50 days in Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

50 days in Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

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Santa Cruz, Bolivia
— 4 nights
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Sucre, Bolivia
— 4 nights
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Potosi, Bolivia
— 1 night
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Oruro, Bolivia
— 1 night
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Cochabamba, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 6 nights
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Copacabana, Bolivia
— 1 night
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Puno, Peru
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
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Arequipa, Peru
— 3 nights
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Nazca, Peru
— 2 nights
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Paracas, Peru
— 2 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 12 nights

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Santa Cruz, Bolivia

— 4 nights
More populous than the capital and La Paz, and one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, Santa Cruz has become a thriving commercial center, yet retained some of the trappings of tradition.
Santa Cruz is known for parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Jardin de las Delicias, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia La Santa Cruz, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Cruz, and take a stroll around Casa Cultural Melchor Pinto.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz day trip planner.

Atlanta, USA to Santa Cruz is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Atlanta to Santa Cruz, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Sucre.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Sucre, Bolivia

— 4 nights

City of the Four Names

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.
Sucre is known for historic sites, museums, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR, look for gifts at Inca Pallay Shop, get engrossed in the history at House of Liberty Museum - Casa de la Libertad, and make a trip to Plaza 25 de Mayo.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sucre tour planning app.

You can fly from Santa Cruz to Sucre in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Cruz in May, you will find days in Sucre are little chillier (69°F), and nights are colder (43°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Potosi.

Things to do in Sucre

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Potosi, Bolivia

— 1 night

Ville Imperial

One of the highest cities in the world at 4,090 m (13,420 ft), Potosi actually rose to fame for something below the ground.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): examine the collection at Casa Nacional de la Moneda and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Teresa Convent Museum - Convento Museo Santa Teresa. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Museo Historico Minero Diego Huallpa and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Cerro Rico.

To find out how to plan a trip to Potosi, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Sucre to Potosi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sucre in May: high temperatures in Potosi hover around 60°F and lows are around 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Uyuni.

Things to do in Potosi

Museums · Historic Sites

Uyuni, Bolivia

— 2 nights
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Train Cemetery, take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni, then learn more about the world around you at Museo Arquecologia y Antropologico de los Andes Meridionales, and finally make a trip to Plaza Arce. On your second day here, head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Uyuni trip maker.

Traveling by car from Potosi to Uyuni takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Potosi in May, you will find days in Uyuni are much colder (37°F), and nights are a bit warmer (37°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Oruro.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature · Parks · Museums

Oruro, Bolivia

— 1 night
Located about halfway between La Paz and Sucre, the city of Oruro (also known as Uru Uru) sits at an elevation of 3,709 m (12,169 ft) above sea level.
To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Oruro journey maker site.

Traveling by bus from Uyuni to Oruro takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Uyuni in May, plan for much hotter days in Oruro, with highs around 63°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 26°F. On the 21st (Sat), you're off to Cochabamba.

Things to do in Oruro

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Cochabamba, Bolivia

— 2 nights

City of Eternal Spring

Dynamic and friendly, Cochabamba benefits from a mild climate largely responsible for its Mediterranean lifestyle and nickname the "City of Eternal Spring." An ideal alternative for anyone wishing to escape the chaos of South America's more popular destinations, Cochabamba vacations allow visitors to discover how regular Bolivians live on an everyday basis.
Cochabamba is known for nature, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at El Cristo de la Concordia, hunt for treasures at La Cancha, walk around Parque de la Familia, and explore the activities along La Angostura Lake.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cochabamba tour itinerary planning tool.

You can take a bus from Oruro to Cochabamba in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Oruro in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Cochabamba: highs are around 81°F and lows about 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to fly to La Paz.

Things to do in Cochabamba

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Museums

La Paz, Bolivia

— 6 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Spend the 25th (Wed) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas, examine the collection at Bolivian Drink Museum, stop by Mistura - Manifestacion Creativa, and get a sense of history and politics at Centro de Informacion Turistica.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the La Paz tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Cochabamba to La Paz in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cochabamba in May, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in La Paz: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 29°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Copacabana.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Tours · Historic Sites

Copacabana, Bolivia

— 1 night
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 29th (Sun): hike along Isla del Sol.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Copacabana online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from La Paz to Copacabana takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Copacabana

Trails · Nature · Historic Sites · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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.
Step out of Puno with an excursion to Fertility Temple in Chucuito--about 40 minutes away. On the 1st (Wed), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island, stroll around Parque Huajsapata, don't miss a visit to Catedral de Puno, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Puno sightseeing planning site.

Getting from Copacabana to Puno by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Bolivia Time (BOT) to Peru Standard Time (PET) is minus 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can fly to Cusco.

Things to do in Puno

Parks · Tours · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Cusco, Peru

— 6 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.
On the 7th (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Spend the 5th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, and appreciate the extensive heritage of San Blas.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cusco trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Puno to Cusco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Cusco when traveling from Puno in June, with lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to fly to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Arequipa, Peru

— 3 nights

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Arequipa is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, look for gifts at La Iberica, take a stroll through Yanahuara, and admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Arequipa vacation builder site.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Arequipa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Arequipa, with lows of 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nazca.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods

Nazca, Peru

— 2 nights
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
On the 11th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Nasca Lines, then take an in-depth tour of Didactic Museum Antonini (Museo Antonini), and then delve into the distant past at Cantalloc Aqueduct. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): look for gifts at Taller de Artesania "Andres Calle Flores" and then explore the ancient world of Cahuachi.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Nazca holiday website.

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 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Paracas.

Things to do in Nazca

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Islas Ballestas and then deepen your understanding at Ballestas Islands. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to The Chandelier and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Paracas trip planner.

Drive from Nazca to Paracas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Paracas sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lima.

Things to do in Paracas

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Lima, Peru

— 12 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.
Step out of Lima to go to Lunahuana and see Iglesia de Santiago Apostol, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar).

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lima itinerary builder app.

Drive from Paracas to Lima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Lima are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Bolivia travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.

Peru travel guide

4.6
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.