25 days in Peru Itinerary

25 days in Peru Itinerary

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25 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Paracas
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​h 45​min
2
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
3
Cusco
— 5 nights
4
Puerto Maldonado
— 2 nights
5
Arequipa
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Tarapoto
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
7
Iquitos
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Montreal

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.
On the 5th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Supay Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de la Mina. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Islas Ballestas and then kick back and relax at Playa Roja.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Paracas travel route planner.

Montreal, Canada to Paracas is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Roja ©
Playa Roja
Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas
Supay Beach ©
Supay Beach

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu. Do some cultural sightseeing at Intipuncu and Winay Wayna. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor, look for gifts at Artesanias, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes).

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu trip maker site .

You can drive from Paracas to Machu Picchu in 16 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

5
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spas & Wellness and Sacred Valley of the Incas. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sacsayhuaman and Salinas de Maras. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, explore the ancient world of Tipon, and look for all kinds of wild species at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cusco day trip planning tool .

Take a train from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daytime highs in Cusco are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Puerto Maldonado.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Spas

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Salinas de Maras
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

2
nights
Puerto Maldonado

Puerto Maldonado ©
Puerto Maldonado sits at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers in the Amazon rainforest.
Step off the beaten path and head to Inkaterra Ecological Reserve and Native Community of Ese"Ejas. Visiting Panthera Sanctuary and Jungle Nature Hikes will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Sandoval Lake, identify plant and animal life at Monkey Island, admire the natural beauty at Mariposario Tambopata, and snap pictures at Puente Billinghurst.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Puerto Maldonado tour itinerary builder tool .

Fly from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. While traveling from Cusco, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Puerto Maldonado, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 22°C. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puerto Maldonado

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Inkaterra Ecological Reserve ©
Inkaterra Ecological Reserve
Lago Sandoval ©
Lago Sandoval
Jungle Nature Hikes ©
Jungle Nature Hikes

4
nights
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Escape the urban bustle at El Misti and Canon de Cotahuasi. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yanahuara and Historic Centre of Arequipa. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Monasterio de Santa Catalina, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista), explore the stunning scenery at Colca Canyon, and take in the views from Puente Grau.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Arequipa day trip planning site .

You can fly from Puerto Maldonado to Arequipa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Puerto Maldonado in June, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Arequipa: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for travel to Tarapoto.

Things to do in Arequipa

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Colca Canyon
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Volcan Misti ©
Volcan Misti
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Monasterio de Santa Catalina ©
Monasterio de Santa Catalina

4
nights
Tarapoto

Tarapoto ©
As a busy commercial hub of northern Peru, Tarapoto straddles the foothills of the Andes and a high jungle plateau characterized by lush cloud forests.
Get outdoors at Laguna Sauce and Tambo Ilusion. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Las Cataratas de Ahuashiyacu and Centro Urku. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Catarata de Pucayaquillo.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tarapoto road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Tarapoto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Arequipa in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Tarapoto: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Tarapoto

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Laguna Sauce ©
Laguna Sauce
Las Cataratas de Ahuashiyacu ©
Las Cataratas de Ahuashiyacu
Tambo Ilusion ©
Tambo Ilusion

2
nights
Iquitos

Iquitos ©
The largest city in the Peruvian Amazon and the world's largest metropolis unreachable by road, Iquitos represents a major starting point for river and rainforest adventures.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm and La Isla De Los Monos. Get outdoors at Amazon Rescue Center and Tapiche Reserve. Go for a jaunt from Iquitos to Santo Toribio to see Iguana Lodge & Camp about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Belen, explore and take pictures at Estadio Max Augustin, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Iquitos itinerary website .

Getting from Tarapoto to Iquitos by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife Parks Spas

Side Trip

Iguana Lodge & Camp
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Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm ©
Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm
Amazon Rescue Center ©
Amazon Rescue Center
La Isla De Los Monos ©
La Isla De Los Monos

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