24 days in Peru Itinerary

24 days in Peru Itinerary

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24 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  13​h
1
Lima
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Puno
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Arequipa
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Cusco
— 7 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
5
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam

5
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 historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, take a stroll through Miraflores, get engrossed in the history at Larco Museum, and explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lima online itinerary planner .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Lima is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Lima is minus 6 hours. While traveling from Amsterdam, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Lima, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Puno.

Things to do in Lima

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping
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Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana

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.
Puno is known for nature, historic sites, museums, outdoors, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Taquile Island, explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani, steep yourself in history at La Casa del Corregidor, and don't miss a visit to Catedral de Puno.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Puno day trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Lima to Puno in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Lima in July, Puno is cooler at night with lows of -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

5
nights
Arequipa

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
On the 27th (Fri), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, take in panoramic vistas at Yanahuara, explore the stunning scenery at Colca Canyon, and admire the striking features of Casa del Moral.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Arequipa trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Puno to Arequipa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Puno in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Arequipa, with highs around 24°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

#Tours, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Colca Canyon
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Walking tours
Monasterio de Santa Catalina ©
Monasterio de Santa Catalina
Colca Canyon ©
Colca Canyon

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: Salinas de Maras (in Maras), Pisac (Pisac & Pisac Market) and Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo (in Ollantaytambo). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, explore the ancient world of Sacred Valley of the Incas, stroll through Lares Trek, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cusco road trip planner.

Getting from Arequipa to Cusco by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in July, Cusco is little chillier at night with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trips

Pisac, Sacred Valley, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, Salinas de Maras
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Pisac ©
Pisac
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): make a trip to Intipuncu and then steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Phutuq K'usi, take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor, and then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, read our Machu Picchu road trip website .

You can take a train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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