However, I have heard stories of people going to Machu Picchu during the wet seasons and it was closed because of storms. How much did you like the Paracas area vs Machu Picchu? Again, it’s impossible to predict precisely when the salar will flood so be prepared to take a punt. If that is something that bothers you, consider coming during the shoulder season instead. Also, was there enough time for acclimatizing yourself to the altitude from macchu picchu to rainbow mountain? -Is there a toilet in the bus or does the driver stop for time to go to the bathroom, etc? On the plus side, the Amazon is flush with life and travelers can spot plenty of amphibian life from the comfort of a canoe. There are 3 regions of Peru: The Coast, The Highlands and the Amazon Jungle. I have been planning to visit Peru and Bolivia with my wife in the February for our Anniversary next year. There’s everything you could think of here. Also, was the sea temperature warm in enough to enjoy swimming in Paracas when you visited? Spanning a multitude of microclimates from the Amazon to the Andes, Bolivia is a vast and untamed country just begging to be explored. We landed in Lima International Airport at 7am in the morning. It can be hard to escape the tourist track in an unfamiliar place, but not to worry, we've listed tips for seeing the more authentic side of Peru & Bolivia. Be sure to bring plenty of extra layers and snuggle into your sleeping bag at night. Weather information from the guidebooks of ten years ago is surprisingly out of date. Should be quite easy to find a service however! A few times a year, usually between July and August, the country is swept by cold fronts coming up from Patagonia, known as surazos, which can send temperatures plunging even in the Amazon. Travelers coming to experience Bolivia’s natural splendor would do well to avoid the wettest months of January to March. You can also subscribe without commenting. Add your favourite trips or an itinerary to your travel plan. The best months for outdoor adventures are May through August when the chance of rain is minuscule. For any travel or itinerary related questions, please leave a COMMENT on the respective post instead of emailing me. in advance of you going to Peru and Bolivia? I really enjoyed my time in La Paz and I think it’s a vastly underrated city. Glad to have been helpful and enjoy the rest of your big trip! The other “wet” months – September to December and April – usually entail much more sporadic rainfall which means sunshine is possible but not guaranteed. The best time to go to Bolivia and Peru is in the cooler but drier months of May to October – just be sure to pack plenty of alpaca sweaters! Yes I think you can definitely fly the entire way! Hi there, I went in September during the dry season. If that’s out of the budget, I would take the bus back to Copacabana, then to Puno. Our travel specialists will piece your holiday together (including transport & accommodation) and send you a quote within one working day. We took a taxi straight to our guesthouse in Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley. Despite there being some benefits when the flooding happens, like the mirror effect the water creates, you will generally see more of the Salt Flats when it’s dry. Hey Erika, it’s tough for me to recall everything but here are some costs I know to be true. Switzerland. That one is mandatory (can’t go on your own for that one). The best time to go to Bolivia and Peru is in the cooler but drier months of May to October – just be sure to pack plenty of alpaca sweaters! I never did the 4 day/3 night hike to Machu Picchu so I can’t comment on that but I really wanted to visit Paracas for some reason and I wasn’t keen on a multi-day hike so that’s why i went with it. Most Bolivian hotels don’t have heating so be sure to pack plenty of warm clothes. Any help will be great! Do you have any hotel/hostel recommendations in all the locations you visited? Hey shalabh, I think all months have its pros and cons and while Feb is the rainy season in the sacred valley, it doesn’t mean it is raining the entire time. Hi Mallory! Send me a quick email and I'll get back to you as soon as I can! Upon landing, I immediately felt the effects of altitude sickness as Cusco’s altitude is at 3,300m (11,000 feet). Peru has a lot of different ecosystems, so there is no consensus on the best times to go, … In the highlands, particularly the Altiplano, it rains much less and travel is not as restricted, though delays and road closures still occur, while trekking trails get muddier and clouds often obscure views, particularly in the high mountains, where route-finding can become impossible. Hi Ericka, glad to hear it! We ended up missing our train and didn’t get back to Ollantaytambo until late in the night. While Peru gets far more yearly tourists thanks to