20 days in Peru Itinerary

20 days in Peru Itinerary

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20 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Sault Ste. Marie
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Trujillo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Puno
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  3​h
4
Cusco
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3​h 15​min
5
Machu Picchu
— 3 nights
Train + Taxi:  2​h 15​min
6
Maras
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Iquitos
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Sault Ste. Marie

2
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like La Huaca del Sol and Catedral de Trujillo - Catedral de Santa Maria. Step off the beaten path and head to Chan Chan and Plaza de Armas de Trujillo. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Site Museum, take an in-depth tour of Cao Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Senor de Huaman, and don't miss a visit to Iglesia de San Francisco.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Trujillo route planner.

Sault Ste. Marie, Canada to Trujillo is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sault Ste. Marie in May, you will find days in Trujillo are somewhat warmer (27°C), and nights are much hotter (21°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough 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
Chan Chan ©
Chan Chan
Site Museum ©
Site Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, and then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus, don't miss a visit to Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, wander the wide-open spaces of Mundo Alpaca, see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Virreinal, and finally contemplate the long history of Iglesia Santo Domingo.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Arequipa vacation planner.

You can fly from Trujillo to Arequipa in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Trujillo in May, expect Arequipa to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Puno.

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
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus ©
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus

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.
On the 7th (Thu), explore the activities along Lake Titicaca and then stroll the grounds of Sillustani. Here are some ideas for day two: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia San Antonio, and then head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Puno trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Arequipa to Puno takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Puno when traveling from Arequipa in May, with lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Speed Boats Tours
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands

5
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.
Visiting Horseback Riding Tours and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Sacred Valley of the Incas and Tambomachay. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Humantay Lake, explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, and steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cusco travel itinerary planner .

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, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Cusco, with lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Humantay Lake ©
Humantay Lake

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Banos Termales de Cocalmayo. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Intipuncu and Zipline. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Los Jardines de Mandor.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu online sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Maras.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Santa Teresa
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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 17th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Salinas de Maras and then explore the ancient world of Moray.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Maras trip planner .

Getting from Machu Picchu to Maras by combination of train and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In May, daily temperatures in Maras can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Maras

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then stroll through Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Isla De Los Monos, tour the pleasant surroundings at Amazon Rescue Center, then trek along with Hiking & Camping Tours, and finally stop by Centro Artesanal Turistico Anaconda.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Iquitos online trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Maras to Iquitos takes 3.5 hours. When traveling from Maras in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Iquitos: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Iquitos

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

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