21 days in Peru Itinerary

21 days in Peru Itinerary

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21 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  19 h 30 min
1
Lima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Cabanaconde
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
4
Puno
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  3 h
5
Cusco
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
6
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Train + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
7
Maras
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  3 h
8
Trujillo
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
9
Iquitos
— 2 nights
Fly:  22 h
End: Tel Aviv

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 2nd (Sat), view the masterpieces at Galeria Indigo and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, then contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and finally wander the streets of Centro Historico de Lima.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lima online trip builder .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Lima is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Peru Time (PET) is minus 7 hours. While traveling from Tel Aviv, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Lima, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana

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.
On the 4th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central.

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Fly from Lima to Arequipa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 10°C in Arequipa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cabanaconde.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa ©
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Cabanaconde

Cabanaconde ©
A vacation in Cabanaconde provides visitors with an opportunity to explore the left bank of the Colca River, an area quite untouched by commercial tourism.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): get great views at Mirador Cruz del Condor, stroll through Condor's Cross, and then take some stellar pictures from Tapay Viewpoint.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cabanaconde tour itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Arequipa to Cabanaconde takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Cabanaconde

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Condor's Cross ©
Condor's Cross
Mirador Cruz del Condor ©
Mirador Cruz del Condor
Tapay Viewpoint ©
Tapay Viewpoint

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): race across the water with a speed boat tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, and then stroll around Parque Pino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia San Antonio.

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You can drive from Cabanaconde to Puno in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puno

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Lake Titicaca
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sacsayhuaman and Tipon. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sacred Valley of the Incas and Horseback Riding Tours. Take a break from Cusco with a short trip to Iglesia de Urubamba in Urubamba, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, trek along exploor, admire the striking features of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Puno to Cusco by combination of bus and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puno in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 4°C in Cusco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Iglesia de Urubamba
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
exploor ©
exploor

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.
On the 14th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu, then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and then make a trip to Intipuncu.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Machu Picchu planning site .

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) to allow enough time to 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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Salinas de Maras and then delve into the distant past at Moray.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Maras day trip planning tool .

Do a combination of train and taxi from Machu Picchu to Maras in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Maras

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

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.
On the 17th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Chan Chan, then steep yourself in history at La Huaca del Sol, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Trujillo - Catedral de Santa Maria. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Casa Urquiaga (Casa Calonge), take an in-depth tour of Cao Museum, and then stroll through Huanchaco Al Rescate.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Trujillo trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Maras to Trujillo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Maras in May, expect warmer with lows of 21°C in Trujillo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Huanchaco Al Rescate, La Huaca del Sol
Highlights from your plan
La Huaca del Sol ©
La Huaca del Sol
Chan Chan ©
Chan Chan

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 19th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, examine the collection at Museum of Indigenous Amazonian Cultures, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Amazon Rescue Center, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at La Isla De Los Monos. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Ex-Hotel Palace and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Iquitos trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Trujillo to Iquitos in 5.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Trujillo in May; daily highs in Iquitos reach 37°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Iquitos

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

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