26 days in Peru Itinerary

26 days in Peru Itinerary

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Lima
— 4 nights
Drive
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Paracas
— 3 nights
Bus to Lima, Fly to Cuzco
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Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Train
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Ollantaytambo
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Cusco
— 5 nights
Fly
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Puno
— 3 nights
Drive
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Arequipa
— 5 nights
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Lima

— 4 nights

City of the Kings

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 museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), take a stroll through Barranco, and ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Lima online day trip planner.

Medellin, Colombia to Lima is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Medellin, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Lima, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Paracas.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods

Paracas

— 3 nights
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
When in Paracas, make a side trip to see Ballestas Islands in Pisco, approximately Pisco away. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Islas Ballestas, don't miss a visit to The Chandelier, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Catedral, and do a tasting at Bodega 1615.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Paracas trip planner.

Drive from Lima to Paracas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Paracas, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Machu Picchu

— 2 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor, then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and then get great views at Intipuncu.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Machu Picchu itinerary builder site.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Paracas to Machu Picchu in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Ollantaytambo

— 3 nights
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ollantaytambo: Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras) and Urubamba (Cerveceria Willkamayu & Iglesia de Urubamba). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas, take in the exciting artwork at ALQA - Gallery of Andean Expressions, appreciate the extensive heritage of Qosqo Ayllu, and explore the ancient world of Sitio arqueológico Pinkuylluna.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ollantaytambo travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in Ollantaytambo, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to catch the shuttle to Cusco.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Cusco

— 5 nights

Imperial City

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.
On the 6th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, wander the streets of San Blas, and steep yourself in history at Tipon.

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Traveling by shuttle from Ollantaytambo to Cusco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Cusco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Puno.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods

Puno

— 3 nights

City of the Lake

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.
Step out of Puno with an excursion to Fertility Temple in Chucuito--about 40 minutes away. On the 9th (Wed), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island, stroll the grounds of Sillustani, soak in style at Inca Sauna, and explore the activities along Lake Umayo.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Puno trip planning site.

You can fly from Cusco to Puno in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Puno, with lows of -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Arequipa

— 5 nights

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Step out of Arequipa to go to Lari and see Templo Purisima Concepcion, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, pause for some serene contemplation at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, and admire the striking features of Casa del Moral.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Arequipa tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Puno to Arequipa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Puno in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be warmer in Arequipa, with lows of 9°C. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

Peru travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.