38 days in Peru Itinerary

38 days in Peru Itinerary

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38 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Lima
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h
2
Lagunas
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h 30​min
3
Caraz
— 3 nights
Drive:  11​h 45​min
4
Paracas
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Arequipa
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Cabanaconde
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Puno
— 3 nights
Travel:  2​h 30​min
8
Isla Amantani
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  10​h
9
Puerto Maldonado
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h
10
Maras
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  2​h 15​min
11
Machu Picchu
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3​h 15​min
12
Cusco
— 6 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Sydney

4
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.
Take a break from Lima with a short trip to El Canon de Austisha in Huarochiri, about 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, and stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lima route planner.

Sydney, Australia to Lima is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Lima, you'll gain 15 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sydney in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Lima, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lagunas.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

El Canon de Austisha
Highlights from your plan
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Room Escape Games
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco

1
night
Lagunas

Lagunas ©
On the 14th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.

For photos and tourist information, read Lagunas road trip app .

Explore your travel options from Lima to Lagunas with the Route module. Traveling from Lima in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Lagunas: highs are around 37°C and lows about 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Caraz.

Things to do in Lagunas

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Pacaya Samiria National Reserve ©
Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

3
nights
Caraz

Caraz ©
Caraz is a town in the Caraz District in the southeastern part of Huaylas Province of the Ancash Region in Peru.Political CreationRecent investigations propose that its political creation was dated on 12 February 1821, when Grl. Change things up with these side-trips from Caraz: Huascaran National Park (Huascaran, Lagunas de Llanganuco, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Paron, don't miss a visit to Tumshukaiko, and admire the verdant scenery at Callejon de Huaylas.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Caraz vacation planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lagunas to Caraz. When traveling from Lagunas in November, plan for slightly colder days in Caraz, with highs around 28°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Paracas.

Things to do in Caraz

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Huascaran National Park, Callejon de Huaylas
Highlights from your plan
Huascaran ©
Huascaran
Laguna 69 ©
Laguna 69
Lagunas de Llanganuco ©
Lagunas de Llanganuco

3
nights
Paracas

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cerro Azul (in San Vicente de Canete) and Paracas National Reserve (in Pisco). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Islas Ballestas, kick back and relax at Playa El Raspon, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, and stroll through Playa Atenas.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Paracas day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Caraz to Paracas takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Caraz in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Paracas, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pisco, Cerro Azul
Highlights from your plan
Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas
La Catedral ©
La Catedral
Parasailing & Paragliding

4
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, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, head outdoors with Canon de Cotahuasi, and don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Arequipa journey planner.

You can fly from Paracas to Arequipa in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Arequipa when traveling from Paracas in November, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cabanaconde.

Things to do in Arequipa

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Volcan Misti ©
Volcan Misti
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

1
night
Cabanaconde

Cabanaconde ©
A vacation in Cabanaconde provides visitors with an opportunity to explore the left bank of the Colca River, an area quite untouched by commercial tourism.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Mirador Cruz del Condor, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Condor's Cross, and then take some stellar pictures from Mirador Achachiua.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cabanaconde journey builder site .

You can drive from Arequipa to Cabanaconde in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Cabanaconde

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Condor's Cross ©
Condor's Cross
Mirador Cruz del Condor ©
Mirador Cruz del Condor
Mirador Achachiua ©
Mirador Achachiua

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.
Puno is known for nature, historic sites, adventure, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and take some stellar pictures from Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Puno trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Cabanaconde to Puno in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Isla Amantani.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

1
night
Isla Amantani

Isla Amantani ©
On the 1st (Sun), don't miss a visit to Centro Ceremonial Pachatata and then step off the mainland to explore Amantani Island.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Isla Amantani online travel planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puno to Isla Amantani. November in Isla Amantani sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Maldonado.

Things to do in Isla Amantani

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Amantani Island ©
Amantani Island
Centro Ceremonial Pachatata ©
Centro Ceremonial Pachatata

3
nights
Puerto Maldonado

Puerto Maldonado ©
Puerto Maldonado sits at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers in the Amazon rainforest.
Get out of town with these interesting Puerto Maldonado side-trips: Tambopata National Reserve (Tres Chimbadas Lake, Colorado Macaw Clay Lick, & more). Spend the 2nd (Mon) exploring nature at Lago Sandoval. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Tambopata River, stroll through Panthera Sanctuary, and take in nature's colorful creations at Mariposario Tambopata.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Puerto Maldonado trip itinerary builder website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Isla Amantani to Puerto Maldonado. Traveling from Isla Amantani in December, things will get warmer in Puerto Maldonado: highs are around 37°C and lows about 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Maras.

Things to do in Puerto Maldonado

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Tambopata National Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Lago Sandoval ©
Lago Sandoval
Tres Chimbadas Lake ©
Tres Chimbadas Lake
Tambopata National Reserve ©
Tambopata National Reserve

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. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Moray and then steep yourself in history at Salinas de Maras.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Maras attractions planner.

Getting from Puerto Maldonado to Maras by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Puerto Maldonado in December, things will get much colder in Maras: highs are around 24°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Moray ©
Moray

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.
Step out of Machu Picchu to go to Santa Teresa and see Zipline, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor, and take in the natural beauty of Banos Termales de Cocalmayo.

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

Do a combination of taxi and train from Maras to Machu Picchu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Santa Teresa
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Zipline
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, wildlife, classes, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, trek along exploor, contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco trip builder tool .

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 December, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Nature & Wildlife Tours
exploor ©
exploor

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