20 days in Peru Itinerary

20 days in Peru Itinerary

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20 days in Peru Itinerary

Zaragoza
Fly:  33​h
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
train + taxi + Fly:  5​h
Puerto Maldonado
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
Cusco
— 6 nights
Fly + shuttle:  2​h 15​min
Puno
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Arequipa
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Trujillo
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
Lima
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
Zaragoza

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Arte Joyeria Rumiwasi. On the 20th (Mon), stop by Arte Joyeria Rumiwasi, delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, and then take in the natural beauty of Banos Termales de Cocalmayo. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo and then take in the awesome beauty at Phutuq K'usi.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Machu Picchu road trip website .

Zaragoza, Spain to Machu Picchu is an approximately 33-hour flight. Traveling from Zaragoza to Machu Picchu, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. On the 22nd (Wed), you're off toPuerto Maldonado.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo ©
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo
Phutuq K'usi ©
Phutuq K'usi

2
days
Puerto Maldonado

Puerto Maldonado ©
Puerto Maldonado sits at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers in the Amazon rainforest.
Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Native Community of Ese"Ejas, then take some stellar pictures from Mirador de la Biodiversidad, and then admire the natural beauty at Mariposario Tambopata.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, use the Puerto Maldonado travel route planning website .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Machu Picchu to Puerto Maldonado in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puerto Maldonado

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Puerto Maldonado Tours ©
Puerto Maldonado Tours
Mariposario Tambopata ©
Mariposario Tambopata
Mirador de la Biodiversidad ©
Mirador de la Biodiversidad

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sacred Valley of the Incas and Planetarium Cusco. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Inka and Qorikancha. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Company of Jesus Church, and see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Art Museum.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cusco travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Puerto Maldonado in August: high temperatures in Cusco hover around 24°C and lows are around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Puno.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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.
On the 30th (Thu), step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island, then make a trip to Portal de Aramu Muru, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Carlos Dreyer. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of La Casa del Corregidor, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Puno route builder .

Getting from Cusco to Puno by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in August, expect Puno to be slightly colder, temps between 21°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Sillustani ©
Sillustani
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

2
days
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, then enjoy breathtaking views from Yanahuara, then see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Agustin, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Arequipa Museum, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Arequipa tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Puno to Arequipa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Puno in September, expect Arequipa to be somewhat warmer, temps between 25°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Cathedral of Arequipa Museum ©
Cathedral of Arequipa Museum

2
days
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 3rd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio de Chan Chan, then explore the ancient world of Chan Chan, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Huanchaco Beach. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Huaca del Sol y la Luna, delve into the distant past at Huaca El Dragon, then steep yourself in history at Palacio Iturregui, and finally examine the collection at Museo del Juguete.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Trujillo online tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Arequipa to Trujillo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Arequipa in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Trujillo, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Huanchaco
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Chan Chan ©
Chan Chan
Huaca del Sol y la Luna ©
Huaca del Sol y la Luna
Huanchaco Beach ©
Huanchaco Beach

1
day
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.
On the 5th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then stroll through Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores, then delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, and finally get engrossed in the history at Larco Museum.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lima planning tool .

Getting from Trujillo to Lima by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©

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