16 days in Peru, Copacabana & Tupiza Itinerary

16 days in Peru, Copacabana & Tupiza Itinerary

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16 days in Peru, Copacabana & Tupiza Itinerary

Start: Lima, Peru
bus:  4​h
1
Ica, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
Arequipa, Peru
— 1 night
bus:  9​h 30​min
3
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
4
Ollantaytambo, Peru
— 1 day
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
train:  4​h
6
Cusco, Peru
— Few hours
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 15​min
7
Copacabana, Bolivia
— 1 night
Drive:  13​h
8
Tupiza, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h
End: Lima, Peru

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Canon de los Perdidos. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ica: Paracas (Islas Ballestas, The Chandelier, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Laguna De Huacachina.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ica trip planner .

Lima to Ica is an approximately 4-hour bus ride. You can also drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Paracas.

Things to do in Ica

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Paracas
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Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas
The Chandelier ©
The Chandelier
Playa Roja ©
Playa Roja

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.
On the 3rd (Tue), examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Arequipa day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Ica to Arequipa takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ica in March, things will get a bit cooler in Arequipa: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites Museums
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Puka Pukara as well as Q'enqo. On the 4th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, then explore the ancient world of Q'enqo, then explore the ancient world of Puka Pukara, and finally admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Cusco vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Cusco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in March, Cusco is little chillier at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Tambomachay ©
Tambomachay

1
day
Ollantaytambo, Peru

Ollantaytambo ©
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras, then explore the ancient world of Moray, then steep yourself in history at Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, and finally see the interesting displays at Choco Museo.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ollantaytambo sightseeing planning site .

Getting from Cusco to Ollantaytambo by bus takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Ollantaytambo can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Maras
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Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo ©
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Moray ©
Moray

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Huayna Picchu. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes).

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip itinerary maker website .

You can take a train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Huayna Picchu ©
Huayna Picchu
Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes) ©
Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes)

few
hours
Cusco, Peru

Cusco
To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cusco day trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. You will leave for home on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Cusco

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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1
night
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 9th (Mon): head off the coast to Isla del Sol and then take some stellar pictures from Cerro Calvario. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Copacabana day trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Cusco to Copacabana in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to Copacabana due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Tupiza.

Things to do in Copacabana

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Isla del Sol ©
Isla del Sol
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Cerro Calvario ©
Cerro Calvario

3
nights
Tupiza, Bolivia

Tupiza
The southwestern mining town of Tupiza, near the Argentine border, reminisces of the wild west, and is supposedly the place where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid faced their demise after a long string of bank robberies.
For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tupiza online travel route planner .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Copacabana to Tupiza in 12 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tupiza

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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