23 days in French Polynesia, Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

23 days in French Polynesia, Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

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23 days in French Polynesia, Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

Milan, Italy
Fly:  33​h
Moorea, French Polynesia
— 4 nights
Fly + ferry:  2​h 45​min
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
— 3 nights
ferry + Fly:  3​h
Avatoru, French Polynesia
— 2 nights
Fly:  33​h
Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 15​min
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 night
Fly:  26​h
Milan, Italy

3
days
Moorea, French Polynesia

On the tattered triangle of Mo'orea, green peaks and ridges jut up out of the flat, fertile valleys.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shark Diving and Belvedere Lookout. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Magic Mountain. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lagoonarium, enjoy the sand and surf at Temae Beach, contemplate the long history of Tiki Village Cultural Centre, and choose your vessel at Manahere Adventure.

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Rome, Italy to Moorea is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Tahiti Time (TAHT), which is usually a -11 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Rome in May; daily highs in Moorea reach 35°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Bora Bora.

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Shark Diving
Scuba & Snorkeling
Magic Mountain ©
Magic Mountain

3
days
Bora Bora, French Polynesia

There's a reason why many consider Bora Bora the most romantic island in the world.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Bora Bora Lagoonarium. Get outdoors at Matira Beach and Shark Diving. The adventure continues: get impressive views of Mount Otemanu and look for gifts at Baldini perles.

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Getting from Moorea to Bora Bora by combination of flight and ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Avatoru.

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Scuba & Snorkeling
Matira Beach ©
Matira Beach
Shark Diving

1
day
Avatoru, French Polynesia

Avatoru ©
The main draw to Avatoru is its stunning location at the northern end of Rangiroa's vast, turquoise coral lagoon.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): head off the coast to Ile aux Recifs, step off the mainland to explore Le Lagon Bleu, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Avatoru trip site .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Bora Bora to Avatoru in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Arequipa.

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Ile aux Recifs ©
Ile aux Recifs
Scuba & Snorkeling
Le Lagon Bleu ©
Le Lagon Bleu

2
days
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 31st (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chachani, then take a stroll through Yanahuara, then see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, explore the stunning scenery at Colca Canyon, then explore the galleries of Cathedral of Arequipa Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Monasterio de la Recoleta.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Avatoru to Arequipa. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Avatoru to Arequipa. In May, daily temperatures in Arequipa can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

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Side Trip

Colca Canyon
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Chachani
Chachani
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Monasterio de Santa Catalina ©
Monasterio de Santa Catalina

3
days
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sacred Valley of the Incas and Tambomachay. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sacsayhuaman and Horseback Riding Tours. The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the ancient world of Q'enqo, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and hunt for treasures at Mercado Central de San Pedro.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Cusco trip website .

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Cusco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in June, Cusco is slightly colder at night with lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

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Side Trip

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

1
day
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 5th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, then take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu, and then contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

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You can take a train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to La Paz.

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Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

2
days
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Valley of the Moon, make a trip to Sacha Runa: Healing, Shamanism & More, then look for gifts at Mistura - Manifestacion Creativa, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia de San Francisco. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora de la Paz, then look for gifts at Unique, then don't miss a visit to Calle Sagarnaga, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Huayna Potosi.

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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. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time to Bolivia Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in June, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Uyuni.

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Valley of the Moon
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Iglesia de San Francisco
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Huayna Potosi

1
day
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
On the 9th (Sat), head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni.

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You can do a combination of flight and car from La Paz to Uyuni in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from La Paz in June, plan for slightly colder days in Uyuni, with highs around 8°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Isla Incahuasi
Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni

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