22 days in Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

22 days in Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

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22 days in Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Arequipa, Peru
— 3 nights
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  5 h 15 min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
4
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  2 h
5
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
6
Sucre, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
7
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: Zurich, Switzerland


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3
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.
Lima is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), wander the streets of Miraflores, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lima trip planning tool .

Zurich, Switzerland to Lima is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Zurich to Lima, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Lima: highs are around 26°C and lows about 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

3
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.
Arequipa is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas, and contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Arequipa trip planner.

Fly from Lima to Arequipa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Lima in May since evenings lows in Arequipa dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Arequipa

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites
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Arequipa Massage ©
Arequipa Massage
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

2
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.
On the 27th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor, then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado de Artesanias.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu vacation app .

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Arequipa to Machu Picchu in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Shopping Wildlife
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

5
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Qosqo Ayllu (in Ollantaytambo) and Cerveceria del Valle Sagrado (in Urubamba). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, and take a stroll through San Blas.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by combination of train and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Qosqo Ayllu, Cerveceria del Valle Sagrado
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

3
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Take a break from La Paz with a short trip to Puma Punku in Tiahuanaco, about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Tiwanaku, make a trip to Mi Teleferico, take in the awesome beauty at Huayna Potosi, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read La Paz trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cusco to La Paz in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cusco to La Paz is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cusco in June, with highs in La Paz at 17°C and lows at -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sucre.

Things to do in La Paz

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Puma Punku
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Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Mercado de Las Brujas ©
Mercado de Las Brujas

2
nights
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.
On the 6th (Sat), head outdoors with La Maja, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museum of the Cathedral - Museo de la Catedral, and finally make a trip to Cal Orck'o. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Icla Canyon, stop by Inca Pallay Shop, then take an in-depth tour of House of Liberty Museum - Casa de la Libertad, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de San Francisco.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sucre route app .

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Sucre takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from La Paz in June: high temperatures in Sucre hover around 24°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Sucre

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR ©
Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR
Cal Orck'o ©
Cal Orck'o

2
nights
Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Santa Cruz ©
More populous than the capital and La Paz, and one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, Santa Cruz has become a thriving commercial center, yet retained some of the trappings of tradition.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Cruz and then explore the striking landscape of Noel Kempff Mercado National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia La Santa Cruz, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Amboro National Park, and then take a stroll around Casa Cultural Melchor Pinto.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz trip maker tool .

You can fly from Sucre to Santa Cruz in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sucre in June; daily highs in Santa Cruz reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Amboro National Park
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Noel Kempff Mercado National Park ©
Noel Kempff Mercado National Park
Catedral de Santa Cruz ©
Catedral de Santa Cruz
Casa Cultural Melchor Pinto ©
Casa Cultural Melchor Pinto

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