36 days in Peru Itinerary

36 days in Peru Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Salt Lake City
Fly:  23 h
1
Trujillo
— 3 nights
Bus + Taxi:  8 h 15 min
2
Huascaran National Park
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Lima
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Paracas
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
5
Cusco
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
6
Machu Picchu
— 4 nights
Train + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
7
Maras
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  3 h 45 min
8
Puno
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
9
Arequipa
— 5 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Salt Lake City

3
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.
Trujillo is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Chan Chan, delve into the distant past at Site Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Trujillo, and stroll through Huanchaco Al Rescate.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Trujillo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Salt Lake City, USA to Trujillo is an approximately 23- hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Salt Lake City to Trujillo is 2 hours. When traveling from Salt Lake City in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Trujillo: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Huascaran National Park.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

La Huaca del Sol, Huanchaco Al Rescate
Highlights from your plan
Chan Chan ©
Chan Chan
Site Museum ©
Site Museum
Casa Orbegoso ©
Casa Orbegoso

3
nights
Huascaran National Park

Huascaran National Park ©
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 with an excursion to Museo de Chacas in Chacas--about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Laguna 69, appreciate the views at Cordillera Blanca Summit, don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor de Chacas, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Huascaran.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Huascaran National Park trip planner.

Getting from Trujillo to Huascaran National Park by combination of bus and taxi takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Huascaran National Park

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Chacas
Highlights from your plan
Laguna 69 ©
Laguna 69
Huascaran ©
Huascaran
Cordillera Blanca Summit ©
Cordillera Blanca Summit

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.
Step out of Lima with an excursion to Iglesia de Santiago Apostol in Lunahuana--about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Miraflores, take in the waterfront at Miraflores Boardwalk, shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), and take an in-depth tour of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Lima using our trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Huascaran National Park to Lima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in April, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Paracas.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Iglesia de Santiago Apostol
Highlights from your plan
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Miraflores ©
Miraflores
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

4
nights
Paracas

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Paracas is known for nature, beaches, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Islas Ballestas, enjoy the sand and surf at Supay Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa El Raspon, and don't miss a visit to The Chandelier.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Paracas online holiday planner.

Drive from Lima to Paracas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Paracas can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas
Off-Road Tours
La Catedral ©
La Catedral

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.
Take a break from Cusco with a short trip to Cerveceria Willkamayu in Urubamba, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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

Getting from Paracas to Cusco by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Paracas in April, plan for slightly colder days in Cusco, with highs around 68°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Cerveceria Willkamayu
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Walking tours

4
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.
Step out of Machu Picchu with an excursion to Ruinas de Choquequirao in Cachora--about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, and admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu vacation planner.

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Maras.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Choquequirao Archeological Park, Ruinas de Choquequirao
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Choquequirao Archeological Park ©
Choquequirao Archeological Park

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 22nd (Wed): examine the collection at Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva, delve into the distant past at Moray, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Maras travel route website.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Machu Picchu to Maras takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. April in Maras sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Puno.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva
Highlights from your plan
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Moray ©
Moray
Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva ©
Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva

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.
Go for a jaunt from Puno to Chucuito to see Fertility Temple about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, contemplate the long history of Arco Deustua, head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Puno trip itinerary builder app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Maras to Puno in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Puno when traveling from Maras in April, with lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Fertility Temple, Chullpas
Highlights from your plan
Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Speed Boats Tours
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands

5
nights
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
When in Arequipa, make a side trip to see Templo Purisima Concepcion in Lari, approximately Lari away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Misti, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, and get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Arequipa online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Puno to Arequipa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Puno in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Arequipa, with lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Templo Purisima Concepcion
Highlights from your plan
Arequipa Massage ©
Arequipa Massage
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Volcan Misti ©
Volcan Misti

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