23 days in Peru Itinerary

23 days in Peru Itinerary

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23 days in Peru Itinerary

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

3
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.
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, steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, take a stroll through Miraflores, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Lima road trip site .

Rome, Italy to Lima is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Rome to Lima, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, Lima is a bit warmer than Rome - with highs of 28°C and lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Caraz.

Things to do in Lima

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

3
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. Change things up with these side-trips from Caraz: Huascaran National Park (Huascaran, Cordillera Blanca Summit, & more). There's more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Camposanto de Yungay and make a trip to Tumshukaiko.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Caraz day trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lima to Caraz. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Lima in April since evenings lows in Caraz dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Caraz

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Huascaran National Park, Camposanto de Yungay
Highlights from your plan
Huascaran ©
Huascaran
Cordillera Blanca Summit ©
Cordillera Blanca Summit
Lagunas de Llanganuco ©
Lagunas de Llanganuco

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.
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, admire the striking features of La Mansion del Fundador, don't miss a visit to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus, and contemplate the long history of Palacio de Goyeneche.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Arequipa road trip planning site .

Explore your travel options from Caraz to Arequipa with the Route module. In April, daytime highs in Arequipa are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

3
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.
Puno is known for nature, historic sites, adventure, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Taquile Island, race across the water with a speed boat tour, stroll around Parque Pino, and explore the activities along Lake Umayo.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Puno road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Arequipa to Puno takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Arequipa in April since evenings lows in Puno dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Maras.

Things to do in Puno

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

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 (Thu), explore the ancient world of Moray and then contemplate the long history of Salinas de Maras.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Maras trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Puno to Maras takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Puno in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Maras, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

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

3
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.
Step out of Machu Picchu with an excursion to Zipline in Santa Teresa--about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, and make a trip to Intipuncu.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu holiday planner.

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 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Santa Teresa
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.
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 in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cusco trip planning website .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

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