23 days in Peru Itinerary

23 days in Peru Itinerary

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23 days in Peru Itinerary

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

4
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 itinerary includes some good beach time at El Silencio and Santa Maria del Mar. Popular historic sites such as Centro Historico de Lima and Huaca Pucllana are in your itinerary. Step out of Lima with an excursion to Balneario La Punta in Callao--about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Miraflores, get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, snap pictures at Bridge of Sighs, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lima trip itinerary planning app .

Montreal, Canada to Lima is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. June in Lima sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Paracas.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Paracas

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): head off the coast to Islas Ballestas and then stroll through Playa Roja.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Paracas online travel planner .

You can drive from Lima to Paracas in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Lima in June since evenings lows in Paracas dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas
Playa Roja ©
Playa Roja
Playa de la Mina
Playa de la Mina

3
nights
Arequipa

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Get outdoors at Colca Canyon and Climbing Tours. Yanahuara and Cathedral of Arequipa Museum will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Monasterio de Santa Catalina, contemplate the geological forces at El Misti, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, and get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Arequipa road trip tool .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Colca Canyon
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Climbing Tours
Colca Canyon ©
Colca Canyon
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Salinas de Maras and Hacienda del Chalan. Get some historical perspective at San Blas and Sacsayhuaman. Step out of Cusco with an excursion to Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo in Ollantaytambo--about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, stroll through Lares Trek, delve into the distant past at Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries, and examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Art Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Arequipa to Cusco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Cusco, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo, Hacienda del Chalan, Salinas de Maras
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Intipuncu. Get in touch with nature at Phutuq K'usi and Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes). Step out of Machu Picchu to go to Ollantaytambo and see Pumamarca Ruins, which is approximately 2 hours away. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, look for gifts at Artesanias, and admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu online trip builder .

You can take a train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sitio arqueológico Pinkuylluna
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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