Solo trip to Peru critique and advice request (Amazon vs Salt Flats?)

Hi everyone,

I’m flying to Lima on the 22nd of August, and leaving on the 18th of September.

So it will be 27 nights. Help me decide between 2 itineraries!

One thing I absolutely want to do is visit Cusco and do the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, as well as do some of the day trips near Cusco.

I also want to visit the Amazon , as well as visit Bolivia for La Paz and the Salt Flats. Realistically, given that my trip is only 27 nights, I figured I’ll probably only have time to do one of the above.

**Rough** **Itinerary #1**

22/8: Spend night in Lima

23/8 – 25/8: Fly to Cusco and adjust to altitude, do day trips etc

26/8 – 30/8: Salkantay trek and Machu Picchu

31/8: Recovery day in Cusco

01/9: Bus to Puno, stay the night

02/9: Stay a night on Lake Titicaca

03/9 – 05/9: Bus to La Paz, stay there for 2 nights and then get overnight bus to Uyuni Salt Flat

06/9- 08/9: Uyuni salt flat tour, and then overnight bus back to La Paz

09/9: La Paz for 1 night

10/9: La Paz to Arequipa

11/9: Arequipa

12/9 – 13/9: Colca Canyon, return to Arequipa

14/9: Bus to Huacachina with a brief stop off in Nazca

15/9: Day in Huachachina, then evening bus to Paracas

16/9: Day in Paracas, evening bus to Lima

17/9: Last day in Lima

18/9: Fly home

**Rough** **Itinerary #2**

22/8: Spend night in Lima

24/8 – 26/8: Fly to Cusco and adjust to altitude, do day trips etc

27/8 – 31/8: Salkantay trek and Machu Picchu

01/9: Recovery day in Cusco

02/9: Bus to Puno, stay night

03/9: Stay night on Lake Titicaca

04/9 – 05/9: Arequipa

06/9 – 07/9: Colca Canyon, return to Arequipa

08/9: Bus to Huacachina with a brief stop off in Nazca

09/9: Day in Huachachina, then evening bus to Paracas

10/9: Day in Paracas, evening bus to Lima

11/9: Day in Lima

12/9-16/9: Fly to Iquitos, Amazon tour, fly back to Lima

17/9: Last day in Lima

18/9: Fly home

Please let me know what you think of these itineraries and if you’d change either, or which one you’d prefer!

Thanks

Solo trip to Peru critique and advice request (Amazon vs Salt Flats?)