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

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

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Route & dates

1
Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
2
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
3
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
4
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
5
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights


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4
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Lima, Peru

Lima ©
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 Huaca Pucllana and Centro Historico de Lima. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Santa Maria del Mar and Playa Penascal. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Balneario Embajadores, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua, and visit Miraflores.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Lima online tour planner.

Curitiba, Brazil to Lima is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Peru Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In January, daily temperatures in Lima can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Santa Maria del Mar
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Playa Santa Maria del Mar ©
Playa Santa Maria del Mar
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco

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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.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Salinas de Maras. Popular historic sites such as Sacsayhuaman and San Blas are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco, hike along exploor, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha, 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 travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Salinas de Maras
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras

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La Paz, Bolivia

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, explore the ancient world of Tiwanaku, and then stop by Mistura - Manifestacion Creativa. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at 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 travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Tours · Nature
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Valley of the Moon ©
Valley of the Moon

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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 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 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. 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

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Museo de la Llama y la Sal
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Train Cemetery ©
Train Cemetery

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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
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 do a combination of taxi and bus from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and 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 travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Pukara de Quitor ©
Pukara de Quitor

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