23 days in Peru Itinerary

23 days in Peru Itinerary

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23 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  34​h
1
Cusco
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  3​h
2
Puno
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Arequipa
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Iquitos
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Tarapoto
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Trujillo
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
7
Lima
— 5 nights
Fly:  34​h
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

4
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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Sacsayhuaman and Horseback Riding Tours. Sacred Valley of the Incas and Moray will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Cusco with a short trip to Salinas de Maras in Maras, about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Tipon, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the landmark architecture of The Company of Jesus Church, and contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco journey site .

Hyderabad, India to Cusco is an approximately 34-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Peru Time (PET), which is usually a -10 hour difference. In December, Cusco is little chillier than Hyderabad - with highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Puno.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Moray ©
Moray
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

2
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.
On the 13th (Fri), make a trip to Catedral de Puno, stroll the grounds of Sillustani, and then explore the activities along Lake Titicaca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Uros Floating Islands, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia San Antonio, and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Puno driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cusco to Puno takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in December, Puno is little chillier at night with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Speed Boats Tours
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Historic Centre of Arequipa and Yanahuara. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santa Catalina Monastery and Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista), admire the striking features of La Mansion del Fundador, and make a trip to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Arequipa trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Puno to Arequipa in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Puno in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 12°C in Arequipa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa ©
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus ©
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at La Isla De Los Monos, identify plant and animal life at Amazon Rescue Center, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Iquitos, then look for all kinds of wild species at Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, and finally look for gifts at Centro Artesanal Turistico Anaconda. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Quistacocha Zoo and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Iquitos tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Iquitos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Arequipa in December: highs in Iquitos hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Tarapoto.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm ©
Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm
Nature & Wildlife Tours
La Isla De Los Monos ©
La Isla De Los Monos

1
night
Tarapoto

Tarapoto ©
As a busy commercial hub of northern Peru, Tarapoto straddles the foothills of the Andes and a high jungle plateau characterized by lush cloud forests.
On the 20th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Centro Urku and then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Sauce.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tarapoto sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Iquitos to Tarapoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Tarapoto

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Laguna Sauce ©
Laguna Sauce

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Cao Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia y Monasterio El Carmen, then explore the ancient world of Chan Chan, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Site Museum, then steep yourself in history at Huaca del Sol y la Luna, then contemplate the long history of Casa Orbegoso, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Trujillo - Catedral de Santa Maria.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Trujillo road trip planning tool .

Fly from Tarapoto to Trujillo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tarapoto in December: high temperatures in Trujillo hover around 26°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

5
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like San Isidro and Iglesia de las Nazarenas. Discover out-of-the-way places like MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima and Playa Santa Maria del Mar. Change things up with these side-trips from Lima: El Silencio (in Punta Hermosa) and Reserva Nacional Lomas de Lachay (in Huaral). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church and Sanctuary of Saint Rose of Lima, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento La Merced, contemplate the long history of Casa de Aliaga, and explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lima vacation website .

Traveling by flight from Trujillo to Lima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Lima

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

El Silencio, Playa Santa Maria del Mar, Reserva Nacional Lomas de Lachay
Highlights from your plan
El Silencio ©
El Silencio
San Isidro ©
San Isidro
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima ©
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima

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