its culinary prowess and Machu Picchu, Bolivia is vastly underrated. Thanks . I assume you were on Peru Hop for that trip. This field is only shown to Rickshaw Admins, and is used for routing the form to the correct destination inbox, If you'd prefer us to call you, please enter your phone number here. While Peru gets far more yearly tourists thanks to its culinary prowess and Machu Picchu, Bolivia is vastly underrated. This may seem a strange question but is there a lot of walking? (we aren’t doing the Paracas part of your tour, we are planning on going from Lima to Cusco) -For the overnight bus from Cusco to La Paz, do you think we can use a large backpack and a carry on bag and those things will be okay (not stolen or taken off the bus)? Would love to hear from you on this dreaded rain (I am based in Japan where it can can rain anytime). Literally, every shop and their mothers will sell you the rainbow mountain tour in Cusco so there is no point to prebook this as you’ll pay much more. 3. Thankfully, we’ve made the process easier for you so you can plan your trip accordingly. The cable cars that connect La Paz and El Alto offer fantastic panoramic views of the city and the Andes. I had not considered going to Pacaras.. i also tok a flight from La paz to Uyuni for the salt flats. Over in the tropics, temperatures are considerably more manageable. Zanzibar is one of my favorite islands in the world. The neighboring countries of Peru and Bolivia make for a perfect trip together. In addition, the Tacama winery and sand-boarding on the incredibly beautiful dunes of Huacachina made for great day trips. Be sure to have a flexible itinerary if traveling during this time. Lima has such an amazing culinary scene and we spent a solid three days eating, and then eating more even if we were full. I didn’t stay in Cusco when i first got there. I have MS so struggle with big treks due to strength and fatigue. Hi Daniel, the only organized tour I did was the salt flats in Bolivia. Peru lies on the coast whereas Bolivia is a landlocked country.”, “I’ve visited Peru multiple times (the first time in 2007) and my highlight was recently hiking the Inca Quarry trek, which is an alternative trek to Machu Picchu. Thanks Kate! This means it’s hot and humid all year round so you’ll want to pack layers. *Also just wanted to correct a slight error, I believe the altitudes are in feet, 11000m would be beyond the Everest :P. Hi Gulbagh, I think March should be okay as it is nearing on the dry season. We use cookies to ensure our website works, to give you an enhanced experience while browsing, and to enable us to use 3rd party tools that are connected to us. Did you book all of your tours (like Machu Pichu, Rainbow Mountain, Salar etc.) The town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred valley. The wettest time to visit the Andes and the Amazon, with the Inca Trail closing for the month of February. Obviously, I would prefer to have more time if I could but you gotta make due with what you have sometimes! Hope this helps! I’m wondering if I need to book those ahead of time or if it’s better to do it there. All Rights Reserved. Views of Lake Titicaca from one of the Uros people’s reed islands. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. Peru and Bolivia border each other and travelling overland from Peru to Bolivia or vice versa is pretty straightforward. hello@rickshawtravel.co.uk, Privacy Policy  |  Cookie Policy  |  Sitemap. I think early October is a great time to go. Hello Johnny, thanks for posting your itinerary and experience in Peru and Bolivia! In the highlands it’s noticeably colder at night, particularly in June and July. Read on to find out some of the top activities along the way, and get helpful travel advice from our South America experts. Also be aware that there are always exceptions to the rule, with brief but heavy downfalls occasionally occurring outside of January to March (although almost never between June and August). We traveled overnight, stopping in Puno in the morning, crossing over the Peru-Bolivia border to Copacabana (a huge hassle for Americans), and arriving in La Paz at 10pm. I did shower frequently however! 2. This is our first time to South America. Just be sure to pack for cold weather as nights dip to freezing at high altitude. Having said that, torrential rains mostly tend to fall between January and March. There’s slightly less rain from July through to September, but you can still expect to get wet. After a nice night’s rest, we toured around Cusco, visiting the main sites for a day. One sprit, I thought after 2 months in #greece, I'd s, Soooo many churches in the cyclades. The flights were fixed when I was there at about $75 one way on Amaszonas. So ya mostly buses and two flights! So for the end of Sep, I would definitely not be swimming! I appreciate your help!