60 days in La Paz & Peru Itinerary

60 days in La Paz & Peru Itinerary

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La Paz, Bolivia
— 14 nights
Drive
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Puno, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly
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Cusco, Peru
— 8 nights
Shuttle
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Ollantaytambo, Peru
— 3 nights
Train
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly
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Arequipa, Peru
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nazca, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive
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Paracas, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lima, Peru
— 6 nights
Fly to Capitan Montes Airport, Drive to Organos
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Organos, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive to Capitan Montes Airport, Fly to Chachapoyas Airport
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Chachapoyas, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cajamarca, Peru
— 2 nights
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Trujillo, Peru
— 5 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia

— 14 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Iglesia de San Francisco and Puma Punku. Explore hidden gems such as Food Tours and WMDR Yungas Road. Get out of town with these interesting La Paz side-trips: Chacaltaya Ski Resort (in Milluni), Huayna Potosi (in Milluni) and Puerta del Sol (in Tiahuanaco). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore, make a trip to Mirador Killi Killi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Recolecta, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the La Paz trip builder.

Calgary, Canada to La Paz is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Bolivia Time (BOT), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from Calgary in September, plan for slightly colder nights in La Paz, with lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Puno.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Puno, Peru

— 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sillustani and Main Gate. Your inner history buff will appreciate Iglesia de San Juan de Letran and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion. Change things up with these side-trips from Puno: Fertility Temple (in Chucuito) and Iglesia San Pedro (in Juli). On the 17th (Fri), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of La Casa del Corregidor, make a trip to Portal de Aramu Muru, head off the coast to Taquile Island, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia San Antonio.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Puno trip planning site.

Getting from La Paz to Puno by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Puno. Traveling from La Paz in September, expect nights in Puno to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puno

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Cusco, Peru

— 8 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.
Visit Sacsayhuaman and Tipon for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tambomachay and Climbing Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Cusco side-trips: San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas (in Andahuaylillas) and Huarcapay (Piquillacta & Rumicolca). There's lots more to do: trek along exploor, take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, explore the ancient world of Q'enqo, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Cusco trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Puno to Cusco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Cusco when traveling from Puno in September, with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the shuttle to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Ollantaytambo, Peru

— 3 nights
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sacred Valley of the Incas and Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries. Get some cultural insight at Moray and Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ollantaytambo: Urubamba (Iglesia de Urubamba & Mercado De Urubamaba), Salinas de Maras (in Maras) and Iglesia San Martin de Tours (in Huarocondo). There's much more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the exciting artwork at ALQA - Gallery of Andean Expressions, admire the verdant scenery at Patacancha Valley, and explore the ancient world of Naupa Iglesia.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ollantaytambo road trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Cusco to Ollantaytambo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Adventure

Side Trips

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 3 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Popular historic sites such as Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Intipuncu and Zipline. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, make a trip to Serpost, admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu, and take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes).

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip itinerary planning tool.

Take a train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trip

Arequipa, Peru

— 5 nights

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Get some historical perspective at Historic Centre of Arequipa and Petroglifos de Toro Muerto. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus and Complejo de la Compania de Jesus. Change things up with a short trip to Templo Purisima Concepcion in Lari (about 30 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Arte Virreinal, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Misti, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

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

Getting from Machu Picchu to Arequipa by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Arequipa can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nazca.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Nazca, Peru

— 3 nights
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cahuachi and Cantalloc Aqueduct. Step off the beaten path and head to Cementerio Chauchilla and Photography Tours. And it doesn't end there: look and learn at Planetario Maria Reiche, stop by Taller de Artesania "Andres Calle Flores", don't miss a visit to Acueductos de Nasca, and examine the collection at Líneas de Cantalloc Telar.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nazca vacation planning site.

Drive from Arequipa to Nazca in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): don't miss a visit to The Chandelier, get outside with Outdoor Activities, then take in the exciting artwork at Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino., then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Roja, and finally admire nature's extreme beauty at Paracas Nature Reserve. On the next day, examine the collection at Museo De Sitio Julio C Tello De Paracas, then head off the coast to Islas Ballestas, then deepen your understanding at Ballestas Islands, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Atenas.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Paracas vacation site.

Drive from Nazca to Paracas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Paracas, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lima.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Lima, Peru

— 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Centro Historico de Lima and Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo. Get some cultural insight at Cathedral of Lima and MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima. Take a break from Lima with a short trip to Iglesia de Santiago Apostol in Lunahuana, about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Site Museum and Archaeological Sanctuary of Pachacamac, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church and Sanctuary of Saint Rose of Lima, walk around El Parque del Amor, and see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lima trip maker app.

Getting from Paracas to Lima by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Organos.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Organos, Peru

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mancora, enjoy the sand and surf at Las Pocitas Beach, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Acuario Mundo Hippocampus, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Organos trip planning website.

Explore your travel options from Lima to Organos with the Route module. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Lima in October: high temperatures in Organos hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Chachapoyas.

Things to do in Organos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Chachapoyas, Peru

— 2 nights
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 (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Huiquilla Area de Conservacion Privada, steep yourself in history at Fortaleza de Kuelap, and then take a stroll through Distrito de Huancas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Catarata de Gocta and then delve into the distant past at Sarcofagos de Karajia.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Chachapoyas trip builder site.

Explore your travel options from Organos to Chachapoyas with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cajamarca.

Things to do in Chachapoyas

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Cajamarca, Peru

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): make a trip to Cuarto del Rescate, admire the masterpieces at Casa-museo Nicolas Puga, then don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Apolonia, and finally make a trip to Windows of Otuzco. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Mercado Central de Cajamarca, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Cajamarca, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Cajamarca, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Belén, then explore the ancient world of Cumbemayo, and finally don't miss a visit to Hacienda La Collpa.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cajamarca trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Chachapoyas to Cajamarca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Cajamarca are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Trujillo.

Things to do in Cajamarca

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at La Huaca del Sol and Catedral de Trujillo - Catedral de Santa Maria. Explore hidden gems such as Chan Chan and Cao Museum. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Site Museum, examine the collection at Museo Catedralicio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla del Santisimo Sacramenteo dento del Arzobispado de Trujillo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Trujillo.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Trujillo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Cajamarca to Trujillo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cajamarca in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Trujillo, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · 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.