19 days in Peru Itinerary

19 days in Peru Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Peru journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Iquitos
— 3 nights
Fly to Tumbes, Bus to Mancora
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Mancora
— 1 night
Drive
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Trujillo
— 1 day
Fly
4
Cusco
— 4 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
5
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Fly
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Puno
— 1 night
Drive
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Arequipa
— 2 nights
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Iquitos

— 3 nights

Capital of the Peruvian Amazon

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.
Explore hidden gems such as La Isla De Los Monos and Fishing Charters & Tours. Get in touch with nature at Amazon Rescue Center and Jairo Mejia Prado. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainforest Awareness Rescue Education Center, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Juan Bautista, see the interesting displays at Museum of Indigenous Amazonian Cultures, and look for gifts at Centro Artesanal Turistico Anaconda.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Iquitos road trip tool.

Melbourne, Australia to Iquitos is an approximately 31-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Iquitos, you'll gain 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in September, expect Iquitos to be much warmer, temps between 38°C and 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mancora.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Mancora

— 1 night
In a busy little beach town, Mancora tourism industry continues to grow, largely thanks to the sunniest climate of any region in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at El Mirador del Faro, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Acuario Mundo Hippocampus, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Puerto Velero and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mancora trip site.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Iquitos to Mancora in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Iquitos in September, things will get slightly colder in Mancora: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Trujillo.

Things to do in Mancora

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Spas

Side Trip

Trujillo

— 1 day

Capital of Culture

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 (Sat): explore the ancient world of Huaca El Dragon, then contemplate the long history of Casa Orbegoso, and then kick back and relax at Playa de Huanchaco.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Trujillo trip maker website.

You can drive from Mancora to Trujillo in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Mancora in September; daily highs in Trujillo reach 24°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Cusco

— 4 nights

Imperial City

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.
Escape the urban bustle at exploor and Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Moray and Q'enqo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cusco: Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero (in Chinchero), San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas (in Andahuaylillas) and Huarcapay (Piquillacta & Humedal Lucre-Huacarpay). There's lots more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the long history of Tipon, take in the dramatic natural features at Cerro Colorado Vinicunca, and explore the ancient world of Tambomachay.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cusco day trip site.

Getting from Trujillo to Cusco by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Trujillo in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 5°C in Cusco. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Machu Picchu

— 2 nights
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 17th (Thu): stroll through Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, and then admire the sheer force of Cascadas Allcamayo. On the next day, get a sense of history and politics at Serpost, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, then stop by Artesanias, and finally examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Machu Picchu online road trip planner.

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Puno.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Puno

— 1 night

City of the Lake

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.
On the 19th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Umayo, admire the striking features of Balcon del Conde de Lemos, and then contemplate the long history of La Casa del Corregidor. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Catedral de Chucuito, don't miss a visit to Portal de Aramu Muru, and then head outdoors with Plaza de Armas.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Puno trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Puno by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Puno, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Arequipa

— 2 nights

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
On the 21st (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa los Arcos, then see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Villalobos, and then steep yourself in history at Petroglifos de Toro Muerto. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Miguel Arcangel, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista), see the interesting displays at MUVI Museo Vivencial del Vino y Pisco, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally steep yourself in history at Iglesia Santo Domingo.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Arequipa online route planner.

Traveling by car from Puno to Arequipa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Puno in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Arequipa, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Peru travel guide

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Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.