18 days in Peru Itinerary

18 days in Peru Itinerary

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18 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Iquitos
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Trujillo
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h
4
Maras
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  2 h 15 min
5
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
6
Cusco
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
7
Paracas
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Lima
— 4 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Montreal, Quebec

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, then examine the collection at Museum of Indigenous Amazonian Cultures, then stroll through Amazon Rescue Center, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at La Isla De Los Monos. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Ex-Hotel Palace and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Iquitos vacation planner.

Montreal, Canada to Iquitos is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Montreal in April, things will get much hotter in Iquitos: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
La Isla De Los Monos ©
La Isla De Los Monos
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm ©
Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm

1
night
Trujillo

Trujillo ©
Considered the country's capital of culture, Trujillo was the birthplace of the North Group, a community of artists and intellectuals that included celebrated poet Cesar Vallejo and notable novelist Ciro Alegria.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): contemplate the long history of La Huaca del Sol, then make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo, and then take an in-depth tour of Cao Museum.

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Fly from Iquitos to Trujillo in 5.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Iquitos in April, with highs in Trujillo at 26°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

La Huaca del Sol
Highlights from your plan
La Huaca del Sol ©
La Huaca del Sol
Cao Museum ©
Cao Museum
Plaza de Armas de Trujillo ©
Plaza de Armas de Trujillo

2
nights
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, and then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Virreinal, then don't miss a visit to Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, and finally browse the collection at San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Arequipa trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Trujillo to Arequipa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Trujillo in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 11°C in Arequipa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Maras.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa ©
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Museo de Arte Virreinal ©
Museo de Arte Virreinal

1
night
Maras

Maras ©
Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. On the 15th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Salinas de Maras and then delve into the distant past at Moray.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Maras online holiday planner .

Getting from Arequipa to Maras by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Maras, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Moray ©
Moray
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras

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 16th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then stroll through Los Jardines de Mandor. On your second day here, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Mariposario de Machupicchu, then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, and then make a trip to Intipuncu.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu tour builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Maras to Machu Picchu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sacred Valley of the Incas and Spas. Visiting Horseback Riding Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cusco day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Paracas.

Things to do in Cusco

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Spas

2
nights
Paracas

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
On the 21st (Tue), stroll through Playa Roja, see Off-Road Tours, then examine the collection at Museo De Sitio Julio C Tello De Paracas, and finally view the masterpieces at Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino.. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Atenas, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Supay Beach, and then don't miss a visit to The Chandelier.

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

Getting from Cusco to Paracas by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Paracas: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lima.

Things to do in Paracas

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Roja ©
Playa Roja
Off-Road Tours
Supay Beach ©
Supay Beach

4
nights
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.
Relax by the water at Playa Santa Maria del Mar and Playa Penascal. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Centro Historico de Lima and Galeria Indigo. There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, wander the streets of Miraflores, stop by Casa del Habano, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Balneario Embajadores.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lima route maker website .

Drive from Paracas to Lima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Lima are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Santa Maria del Mar
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco

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