22 days in Peru Itinerary

22 days in Peru Itinerary

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22 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Lima
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Paracas
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
3
Casma
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Puerto Malabrigo
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
5
Puno
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Maras
— 1 night
taxi + train:  2​h 15​min
7
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
8
Cusco
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Rome

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Santa Maria del Mar and Balneario Embajadores. Miraflores and Huaca Pucllana are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Penascal, wander the streets of Barranco, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Milagrosa.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lima trip planner .

Rome, Italy to Lima is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Rome to Lima. In April, Lima is somewhat warmer than Rome - with highs of 28°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Paracas.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa Santa Maria del Mar
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Playa Santa Maria del Mar ©
Playa Santa Maria del Mar
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Miraflores ©
Miraflores

3
nights
Paracas

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
We've included these beaches for you: Supay Beach and Playa El Raspon. Get a sense of the local culture at Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino. and Museo De Sitio Julio C Tello De Paracas. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Mendieta, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yumaque Beach, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Paracas trip tool .

Getting from Lima to Paracas by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Paracas can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Casma.

Things to do in Paracas

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Supay Beach ©
Supay Beach
Parasailing & Paragliding
Playa Roja ©
Playa Roja

1
night
Casma

Casma ©
Casma is a city in the Ancash Region, Peru. On the 11th (Sat), kick back and relax at Playa Las Gemelas and then kick back and relax at Playa la Gramita. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Cerro Sechin and then kick back and relax at Playa Tortugas.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Casma trip planner .

Traveling by car from Paracas to Casma takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Paracas in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Casma, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Puerto Malabrigo.

Things to do in Casma

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Playa Tortugas ©
Playa Tortugas
Cerro Sechin ©
Cerro Sechin

1
night
Puerto Malabrigo

Puerto Malabrigo
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Malabrigo.

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

Traveling by car from Casma to Puerto Malabrigo takes 5 hours. Traveling from Casma in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 20°C in Puerto Malabrigo. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Puno.

Things to do in Puerto Malabrigo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

1
night
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.
On the 14th (Tue), explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Matriz de Santa Catalina. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands, then head off the coast to Taquile Island, and then get great views at Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Puno itinerary builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Malabrigo to Puno. When traveling from Puerto Malabrigo in April, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Puno: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Maras.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Iglesia Matriz de Santa Catalina
Highlights from your plan
Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Iglesia Matriz de Santa Catalina ©
Iglesia Matriz de Santa Catalina

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 (Thu): delve into the distant past at Moray and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Maras using our trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Puno to Maras in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Puno in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Maras, with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

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

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 17th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Los Jardines de Mandor. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and then get great views at Intipuncu.

Before you visit Machu Picchu, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Maras to Machu Picchu by combination of taxi and train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and exploor. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sacsayhuaman and Sacred Valley of the Incas. Take a break from Cusco with a short trip to Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo in Ollantaytambo, about 1h 50 min away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of San Blas, examine the collection at Museo de Arte Precolombino, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cusco driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

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