20 days in Peru Itinerary

20 days in Peru Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Peru visit planner

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Bus to Vienna, Fly to Cuzco
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Cusco
— 5 nights
Fly
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Paracas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nazca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arequipa
— 2 nights
Fly
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Machu Picchu
— 3 nights
Fly
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Trujillo
— 2 nights
Fly
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Iquitos
— 2 nights
Fly to Vienna, Bus to Bratislava

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Cusco

— 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mercado Central de San Pedro and Horseback Riding Tours. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Mercado De Urubamaba and Galeria Arte Olave. Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras), Chinchero (Tupay Textiles, Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero, &more) and San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas (in Andahuaylillas). Spend the 3rd (Tue) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, delve into the distant past at Q'enqo, steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, and don't miss a visit to Callejon de Loreto.

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Bratislava, Slovakia to Cusco is an approximately 22-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Peru Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Bratislava in August, you will find days in Cusco are little chillier (24°C), and nights are much colder (2°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Paracas.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Paracas

— 2 nights
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): admire nature's extreme beauty at Paracas Nature Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Supay Beach, get great views at La Catedral, then kick back and relax at Yumaque Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Roja, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa El Raspon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): don't miss a visit to The Chandelier, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mendieta, explore the galleries of Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino., then get engrossed in the history at Museo Arqueologico Paracas, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally do a tasting at Bodega 1615.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Paracas trip planning site.

You can fly from Cusco to Paracas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Cusco in August since evenings lows in Paracas dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nazca.

Things to do in Paracas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Nazca

— 2 nights
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Cerro Blanco, examine the collection at Líneas de Cantalloc Telar, look for gifts at Taller de Artesania "Andres Calle Flores", then see the sky in a new way at Planetario Maria Reiche, then don't miss a visit to Acueductos de Nasca, and finally get outside with Lomas de Marcona y Punta San Fernando. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Mural of Maria Reiche, examine the collection at Casa-Museo Mari Reiche, make a trip to Geoglifos de Palpa, make a trip to Torre Mirador de Las Lines de Nasca, then don't miss a visit to Nasca Lines, and finally steep yourself in history at Los Paredones.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nazca online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Paracas to Nazca takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Nazca

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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 11th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, stop by La Iberica, then explore the galleries of Tristan del Pozo (Continental Bank Exhibition Gallery), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Agustin, and finally have fun at Arequipa Massage. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Casa Museo Villalobos, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central, explore the galleries of San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery, explore the galleries of Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, then see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Arequipa trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Nazca to Arequipa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daytime highs in Arequipa are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas

Machu Picchu

— 3 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Head to Mercado de Artesanias and Artesaniasfor plenty of shopping. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Intipuncu and Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, admire the sheer force of Cascadas Allcamayo, admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu, and relax and rejuvenate at SPA Rocas Sagradas.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip planner.

Getting from Arequipa to Machu Picchu by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Trujillo

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Museo del Juguete Antiguo, contemplate the long history of Casa Urquiaga (Casa Calonge)ggj, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo, contemplate the long history of Casa Orbegoso, then examine the collection at Casa de la Emancipacion, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de La Merced. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Playa Las Delicias, contemplate the long history of La Huaca del Sol, examine the collection at Centro Cultural Victor Raul Haya de la Torre, delve into the distant past at Chan Chan, then kick back and relax at Playa de Huanchaco, and finally stop by Corazon Verde.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Trujillo trip planning tool.

You can fly from Machu Picchu to Trujillo in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Iquitos

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Isla De Los Monos, look for gifts at Centro Artesanal Turistico Anaconda, browse the fresh offerings at Mercado de Belen, then visit Belen, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On your second day here, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Iquitos online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Trujillo to Iquitos by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. While traveling from Trujillo, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Iquitos, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Spas

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.