21 days in Peru Itinerary

21 days in Peru Itinerary

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21 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Huanuco
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Cusco
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
2
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Train + Taxi:  2 h
3
Maras
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  3 h 45 min
4
Puno
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Arequipa
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
6
Lima
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Caraz
— 4 nights
Drive:  6 h
End: Huanuco

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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, wildlife, classes, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, take a stroll through San Blas, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip itinerary planner .

Huanuco to Cusco is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Huanuco in November, you will find days in Cusco are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are cooler (8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Los Jardines de Mandor. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, and finally get great views at Intipuncu.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Maras.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
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 16th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Moray and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Maras holiday planning tool .

Do a combination of train and taxi from Machu Picchu to Maras in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in Maras are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Puno.

Things to do in Maras

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Uros Floating Islands, get great views at Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez, and then step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lake Titicaca, walk around Parque Pino, and then delve into the distant past at Sillustani.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Puno trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Maras to Puno in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Maras in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Puno, with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lake Titicaca
Highlights from your plan
Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

3
nights
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Arequipa is known for museums, historic sites, nature, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Misti, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas, and get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Arequipa planner .

You can drive from Puno to Arequipa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Puno in November, Arequipa is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

4
nights
Lima

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.
Lima is known for parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, wander the streets of Miraflores, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lima travel route planner .

Getting from Arequipa to Lima by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in November, Lima is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Caraz.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua

4
nights
Caraz

Caraz ©
Caraz is a town in the Caraz District in the southeastern part of Huaylas Province of the Ancash Region in Peru.Political CreationRecent investigations propose that its political creation was dated on 12 February 1821, when Grl. Get out of town with these interesting Caraz side-trips: Huascaran National Park (Huascaran, Lagunas de Llanganuco, & more). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Camposanto de Yungay and make a trip to Tumshukaiko.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Caraz travel planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lima to Caraz. Expect slightly colder evenings in Caraz when traveling from Lima in November, with lows around 7°C. On the 29th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Caraz

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Huascaran National Park
Highlights from your plan
Laguna 69 ©
Laguna 69
Huascaran ©
Huascaran
Lagunas de Llanganuco ©
Lagunas de Llanganuco

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