33 days in Peru, Bolivia & Salvador Itinerary

33 days in Peru, Bolivia & Salvador Itinerary

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33 days in Peru, Bolivia & Salvador Itinerary

Start: Salvador, Brazil
1
Salvador, Brazil
— Few hours
Fly:  11 h 30 min
2
Sucre, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Bus + Taxi:  5 h 30 min
3
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  6 h 15 min
5
Copacabana, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h
6
La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
+6
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  13 h 45 min
7
Ica, Peru
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h
8
Paracas, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
9
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
10
Huaraz, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  11 h 45 min
11
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
12
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
+6
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  11 h 15 min
13
Puno, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  20 h 45 min
End: Salvador, Brazil

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Salvador, Brazil

Salvador
Nowhere are the traditions of Brazil's African-background community as strong as in Salvador, the colorful, historical capital of Bahia state.
To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Salvador travel planner.

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major airport is Deputado Luiz Eduardo Magalhães International Airport. March in Salvador sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. On the 7th (Sat), you're off toSucre.

Things to do in Salvador

Outdoors Parks Nightlife
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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.
On the 8th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Cal Orck'o, take in the spiritual surroundings of La Recoleta, make a trip to Plaza 25 de Mayo, then take an in-depth tour of House of Liberty Museum - Casa de la Libertad, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de San Francisco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museo del Convento de la RECOLETA, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR, and then take in breathtaking views at Icla Canyon.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sucre trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Salvador to Sucre takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Salvador to Sucre, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Salvador in March, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Sucre: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Sucre

Museums Parks Nature
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Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR ©
Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR
Cal Orck'o ©
Cal Orck'o

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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 10th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni. On your second day here, examine the collection at Museo de la Llama y la Sal, then see the interesting displays at Train Cemetery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Senda Andina.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Uyuni planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Sucre to Uyuni in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Sucre in March, expect nights in Uyuni to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks Nature Trails

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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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take a stroll around Casa Cultural Melchor Pinto, then admire the natural beauty at Guembe, then don't miss a visit to Plaza 24 de Septiembre, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Cruz.

To find maps and more tourist information, use the Santa Cruz trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Uyuni to Santa Cruz takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, Santa Cruz is warmer than Uyuni - with highs of 35°C and lows of 25°C. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Copacabana.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
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Guembe ©
Guembe
Catedral de Santa Cruz ©
Catedral de Santa Cruz
Plaza 24 de Septiembre ©
Plaza 24 de Septiembre

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Copacabana, Bolivia

Copacabana ©
The town of Copacabana represents the largest Bolivian settlement on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in the continent.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana, then step off the mainland to explore Isla del Sol, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cerro Calvario. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Copacabana sightseeing planning website .

Getting from Santa Cruz to Copacabana by combination of flight and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to La Paz.

Things to do in Copacabana

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Isla del Sol ©
Isla del Sol
Cerro Calvario ©
Cerro Calvario
Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana
Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana

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La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): admire all the interesting features of WMDR Yungas Road. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Valley of the Moon, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then enjoy some diversion at Urban Rush Bolivia.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read La Paz trip itinerary website .

Take a bus from Copacabana to La Paz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Ica.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours
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WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia

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Ica, Peru

Located on the Ica River in the desert areas of Peru's southern coast, the city of Ica stands as something of an oasis in the dry, barren landscape.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Laguna De Huacachina. There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Tacama, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, examine the collection at Regional Museum of Ica, and don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ica trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from La Paz to Ica. The time zone difference moving from Bolivia Time to Peru Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from La Paz in March, with highs in Ica at 32°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can take a bus to Paracas.

Things to do in Ica

Tours Wineries Parks
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tacama ©
Tacama
Wine Tours & Tastings

3
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Paracas, Peru

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
When in Paracas, make a side trip to see Ballestas Islands in Pisco, approximately 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Islas Ballestas, take in the exciting artwork at Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino., take an in-depth tour of Paracas History Museum - Juan Navarro Hierro, and kick back and relax at Playa de la Mina.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Paracas online tour itinerary builder .

Take a bus from Ica to Paracas in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daily temperatures in Paracas can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Lima.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Pisco
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Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas
La Catedral ©
La Catedral
The Chandelier ©
The Chandelier

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, then contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, then admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Barranco, stroll around Plazuela Chabuca Granda, then get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), then don't miss a visit to Miraflores, and finally walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lima itinerary planning website .

Getting from Paracas to Lima by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Lima are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Huaraz.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

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Huaraz, Peru

Huaraz ©
One of the main cities in the Peruvian Andes, Huaraz mainly draws those seeking adventure out in the landscape.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Churup (in Huascaran National Park) and CampoSanto Yungay (in Yungay). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, see the interesting displays at The Archeology Museum of Ancash, make a trip to Plaza de Armas, and explore the ancient world of Monumento Nacional Wilcahuain Ruin.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Huaraz sightseeing app .

Getting from Lima to Huaraz by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Lima in March, with highs in Huaraz at 25°C and lows at 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Huaraz

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

CampoSanto Yungay, Laguna Churup
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Laguna Churup ©
Laguna Churup
Climbing Tours
CampoSanto Yungay ©
CampoSanto Yungay

2
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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.
On the 1st (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, and get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco day trip planning tool .

Fly from Huaraz to Cusco in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Huaraz in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Cusco, with lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then explore the ancient world of Intipuncu. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, then make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, and finally take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes).

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu online vacation planner .

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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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.
Take a break from Puno with a short trip to Iglesia Apostol Santiago in Lampa, about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Taquile Island, explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani, get great views at Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Puno trip builder site .

Getting from Machu Picchu to Puno by car takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Puno, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 1°C at night. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Iglesia Apostol Santiago, Lake Titicaca
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

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