43 days in Peru Itinerary

43 days in Peru Itinerary

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Fly to Inca Manco Capac International Airport, Drive to Puno
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Puno
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arequipa
— 5 nights
Fly
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Machu Picchu
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manu National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ollantaytambo
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Cusco
— 6 nights
Fly
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Paracas
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lima
— 6 nights
Fly to Anta, Taxi to Huascaran National Park
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Huascaran National Park
— 4 nights
Taxi to Caraz, Bus to Trujillo
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Trujillo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chiclayo
— 3 nights
Fly

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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.
On the 19th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Umayo, stroll the grounds of Sillustani, and then pause for some photo ops at Mirador Puma Uta. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fertility Temple, then head off the coast to Taquile Island, and then head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Puno online travel route planner.

Durham, USA to Puno is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. In March, daytime highs in Puno are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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.
Step out of Arequipa to go to Lari and see Templo Purisima Concepcion, which is approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, don't miss a visit to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus, steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, and catch some excitement at Arequipa Massage.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Arequipa travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Puno to Arequipa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Puno in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 51°F in Arequipa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Machu Picchu

— 3 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Machu Picchu is known for historic sites, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Mariposario de Machupicchu, admire the natural beauty at Mandor, and get great views at Intipuncu.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu tour builder app.

You can fly from Arequipa to Machu Picchu in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Manu National Park.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trip

Manu National Park

— 2 nights
On the 29th (Wed), admire the verdant scenery at Kosnipata Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): take a peaceful walk through Manu National Park.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Manu National Park trip builder app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Machu Picchu to Manu National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Manu National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Ollantaytambo

— 3 nights
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ollantaytambo: Iglesia San Martin de Tours (in Huarocondo), Salinas de Maras (in Maras) and Cerveceria Willkamayu (in Urubamba). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Sacred Valley of the Incas, rejuvenate with a delicious beverage at ALQA - Gallery of Andean Expressions, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hacienda del Chalan, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Qosqo Ayllu.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ollantaytambo travel route builder website.

Explore your travel options from Manu National Park to Ollantaytambo with the Route module. In March, daily temperatures in Ollantaytambo can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Cusco.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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.
On the 4th (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Spend the 6th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte Precolombino, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha, and delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco road trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Ollantaytambo to Cusco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Cusco, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Paracas.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Paracas

— 4 nights
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Step out of Paracas to go to Pisco and see Ballestas Islands, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Islas Ballestas, stroll through La Catedral, do a tasting at Bodega 1615, and don't miss a visit to The Chandelier.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Paracas day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Paracas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Paracas: highs are around 78°F and lows about 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Lima.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Lima

— 6 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.
Lima is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua, and shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar).

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lima journey planner.

You can drive from Paracas to Lima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Lima are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Huascaran National Park.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Parks

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 with an excursion to Museo de Chacas in Chacas--about 42 minutes away. Spend the 19th (Wed) exploring nature at Huascaran. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Laguna 69, get outside with Laguna Llaca, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cordillera Blanca Summit, and take in the dramatic natural features at Duck Canyon.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Huascaran National Park trip planner.

Getting from Lima to Huascaran National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Huascaran National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Trujillo

— 4 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.
Trujillo is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Chan Chan, explore the ancient world of Site Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia y Monasterio El Carmen, and stroll through Huanchaco Al Rescate.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Trujillo trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Huascaran National Park to Trujillo takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, daytime highs in Trujillo are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Chiclayo.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites · Spas · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Chiclayo

— 3 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): examine the collection at Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum, get engrossed in the history at Museo Arqueologico Nacional Bruning, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santa Maria - Catedral de Chiclayo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capilla La Veronica. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museo de sitio Huaca Rajada - Sipan, then pause for some photo ops at Paseo Yortuque, and then don't miss a visit to Concurso Nacional de Marinera FAP 2013.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Chiclayo online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Trujillo to Chiclayo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Trujillo in April, expect nights in Chiclayo to be about the same, around 67°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 84°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chiclayo

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Peru travel guide

4.6
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.