21 days in Peru Itinerary

21 days in Peru Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Peru trip planner

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Bus to Vienna, Fly to Lima
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Lima
— 4 nights
Drive
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Paracas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ica
— 2 nights
Bus to Lima, Fly to Trujillo
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Trujillo
— 2 nights
Fly
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Arequipa
— 2 nights
Fly
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Machu Picchu
— 1 night
Train
7
Ollantaytambo
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Cusco
— 4 nights
Fly to Vienna, Bus to Bratislava

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Lima

— 4 nights

City of the Kings

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.
Head to Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar) and Galeria Indigofor some retail therapy. Step out of Lima to go to Santiago de Surco and see Centro Comercial El Polo, which is approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Miraflores, take in the exciting artwork at Jade Rivera World, stop by Barranco, and ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lima holiday planner.

Bratislava, Slovakia to Lima is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Bratislava to Lima, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Bratislava in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Lima: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Paracas.

Things to do in Lima

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

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 6th (Fri): take in a show at Culturides La Maquina del Tiempo, view the masterpieces at Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino., then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mendieta, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa El Raspon, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Roja. On the next day, learn about winemaking at Bodega 1615, tour the pleasant surroundings at Supay Beach, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Inca Spa - Paracas.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Paracas journey maker.

Getting from Lima to Paracas by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Lima in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Paracas, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ica.

Things to do in Paracas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Spas

Ica

— 2 nights
Located on the Ica River in the desert areas of Peru's southern coast, the city of Ica stands as something of an oasis in the dry, barren landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then do a tasting at El Catador, then learn about winemaking at Tacama, and finally do a tasting at Nietto Pisco. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Parque De Las Brujas De Cachiche and then learn about winemaking at Ocucaje.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ica road trip site.

You can drive from Paracas to Ica in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Ica can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Ica

Wineries · Tours · Parks

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 10th (Tue): contemplate the long history of La Huaca del Sol, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Moderno, buy something for everyone on your list at Mall Aventura Plaza, then soothe aching muscles at Atma Yoga Huanchaco, and finally stop by Corazon Verde. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Site Museum, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo, then contemplate the long history of Chan Chan, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Huanchaco.

Plan my day in Trujillo using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Ica to Trujillo in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

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 12th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, then examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, then have fun at Arequipa Massage, and finally wander the streets of Yanahuara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Monasterio de la Recoleta, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, then look for gifts at Alpaca AB, then hunt for treasures at Mercado Central, and finally browse the different shops at Parque Lambramani.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Arequipa road trip tool.

Getting from Trujillo to Arequipa by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Trujillo in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Arequipa, with lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums · Shopping · Fun & Games · Spas

Machu Picchu

— 1 night
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 (Sat): make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac, then stop by Mapi Art, then relax and rejuvenate at SPA Rocas Sagradas, and finally steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Machu Picchu driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Arequipa to Machu Picchu in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping

Ollantaytambo

— 2 nights
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Choqana, savor the flavors at Mercado De Urubamaba, look for gifts at Seminario Ceramics, then delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santiago Apostol. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, ride a horse along Hacienda del Chalan, then contemplate the long history of Salinas de Maras, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naupa Iglesia.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Ollantaytambo day trip website.

You can take a train from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the shuttle to Cusco.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Cusco

— 4 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.
For shopping fun, head to Mercado Central de San Pedro or Galeria Arte Olave. There's still lots to do: stop by San Blas, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and view the masterpieces at Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cusco travel planner.

Take a shuttle from Ollantaytambo to Cusco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Cusco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Peru travel guide

4.6
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.