21 days in Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

21 days in Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

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Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, Fly to Lima
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Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Train to Ollantaytambo, Bus to Cusco
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
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Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
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Puno, Peru
— 2 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
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Sucre, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Santa Cruz, Bolivia
— 1 night
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Lima, Peru

— 3 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.
Lima is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), wander the streets of Barranco, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), and get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lima trip itinerary planning app.

Brussels, Belgium to Lima is an approximately 17-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Peru Standard Time is minus 6 hours. When traveling from Brussels in August, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Lima: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Museums

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 2 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): indulge in some personalized pampering at SPA Rocas Sagradas, explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, and then get great views at Intipuncu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Machu Picchu trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Lima to Machu Picchu in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Spas

Cusco, Peru

— 4 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco, get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cusco trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. August in Cusco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Arequipa, Peru

— 2 nights

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
On the 12th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, then examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, then take in the exciting artwork at Arte Colonial, and finally don't miss a visit to Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Monasterio de la Recoleta, admire the striking features of Casa del Moral, and then experience the excitement of Arequipa Massage.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Arequipa trip planner.

You can fly from Cusco to Arequipa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Arequipa when traveling from Cusco in August, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums · Spas · Fun & Games · Shopping

Puno, Peru

— 2 nights

City of the Lake

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands, then head off the coast to Taquile Island, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fertility Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Umayo, delve into the distant past at Sillustani, and then soak in style at Inca Sauna.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Puno trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Arequipa to Puno takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in August, expect colder with lows of -3°C in Puno. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Paz.

Things to do in Puno

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

La Paz, Bolivia

— 3 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
La Paz is known for nature, scenic drive, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas, push the limits with an extreme tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Valley of the Moon, and experience the excitement of Andean Culture Distillery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the La Paz trip itinerary planning website.

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. Traveling from Puno in August, you will find days in La Paz are slightly colder (18°C), and nights are about the same (-3°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Sucre.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Sucre, Bolivia

— 2 nights

City of the Four Names

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Cal Orck'o, ponder the design of Fuente del Bicentenario, head outdoors with La Maja, then browse the exhibits of Museum of the Cathedral - Museo de la Catedral, and finally view the masterpieces at Arte y Cultura Sucre Galeria. On the next day, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, examine the collection at Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR, then get engrossed in the history at House of Liberty Museum - Casa de la Libertad, then examine the collection at Templo-Museo "San Francisco de Asis", and finally look for gifts at Inca Pallay Shop.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Sucre travel route builder app.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Sucre takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from La Paz in August, with highs in Sucre at 24°C and lows at 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Sucre

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Santa Cruz, Bolivia

— 1 night
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.
On the 21st (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesias de la Chiquitania, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Cruz, and then take a stroll around Casa Cultural Melchor Pinto.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Santa Cruz road trip website.

Getting from Sucre to Santa Cruz by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sucre in August: highs in Santa Cruz hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Peru travel guide

4.6
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.

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.