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

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

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Lima, Peru
— 8 nights
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Huacachina, Peru
— 1 night
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Arequipa, Peru
— 7 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 12 nights
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Puno, Peru
— 6 nights
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Copacabana, Bolivia
— 3 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 8 nights
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Uyuni, Bolivia
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
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Lima, Peru

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.
Lima is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar).

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lima tour itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Lima is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Lima, with lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Huacachina.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

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Huacachina, Peru

On the 22nd (Sat), push the limits with SandSnow School.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Huacachina sightseeing planning tool.

You can drive from Lima to Huacachina in 4.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Huacachina are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Huacachina

Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your trip

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Arequipa, Peru

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
When in Arequipa, make a side trip to see Templo Purisima Concepcion in Lari, approximately Lari away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevado De Mismi, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas, and steep yourself in history at Palacio de Goyeneche.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Arequipa vacation app.

Drive from Huacachina to Arequipa in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Huacachina in May, with highs in Arequipa at 69°F and lows at 48°F. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Cusco, Peru

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: Urubamba (Iglesia de Urubamba & Cerveceria Willkamayu), Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras) and Ollantaytambo (Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo & Qosqo Ayllu). On the 4th (Fri), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Spend the 6th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cusco trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Arequipa to Cusco by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in May, Cusco is a bit cooler at night with lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Puno.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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Puno, Peru

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.
Explore Puno's surroundings by going to Main Gate (in Taquile Island), Fertility Temple (in Chucuito) and Capachica Peninsula (in Juliaca). On the 16th (Wed), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island, take some stellar pictures from Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez, make a trip to Catedral de Puno, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Umayo.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Puno tour planner.

Getting from Cusco to Puno by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in June, Puno is slightly colder at night with lows of 24°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Copacabana.

Things to do in Puno

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

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Copacabana, Bolivia

The town of Copacabana represents the largest Bolivian settlement on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in the continent.
Copacabana is known for trails, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Isla del Sol, don't miss a visit to Avenida 6 de Agosto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cerro Calvario, and head off the coast to Isla De La Luna.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Copacabana online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Puno to Copacabana takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puno to Copacabana. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Paz.

Things to do in Copacabana

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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La Paz, Bolivia

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near La Paz: Tiwanaku (in Tiwanaku), Puma Punku (in Tiahuanaco) and Huayna Potosi (in Milluni). Spend the 21st (Mon) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. The adventure continues: make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas, take some stellar pictures from Mirador Killi Killi, play a few rounds at Golf Tours Bolivia-Day Tours, and see the interesting displays at Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our La Paz trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Copacabana to La Paz takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In June, daily temperatures in La Paz can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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Uyuni, Bolivia

Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
On the 29th (Tue), 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: don't miss a visit to Plaza Arce and then see the interesting displays at Museo de la Llama y la Sal.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Uyuni trip planning tool.

Getting from La Paz to Uyuni by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from La Paz, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Uyuni, ranging from highs of 45°F to lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

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.
Step out of San Pedro de Atacama to go to Antofagasta and see Salar de Atacama, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, see the interesting displays at Father Le Paige Museum, explore the activities along Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques, and explore the fascinating landscape at Atacama Desert.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama day trip planner.

You can drive from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Uyuni in July: highs in San Pedro de Atacama hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.

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.