29 days in Peru Itinerary

29 days in Peru Itinerary

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29 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Cusco
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Arequipa
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Puno
— 3 nights
+4
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  4​h 30​min
4
Ollantaytambo
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
5
Machu Picchu
— 3 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Paracas
— 2 nights
+5
Bus + Foot + Bus + Shuttle + Fly + Taxi:  10​h 15​min
7
Chachapoyas
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Lima
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Auckland

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tipon as well as Inca Trail. Take a break from Cusco with a short trip to Pisac in Pisac, about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, make a trip to San Blas, and admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cusco trip itinerary website .

Auckland, New Zealand to Cusco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Cusco is minus 17 hours. Traveling from Auckland in November, expect nights in Cusco to be little chillier, around 8°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Pisac
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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.
Arequipa is known for museums, historic sites, nature, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, get impressive views of Volcan Misti, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, and wander the wide-open spaces of Mundo Alpaca.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Arequipa travel route site .

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Arequipa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

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

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Iglesia Matriz de Santa Catalina in Juliaca (about 1 hour away). The adventure continues: head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, explore the activities along Lake Titicaca, and walk around Parque Pino.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Puno holiday planner .

You can drive from Arequipa to Puno in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Puno when traveling from Arequipa in November, with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Iglesia Matriz de Santa Catalina, Chullpas
Highlights from your plan
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Speed Boats Tours

3
nights
Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo ©
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ollantaytambo: Iglesia San Martin de Tours (in Huarocondo) and Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cerveceria Willkamayu, delve into the distant past at Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lares Trek.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ollantaytambo trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Puno to Ollantaytambo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puno in November, Ollantaytambo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Maras, Iglesia San Martin de Tours, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Lares Trek, Cerveceria Willkamayu
Highlights from your plan
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo ©
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo

3
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.
Machu Picchu is known for historic sites, nature, parks, spas, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac, take in the awesome beauty at Phutuq K'usi, and take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip planner .

Traveling by train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Paracas.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Banos Termales de Cocalmayo
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stroll through La Catedral, and then admire nature's extreme beauty at Paracas Nature Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to The Chandelier, see Off-Road Tours, and then take in the exciting artwork at Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino..

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Paracas trip planning website .

Getting from Machu Picchu to Paracas by combination of train, bus, and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November in Paracas, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Chachapoyas.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
La Catedral ©
La Catedral
Parasailing & Paragliding
Off-Road Tours

2
nights
Chachapoyas

Chachapoyas ©
A good base for exploring the surrounding cloud forests, Chachapoyas remains a small and laid-back town despite its growing popularity with international tourists.
Step out of Chachapoyas to go to Valera and see Catarata de Gocta, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fortaleza de Kuelap, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Pomacochas, and delve into the distant past at Petroglifos de Pitaya.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Chachapoyas trip itinerary website .

Getting from Paracas to Chachapoyas by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Chachapoyas

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Catarata de Gocta
Highlights from your plan
Fortaleza de Kuelap ©
Fortaleza de Kuelap
Catarata de Gocta ©
Catarata de Gocta
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
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.
Lima is known for parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua, wander the streets of Barranco, and steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lima visit planner .

Getting from Chachapoyas to Lima by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in November, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Lima

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

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