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
— 3 nights
Drive:  12 h
2
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 30 min
3
Sucre, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h
5
Copacabana, Bolivia
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Puno, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  3 h
7
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h
8
Ollantaytambo, Peru
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
9
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
10
Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  10 h 15 min
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil


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3
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.
San Pedro de Atacama is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cordillera de la Sal, identify plant and animal life at Salar de Tara, and don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama route planning site .

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. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Chile Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much colder in San Pedro de Atacama, with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Uyuni.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara

1
night
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Salar de Uyuni. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Uyuni planner.

Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni by car takes about 12 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in April: highs in Uyuni hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sucre.

Things to do in Uyuni

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

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): make a trip to Cal Orck'o, stop by Inca Pallay Shop, then get engrossed in the history at House of Liberty Museum - Casa de la Libertad, then engage your brain at Museo del Tesoro, and finally make a trip to Plaza 25 de Mayo. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR, take in the spiritual surroundings of La Recoleta, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sucre trip itinerary app .

Getting from Uyuni to Sucre by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Uyuni in April: highs in Sucre hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Sucre

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR ©
Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR
Cal Orck'o ©
Cal Orck'o
Plaza 25 de Mayo ©
Plaza 25 de Mayo

3
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Step out of La Paz to go to Tiahuanaco and see Puma Punku, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. There's much more to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, make a trip to Mi Teleferico, get a sense of history and politics at Centro de Informacion Turistica, and delve into the distant past at Tiwanaku.

To see traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read La Paz travel route builder tool .

Fly from Sucre to La Paz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, La Paz is little chillier than Sucre - with highs of 17°C and lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Copacabana.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trip

Puma Punku
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku

1
day
Copacabana, Bolivia

Copacabana ©
The town of Copacabana represents the largest Bolivian settlement on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in the continent.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana and then hike along Isla del Sol.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Copacabana road trip site .

Getting from La Paz to Copacabana by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Copacabana

Historic Sites Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Isla del Sol ©
Isla del Sol
Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana
Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): stroll the grounds of Sillustani and then step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca and then head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Puno holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Copacabana to Puno takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Copacabana to Puno, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. April in Puno sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cerro Colorado Vinicunca. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cusco journey planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Puno to Cusco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Puno in April since evenings lows in Cusco dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

1
night
Ollantaytambo, Peru

Ollantaytambo ©
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): sample the tasty concoctions at Cerveceria Willkamayu, delve into the distant past at Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries, and then delve into the distant past at Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo.

To see reviews, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ollantaytambo road trip planning website .

You can take a bus from Cusco to Ollantaytambo in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Cerveceria Willkamayu
Highlights from your plan
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo ©
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries ©
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries
Cerveceria Willkamayu ©
Cerveceria Willkamayu

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 29th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor. On the next day, make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, and then explore the ancient world of Intipuncu.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip builder site .

Traveling by train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Arequipa.

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

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 1st (Fri): visit Yanahuara, examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, and then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

To see traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Arequipa driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to Arequipa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Arequipa are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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