27 days in Los Angeles & Peru Itinerary

27 days in Los Angeles & Peru Itinerary

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27 days in Los Angeles & Peru Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
2
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Paracas, Peru
— Few hours
bus:  1​h
4
Ica, Peru
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
5
Nazca, Peru
— Few hours
Drive:  7​h
6
Arequipa, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
7
Cusco, Peru
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
8
Iquitos, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h
9
Pisco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  34​h
End: Melbourne, Australia


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2
nights
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, examine the collection at The Getty Center, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles road trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Pacific Standard Time is minus 18 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in April, with highs in Los Angeles at 28°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

2
nights
Lima, Peru

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, then wander the streets of Miraflores, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and finally ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor). On your second day here, take a stroll through Barranco, walk around Plazuela Chabuca Granda, then stroll around Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores, then explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, and finally don't miss a visit to Circuito Magico Del Agua.

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You can fly from Los Angeles to Lima in 10 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Peru Time (PET) is 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Lima when traveling from Los Angeles in April, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Paracas.

Things to do in Lima

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

few
hours
Paracas, Peru

Paracas
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Paracas trip tool .

Drive from Lima to Paracas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for the bus ride to Ica.

Things to do in Paracas

Outdoors Tours Parks

1
night
Ica, Peru

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.
To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ica tour itinerary builder site .

Getting from Paracas to Ica by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Nazca.

Things to do in Ica

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Regional Museum of Ica
Regional Museum of Ica

few
hours
Nazca, Peru

Nazca ©
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): make a trip to Nasca Lines.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nazca trip planning website .

Take a bus from Ica to Nazca in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Arequipa.
Highlights from your plan
Nasca Lines ©
Nasca Lines

3
nights
Arequipa, Peru

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, don't miss a visit to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Arequipa road trip planning app .

Drive from Nazca to Arequipa in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. May in Arequipa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

7
nights
Cusco, Peru

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: Pisac (in Pisac), Cerveceria Willkamayu (in Urubamba) and Salinas de Maras (in Maras). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cusco attractions planner .

You can fly from Arequipa to Cusco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 4°C in Cusco. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Cerveceria Willkamayu, Pisac, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

3
nights
Iquitos, Peru

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.
Iquitos is known for parks, wildlife, zoos & aquariums, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through La Isla De Los Monos, admire the striking features of Ex-Hotel Palace, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and get to know the resident critters at Quistococha Zoo.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Iquitos trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Iquitos takes 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cusco in May: highs in Iquitos hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Pisco.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
La Isla De Los Monos ©
La Isla De Los Monos
Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm ©
Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm

3
nights
Pisco, Peru

Pisco is a city located in the Ica Region of Peru, the capital of the Pisco Province. Explore Pisco's surroundings by going to Tambo Colorado (in Humay), El Carmen District (in Chincha Alta) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Lunahuana). And it doesn't end there: gain insight at Ballestas Islands, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, stroll through Paracas National Reserve, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Arqueologico Paracas.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Pisco journey maker website .

Explore your travel options from Iquitos to Pisco with the Route module. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Iquitos in May; daily highs in Pisco reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pisco

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Tambo Colorado, El Carmen District
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Ballestas Islands ©
Ballestas Islands
Tambo Colorado ©
Tambo Colorado

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