24 days in Peru, Bolivia & San Pedro de Atacama Itinerary

24 days in Peru, Bolivia & San Pedro de Atacama Itinerary

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24 days in Peru, Bolivia & San Pedro de Atacama Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fly + Shuttle:  11 h
1
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 5 nights
Drive:  12 h
2
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h
3
La Paz, Bolivia
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Puno, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
6
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 30 min
7
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil


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5
nights
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
Explore hidden gems such as Lascar and Walking tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Pedro de Atacama: Cementerio de Toconao (in Toconao) and Salar de Atacama (in Antofagasta). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lagunas Baltinache, see Off-Road Tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Machuca, and see the sky in a new way at ALMA Observatory.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama day trip website .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to San Pedro de Atacama is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo to San Pedro de Atacama, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect colder evenings in San Pedro de Atacama when traveling from Sao Paulo in April, with lows around 4°C. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Uyuni.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Salar de Atacama, Cementerio de Toconao
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Lascar ©
Lascar
Walking tours
Laguna Chaxa ©
Laguna Chaxa

2
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Necropolis & Museum Kawsay Wasy, then 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: examine the collection at Museo de la Llama y la Sal, then see the interesting displays at Train Cemetery, and then get impressive views of Tunupa Volcano.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Uyuni trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in April, expect nights in Uyuni to be a bit warmer, around 9°C, while days are cooler, around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Museo de la Llama y la Sal
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Train Cemetery ©
Train Cemetery

4
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Huayna Potosi and Illimani. There's much more to do: get great views at Mirador Killi Killi, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora de la Paz, don't miss a visit to Mi Teleferico, and get a sense of history and politics at Centro de Informacion Turistica.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our 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. While traveling from Uyuni, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in La Paz, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Puno.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huayna Potosi ©
Huayna Potosi
Mirador Killi Killi ©
Mirador Killi Killi

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Titicaca and Lake Umayo. Explore Puno's surroundings by going to Iglesia Apostol Santiago (in Lampa) and Juliaca (Capachica Peninsula & Iglesia Matriz de Santa Catalina). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Sillustani, make a trip to Portal de Aramu Muru, get great views at Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez, and step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Puno itinerary app .

You can drive from La Paz to Puno in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from La Paz to Puno is minus 1 hour. Traveling from La Paz in April, expect nights in Puno to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Juliaca, Iglesia Apostol Santiago, Chullpas
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Lake Umayo ©
Lake Umayo
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island

2
nights
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery, examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista), then see the interesting displays at MUVI Museo Vivencial del Vino y Pisco, and finally don't miss a visit to Canteras de Sillar. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then stroll through Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Arequipa online visit planner .

You can drive from Puno to Arequipa in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Puno in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Arequipa, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Humantay Lake and Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries. Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: Moray (in Maras) and Urubamba (Iglesia de Urubamba, Zipline, &more). Next up on the itinerary: trot along with a tour on horseback, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Sebastian, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read Cusco trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Arequipa to Cusco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Cusco, with lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Urubamba, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries, Moray
Highlights from your plan
Humantay Lake ©
Humantay Lake
Spas
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
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.
On the 1st (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas Allcamayo, see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, and then stop by Arte Joyeria Rumiwasi. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Mariposario de Machupicchu, then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, then contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, use the Machu Picchu itinerary planner.

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Mariposario de Machupicchu ©
Mariposario de Machupicchu

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