How to do a whistle-stop tour of Peru and Bolivia

This spring my partner and I had 11 days to go somewhere (well two places) we had always wanted to go… Peru and Bolivia.

Given that we had limited time we toyed with the idea of doing just one or the other, but then with the fear of missing out on our minds – when will we go to South America again!?- we decided to do both by concentrating on the highlights of both: Machu Picchu and Salar de Uyuni (the salt flats).

Of course we know that these countries have a lot more to offer than just these two sights, but in my travel experience the places that are the most famous and popular are these things for a reason. On our return home we both agreed that this was the best holiday we have ever been on and despite what our itinerary may look like I didn’t feel too rushed at all.

Our Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Lima

Day 2: Fly from Lima to Cusco and then travel by car and train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes

Day 3: Machu Picchu

Day 4: Train to Ollantaytambo and then tour of sacred valley ending in Cusco

Day 5: Cusco

Day 6: Cusco

Day 7: Fly from Cusco to La Paz (5 hour layover in La Paz) then fly from La Paz to Uyuni

Day 8: Red Planet Salt Flats tour

Day 9: Red Planet tour

Day 10: Red Planet tour arriving into Uyuni and taking the evening flight from Uyuni to La Paz

Day 11: Early morning flight from La Paz to Lima, spend the day in Lima then take the evening flight to Amsterdam.




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