26 days in Peru Itinerary

26 days in Peru Itinerary

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26 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Lima
1
Lima
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Paracas
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Arequipa
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Puno
— 2 nights
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  11​h 15​min
5
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3​h 15​min
6
Cusco
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
7
Trujillo
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
8
Organos
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h
9
Iquitos
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
End: Lima

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Museo MATE. Get some cultural insight at Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo and San Isidro. Go for a jaunt from Lima to Callao to see Balneario La Punta about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima, see the interesting displays at Museo de Minerales Andres del Castillo, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de las Nazarenas.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lima trip itinerary planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Lima. November in Lima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Paracas.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Balneario La Punta
Highlights from your plan
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima ©
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Paracas

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
On the 11th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Paracas National Reserve, admire nature's extreme beauty at Freedom Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Supay Beach. On your second day here, take in the exciting artwork at Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino., get engrossed in the history at Museo Arqueologico Paracas, then see the interesting displays at Museo De Sitio Julio C Tello De Paracas, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa El Raspon.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Paracas day trip tool .

Drive from Lima to Paracas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in November, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Pisco
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Supay Beach ©
Supay Beach
Freedom Park ©
Freedom Park
Museo Arqueologico Paracas ©
Museo Arqueologico Paracas

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista) and Chachani. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery and Casa Museo Villalobos. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Petroglifos de Toro Muerto, see the interesting displays at MUVI Museo Vivencial del Vino y Pisco, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Agustin, and don't miss a visit to Iglesia de San Miguel Arcangel.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Arequipa online journey planner .

You can fly from Paracas to Arequipa in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Paracas in November, Arequipa is slightly colder at night with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Petroglifos de Toro Muerto
Highlights from your plan
Petroglifos de Toro Muerto ©
Petroglifos de Toro Muerto

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take a tour of Yavari Museum, then explore the activities along Lake Umayo, and then stroll around Parque Pino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Portal de Aramu Muru, then take some stellar pictures from Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez, then appreciate the history behind Mirador Puma Uta, and finally get outside with Plaza de Armas.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Puno trip site .

Getting from Arequipa to Puno by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in November, plan for little chillier nights in Puno, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Lake Umayo ©
Lake Umayo
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Yavari Museum ©
Yavari Museum

1
night
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): stroll through Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Phutuq K'usi. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, and then look for gifts at Mapi Art.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu route planner.

Traveling by car from Puno to Machu Picchu takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Banos Termales de Cocalmayo
Highlights from your plan
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu ©
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu
Phutuq K'usi ©
Phutuq K'usi

6
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.
Visiting Cerro Colorado Vinicunca and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like exploor and Horseback Riding Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Cusco side-trips: San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas (in Andahuaylillas) and Moray (in Maras). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Sacred Valley of the Incas, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, stroll through Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, and admire the striking features of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Cusco route site .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Cusco

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Moray
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
River Rafting & Tubing
Horseback Riding Tours

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.
On the 27th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Huanchaco Al Rescate, steep yourself in history at Casa Urquiaga (Casa Calonge), then see the interesting displays at Museo del Juguete Antiguo, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Huanchaco. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Casa de la Emancipacion and then steep yourself in history at Casa Orbegoso.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Trujillo trip maker site .

You can fly from Cusco to Trujillo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 19°C in Trujillo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Organos.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Huanchaco
Highlights from your plan
Casa Urquiaga (Casa Calonge) ©
Casa Urquiaga (Casa Calonge)
Playa de Huanchaco ©
Playa de Huanchaco
Casa de la Emancipacion ©
Casa de la Emancipacion

1
night
Organos

Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Acuario Mundo Hippocampus.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Organos trip itinerary maker tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Trujillo to Organos. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Trujillo in November, with highs in Organos at 31°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Organos

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
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 30th (Sat): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, examine the collection at Museum of Historic Boats, and then stroll through Amazon Rescue Center. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museum of Indigenous Amazonian Cultures and then stroll through Rainforest Awareness Rescue Education Center.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Iquitos day trip planning app .

Explore your travel options from Organos to Iquitos with the Route module. When traveling from Organos in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Iquitos: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Amazon Rescue Center ©
Amazon Rescue Center

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