16 days in Bolivia & Cusco Itinerary

16 days in Bolivia & Cusco Itinerary

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16 days in Bolivia & Cusco Itinerary

Start: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
bus + Fly:  9​h
1
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
2
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
3
Copacabana, Bolivia
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 45​min
5
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
6
Oruro, Bolivia
— 1 night
7
Sucre, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h 30​min
End: Belo Horizonte, Brazil

2
nights
Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Santa Cruz ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take a stroll around Casa Cultural Melchor Pinto, then look for gifts at ArteCampo, and then walk around Noel Kempff Mercado National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kaa-Iya National Park, then make a trip to Plaza 24 de Septiembre, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Santa Cruz.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Santa Cruz road trip planner .

Belo Horizonte, Brazil to Santa Cruz is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Belo Horizonte to Santa Cruz is minus 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Santa Cruz can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

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Catedral de Santa Cruz ©
Catedral de Santa Cruz
Plaza 24 de Septiembre ©
Plaza 24 de Septiembre

1
night
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi and then explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Uyuni trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Santa Cruz to Uyuni takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Santa Cruz in July: high temperatures in Uyuni hover around 4°C and lows are around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Copacabana.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature Parks
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi

2
nights
Copacabana, Bolivia

Copacabana ©
The town of Copacabana represents the largest Bolivian settlement on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in the continent.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): head off the coast to Isla De La Luna and then explore and take pictures at Isla del Sol. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lake Titicaca.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Copacabana online trip maker .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Uyuni to Copacabana in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Copacabana

Nature Parks Trails
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Isla del Sol ©
Isla del Sol
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Isla De La Luna ©
Isla De La Luna

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: Salinas de Maras (in Maras) and Centro Texti Urpi (in Chinchero). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cusco online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Copacabana to Cusco takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Copacabana to Cusco due to the time zone difference. In July in Cusco, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Salinas de Maras, Centro Texti Urpi
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

3
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Spend the 2nd (Fri) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Tiwanaku, have fun at Urban Rush Bolivia, make a trip to Mi Teleferico, and explore the striking landscape at Valley of the Moon.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our La Paz travel route builder .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cusco to La Paz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time to Bolivia Time is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cusco in August, with highs in La Paz at 18°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Oruro.

Things to do in La Paz

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Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road

1
night
Oruro, Bolivia

Oruro ©
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.
On the 5th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Gerardo, learn more about the world around you at Archaeological Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Monumento a la Virgen del Socavon, then don't miss a visit to Las Mina de San Jose, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanctuary of El Socavon.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Oruro journey planner .

Getting from La Paz to Oruro by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Oruro can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sucre.

Things to do in Oruro

Historic Sites Museums
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Iglesia San Gerardo ©
Iglesia San Gerardo
Monumento a la Virgen del Socavon ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): head outdoors with La Maja, explore the world behind art at Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR, examine the collection at Museo del Convento de la RECOLETA, then get engrossed in the history at House of Liberty Museum - Casa de la Libertad, and finally stop by Inca Pallay Shop.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sucre tour itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Oruro to Sucre takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Oruro in August: high temperatures in Sucre hover around 24°C and lows are around 6°C. On the 7th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sucre

Museums Outdoors Shopping
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Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR ©
Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR
Cal Orck'o ©
Cal Orck'o
Museo del Convento de la RECOLETA ©

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