27 days in Peru Itinerary

27 days in Peru Itinerary

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27 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Lima
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Trujillo
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Huaraz
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  6​h 45​min
4
Ica
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h
5
Paracas
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Nazca
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h 30​min
7
Cabanaconde
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 15​min
8
Puno
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
9
Juliaca
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
10
Maras
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  2​h
11
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3​h 15​min
12
Cusco
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
13
Puerto Maldonado
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
14
Arequipa
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

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.
Centro Historico de Lima and Site Museum and Archaeological Sanctuary of Pachacamac will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedral of Lima and San Isidro. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church and Sanctuary of Saint Rose of Lima, stroll around Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

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Valletta, Malta to Lima is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Peru Time is minus 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Lima ©
Cathedral of Lima
Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Huaca del Sol y la Luna, then explore the ancient world of Chan Chan, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Cao.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Trujillo trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Lima to Trujillo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Trujillo are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Huaraz.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

1
night
Huaraz

One of the main cities in the Peruvian Andes, Huaraz mainly draws those seeking adventure out in the landscape.
On the 6th (Wed), look for gifts at Perutambo and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Huaraz sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Trujillo to Huaraz takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Huaraz when traveling from Trujillo in May, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ica.

Things to do in Huaraz

Outdoors Tours Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours

1
night
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.
On the 7th (Thu), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then do a tasting at Tacama.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ica day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Huaraz to Ica takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Traveling from Huaraz in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Ica, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Paracas.

Things to do in Ica

Outdoors Tours Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tacama ©
Tacama

2
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 8th (Fri), make a trip to The Chandelier, kick back and relax at Playa Roja, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa El Raspon. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museo De Sitio Julio C Tello De Paracas, explore the fascinating landscape at Paracas Nature Reserve, and then kick back and relax at Supay Beach.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Paracas trip maker tool .

You can take a bus from Ica to Paracas in an hour. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Nazca.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Roja ©
Playa Roja
Supay Beach ©
Supay Beach

2
nights
Nazca

Nazca ©
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
On the 10th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Cahuachi, delve into the distant past at Los Paredones, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Chauchilla, and finally delve into the distant past at Cantalloc Aqueduct. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santiago Apostol, then explore the striking landscape at Cerro Blanco, and then don't miss a visit to Acueductos de Nasca.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nazca sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Paracas to Nazca takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cabanaconde.

Things to do in Nazca

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cementerio Chauchilla ©
Cementerio Chauchilla
Cahuachi ©
Cahuachi
Cantalloc Aqueduct ©
Cantalloc Aqueduct

1
day
Cabanaconde

Cabanaconde ©
A vacation in Cabanaconde provides visitors with an opportunity to explore the left bank of the Colca River, an area quite untouched by commercial tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Condor's Cross and then make a trip to Mirador Cruz del Condor.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cabanaconde day trip website .

Traveling by car from Nazca to Cabanaconde takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Cabanaconde

Nature Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Condor's Cross ©
Condor's Cross
Mirador Cruz del Condor ©
Mirador Cruz del Condor

2
nights
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.
On the 13th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Sillustani and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Catedral de Chucuito, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia San Antonio.

To see maps and more tourist information, read our Puno trip planner.

Getting from Cabanaconde to Puno by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Juliaca.

Things to do in Puno

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing
Catedral de Chucuito ©
Catedral de Chucuito

1
night
Juliaca

Juliaca ©
Juliaca is the capital of San Roman Province in the Puno Region of southeastern Peru. On the 15th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de la Merced, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Matriz de Santa Catalina, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Capachica Peninsula.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Juliaca itinerary maker .

You can drive from Puno to Juliaca in an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Juliaca can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Maras.

Things to do in Juliaca

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Capachica Peninsula ©
Capachica Peninsula
Iglesia Matriz de Santa Catalina ©
Iglesia Matriz de Santa Catalina
Templo de la Merced ©
Templo de la Merced

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. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): hike along Urubamba Weavers' Route, then examine the collection at Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva, then explore the striking landscape at Salinas de Maras, and finally make a trip to Moray.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Maras road trip planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Juliaca to Maras with the Route module. Traveling from Juliaca in May, Maras is a bit warmer at night with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva, Urubamba Weavers' Route
Highlights from your plan
Moray ©
Moray
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Urubamba Weavers' Route ©
Urubamba Weavers' Route

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and then get great views at Intipuncu.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Maras to Machu Picchu in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

3
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sacsayhuaman and Horseback Riding Tours. Popular historic sites such as Tipon and Convento santa Teresa are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, identify plant and animal life at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, explore the ancient world of Q'enqo, and hike along exploor.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cusco vacation maker .

Do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Puerto Maldonado.

Things to do in Cusco

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
exploor ©
exploor

2
nights
Puerto Maldonado

Puerto Maldonado sits at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers in the Amazon rainforest.
On the 22nd (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Mariposario Tambopata, then look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Island, and then explore the activities along Lago Sandoval. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): wander the streets of Native Community of Ese"Ejas and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Maldonado trip planner .

Fly from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Cusco in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Puerto Maldonado, with highs around 34°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puerto Maldonado

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Lago Sandoval ©
Lago Sandoval
Monkey Island ©
Monkey Island

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nights
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Historic Centre of Arequipa and Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa and Yanahuara. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista), explore the galleries of San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, and see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Arequipa itinerary builder .

You can fly from Puerto Maldonado to Arequipa in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Puerto Maldonado in May, plan for little chillier days in Arequipa, with highs around 24°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa ©
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus ©
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus

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