26 days in Peru Itinerary

26 days in Peru Itinerary

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26 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Neuquen
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Lima
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Caraz
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Trujillo
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Cusco
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3​h 15​min
5
Machu Picchu
— 3 nights
Train + Taxi:  2​h 15​min
6
Maras
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2​h
7
Arequipa
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Puno
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Neuquen

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: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, make a trip to Miraflores, contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, and admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lima trip itinerary maker app .

Neuquen, Argentina to Lima is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Neuquen to Lima is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Neuquen, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Lima, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Caraz.

Things to do in Lima

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

4
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. Explore Caraz's surroundings by going to Huascaran National Park (Huascaran, Lagunas de Llanganuco, & more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Paron, examine the collection at Museo Municipal de Caraz, and don't miss a visit to Tumshukaiko.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Caraz online trip itinerary builder .

Explore your travel options from Lima to Caraz with the Route module. Traveling from Lima in December, Caraz is much colder at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Caraz

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Huascaran National Park
Highlights from your plan
Laguna 69 ©
Laguna 69
Huascaran ©
Huascaran
Cordillera Blanca Summit ©
Cordillera Blanca Summit

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.
Trujillo is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Chan Chan, make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo, delve into the distant past at Site Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Cao Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Trujillo trip planner .

Drive from Caraz to Trujillo in 5 hours. Traveling from Caraz in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Trujillo, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, wildlife, museums, classes, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, and admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To find photos and other tourist information, go to the Cusco trip maker .

Fly from Trujillo to Cusco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Cusco when traveling from Trujillo in December, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

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

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 to go to Santa Teresa and see Zipline, which is approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, make a trip to Intipuncu, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Banos Termales de Cocalmayo.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu day trip planning website .

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Maras.

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

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 24th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Moray and then contemplate the long history of Salinas de Maras.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Maras trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Maras by combination of train and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December in Maras, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Maras

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

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: see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, get impressive views of Volcan Misti, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, and stop by La Iberica.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Arequipa tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Maras to Arequipa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Arequipa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

4
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: step off the mainland to explore Uros Floating Islands, stroll the grounds of Sillustani, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and explore the activities along Lake Titicaca.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Puno trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Arequipa to Puno takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Arequipa in December since evenings lows in Puno dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Chullpas
Highlights from your plan
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

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