21 days in Costa Rica, Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Fly to San Jose, Shuttle to Manuel Antonio
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Sucre, Bolivia
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 4 nights

Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

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London, UK to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.
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Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica — 3 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore Tamarindo's surroundings by going to Playa Nacascolo (in Gulf of Papagayo), Playa Conchal (Horseback Riding Tours & Garra de Leon Golf Course) and Four Seasons Golf Club (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stop by Souvenirs La gran Nicoya.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica — 3 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
On the 8th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Parque Nahomi, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Tamarindo to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Lima.
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Lima, Peru — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua, and finally don't miss a visit to Alameda de los Descalzos. On your second day here, visit Miraflores, steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lima vacation site.

You can fly from Manuel Antonio to Lima in 9.5 hours. Traveling from Manuel Antonio to Lima, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to fly to Machu Picchu.
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Machu Picchu, Peru — 2 nights

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu and then explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cusco.
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Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Cusco, Peru — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco trip planner.

Traveling by car from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Cusco are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to fly to La Paz.
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La Paz, Bolivia — 2 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 17th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Mi Teleferico, then catch some excitement at Andean Culture Distillery, then don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas, and finally stop by Unique. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our La Paz itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to La Paz takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Standard Time (PET) to Bolivia Time (BOT) is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cusco in March, with highs in La Paz at 17°C and lows at 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Sucre.
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Sucre, Bolivia — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): make a trip to Cal Orck'o, take an in-depth tour of Museo Casa de la Libertad, then don't miss a visit to Plaza 25 de Mayo, then get curious at Museo del Tesoro, and finally stop by Inca Pallay Shop.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sucre trip planner.

Fly from La Paz to Sucre in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from La Paz in March, expect Sucre to be somewhat warmer, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.
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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.
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Bolivia travel guide

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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.
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