31 days in Peru Itinerary

31 days in Peru Itinerary

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31 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Iquitos
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  9​h 30​min
2
Nazca
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
3
Arequipa
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Puno
— 3 nights
Drive:  11​h 15​min
5
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
6
Cusco
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
7
Puerto Maldonado
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  8​h
8
Chachapoyas
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Lima
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
10
Trujillo
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Iquitos

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.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Isla De Los Monos and Mercado de Belen. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Amazon Rescue Center, head outdoors with Amazon Adventure Expeditions, admire the striking features of Casa de Fierro, and make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Iquitos.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Iquitos holiday planner.

San Francisco, USA to Iquitos is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Iquitos is 3 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in October, expect Iquitos to be somewhat warmer, temps between 91°F and 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nazca.

Things to do in Iquitos

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

1
night
Nazca

Nazca ©
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Cantalloc Aqueduct, then examine the collection at Líneas de Cantalloc Telar, then stroll the grounds of Cementerio Chauchilla, and finally have fun and explore at Casa del Inka - Museo Incawasi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): examine the collection at Casa-Museo Mari Reiche, delve into the distant past at Cahuachi, and then contemplate the long history of Acueductos de Nasca.

Before you visit Nazca, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Iquitos to Nazca by combination of flight and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Nazca

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cahuachi ©
Cahuachi
Cementerio Chauchilla ©
Cementerio Chauchilla
Cantalloc Aqueduct ©
Cantalloc Aqueduct

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Volcan Misti and Climbing Tours. Let the collections at Museo de Arte Virreinal and San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery capture your imagination. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista), and examine the collection at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Arequipa route builder site .

You can drive from Nazca to Arequipa in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In October, daytime highs in Arequipa are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Museo de Arte Virreinal ©
Museo de Arte Virreinal
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa ©

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Speed Boats Tours. Sillustani and Fertility Temple will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Puno with a short trip to Iglesia Matriz de Santa Catalina in Juliaca, about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, don't miss a visit to Catedral de Puno, steep yourself in history at Catedral de Chucuito, and browse the exhibits of Museo de la Coca y Costumbres.

To plan Puno vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Arequipa to Puno by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in October, expect Puno to be little chillier, temps between 66°F and 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Puno

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Iglesia Matriz de Santa Catalina, Fertility Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Speed Boats Tours
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

1
night
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 13th (Sun), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor, then see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, then explore the ancient world of Intipuncu, and finally explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Puno to Machu Picchu takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Zipline
Highlights from your plan
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Zipline

6
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.
Get in touch with nature at Horseback Riding Tours and Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi. For shopping fun, head to Mercado Central de San Pedro or Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cusco: San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas (in Andahuaylillas), Moray (in Maras) and Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries (in Ollantaytambo). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, and admire the striking features of The Company of Jesus Church.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cusco trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Maldonado.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas, Moray, Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries, ChocoMuseo Pisac
Highlights from your plan
Moray ©
Moray
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries ©
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

2
nights
Puerto Maldonado

Puerto Maldonado ©
Puerto Maldonado sits at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers in the Amazon rainforest.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Mariposario Tambopata, then step off the mainland to explore Monkey Island, and then explore the striking landscape of Lago Sandoval. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the different shops at Mercado Tres de Mayo, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then make a trip to Puente Billinghurst.

You can plan Puerto Maldonado trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can fly from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Cusco in October; daily highs in Puerto Maldonado reach 91°F and lows reach 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Chachapoyas.

Things to do in Puerto Maldonado

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Pomacochas and then take in the dramatic scenery at Catarata De Gocta. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Fortaleza de Kuelap, then delve into the distant past at Petroglifos de Pitaya, and then wander the streets of Distrito de Huancas.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Chachapoyas day trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Puerto Maldonado to Chachapoyas takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Chachapoyas

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Catarata de Gocta
Highlights from your plan
Catarata de Gocta ©
Catarata de Gocta
Fortaleza de Kuelap ©
Fortaleza de Kuelap
Distrito de Huancas ©
Distrito de Huancas

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.
Appreciate the collections at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima and Museo MATE. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Centro Historico de Lima and Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Lima, explore the ancient world of Site Museum and Archaeological Sanctuary of Pachacamac, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and walk around Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lima journey 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. In October, daytime highs in Lima are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Lima

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

4
nights
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.
You'll explore and learn at Cao Museum and Museo Arqueologico Municipal de Moche. Popular historic sites such as Huaca del Sol y la Luna and Catedral de Trujillo - Catedral de Santa Maria are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Trujillo to Huanchaco to see Huanchaco Beach about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Chan Chan, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo, steep yourself in history at Site Museum, and get into the urban bustle at Plazuela El Recreo.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Trujillo trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Lima to Trujillo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Trujillo can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Playa de Huanchaco, La Huaca del Sol
Highlights from your plan
La Huaca del Sol ©
La Huaca del Sol
Chan Chan ©
Chan Chan
Site Museum ©
Site Museum

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