22 days in Peru Itinerary

22 days in Peru Itinerary

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22 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Iquitos
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Trujillo
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Arequipa
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
4
Maras
— 1 night
taxi + train:  2​h
5
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
6
Cusco
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
7
Paracas
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Vancouver

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and La Isla De Los Monos. Step out of the city life by going to Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm and Amazon Rescue Center. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, examine the collection at Museum of Historic Boats, and make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Iquitos.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Iquitos trip itinerary builder website .

Vancouver, Canada to Iquitos is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Peru Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in August; daily highs in Iquitos reach 38°C and lows reach 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Amazon Rescue Center ©
Amazon Rescue Center
Nature & Wildlife Tours
La Isla De Los Monos ©
La Isla De Los Monos

3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Cao and Museo de Arte Moderno. Get some historical perspective at Huaca del Sol y la Luna and El Brujo. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Chan Chan, make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo, take an in-depth tour of Casinelli Museum (Museo Arqueologico Casinelli), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia y Monasterio El Carmen.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Trujillo day trip planning website .

You can fly from Iquitos to Trujillo in 5.5 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Iquitos in August: highs in Trujillo hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

La Huaca del Sol
Highlights from your plan
Chan Chan ©
Chan Chan
La Huaca del Sol ©
La Huaca del Sol
Cao Museum ©
Cao Museum

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.
You'll explore and learn at Museo de Arte Virreinal Santa Teresa and Museo Santuarios Andinos. For shopping fun, head to Arte Colonial or Alvaro Antiques. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Yanahuara, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, get impressive views of Volcan Misti, and make a trip to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Arequipa travel planner .

You can fly from Trujillo to Arequipa in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Trujillo in August, Arequipa is slightly colder at night with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Maras.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa ©
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Museo de Arte Virreinal ©
Museo de Arte Virreinal

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 11th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Urubamba Weavers' Route, then see the interesting displays at Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva, then steep yourself in history at Salinas de Maras, and finally steep yourself in history at Moray.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Maras online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Arequipa to Maras takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Maras, with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva, Urubamba Weavers' Route
Highlights from your plan
Moray ©
Moray
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva ©
Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Intipuncu, delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes).

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip builder tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Maras to Machu Picchu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

6
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.
Qorikancha and Sacred Valley of the Incas will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco and Museo de Arte Precolombino. Treat yourself to a day of pampering on the 17th (Sat) at some of the best spas. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, pause for some serene contemplation at The Company of Jesus Church, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. August in Cusco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Paracas.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Spas Museums

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Tipon ©
Tipon
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): don't miss a visit to The Chandelier, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Roja, and then head off the coast to Islas Ballestas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): view the masterpieces at Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino., then get engrossed in the history at Museo Arqueologico Paracas, and then explore and take pictures at Ballestas Islands.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Paracas visit planner .

Getting from Cusco to Paracas by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in August, Paracas is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Pisco
Highlights from your plan
Playa Roja ©
Playa Roja
Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas
Museo Arqueologico Paracas ©
Museo Arqueologico Paracas

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