42 days in Bolivia & Peru Itinerary

42 days in Bolivia & Peru Itinerary

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42 days in Bolivia & Peru Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  24​h
1
La Paz, Bolivia
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
2
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 4 nights
+5
taxi + Fly + foot + bus + foot + bus:  16​h 45​min
3
Paracas, Peru
— 4 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
4
Casma, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Puerto Malabrigo, Peru
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 45​min
6
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
7
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
8
Puerto Maldonado, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
9
Iquitos, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
10
Lima, Peru
— 6 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Melbourne, Australia


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5
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Get in touch with nature at WMDR Yungas Road and Huayna Potosi. Visit Tiwanaku and Iglesia de San Francisco for their historical value. Take a break from La Paz with a short trip to Puma Punku in Tiahuanaco, about 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Valley of the Moon, look for gifts at Green Hands, and don't miss a visit to Calle Sagarnaga.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the La Paz attractions website .

Melbourne, Australia to La Paz is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Melbourne to La Paz, you'll gain 14 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in La Paz: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Puma Punku
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WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Puma Punku ©
Puma Punku

4
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Take a break from the city and head to Salar de Uyuni and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Museo de la Llama y la Sal in Colchani (about 1h 20 min away). There's much more to do: head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi, contemplate the geological forces at Tunupa Volcano, examine the collection at Train Cemetery, and learn more about the world around you at Museo Arquecologia y Antropologico de los Andes Meridionales.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Uyuni tour itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from La Paz to Uyuni takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Uyuni when traveling from La Paz in January, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Paracas.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Museo de la Llama y la Sal
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Tunupa Volcano ©
Tunupa Volcano

4
nights
Paracas, Peru

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Get in touch with nature at Supay Beach and Playa Mendieta. Visit Playa El Raspon and Playa de la Mina for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Paracas National Reserve (in Pisco) and Cerro Azul (in San Vicente de Canete). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Yumaque Beach, stroll through Playa Roja, explore the galleries of Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino., and step off the mainland to explore Islas Ballestas.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Paracas online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Uyuni to Paracas takes 17 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Bolivia Time to Peru Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Uyuni, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Paracas, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Casma.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pisco, Cerro Azul
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Supay Beach ©
Supay Beach
Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas
Playa Roja ©
Playa Roja

1
night
Casma, Peru

Casma ©
Casma is a city in the Ancash Region, Peru. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Las Gemelas and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa la Gramita. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Cerro Sechin and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Tortugas.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Casma journey planner.

Drive from Paracas to Casma in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Paracas in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Casma, with lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Puerto Malabrigo.

Things to do in Casma

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Playa Tortugas ©
Playa Tortugas
Cerro Sechin ©
Cerro Sechin

1
night
Puerto Malabrigo, Peru

Puerto Malabrigo
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): stroll through Playa Malabrigo.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Malabrigo travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Casma to Puerto Malabrigo by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Casma in January, plan for little chillier nights in Puerto Malabrigo, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Puerto Malabrigo

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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3
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.
Get outdoors at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Los Jardines de Mandor. Your inner history buff will appreciate Winay Wayna and Ruinas de Choquequirao. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Choquequirao Archeological Park, look for gifts at Mapi Art, don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen.

To see ratings and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip maker app .

Explore your travel options from Puerto Malabrigo to Machu Picchu with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Choquequirao Archeological Park, Ruinas de Choquequirao
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Choquequirao Archeological Park ©
Choquequirao Archeological Park
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

5
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Sacsayhuaman and Salinas de Maras are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

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Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Cusco are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Puerto Maldonado.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras

4
nights
Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Puerto Maldonado ©
Puerto Maldonado sits at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers in the Amazon rainforest.
Visiting Colorado Macaw Clay Lick and Inkaterra Ecological Reserve will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Puerto Maldonado to Tambopata National Reserve to see Tambopata National Reserve about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Sanctuary, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, admire the natural beauty at Mariposario Tambopata, and step off the mainland to explore Monkey Island.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Maldonado trip builder app .

You can fly from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Cusco in January, expect Puerto Maldonado to be much warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Puerto Maldonado

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Tambopata National Reserve
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Tambopata National Reserve ©
Tambopata National Reserve
Lago Sandoval ©
Lago Sandoval
Inkaterra Ecological Reserve ©
Inkaterra Ecological Reserve

4
nights
Iquitos, Peru

The largest city in the Peruvian Amazon and the world's largest metropolis unreachable by road, Iquitos represents a major starting point for river and rainforest adventures.
Take a break from the city and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and La Isla De Los Monos. Change things up with a short trip to Iguana Lodge & Camp in Santo Toribio (about 1h 05 min away). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainforest Awareness Rescue Education Center, see the interesting displays at Museum of Indigenous Amazonian Cultures, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and look for gifts at Centro Artesanal Turistico Anaconda.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, read our Iquitos online trip maker .

Fly from Puerto Maldonado to Iquitos in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Iguana Lodge & Camp
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

6
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Santa Maria del Mar and Playa Penascal. Your inner history buff will appreciate Huaca Pucllana and San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Balneario Embajadores, stroll through Playa Kon-Tiki, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and browse the exhibits of Galeria Indigo.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lima road trip site .

You can fly from Iquitos to Lima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Iquitos in February: highs in Lima hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 24°C. You will leave for home on the 13th (Thu).

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Santa Maria del Mar
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Playa Santa Maria del Mar ©
Playa Santa Maria del Mar
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©

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