18 days in Bolivia, Puno & Santiago Itinerary

18 days in Bolivia, Puno & Santiago Itinerary

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Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  27 h
1
La Paz, Bolivia
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h
2
Copacabana, Bolivia
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Puno, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
4
La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 45 min
5
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
6
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
7
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Sydney, Australia

4
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Change things up with a short trip to Puma Punku in Tiahuanaco (about 1h 10 min away). Make the 9th (Thu) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. Spend the 11th (Sat) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas, walk around Valley of the Moon, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Huayna Potosi, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read La Paz road trip planning website.

Sydney, Australia to La Paz is an approximately 21.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Bolivia Time is minus 14 hours. While traveling from Sydney, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in La Paz, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Copacabana.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trip

Puma Punku
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road
Mercado de Las Brujas ©
Mercado de Las Brujas

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 14th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cerro Calvario and then trek along Isla del Sol.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Copacabana online holiday planner.

You can take a bus from La Paz to Copacabana in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Copacabana

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Isla del Sol ©
Isla del Sol
Cerro Calvario ©
Cerro Calvario

1
night
Puno, Peru

Puno ©
Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani and then step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Puno trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Copacabana to Puno takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Copacabana to Puno. In April, daytime highs in Puno are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Paz.

Things to do in Puno

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island

1
night
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz
To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read La Paz journey planner.

You can drive from Puno to La Paz in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Standard Time to Bolivia Time is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Puno in April: highs in La Paz hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 1°C. On the 16th (Thu), you're off to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours Outdoors Parks

3
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Step out of Uyuni with an excursion to Museo de la Llama y la Sal in Colchani--about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni, head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi, get impressive views of Tunupa Volcano, and examine the collection at Train Cemetery.

Plan my day in Uyuni using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from La Paz to Uyuni in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from La Paz in April, you will find days in Uyuni are a bit cooler (10°C), and nights are a bit warmer (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Museo de la Llama y la Sal
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Train Cemetery ©
Train Cemetery

3
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
On the 20th (Mon), see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore and then explore the ancient world of Tiwanaku. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco, then experience the excitement of Andean Culture Distillery, then make a trip to Calle Sagarnaga, and finally indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read La Paz trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Uyuni to La Paz in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Uyuni in April, you will find days in La Paz are a bit warmer (17°C), and nights are slightly colder (1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in La Paz

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Iglesia de San Francisco ©
Iglesia de San Francisco
Food Tours

3
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Go for a jaunt from Santiago to Valparaiso to see La Sebastiana about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Santiago online travel route planner.

Getting from La Paz to Santiago by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

La Sebastiana
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

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