16 days in Peru Itinerary

16 days in Peru Itinerary

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16 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Iquitos
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Tarapoto
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Puerto Maldonado
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Tambopata National Reserve
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
5
Manu National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3​h 15​min
7
Cusco
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Berlin

2
nights
Iquitos

Iquitos ©
The largest city in the Peruvian Amazon and the world's largest metropolis unreachable by road, Iquitos represents a major starting point for river and rainforest adventures.
Go for a jaunt from Iquitos to Santo Toribio to see Iguana Lodge & Camp about 1h 10 min away. Spend the 19th (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Tapiche Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Rainforest Awareness Rescue Education Center.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Iquitos road trip planner .

Berlin, Germany to Iquitos is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Peru Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. May in Iquitos sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tarapoto.

Things to do in Iquitos

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Iguana Lodge & Camp
Highlights from your plan
Tapiche Reserve ©
Tapiche Reserve
La Isla De Los Monos ©
La Isla De Los Monos

2
nights
Tarapoto

Tarapoto ©
As a busy commercial hub of northern Peru, Tarapoto straddles the foothills of the Andes and a high jungle plateau characterized by lush cloud forests.
On the 20th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Catarata de Pucayaquillo, identify plant and animal life at Asociacion de Proteccion de Flora y Fauna, and then explore and take pictures at Fabrica de Chocolates Orquidea. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Tambo Ilusion.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tarapoto trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Iquitos to Tarapoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In May in Tarapoto, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Maldonado.

Things to do in Tarapoto

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tambo Ilusion ©
Tambo Ilusion
Catarata Pucayaquillo ©
Catarata Pucayaquillo
Fabrica de Chocolates Orquidea ©
Fabrica de Chocolates Orquidea

1
night
Puerto Maldonado

Puerto Maldonado ©
Puerto Maldonado sits at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers in the Amazon rainforest.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Inkaterra Ecological Reserve, identify plant and animal life at Panthera Sanctuary, and then wander the streets of Native Community of Ese"Ejas. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Mariposario Tambopata, look for all kinds of wild species at Amazon Shelter, and then browse the different shops at Mercado Tres de Mayo.

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You can fly from Tarapoto to Puerto Maldonado in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Puerto Maldonado can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tambopata National Reserve.

Things to do in Puerto Maldonado

Parks Wildlife Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Inkaterra Ecological Reserve ©
Inkaterra Ecological Reserve
Amazon Shelter ©
Amazon Shelter
Mariposario Tambopata ©
Mariposario Tambopata

1
night
Tambopata National Reserve

Tambopata National Reserve ©
Home to sprawling, untouched rainforests and marshes, Tambopata National Reserve stands out as one of the last great wildernesses of South America.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Colorado Macaw Clay Lick and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tambopata National Reserve.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tambopata National Reserve travel route tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Puerto Maldonado to Tambopata National Reserve. In May, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Manu National Park.

Things to do in Tambopata National Reserve

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tambopata National Reserve ©
Tambopata National Reserve

1
day
Manu National Park

Manu National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): delve into the lush surroundings at Manu National Park and then delve into the lush surroundings at Kosnipata Valley.

Discover how to plan a Manu National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tambopata National Reserve to Manu National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Manu National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Manu National Park ©
Manu National Park

2
nights
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, and then delve into the distant past at Intipuncu.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip itinerary maker website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Manu National Park to Machu Picchu. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu ©
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu

3
nights
Cusco

Cusco ©
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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, trails, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, look for all kinds of wild species at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco tour itinerary builder app .

Do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Cusco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Manu Wildlife Peru ©
Manu Wildlife Peru
Amarutrek Expeditions ©
Amarutrek Expeditions

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