46 days in Peru Itinerary

46 days in Peru Itinerary

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46 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Fly:  7 h 45 min
1
Arequipa
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Cabanaconde
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
Puno
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
Maras
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  2 h 15 min
5
Machu Picchu
— 5 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
6
Cusco
— 7 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
7
Paracas
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  6 h 30 min
8
Lambayeque
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
9
Trujillo
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
10
Caraz
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4 h 30 min
11
Lima
— 6 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: San Jose

6
nights
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Change things up with a short trip to Templo Purisima Concepcion in Lari (about 32 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, admire the landmark architecture of La Mansion del Fundador, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, and steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Arequipa trip planner.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Arequipa is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Peru Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Jose in December; daily highs in Arequipa reach 24°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cabanaconde.

Things to do in Arequipa

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Templo Purisima Concepcion
Highlights from your plan
Arequipa Massage ©
Arequipa Massage
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

2
nights
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 26th (Sat): head outdoors with Mirador de Wayra Punku, stroll through Condor's Cross, and then take some stellar pictures from Mirador Cruz del Condor. On the next day, get great views at Tapay Viewpoint and then get great views at Mirador Achachiua.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cabanaconde online tour planner .

Getting from Arequipa to Cabanaconde by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Puno.

Things to do in Cabanaconde

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Mirador de Wayra Punku
Highlights from your plan
Condor's Cross ©
Condor's Cross
Mirador de Wayra Punku ©
Mirador de Wayra Punku
Mirador Achachiua ©
Mirador Achachiua

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Puno: Iglesia San Pedro (in Juli), Iglesia Apostol Santiago (in Lampa) and Iglesia Matriz de Santa Catalina (in Juliaca). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Uros Floating Islands, explore the activities along Lake Titicaca, get great views at Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Puno trip site .

Drive from Cabanaconde to Puno in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. December in Puno sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Maras.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lake Titicaca, Chullpas, Iglesia Apostol Santiago, Iglesia San Pedro, Iglesia Matriz de Santa Catalina
Highlights from your plan
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

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 1st (Fri): explore the ancient world of Moray and then explore the striking landscape at Salinas de Maras.

To find maps, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read our Maras trip maker website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Puno to Maras in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Puno in December since evenings lows in Maras dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

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

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Machu Picchu side-trips: Ruinas de Choquequirao (in Cachora) and Zipline (in Santa Teresa). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, explore the ancient world of Choquequirao Archeological Park, admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor, and take in the natural beauty of Banos Termales de Cocalmayo.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Maras to Machu Picchu in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

7
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.
Explore Cusco's surroundings by going to Pisac (in Pisac) and Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo (in Ollantaytambo). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cusco trip maker website .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January in Cusco, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Paracas.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, Pisac, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

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.
Step out of Paracas with an excursion to Moron Oasis in Pisco--about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Islas Ballestas, learn about winemaking at Bodega 1615, enjoy the sand and surf at Supay Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa El Raspon.

For reviews, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read Paracas trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Cusco to Paracas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cusco in January: high temperatures in Paracas hover around 31°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lambayeque.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Moron Oasis
Highlights from your plan
Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas
La Catedral ©
La Catedral
Supay Beach ©
Supay Beach

2
nights
Lambayeque

Lambayeque ©
The main places to visit in Lambayeque are its archaeological museums, notable for their collections of artifacts.
On the 18th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Museo Arqueologico Nacional Bruning, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rancho Santana horseback riding Peru, and then get engrossed in the history at Casa Museo Jose Abelardo Quinones Gonzales. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Sican Museum and then see the interesting displays at Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum.

Plan my day in Lambayeque using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Paracas to Lambayeque in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Lambayeque are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Lambayeque

Museums Trails Parks

Side Trips

Rancho Santana horseback riding Peru, Casa Museo Jose Abelardo Quinones Gonzales, Sican Museum
Highlights from your plan
Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum ©
Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum
Sican Museum ©
Sican Museum
Museo Arqueologico Nacional Bruning ©
Museo Arqueologico Nacional Bruning

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.
Step out of Trujillo with an excursion to Huanchaco Al Rescate in Huanchaco--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Chan Chan, get engrossed in the history at Cao Museum, delve into the distant past at Site Museum, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Moderno.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Trujillo visit planning site .

You can take a bus from Lambayeque to Trujillo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Lambayeque in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Trujillo: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Caraz.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

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

4
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. Venture out of the city with trips to Huascaran National Park (Huascaran, Lagunas de Llanganuco, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Paron, don't miss a visit to CampoSanto Yungay, and see the interesting displays at Museo Municipal de Caraz.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Caraz trip planner.

You can drive from Trujillo to Caraz in 5 hours. Traveling from Trujillo in January, expect little chillier with lows of 11°C in Caraz. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Caraz

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Huascaran National Park, CampoSanto Yungay
Highlights from your plan
Laguna 69 ©
Laguna 69
Huascaran ©
Huascaran
Lagunas de Llanganuco ©
Lagunas de Llanganuco

6
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.
Lima is known for parks, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana.

To find photos, reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read Lima trip itinerary maker website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Caraz to Lima. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Caraz in January: high temperatures in Lima hover around 31°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

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