42 days in Bolivia & Peru Itinerary

42 days in Bolivia & Peru Itinerary

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La Paz, Bolivia
— 5 nights
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 4 nights
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Paracas, Peru
— 4 nights
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Casma, Peru
— 1 night
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Puerto Malabrigo, Peru
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Drive to Capitan FAP Carlos Martinez De Pinillos International Airport, Fly to Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport, Drive to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
Train to Ollantaytambo, Bus to Cusco
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Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
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Puerto Maldonado, Peru
— 4 nights
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Iquitos, Peru
— 4 nights
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Lima, Peru
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La Paz, Bolivia

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Visiting Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and WMDR Yungas Road will get you outdoors. Tiwanaku and Iglesia de San Francisco will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting La Paz side-trips: Huayna Potosi (in Milluni) and Puma Punku (in Tiahuanaco). There's lots more to do: get outside with Chacaltaya, look for gifts at Green Hands, make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas, and stroll around Valley of the Moon.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the La Paz trip maker tool.

Melbourne, Australia to La Paz is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Bolivia Time (BOT), which is usually a -14 hour difference. While traveling from Melbourne, expect colder days and little chillier nights in La Paz, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 9:

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Uyuni, Bolivia

Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Step out of the city life by going to Salar de Uyuni and Tunupa Volcano. Spend the 13th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi, get a new perspective on nature at Museo Arquecologia y Antropologico de los Andes Meridionales, and examine the collection at Train Cemetery.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Uyuni online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Uyuni takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from La Paz in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 13°C in Uyuni. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Paracas.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:

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Paracas, Peru

A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa El Raspon and Cerro Azul. Relax by the water at Supay Beach and Playa Roja. Take a break from Paracas with a short trip to Paracas National Reserve in Pisco, about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll through Playa Mendieta, see the interesting displays at Museo De Sitio Julio C Tello De Paracas, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, and take in the exciting artwork at Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino..

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Paracas online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Uyuni to Paracas takes 19.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uyuni to Paracas due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Uyuni in January, plan for much hotter days in Paracas, with highs around 31°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Casma.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 18:

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Casma, Peru

Casma is a city in the Ancash Region, Peru. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): stroll through Playa la Gramita. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Cerro Sechin and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Tortugas.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Casma driving holiday planning app.

Drive from Paracas to Casma in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Paracas in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 27°C in Casma. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Puerto Malabrigo.

Things to do in Casma

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 20:

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Puerto Malabrigo, Peru

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

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Traveling by car from Casma to Puerto Malabrigo takes 5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Casma in January since evenings lows in Puerto Malabrigo dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow time for travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Puerto Malabrigo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 21:
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Machu Picchu, Peru

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 Mandor. Choquequirao Archeological Park and Ruinas de Choquequirao will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, and look for gifts at Mapi Art.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Malabrigo to Machu Picchu. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 25:

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Cusco, Peru

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Salinas de Maras. Sacsayhuaman and Qorikancha will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, and admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cusco journey planning tool.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Puerto Maldonado.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 30:

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Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Puerto Maldonado sits at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers in the Amazon rainforest.
Step out of the city life by going to Tambopata National Reserve and Mariposario Tambopata. Venture out of the city with trips to Tambopata National Reserve (Colorado Macaw Clay Lick & Lago Sandoval). There's lots more to do: stroll through Panthera Sanctuary, delve into the lush surroundings at Monkey Island, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Maldonado planner.

You can fly from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Cusco in January: high temperatures in Puerto Maldonado hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Puerto Maldonado

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 3:

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Iquitos, Peru

Capital of the Peruvian Amazon

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 Iguana Lodge & Camp and La Isla De Los Monos. There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, admire the landmark architecture of Ex-Hotel Palace, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Iquitos driving holiday planning tool.

You can fly from Puerto Maldonado to Iquitos in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. In February, daytime highs in Iquitos are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 7:

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Lima, Peru

City of the Kings

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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Santa Maria del Mar and Playa Penascal. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Huaca Pucllana and San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Balneario Embajadores, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de Torre Tagle, and walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lima journey builder app.

Getting from Iquitos to Lima by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. When traveling from Iquitos in February, plan for a bit cooler days in Lima, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. On the 13th (Thu), you're off to home.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 7 — 13:

Bolivia travel guide

4.2
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.

Peru travel guide

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Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
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.