20 days in Peru Itinerary

20 days in Peru Itinerary

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Arequipa
— 3 nights
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Trujillo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paracas
— 3 nights
Fly
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Puerto Maldonado
— 3 nights
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Cusco
— 5 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
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Arequipa

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 12th (Tue), examine the collection at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and finally get impressive views of Volcan Misti. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, take a stroll through Yanahuara, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista), then see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, and finally don't miss a visit to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Arequipa road trip planner.

Austin, USA to Arequipa is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Peru Standard Time (PET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Austin in January since evenings lows in Arequipa dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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Trujillo

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 14th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Trujillo - Catedral de Santa Maria, steep yourself in history at Chan Chan, then make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Senor de Huaman, and finally contemplate the long history of La Huaca del Sol. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Huanchaco.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Trujillo holiday planner.

Getting from Arequipa to Trujillo by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Arequipa in January; daily highs in Trujillo reach 76°F and lows reach 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Paracas.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

3
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Paracas

A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
On the 17th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de la Mina, then race across the water with a speed boat tour, and then step off the mainland to explore Islas Ballestas. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to The Chandelier, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Roja, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Supay Beach.

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Traveling by car from Trujillo to Paracas takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in January, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Maldonado.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

3
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Puerto Maldonado

Puerto Maldonado sits at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers in the Amazon rainforest.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lago Sandoval and Puente Billinghurst. Get outdoors at Mariposario Tambopata and Puerto Maldonado Tours. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Mirador de la Biodiversidad, stroll through Inkaterra Ecological Reserve, hike along Jungle Nature Hikes, and delve into the lush surroundings at Monkey Island.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Puerto Maldonado trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Paracas to Puerto Maldonado takes 22.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Paracas in January; daily highs in Puerto Maldonado reach 88°F and lows reach 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puerto Maldonado

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Transportation

Side Trip

5
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Cusco

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sacsayhuaman and Q'enqo. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tipon and Tambomachay. When in Cusco, make a side trip to see Salinas de Maras in Maras, approximately Maras away. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cusco itinerary planner.

Fly from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Puerto Maldonado in January; daily highs in Cusco reach 67°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Machu Picchu

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Intipuncu and Winay Wayna. Get outdoors at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Banos Termales de Cocalmayo. Step out of Machu Picchu to go to Santa Teresa and see Zipline, which is approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Mandor and look for gifts at Artesanias.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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.