23 days in Peru & La Paz Itinerary

23 days in Peru & La Paz Itinerary

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23 days in Peru & La Paz Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
2
Puerto Maldonado, Peru
— 4 nights
3
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 45​min
6
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Puno, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Arequipa, Peru
— 3 nights
9
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: San Francisco, United States

2
nights
Lima, Peru

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.
To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lima trip itinerary planning app .

San Francisco, USA to Lima is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to Lima due to the time zone difference. While traveling from San Francisco, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Lima, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 60°F. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sat) before leaving for Puerto Maldonado.

Things to do in Lima

Fun & Games Museums Historic Sites
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Room Escape Games
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima ©
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

4
nights
Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Puerto Maldonado ©
Puerto Maldonado sits at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers in the Amazon rainforest.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lago Sandoval and Tambopata River. Change things up with a short trip to Colorado Macaw Clay Lick in Tambopata National Reserve (about 1h 40 min away). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Panthera Sanctuary, wander the streets of Native Community of Ese"Ejas, stroll around Monkey Island, and take some stellar pictures from Mirador de la Biodiversidad.

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

Traveling by flight from Lima to Puerto Maldonado takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Lima in September, expect nights in Puerto Maldonado to be a bit warmer, around 69°F, while days are much warmer, around 92°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puerto Maldonado

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Colorado Macaw Clay Lick
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Lago Sandoval ©
Lago Sandoval
Tambopata River ©
Tambopata River
Mirador de la Biodiversidad ©
Mirador de la Biodiversidad

2
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.
On the 25th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Q'enqo and then make a trip to Callejon de Loreto.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco journey planning website .

You can fly from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In September, Cusco is colder than Puerto Maldonado - with highs of 71°F and lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Horseback Riding Tours
Q'enqo ©
Q'enqo

1
night
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, then stop by Artesanias, and finally explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu road trip site .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu ©
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu

3
nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Cerro Colorado Vinicunca, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, and then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Tipon, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Quechua.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas
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Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Tipon ©
Tipon
Iglesia De Santo Domingo ©
Iglesia De Santo Domingo

3
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Discover out-of-the-way places like WMDR Yungas Road and Chacaltaya Ski Resort. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Huayna Potosi, examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore, walk around Valley of the Moon, and stop by Green Hands.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our La Paz trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cusco to La Paz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Time (PET) to Bolivia Time (BOT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cusco in October: high temperatures in La Paz hover around 61°F and lows are around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Puno.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Parks Nature
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WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road
Huayna Potosi ©
Huayna Potosi
Chacaltaya Ski Resort ©
Chacaltaya Ski Resort

2
nights
Puno, Peru

Puno ©
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.
On the 4th (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island, step aboard Yavari Museum, and then steep yourself in history at La Casa del Corregidor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Portal de Aramu Muru, then explore the activities along Lake Umayo, and then stroll the grounds of Sillustani.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Puno trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Paz to Puno takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from La Paz to Puno, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in October, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Sillustani ©
Sillustani
Yavari Museum ©
Yavari Museum

3
nights
Arequipa, Peru

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Historic Centre of Arequipa and Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, experience the excitement of Arequipa Massage, and don't miss a visit to Canteras de Sillar.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Arequipa tour itinerary builder app .

Drive from Puno to Arequipa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Puno in October since evenings lows in Arequipa dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Arequipa

Tours Museums Nature
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Food Tours
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa

1
night
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church and Sanctuary of Saint Rose of Lima.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lima trip maker .

Getting from Arequipa to Lima by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 61°F in Lima. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites
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