33 days in Paraguay, Bolivia & Peru Itinerary

33 days in Paraguay, Bolivia & Peru Itinerary

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Asuncion, Paraguay
— 3 nights
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Santa Cruz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Sucre, Bolivia
— 1 night
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 day
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
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Puno, Peru
— 1 night
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 10 nights
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Arequipa, Peru
— Few hours
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Asuncion, Paraguay

Mother of Cities

Paraguay's capital and economic center, Asuncion ranks among the youngest cities on the continent, with more than half of its residents under 30 years of age.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): shop like a local with Shopping del Sol, then browse the range of quality goods at Paseo La Galeria, then make a trip to Costanera de Asuncion, and finally make a trip to Plaza de los Desaparecidos. On your second day here, make a trip to Banco Nacional de Fomento, then pause for some photo ops at The National Pantheon of Heroes and Oratory of the Virgin Our Lady Saint Mary of the Asuncion, then get engrossed in the history at Casa de la Independencia, and finally ponder the world of politics at Palacio de López.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Asuncion travel planner.

Pilar to Asuncion is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Traveling from Pilar to Asuncion, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May in Asuncion, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Tue) before leaving for Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Asuncion

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 1 — 4:

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Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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.
Santa Cruz is known for parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Santa Cruz, admire the natural beauty at Guembe, make a trip to Plaza 24 de Septiembre, and take a stroll around Casa Cultural Melchor Pinto.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Santa Cruz trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Asuncion to Santa Cruz takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Santa Cruz, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sucre.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay May 5 — 7:

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Sucre, Bolivia

City of the Four Names

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 8th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at House of Liberty Museum - Casa de la Libertad, see the interesting displays at Museo del Tesoro, shop like a local with Arte y Cultura Sucre Galeria, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR, then don't miss a visit to Cal Orck'o, and finally look for gifts at Casa de Turismo. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Recoleta, then make a trip to Plaza 25 de Mayo, and then get outside with La Maja.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sucre trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Santa Cruz to Sucre takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Cruz in May, expect nights in Sucre to be colder, around 7°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Sucre

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay May 7 — 9:

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Uyuni, Bolivia

Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
On the 10th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Train Cemetery, then examine the collection at Museo de la Llama y la Sal, then take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza Arce.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Uyuni road trip planner.

Getting from Sucre to Uyuni by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Sucre in May, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Uyuni: temperatures range from 3°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 9 — 10:

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La Paz, Bolivia

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Spend the 12th (Wed) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, look for gifts at Unique, and kick your exploration up a notch at Vertical Route.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our La Paz trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Uyuni to La Paz in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Uyuni in May, plan for much warmer days and a bit cooler nights in La Paz: temperatures range from 17°C by day to -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Puno.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Adventure
Find places to stay May 10 — 14:

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Puno, Peru

City of the Lake

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): get great views at Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez, then step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island, and then don't miss a visit to Catedral de Puno. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Uros Floating Islands and then explore the ancient world of Sillustani.

Before you visit Puno, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from La Paz to Puno by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone changes from Bolivia Time (BOT) to Peru Standard Time (PET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from La Paz in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Puno, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puno

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 14 — 16:

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Cusco, Peru

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.
Step out of Cusco with an excursion to Salinas de Maras in Maras--about 1h 25 min away. On the 20th (Thu), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cusco trip itinerary app.

Fly from Puno to Cusco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puno in May, Cusco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 16 — 21:

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Machu Picchu, Peru

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Change things up with these side-trips from Machu Picchu: Ruinas de Choquequirao (in Cachora), Zipline (in Santa Teresa) and Siete Tinajas (in Quillabamba). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac, indulge in some personalized pampering at Wonderful Hands Spa, and take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 31:

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Arequipa, Peru

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): get a taste of life in the country at Mundo Alpaca.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Arequipa trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Arequipa by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 1:
Highlights from your trip

Paraguay travel guide

3.8
Landmarks · Shopping Malls · Gift & Specialty Shops
Heart of South America
Divided in half by its eponymous river, Paraguay is a land of contrasts, especially between its lush eastern region where most of the population lives and the arid west, filled with rustic villages and old Jesuit colonies. Although under Spanish rule for three centuries and with a recent history of dictatorships and wars, Paraguay retained its native Guarani culture, with more than 80 percent of population of indigenous heritage. You'll find plenty of things to do in Paraguay, from touring cosmopolitan cities and quaint Jesuit colonies, to browsing affordable arts and crafts stores and sailing on rivers that crisscross the diverse natural landscape that makes up this landlocked nation.

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.

Peru travel guide

4.6
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.