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

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

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Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
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Lima, Peru

— 4 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas and Huaca Pucllana. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Santa Maria del Mar and Balneario Embajadores. There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), take in the exciting artwork at Jade Rivera World, get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, and take a stroll through Miraflores.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lima trip planner.

Curitiba, Brazil to Lima is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Curitiba to Lima due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can fly to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Cusco, Peru

— 4 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.
Get outdoors at Salinas de Maras and exploor. Popular historic sites such as Sacsayhuaman and San Blas are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Qorikancha, take in the exciting artwork at Museo Maximo Laura, browse the exhibits of Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco, and steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cusco tour planner.

You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in January, expect nights in Cusco to be cooler, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to fly to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 18:

La Paz, Bolivia

— 3 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): ponder the world of politics at Centro de Informacion Turistica, contemplate the long history of Tiwanaku, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Mistura - Manifestacion Creativa. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Valley of the Moon, view the masterpieces at Casa Museo Solon, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our La Paz online driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Cusco to La Paz in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to La Paz. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cusco in January: high temperatures in La Paz hover around 17°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to fly to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

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Uyuni, Bolivia

— 2 nights
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi and then explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museo de la Llama y la Sal, then make a trip to Plaza Arce, then examine the collection at Train Cemetery, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Museo Arquecologia y Antropologico de los Andes Meridionales.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Uyuni travel itinerary planner.

Fly from La Paz to Uyuni in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from La Paz in January, Uyuni is a bit warmer at night with lows of 13°C. You will leave for San Pedro de Atacama on the 23rd (Sat).

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks · Nature · Museums

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Find places to stay Jan 21 — 23:

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor, engage your brain at Museo del Meteorito, then take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama day trip tool.

You can drive from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Uyuni in January, plan for much warmer days and slightly colder nights in San Pedro de Atacama: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping
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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.