It was definitely mostly dry. After an amazing visit to Machu Picchu, we visited the main sights within the Sacred Valley: Ollantaytambo, Pisac, Moray, Chinchero and ended the day in Cusco. I had just over two weeks for my trip to both countries. Nov-Mar are incredibly soggy, and the Inca Trail closes for renovation during the Feb downpours; however, Machu Picchu remains open for those arriving by train, so you’ll find it wet but crowd-free. Chalk full of some of the world’s greatest natural and historical wonders, visiting both countries is easy to do for those with limited time. Originally, I didn’t know if it would be logistically possible to visit Peru and Bolivia in two weeks and do it justice. Surely the altitude is in ft. and not meters? We are actually thinking of going in early October. I met numerous travelers that were spending months traveling through South America, giving each destination the just time it deserved and drawing my envy. Thank you for this! Hope that helps! There’s more rainfall between November and April, but fewer crowds too. I paid at least 2x the going rate. Had i stayed in Cusco from the getgo, I would have been in bad shape because it really affected me (didn’t take any tablets). Consider changing the search query. I’m wondering if I need to book those ahead of time or if it’s better to do it there. We flew back that same evening to La Paz. Bolivia is truly wild. I have three weeks off however (more holiday in Europe). Add your favourite trips or an itinerary to your travel plan Culture Trip stands with Black Lives Matter. While Peru gets far more yearly tourists thanks to its culinary prowess and Machu Picchu, Bolivia is vastly underrated. The last day was spent walking around the highest city in the world (12,000m). If that is something that bothers you, consider coming during the shoulder season instead. The best time to visit Peru also depends upon which part of the massive country you are planning to see, and what activities you want to do. Thay alone would make me want to visit the region in the rainy season! Hi pei, i would say roughly $1500 per person excluding international flights. Many tours leave before dawn, so be prepared to be cold. I really appreciate the time and information that you’ve shared in your blog. Note that the seasons are being delayed more and more each year, most likely due to the effects of global climate change. That’s why I always recommend NOT to do the Rainbow Mountain trip immediately upon arriving in Cusco! The dry season is high season in Bolivia as crystal clear skies and a distinct lack of rain allow tourists to hike and climb to their heart’s content. After a short night sleep in La Paz, we took a 7:30am plane from La Paz to Uyuni. I didn’t stay in Cusco when i first got there. However, your pics are sunny and hot! If so, which tour companies did you use? By signing up to the email newsletter you consent to receive promotional emails from us. Thanks so much for posting your itinerary – it’s been so helpful even going through the comments! However, most agree that the best time to visit Bolivia is during its dry season between May and October, with a tourism spike around August (so book early! I have heard that rains can be a problem on the MP route from December to February. The town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred valley. Thankfully, Culture Trip has … The Best Time to Visit Bolivia Like most of its South American neighbors, Bolivia’s climate varies based on altitude and season, making it a great destination throughout the whole year. It’s also a great time to visit the salt Flats as they won’t be flooded so you’ll have full access to explore (From December to March the Salt Flats are likely to flood). Upon landing, I immediately felt the effects of altitude sickness as Cusco’s altitude is at 3,300m (11,000 feet). 12000m would definitely be on another planet . We ended up missing our train and didn’t get back to Ollantaytambo until late in the night. 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). Thanks for the great sharing! I was wondering, do you advise to buy flights within south America in advanced or once we are there? I am trying to follow a similar itinerary. A few times a year, usually between July and August, the … Is There Malaria Or Yellow Fever In South Africa? I am trying to plan ahead as much as possible. Planning to travel here? Bolivia’s dry season is the most popular time of year to … Again, it’s impossible to predict precisely when the salar will flood so be prepared to take a punt. Spanning a multitude of microclimates from the Amazon to the Andes, Bolivia is a vast and untamed country just begging to be explored. I appreciate your help! Any help will be great! Hi Daniel, the only organized tour I did was the salt flats in Bolivia. However, I have heard stories of people going to Machu Picchu during the wet seasons and it was closed because of storms.