18 days in Peru Itinerary

18 days in Peru Itinerary

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18 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Foz do Iguacu
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Lima
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Huaraz
— 4 nights
+4
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  12​h
3
Puno
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  3​h
4
Cusco
— 7 nights
Fly + Drive:  11​h 30​min
End: Foz do Iguacu

2
nights
Lima

Lima ©
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.
Lima is known for parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, take a leisurely stroll along Miraflores Boardwalk, make a trip to Circuito Magico Del Agua, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lima trip itinerary planner.

Foz do Iguacu, Brazil to Lima is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Foz do Iguacu to Lima. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in April, expect nights in Lima to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Huaraz.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

4
nights
Huaraz

Huaraz ©
One of the main cities in the Peruvian Andes, Huaraz mainly draws those seeking adventure out in the landscape.
Get out of town with these interesting Huaraz side-trips: Huascaran National Park (Laguna Churup & Cordillera Blanca Summit). And it doesn't end there: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, stop by RUBRIX, get engrossed in the history at Museo Arqueologico de Ancash "Augusto Soriano Infante", and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Andina.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Huaraz travel route planner.

You can fly from Lima to Huaraz in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Lima in May, Huaraz is slightly colder at night with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Puno.

Things to do in Huaraz

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Huascaran National Park
Highlights from your plan
Laguna Churup ©
Laguna Churup
Cordillera Blanca Summit ©
Cordillera Blanca Summit
Climbing Tours

2
nights
Puno

Puno ©
Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
Puno is known for nature, historic sites, adventure, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island, get great views at Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez, don't miss a visit to Catedral de Puno, and walk around Parque Pino.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Puno trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Huaraz to Puno in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Huaraz in May: highs in Puno hover around 21°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

7
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Salinas de Maras (in Maras), Cerveceria Willkamayu (in Urubamba) and Pisac (in Pisac). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, make a trip to San Blas, and steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco online trip maker .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Puno to Cusco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puno in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Cusco, with lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Pisac, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Salinas de Maras, Cerveceria Willkamayu
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

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