22 days in Peru Itinerary

22 days in Peru Itinerary

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22 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Lima
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Paracas
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 45​min
3
Arequipa
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Puno
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Cusco
— 6 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
6
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h
End: Montreal

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Huaca Pucllana and Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco. You'll get in some beach time at Santa Maria del Mar and El Silencio. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Miraflores, explore the world behind art at MATE - Mario Testino Museum, contemplate the long history of Centro Historico de Lima, and get to know the fascinating history of San Isidro.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Lima route planner .

Montreal, Canada to Lima is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. In June, daily temperatures in Lima can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Paracas.

Things to do in Lima

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Maria del Mar, El Silencio
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El Silencio ©
El Silencio
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Islas Ballestas, take an in-depth tour of Museo Arqueologico Paracas, and then kick back and relax at Supay Beach. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de la Mina, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then don't miss a visit to The Chandelier.

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You can drive from Lima to Paracas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Lima in June, plan for little chillier nights in Paracas, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Paracas

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Museo Arqueologico Paracas
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Playa de la Mina
Playa de la Mina
Supay Beach ©
Supay Beach
Museo Arqueologico Paracas ©
Museo Arqueologico Paracas

3
nights
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Historic Centre of Arequipa and Iglesia la Merced. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yanahuara and Monasterio de la Recoleta. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Arequipa Museum, take in breathtaking views at Colca Canyon, take in panoramic vistas at Sachaca, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Arequipa trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Paracas to Arequipa takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Paracas in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 9°C in Arequipa. On the 13th (Wed), you'll travel to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trip

Colca Canyon
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Yanahuara ©
Yanahuara
Monasterio de Santa Catalina ©
Monasterio de Santa Catalina

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sillustani and Iglesia de San Juan Bautista. Step off the beaten path and head to Uros Tupirmarka Lodge and Laguna Lagunillas. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at La Casa del Corregidor, delve into the distant past at Catedral de Chucuito, examine the collection at Museo Carlos Dreyer, and stroll through Parque Pino.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Puno holiday planning app .

Getting from Arequipa to Puno by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Arequipa in June, plan for slightly colder days in Puno, with highs around 21°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -5°C. On the 16th (Sat), you're off toCusco.

Things to do in Puno

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Laguna Lagunillas
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Sillustani ©
Sillustani
La Casa del Corregidor ©
La Casa del Corregidor
Catedral de Chucuito ©
Catedral de Chucuito

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tipon and Tambomachay. Sacred Valley of the Incas and Plaza de Armas will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cusco: Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray) and Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo (in Ollantaytambo). On the 18th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, make a trip to Twelve Angle Stone, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Puno to Cusco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puno in June, Cusco is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 1°C. You'll set off for Machu Picchu on the 22nd (Fri).

Things to do in Cusco

#Historic Sites, #Tours, #Spas

Side Trips

Cusco Region, Maras, Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Tipon ©
Tipon

2
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.
Intipuncu and Winay Wayna are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Phutuq K'usi and Artesanias. Change things up with a short trip to Banos Termales de Cocalmayo in Santa Teresa (about 32 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, take in nature's colorful creations at Mariposario de Machupicchu, and examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip planner .

Traveling by train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Banos Termales de Cocalmayo
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

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