22 days in Peru, Bolivia & Istanbul Itinerary

22 days in Peru, Bolivia & Istanbul Itinerary

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22 days in Peru, Bolivia & Istanbul Itinerary

Start: Ankara, Turkey
Bus + Fly:  21​h
1
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Paracas, Peru
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h
3
Ica, Peru
— 1 night
Bus:  2​h
4
Nazca, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
5
Arequipa, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Puno, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Copacabana, Bolivia
— 1 night
+3
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  5​h 45​min
8
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Sucre, Bolivia
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
10
La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  2​h
11
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  21​h
12
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  3​h
End: Ankara, Turkey

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 27th (Sun): admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, then make a trip to Circuito Magico Del Agua, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): wander the streets of Miraflores, steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar).

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Lima online trip planner .

Ankara, Turkey to Lima is an approximately 21-hour combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Ankara to Lima, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Lima when traveling from Ankara in September, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Paracas.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco

1
night
Paracas, Peru

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): head off the coast to Islas Ballestas, get great views at La Catedral, and then explore the galleries of Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino..

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Paracas travel website .

You can drive from Lima to Paracas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Paracas, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Ica.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
La Catedral ©
La Catedral
Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas

1
night
Ica, Peru

Ica ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Tacama, explore the activities along Laguna De Huacachina, and then see the interesting displays at Regional Museum of Ica.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ica trip itinerary site .

Traveling by bus from Paracas to Ica takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Nazca.

Things to do in Ica

Wineries Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tacama ©
Tacama
Regional Museum of Ica
Regional Museum of Ica

1
night
Nazca, Peru

Nazca ©
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): explore the ancient world of Cantalloc Aqueduct, don't miss a visit to Mural of Maria Reiche, and then make a trip to Nasca Lines.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nazca trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Ica to Nazca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Nazca

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cantalloc Aqueduct ©
Cantalloc Aqueduct
Nasca Lines ©
Nasca Lines

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 2nd (Fri), don't miss a visit to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, then examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Arequipa visit planner.

Getting from Nazca to Arequipa by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

2
nights
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 3rd (Sat): stroll around Parque Pino, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, then head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands, and finally get great views at Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lake Umayo, then explore the ancient world of Sillustani, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Matriz de Santa Catalina.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Puno journey builder website .

You can drive from Arequipa to Puno in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, Puno is little chillier than Arequipa - with highs of 22°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Copacabana.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Iglesia Matriz de Santa Catalina
Highlights from your plan
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Lake Umayo ©
Lake Umayo

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 5th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Avenida 6 de Agosto and then head off the coast to Isla del Sol.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Copacabana online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Puno to Copacabana in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Puno to Copacabana is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Copacabana

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Isla del Sol ©
Isla del Sol

2
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
On the 6th (Tue), head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni. On the next day, get impressive views of Tunupa Volcano.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Uyuni travel route planner .

Getting from Copacabana to Uyuni by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. October in Uyuni sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Sucre.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Tunupa Volcano ©
Tunupa Volcano

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): make a trip to Cal Orck'o, explore the world behind art at Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR, head outdoors with La Maja, then get engrossed in the history at House of Liberty Museum - Casa de la Libertad, and finally look for gifts at Drogueria Natural Sucre.

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Do a combination of taxi and flight from Uyuni to Sucre in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Uyuni in October, plan for much hotter days in Sucre, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Sucre

Museums Outdoors Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR ©
Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR
Cal Orck'o ©
Cal Orck'o
Drogueria Natural Sucre ©
Drogueria Natural Sucre

2
nights
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 9th (Fri): make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas and then delve into the distant past at Tiwanaku. On your second day here, take a memorable drive along WMDR Yungas Road.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the La Paz road trip planning site .

You can fly from Sucre to La Paz in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, La Paz is a bit cooler than Sucre - with highs of 19°C and lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Mercado de Las Brujas ©
Mercado de Las Brujas

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.
On the 11th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and then explore the ancient world of Tambomachay.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Cusco trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of bus and flight from La Paz to Cusco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from La Paz to Cusco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from La Paz in October: high temperatures in Cusco hover around 24°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo de Arte Precolombino

4
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and steep yourself in history at Galata Tower.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Cusco to Istanbul by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 21 hours. Other options: fly. The time zone changes from Peru Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. While traveling from Cusco, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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