47 days in La Paz & Peru Itinerary

47 days in La Paz & Peru Itinerary

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La Paz, Bolivia
— 9 nights
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Puno, Peru
— 2 nights
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Ollantaytambo, Peru
— 2 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Train to Ollantaytambo, Bus to Cusco
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Cusco, Peru
— 7 nights
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Arequipa, Peru
— 4 nights
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Nazca, Peru
— 3 nights
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Paracas, Peru
— 2 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 5 nights
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Tarapoto, Peru
— 1 night
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Chachapoyas, Peru
— 1 night
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Cajamarca, Peru
— 1 night
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Chiclayo, Peru
— 2 nights
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Trujillo, Peru
— 5 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia

— 9 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Museum-lovers will get to explore National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore and Museo Nacional de Arqueologia MUNARQ. Get some cultural insight at Tiwanaku and National Museum of Art - Museo Nacional de Arte. Get out of town with these interesting La Paz side-trips: Chacaltaya Ski Resort (in Milluni), Tiahuanaco (Puma Punku & Puerta del Sol) and Huayna Potosi (in Milluni). Spend the 16th (Sat) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. Next up on the itinerary: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora de la Paz, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and make a trip to Plaza Murillo.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our La Paz tour planning site.

Calgary, Canada to La Paz is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Calgary to La Paz due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Calgary in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in La Paz: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Puno.

Things to do in La Paz

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Umayo, explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Inca Sauna, and finally step off the mainland to explore Uros Floating Islands. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Puno trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Paz to Puno takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Puno due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Puno

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Ollantaytambo, Peru

— 2 nights
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): examine the collection at Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva, steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, then stroll through Salinas de Maras, and finally view the masterpieces at ALQA - Gallery of Andean Expressions. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Patacancha Valley, delve into the distant past at Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries, then contemplate the long history of Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Qosqo Ayllu.

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

Getting from Puno to Ollantaytambo by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Puno in October since evenings lows in Ollantaytambo dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu, explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, look for gifts at Artesanias, then admire the natural beauty at Mandor, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Mariposario de Machupicchu.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu day trip planner.

You can take a train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Tours · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trip

Cusco, Peru

— 7 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sacsayhuaman and Moray. Tambomachay and Tipon will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Cusco to Chinchero to see Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero about 54 minutes away. Make the 2nd (Tue) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's still lots to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, explore the striking landscape at Cerro Colorado Vinicunca, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and explore the ancient world of Q'enqo.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco attractions planner.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by combination of train and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In October in Cusco, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Arequipa, Peru

— 4 nights

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Historic Centre of Arequipa and Museo de Arte Virreinal. Get some historical perspective at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa and San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and admire the landmark architecture of La Mansion del Fundador.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Arequipa online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Arequipa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Arequipa can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nazca.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Nazca, Peru

— 3 nights
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cementerio Chauchilla and Planetario Maria Reiche. Líneas de Cantalloc Telar and Didactic Museum Antonini (Museo Antonini) will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Cantalloc Aqueduct, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, make a trip to Nasca Lines, and stop by Taller de Ceramicas Emilia.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Nazca trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Arequipa to Nazca in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Paracas.

Things to do in Nazca

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Tours

Paracas, Peru

— 2 nights
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
On the 14th (Sun), don't miss a visit to The Chandelier, see Off-Road Tours, then explore the galleries of Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino., then kick back and relax at Playa Roja, and finally explore the fascinating landscape at Paracas Nature Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Islas Ballestas, then gain insight at Ballestas Islands, and then contemplate the waterfront views at La Catedral.

To find reviews and other tourist information, read our Paracas trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nazca to Paracas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Paracas sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Lima.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Lima, Peru

— 5 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Centro Historico de Lima and Cathedral of Lima. MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima and Museo MATE are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Caral Peru, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll around Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lima itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Paracas to Lima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tarapoto.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Tarapoto, Peru

— 1 night

City of Palms

As a busy commercial hub of northern Peru, Tarapoto straddles the foothills of the Andes and a high jungle plateau characterized by lush cloud forests.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Sauce, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Tarapoto, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Las Cataratas de Ahuashiyacu.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tarapoto trip maker website.

Fly from Lima to Tarapoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In November, Tarapoto is somewhat warmer than Lima - with highs of 39°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Chachapoyas.

Things to do in Tarapoto

Nature · Parks

Chachapoyas, Peru

— 1 night
A good base for exploring the surrounding cloud forests, Chachapoyas remains a small and laid-back town despite its growing popularity with international tourists.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Huiquilla Area de Conservacion Privada, explore the ancient world of Fortaleza de Kuelap, and then wander the streets of Distrito de Huancas.

Make your Chachapoyas itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Tarapoto to Chachapoyas takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Cajamarca.

Things to do in Chachapoyas

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Cajamarca, Peru

— 1 night
Located 2,750 m (8,900 ft) above sea level, the Andean city of Cajamarca experiences a mild highland climate, which, along with the area's fertile soil, has allowed agriculture to thrive.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the world behind art at Casa-museo Nicolas Puga, make a trip to Cerro Santa Apolonia, stop by Mercado Central de Cajamarca, make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Cajamarca, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Cajamarca, and finally delve into the distant past at Cumbemayo.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cajamarca itinerary builder website.

Getting from Chachapoyas to Cajamarca by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. November in Cajamarca sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Chiclayo.

Things to do in Cajamarca

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Chiclayo, Peru

— 2 nights

City of Friendship

With a population of 738,000, Chiclayo represents the fourth largest city in Peru and serves as the capital of the Lambayeque Region.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Capilla La Veronica, then ride a horse along Rancho Santana horseback riding Peru, then see the interesting displays at Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Arqueologico Nacional Bruning. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Sican Museum, delve into the distant past at Huaca Rajada, then see the interesting displays at Museo de sitio Huaca Rajada - Sipan, and finally take in the waterfront at Mirador La Punta.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Chiclayo attractions planner.

You can take a bus from Cajamarca to Chiclayo in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Cajamarca in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 19°C in Chiclayo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Trujillo.

Things to do in Chiclayo

Museums · Historic Sites · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Trujillo, Peru

— 5 nights

Capital of Culture

Considered the country's capital of culture, Trujillo was the birthplace of the North Group, a community of artists and intellectuals that included celebrated poet Cesar Vallejo and notable novelist Ciro Alegria.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like La Huaca del Sol and Cao Museum. Centro Cultural Victor Raul Haya de la Torre and Museo Catedralicio will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Chan Chan, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Trujillo, and see the interesting displays at Museo del Juguete Antiguo.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Trujillo trip builder.

Getting from Chiclayo to Trujillo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Chiclayo in November, plan for slightly colder days in Trujillo, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Peru travel guide

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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.