21 days in Peru, La Paz & Uyuni Itinerary

21 days in Peru, La Paz & Uyuni Itinerary

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21 days in Peru, La Paz & Uyuni Itinerary

Start: Barcelona, Spain
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Paracas, Peru
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
3
Ica, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 30 min
4
Arequipa, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Puno, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
6
La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 45 min
7
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
8
La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  1 h 45 min
9
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
10
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
11
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Train + Foot + Train:  18 h 30 min
End: Barcelona, Spain

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, then explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and finally ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor). Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Andex Adventure, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Kon-Tiki, and then admire the striking features of Palacio de la Union.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lima journey planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Lima is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Barcelona to Lima, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Lima when traveling from Barcelona in May, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Paracas.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©

2
nights
Paracas, Peru

Paracas
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
On the 13th (Mon), explore the galleries of Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino., then take an in-depth tour of Paracas History Museum - Juan Navarro Hierro, and then kick back and relax at Playa de la Mina. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Islas Ballestas and then explore and take pictures at Ballestas Islands.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Paracas trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Lima to Paracas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Ica.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Ballestas Islands
Highlights from your plan
Playa de la Mina
Playa de la Mina
Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas
Playa Roja ©
Playa Roja

1
night
Ica, Peru

Located on the Ica River in the desert areas of Peru's southern coast, the city of Ica stands as something of an oasis in the dry, barren landscape.
On the 15th (Wed), do a tasting at Tacama.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ica trip planner .

Take a bus from Paracas to Ica in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Ica

Tours Outdoors Wineries
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Regional Museum of Ica
Regional Museum of Ica
Tacama ©
Tacama

1
night
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
On the 17th (Fri), enjoy breathtaking views from Yanahuara, see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, and finally see the interesting displays at Cathedral of Arequipa Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Arequipa trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Ica to Arequipa takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ica in May: high temperatures in Arequipa hover around 24°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa

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.
On the 18th (Sat), steep yourself in history at La Casa del Corregidor, then don't miss a visit to Catedral de Puno, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Puno online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Arequipa to Puno in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in May, Puno is little chillier at night with lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Paz.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
La Casa del Corregidor ©
La Casa del Corregidor
Catedral de Puno ©
Catedral de Puno

1
night
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Museum of Musical Instruments - Museo Instrumentos Musicales de Bolivia, examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco, then examine the collection at Museo de Coca, and finally make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our La Paz road trip planner .

Drive from Puno to La Paz in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Puno to La Paz, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Puno in May, plan for a bit cooler days in La Paz, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan

3
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
On the 21st (Tue), step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi and then explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Senda Andina and then examine the collection at Train Cemetery.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Uyuni driving holiday planner.

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 May, expect nights in Uyuni to be a bit warmer, around 3°C, while days are much colder, around 3°C. On the 23rd (Thu), you're off toLa Paz.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Train Cemetery ©
Train Cemetery

2
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the La Paz sightseeing planning tool .

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. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Uyuni in May: highs in La Paz hover around 17°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos ©
Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos
Museo de Metales Preciosos ©
Museo de Metales Preciosos

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): look for gifts at Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco, take in the spiritual surroundings of Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, then delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, and finally steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte Precolombino, pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, and then explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cusco online vacation planner .

Getting from La Paz to Cusco by combination of bus and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Cusco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from La Paz in May, expect Cusco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 24°C and 4°C. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Los Jardines de Mandor.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu online itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

1
night
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, take an in-depth tour of Museo Quechua, appreciate the extensive heritage of San Blas, then explore the world behind art at Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip app .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Ekekos San Blas  - Arte  & Colores ©
Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores
Iglesia De Santo Domingo ©
Iglesia De Santo Domingo
San Blas ©
San Blas

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