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by combination of train and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero, San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas
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Horseback Riding Tours
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas ©

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