31 days in Peru Itinerary

31 days in Peru Itinerary

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Cusco
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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Ollantaytambo
— 2 nights
Train
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Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Fly
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Puno
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arequipa
— 8 nights
Fly
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Trujillo
— 2 nights
Bus to Caraz, Taxi to Huascaran National Park
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Huascaran National Park
— 4 nights
Taxi to Anta, Fly to Lima
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Lima
— 4 nights
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Cusco

— 5 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.
On the 4th (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Spend the 5th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and trek along exploor.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cusco tour itinerary planner.

Stuttgart, Germany to Cusco is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Peru Standard Time (PET) is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Stuttgart in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 4°C in Cusco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to take a shuttle to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Ollantaytambo

— 2 nights
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): ride a horse along Hacienda del Chalan, then contemplate the long history of Salinas de Maras, and then admire the sheer force of Catarata Perolniyoc. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, make a trip to Qosqo Ayllu, then take in the exciting artwork at ALQA - Gallery of Andean Expressions, and finally appreciate the views at Patacancha Valley.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ollantaytambo trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by shuttle from Cusco to Ollantaytambo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Machu Picchu

— 2 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 9th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then meet the residents at Mariposario de Machupicchu. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at Wonderful Hands Spa and then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu trip planner.

You can take a train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Puno.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Spas · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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 11th (Tue): head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands, then head off the coast to Taquile Island, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fertility Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Umayo, then explore the ancient world of Sillustani, and then appreciate the history behind Mirador Puma Uta.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Puno tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Machu Picchu to Puno in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Puno are 21°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Arequipa

— 8 nights

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
You've now added Giardino Tour Operator to your itinerary. Take a break from Arequipa with a short trip to Templo Purisima Concepcion in Lari, about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, get impressive views of Volcan Misti, admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas, and contemplate the long history of Palacio de Goyeneche.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Arequipa itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Puno to Arequipa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Arequipa when traveling from Puno in May, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Arequipa

Tours · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
On the 21st (Fri), contemplate the long history of Casa Urquiaga (Casa Calonge)ggj, take an in-depth tour of Cao Museum, and then soothe aching muscles at Atma Yoga Huanchaco. On your second day here, stroll through Huanchaco Al Rescate and then delve into the distant past at Chan Chan.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Trujillo road trip tool.

You can fly from Arequipa to Trujillo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Arequipa in May since evenings lows in Trujillo dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Huascaran National Park.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites · Spas · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Huascaran National Park

— 4 nights
A trip to Huascaran National Park allows visitors to explore part of the Cordillera Blanca, the world’s highest tropical mountain range.
Step out of Huascaran National Park to go to Chacas and see Museo de Chacas, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Spend the 23rd (Sun) exploring nature at Huascaran. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna 69, don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor de Chacas, take in the dramatic natural features at Duck Canyon, and get outside with Laguna Llaca.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Huascaran National Park trip website.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Trujillo to Huascaran National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Lima.

Things to do in Huascaran National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Lima Food Boat in Chorrillos (about 38 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, and wander the streets of Miraflores.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Lima tour planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Huascaran National Park to Lima takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Lima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.