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 Arequipa
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Arequipa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puno
— 2 nights
Fly
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Machu Picchu
— 1 night
Train to Ollantaytambo, Bus to Cusco
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Cusco
— 6 nights
Fly
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Trujillo
— 2 nights
Fly to Capitan Montes Airport, Drive to Organos
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Organos
— 1 night
Drive to Capitan Montes Airport, Fly to Iquitos
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Iquitos
— 2 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo and Museo del Automovil Coleccion Nicolin. Get in touch with nature at Parasailing & Paragliding and Balneario La Punta. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, examine the collection at Museo de Minerales Andres del Castillo, admire the masterpieces at Museo MATE, and take an in-depth tour of AMANO, Museo Textil Precolombino.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lima trip itinerary maker tool.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Lima. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in November, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Paracas.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Paracas

— 3 nights
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Paracas National Reserve, explore the fascinating landscape at Freedom Park, and then kick back and relax at Supay Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): browse the exhibits of 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 kick back and relax at Playa El Raspon.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Paracas visit planner.

You can 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Arequipa

— 3 nights

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Get a sense of the local culture at San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery and Casa Museo Villalobos. Take a break from the city and head to Chachani and River Rafting & Tubing. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Mario Vargas Llosa, stop by La Iberica, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Miguel Arcangel, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central.

Plan trip to Arequipa with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Paracas to Arequipa in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Paracas in November, Arequipa is a bit cooler at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Puno

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): step aboard Yavari Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at 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 get great views at Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez, then make a trip to Mirador Puma Uta, and finally get outside with Plaza de Armas.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Puno online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Arequipa to Puno in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 3°C in Puno. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to fly to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Puno

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Machu Picchu

— 1 night
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 19th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and then take in the awesome beauty at Phutuq K'usi. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, witness a stunning natural landmark at Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, and then stop by Mapi Art.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu road trip planning site.

You can fly from Puno to Machu Picchu in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Cusco

— 6 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.
Get some cultural insight at Sacred Valley of the Incas and Kayaking & Canoeing. Escape the urban bustle at Cerro Colorado Vinicunca and Montana de Siete Colores. Venture out of the city with trips to San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas (in Andahuaylillas) and Moray (in Maras). There's lots more to do: hike along exploor, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cusco trip maker.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by combination of train and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Trujillo.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Trujillo

— 2 nights

Capital of Culture

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): stroll through Huanchaco Al Rescate, then contemplate the long history of Casa Urquiaga (Casa Calonge)ggj, then examine the collection at Museo del Juguete Antiguo, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Huanchaco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Casa de la Emancipacion and then steep yourself in history at Casa Orbegoso.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Trujillo online day trip planner.

You can fly from Cusco to Trujillo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in November, Trujillo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Organos.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

Organos

— 1 night
On the 29th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Acuario Mundo Hippocampus.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Organos trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Trujillo to Organos. Traveling from Trujillo in November, things will get a bit warmer in Organos: highs are around 31°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Organos

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
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Iquitos

— 2 nights

Capital of the Peruvian Amazon

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): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then examine the collection at Museum of Historic Boats, and then stroll through Amazon Rescue Center. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Museum of Indigenous Amazonian Cultures and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainforest Awareness Rescue Education Center.

Discover how to plan a Iquitos trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Organos to Iquitos. Traveling from Organos in November, you will find days in Iquitos are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Tours

Peru travel guide

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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.