24 days in Peru Itinerary

24 days in Peru Itinerary

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24 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  10​h
1
Lima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Puerto Maldonado
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Cusco
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h
4
Ollantaytambo
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
5
Machu Picchu
— 4 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  11​h 15​min
6
Puno
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
7
Lima
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
8
Arequipa
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
9
Ica
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

3
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.
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, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de Torre Tagle, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo, and don't miss a visit to Miraflores.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Lima road trip planning website .

Los Angeles, USA to Lima is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Los Angeles to Lima, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, you will find days in Lima are a bit cooler (70°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Maldonado.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Tours Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

2
nights
Puerto Maldonado

Puerto Maldonado ©
Puerto Maldonado sits at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers in the Amazon rainforest.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): stroll through Mariposario Tambopata, then head off the coast to Monkey Island, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lago Sandoval. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Inkaterra Ecological Reserve, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then get to know the resident critters at Serpentario Tropifauna Madre de Dios.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Maldonado trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Lima to Puerto Maldonado takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Lima in June: highs in Puerto Maldonado hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puerto Maldonado

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Lago Sandoval ©
Lago Sandoval
Inkaterra Ecological Reserve ©
Inkaterra Ecological Reserve
Mariposario Tambopata ©
Mariposario Tambopata

3
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: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, and explore the ancient world of Tambomachay.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. While traveling from Puerto Maldonado, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Cusco, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

1
night
Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo ©
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
On the 2nd (Thu), delve into the distant past at Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries, then contemplate the long history of Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Qosqo Ayllu, and finally look for gifts at ALQA - Gallery of Andean Expressions.

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

You can take a bus from Cusco to Ollantaytambo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Historic Sites Shopping Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo ©
Qosqo Ayllu ©
Qosqo Ayllu
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries ©
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Machu Picchu to Santa Teresa to see Zipline about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, get great views at Intipuncu, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Puno.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Zipline, Choquequirao Archeological Park
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Choquequirao Archeological Park ©
Choquequirao Archeological Park
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

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.
For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Puno trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Machu Picchu to Puno by car takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Puno, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 23°F at night. You'll set off for Lima on the 8th (Wed).

Things to do in Puno

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

1
night
Lima

On the 8th (Wed), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour and then take a stroll through Barranco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): take a leisurely stroll along Miraflores Boardwalk and then take a stroll through Centro Historico de Lima.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lima online trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Puno to Lima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Puno in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much warmer in Lima, with lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Tours Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Barranco ©
Barranco
Miraflores Boardwalk ©
Miraflores Boardwalk

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.
Arequipa is known for museums, historic sites, nature, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, admire the striking features of La Mansion del Fundador, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Arequipa online vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Lima to Arequipa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Arequipa when traveling from Lima in July, with lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ica.

Things to do in Arequipa

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

2
nights
Ica

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.
Laguna De Huacachina has been added to your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Paracas (The Chandelier & Off-Road Tours). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Tacama, make a trip to Plaza de Armas, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and examine the collection at Javier Cabrera Scientific Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ica travel route planning website .

Fly from Arequipa to Ica in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 56°F in Ica. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ica

Outdoors Tours Wineries

Side Trip

Paracas
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tacama ©
Tacama
Regional Museum of Ica
Regional Museum of Ica

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