35 days in Peru Itinerary

35 days in Peru Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Peru tour itinerary planner

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Trujillo
— 3 nights
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Chiclayo
— 1 night
Drive
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Mancora
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chachapoyas
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Tarapoto
— 2 nights
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Iquitos
— 4 nights
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Machu Picchu
— 3 nights
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Arequipa
— 5 nights
Drive
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Puno
— 2 nights
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10
Cusco
— 6 nights
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Paracas
— 4 nights
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Trujillo

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like La Huaca del Sol and Site Museum. Cao Museum and Museo de Arte Moderno will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Trujillo - Catedral de Santa Maria, admire the natural beauty at Jardin de Los Sentidos, look for gifts at Corazon Verde, and contemplate the long history of Chan Chan.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Trujillo holiday planning website.

San Francisco, USA to Trujillo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Trujillo, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Trujillo, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Chiclayo.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Chiclayo

— 1 night

City of Friendship

With a population of 738,000, Chiclayo represents the fourth largest city in Peru and serves as the capital of the Lambayeque Region.
On the 24th (Sun), examine the collection at Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum, appreciate the history behind El Paseo de las Musas, and then kick back and relax at Playa Pimentel.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Chiclayo road trip tool.

Getting from Trujillo to Chiclayo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Trujillo in January, expect nights in Chiclayo to be about the same, around 69°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 85°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mancora.

Things to do in Chiclayo

Museums · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Mancora

— 2 nights
In a busy little beach town, Mancora tourism industry continues to grow, largely thanks to the sunniest climate of any region in the country.
On the 25th (Mon), meet the residents at Acuario Mundo Hippocampus, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stroll through Las Pocitas Beach.

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

You can drive from Chiclayo to Mancora in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. January in Mancora sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Chachapoyas.

Things to do in Mancora

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Chachapoyas

— 2 nights
A good base for exploring the surrounding cloud forests, Chachapoyas remains a small and laid-back town despite its growing popularity with international tourists.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de Kuelap and then stroll through Huiquilla Area de Conservacion Privada. On your second day here, stop by Distrito de Huancas and then admire the sheer force of Catarata de Gocta.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Chachapoyas trip maker website.

You can drive from Mancora to Chachapoyas in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tarapoto.

Things to do in Chachapoyas

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Tarapoto

— 2 nights

City of Palms

As a busy commercial hub of northern Peru, Tarapoto straddles the foothills of the Andes and a high jungle plateau characterized by lush cloud forests.
On the 29th (Fri), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque Tematico Chullachaqui, then take in the dramatic scenery at Las Cataratas de Ahuashiyacu, then make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Tarapoto, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Chanka y de la Diversidad Lamista. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Centro Urku and then explore the activities along Laguna Sauce.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tarapoto trip planner.

You can drive from Chachapoyas to Tarapoto in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Tarapoto are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Tarapoto

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Iquitos

— 4 nights

Capital of the Peruvian Amazon

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.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and La Isla De Los Monos. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm and Belen. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Amazon Rescue Center, delve into the lush surroundings at Jairo Mejia Prado, stop by Centro Artesanal Turistico Anaconda, and contemplate the waterfront views at Amazon River.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Iquitos trip planning app.

You can fly from Tarapoto to Iquitos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. January in Iquitos sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Iquitos

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Machu Picchu

— 3 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Step off the beaten path and head to Intipuncu and Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu. Visit Winay Wayna and Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Machu Picchu to Santa Teresa to see Zipline about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mandor, look for gifts at Artesanias, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), and admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu tour planning website.

Traveling by flight from Iquitos to Machu Picchu takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Arequipa

— 5 nights

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo de Arte Virreinal and Museo Santuarios Andinos. Do some cultural sightseeing at Historic Centre of Arequipa and Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa. Spend the 11th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, contemplate the long history of Iglesia Santo Domingo, and get impressive views of Volcan Misti.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Arequipa trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Arequipa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in February, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): stroll around Parque Huajsapata, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani, and then explore the activities along Lake Umayo. On your second day here, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Puno road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Arequipa to Puno takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Puno, with lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puno

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Cusco

— 6 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.
Kayaking & Canoeing and Museo Historico Regional are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Horseback Riding Tours will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Tipon, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, examine the collection at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and explore the ancient world of Q'enqo.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cusco online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Puno to Cusco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puno in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Cusco, with lows of 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Paracas.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Paracas

— 4 nights
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Museo De Sitio Julio C Tello De Paracas and Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino. are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Roja and Playa de la Mina. Go for a jaunt from Paracas to Pisco to see Ballestas Islands about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire nature's extreme beauty at Paracas Nature Reserve, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, see Off-Road Tours, and surround yourself with nature on Paracas Sights & Tours.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Paracas road trip site.

Getting from Cusco to Paracas by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cusco in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Paracas, with highs around 82°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paracas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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.