20 days in Peru Itinerary

20 days in Peru Itinerary

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20 days in Peru Itinerary

Dublin
Fly:  16​h 15​min
Lima
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Paracas
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
Trujillo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Arequipa
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Puno
— 2 nights
bus + taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
Cusco
— 3 nights
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
Machu Picchu
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h 45​min
Dublin

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, stroll through El Parque del Amor, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Lima, and finally ponder the world of politics at Palacio de Torre Tagle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Site Museum and Archaeological Sanctuary of Pachacamac, then identify plant and animal life at Pantanos de Villa, then don't miss a visit to Miraflores, and finally don't miss a visit to Circuito Magico del Agua.

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Dublin, Ireland to Lima is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Lima is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Dublin in March, expect Lima to be warmer, temps between 31°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Paracas.

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Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©
El Parque del Amor ©
El Parque del Amor
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana

2
days
Paracas

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then head off the coast to Islas Ballestas. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to The Chandelier, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de la Mina, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Supay Beach.

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Drive from Lima to Paracas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Paracas can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Fri) before leaving for Trujillo.

Things to do in Paracas

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Museo Arqueologico Paracas
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Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas
Supay Beach ©
Supay Beach
The Chandelier ©
The Chandelier

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo, steep yourself in history at Huaca El Dragon, delve into the distant past at Chan Chan, then buy something for everyone on your list at Mall Aventura Plaza, then delve into the distant past at La Huaca del Sol, and finally steep yourself in history at Huaca del Sol y la Luna.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Paracas to Trujillo in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Paracas in March, you will find days in Trujillo are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Arequipa.

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Huaca del Sol y la Luna ©
Huaca del Sol y la Luna
Chan Chan ©
Chan Chan
Plaza de Armas de Trujillo ©
Plaza de Armas de Trujillo

3
days
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Historic Centre of Arequipa and Yanahuara. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at El Misti, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Arequipa Museum, examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, and get outside with Canon de Cotahuasi.

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Fly from Trujillo to Arequipa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In March, Arequipa is a bit cooler than Trujillo - with highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

#Nature, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trip

Colca Canyon
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El Misti ©
El Misti
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Yanahuara ©
Yanahuara

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Catedral de Puno and then stroll the grounds of Sillustani. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Chullpas, explore and take pictures at Yavari, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca.

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Getting from Arequipa to Puno by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Puno, with lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puno

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

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Chullpas
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Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Sillustani ©
Sillustani
Catedral de Puno ©
Catedral de Puno

3
days
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sacred Valley of the Incas and Spas & Wellness. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, make a trip to Twelve Angle Stone, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central de San Pedro.

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You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Puno to Cusco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Puno in March since evenings lows in Cusco dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

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Cusco Region
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
River Rafting & Tubing

3
days
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Intipuncu and Winay Wayna. Take a break from Machu Picchu with a short trip to Zipline in Santa Teresa, about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Phutuq K'usi, and identify plant and animal life at Los Jardines de Mandor.

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Traveling by train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

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Santa Teresa
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Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

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