20 days in Peru Itinerary

20 days in Peru Itinerary

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20 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  25 h
1
Puerto Maldonado
— 1 day
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Puno
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  3 h
4
Cusco
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
5
Paracas
— 2 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Shuttle + Fly:  9 h 15 min
6
Huaraz
— 1 day
Fly:  1 h 45 min
7
Lima
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
8
Tarapoto
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
9
Iquitos
— 2 nights
Fly:  22 h
End: Tel Aviv

1
day
Puerto Maldonado

Puerto Maldonado ©
Puerto Maldonado sits at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers in the Amazon rainforest.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Sandoval.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Maldonado day trip planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Puerto Maldonado is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to Peru Time is minus 7 hours. While traveling from Tel Aviv, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Puerto Maldonado, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puerto Maldonado

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lago Sandoval
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Lago Sandoval ©
Lago Sandoval

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 3rd (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of La Mansion del Fundador, admire the striking features of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at Arte Colonial, don't miss a visit to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus, then browse for treasures at Alvaro Valdivia - Anticuario, then get impressive views of Volcan Misti, and finally have fun and explore at FBC Melgar.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Arequipa trip planner .

Getting from Puerto Maldonado to Arequipa by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Puerto Maldonado in May: highs in Arequipa hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Volcan Misti ©
Volcan Misti
Complejo de la Compania de Jesus ©
Complejo de la Compania de Jesus

2
nights
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 5th (Tue), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, and then pause for some photo ops at Arco Deustua. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Catedral de Puno, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then walk around Parque Pino.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Puno itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Arequipa to Puno takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of -1°C in Puno. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puno

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Lake Titicaca
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Speed Boats Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

4
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.
Get outdoors at Kayaking & Canoeing and exploor. Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Spas. Next up on the itinerary: trot along with a tour on horseback, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, and appreciate the history behind Parque Orellana Pumaqchupan.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cusco attractions planning site .

Getting from Puno to Cusco by combination of bus and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Puno in May since evenings lows in Cusco dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Paracas.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
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exploor ©
exploor
Kayaking & Canoeing
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Paracas

A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): make a trip to The Chandelier, get outside with Outdoor Activities, then browse the exhibits of Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino., and finally make a trip to Plaza de Armas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): stroll through Playa Roja, explore the fascinating landscape at Paracas Nature Reserve, and then kick back and relax at Playa Atenas.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Paracas travel route builder tool .

You can fly from Cusco to Paracas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in May, you will find days in Paracas are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are warmer (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Huaraz.

Things to do in Paracas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Plaza de Armas
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Off-Road Tours
Playa Roja ©
Playa Roja
Playa Atenas ©
Playa Atenas

1
day
Huaraz

One of the main cities in the Peruvian Andes, Huaraz mainly draws those seeking adventure out in the landscape.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): look for gifts at Perutambo and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Huaraz day trip planning app .

Getting from Paracas to Huaraz by car takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Paracas in May, Huaraz is a bit cooler at night with lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Huaraz

Tours Outdoors Shopping
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Climbing Tours

2
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.
On the 14th (Thu), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then don't miss a visit to Plaza Bolivar. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Centro Historico de Lima and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

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

Getting from Huaraz to Lima by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Huaraz in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Lima, with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tarapoto.

Things to do in Lima

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima
Plaza Bolivar ©
Plaza Bolivar

2
nights
Tarapoto

Tarapoto ©
As a busy commercial hub of northern Peru, Tarapoto straddles the foothills of the Andes and a high jungle plateau characterized by lush cloud forests.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Museo Chanka y de la Diversidad Lamista and then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Sauce. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Catarata Pucayaquillo, then take in the dramatic scenery at Las Cataratas de Ahuashiyacu, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Tarapoto, and finally wander the streets of Comunidad Nativa Wayku.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Tarapoto trip planning site .

You can fly from Lima to Tarapoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Lima in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Tarapoto: highs are around 37°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Tarapoto

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Comunidad Nativa Wayku
Highlights from your plan
Laguna Sauce ©
Laguna Sauce
Las Cataratas de Ahuashiyacu ©
Las Cataratas de Ahuashiyacu
Catarata Pucayaquillo ©
Catarata Pucayaquillo

2
nights
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.
On the 18th (Mon), stroll through Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Centro Artesanal Turistico Anaconda, then stroll through La Isla De Los Monos, then stroll through Amazon Rescue Center, and finally head outdoors with Amazon Adventure Expeditions.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Iquitos travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Tarapoto to Iquitos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May in Iquitos, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Iquitos

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

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