12 days in Peru & La Paz Itinerary

12 days in Peru & La Paz Itinerary

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La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
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Ollantaytambo, Peru
— 1 night
Drive
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Urubamba, Peru
— 1 night
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Maras, Peru
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
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Arequipa, Peru
— 1 night
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia

— 2 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
You've added WMDR Yungas Road, Red Cap Walking Tours, Legend Club, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 1st (Wed), take a memorable drive along WMDR Yungas Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): catch a live performance at Teatro Municipal de La Paz, then push the limits with Gravity Bolivia, then join in the after-dark buzz at Legend Club, and finally take in the local highlights with Red Cap Walking Tours.

Plan trip to La Paz with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Washington DC, USA to La Paz is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to La Paz. Traveling from Washington DC in May, you will find days in La Paz are a bit cooler (59°F), and nights are cooler (29°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in La Paz

Nightlife · Tours · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 1 night
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 4th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen and then contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Machu Picchu trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from La Paz to Machu Picchu by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Machu Picchu. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites

Ollantaytambo, Peru

— 1 night
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 5th (Sun): relax in the rural setting at El Albergue Farm, then examine the collection at Choco Museo, then hunt for treasures at Mercado Artesanal, and finally contemplate the long history of Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ollantaytambo online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Ollantaytambo sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Urubamba.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Urubamba, Peru

— 1 night
The largest town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Urubamba represents a transport hub, often frequented by tourists wanting to get out and see the ruins and natural sights of the valley.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): stop by Seminario Ceramics, delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas, and then examine the collection at Museo Inkariy.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Urubamba trip itinerary maker.

Urubamba is very close to Ollantaytambo. In May, daytime highs in Urubamba are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Maras.

Things to do in Urubamba

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Maras, Peru

— 2 nights
Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. You've now added Casa Salkantay Museo Restaurant to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Moray, then take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras, and then see the interesting displays at Casa Salkantay Museo Restaurant.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Maras road trip tool.

Maras is just a short distance from Urubamba. In May, daily temperatures in Maras can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cusco.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Cusco, Peru

— 1 night

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.
Ukukus has been added to your itinerary. On the 8th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Ukukus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and then explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Cusco tour itinerary builder.

You can drive from Maras to Cusco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daytime highs in Cusco are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Museums

Arequipa, Peru

— 1 night

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, then admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Arequipa vacation tool.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Arequipa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in May, Arequipa is a bit warmer at night with lows of 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums · Historic Sites

Lima, Peru

— 2 nights

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.
The Lima Gourmet Company has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas and then let your taste buds guide you at The Lima Gourmet Company.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lima road trip planning site.

Fly from Arequipa to Lima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 65°F in Lima. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

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.