48 days in Peru Itinerary

48 days in Peru Itinerary

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48 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: St. Petersburg
Fly:  25​h
1
Arequipa
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Puno
— 5 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  3​h
3
Cusco
— 9 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
4
Machu Picchu
— 5 nights
train + taxi:  2​h
5
Maras
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h
6
Ica
— 3 nights
bus:  4​h
7
Lima
— 8 nights
8
Lambayeque
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
9
Trujillo
— 6 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: St. Petersburg

6
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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Santa Catalina Monastery and Monasterio de la Recoleta. Your inner history buff will appreciate Yanahuara and Petroglifos de Toro Muerto. When in Arequipa, make a side trip to see Templo Purisima Concepcion in Lari, approximately 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, examine the collection at Casa Museo Villalobos, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at La Rotonda Taproom Arequipa.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Arequipa travel route builder website .

St. Petersburg, Russia to Arequipa is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Arequipa due to the time zone difference. When traveling from St. Petersburg in November, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Arequipa: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Templo Purisima Concepcion, Petroglifos de Toro Muerto
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Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos
Monasterio de la Recoleta ©
Monasterio de la Recoleta

5
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.
Sillustani and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Iglesia Apostol Santiago and Iglesia San Pedro. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Taquile Island, delve into the distant past at Catedral de Chucuito, wander the streets of Luquina Chico, and step aboard Yavari Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Puno day trip website .

You can drive from Arequipa to Puno in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Puno, with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Juli, Iglesia Apostol Santiago, Chullpas
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Sillustani ©
Sillustani
Iglesia Apostol Santiago ©
Iglesia Apostol Santiago

9
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.
Let the collections at Museo de Arte Precolombino and Qorikancha capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like San Blas and Sacred Valley of the Incas. When in Cusco, make a side trip to see Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero in Chinchero, approximately 58 minutes away. Pamper yourself for a day on the 28th (Thu) at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 29th (Fri), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cusco trip itinerary maker website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Puno to Cusco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puno in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Cusco, with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Choquequirao Archeological Park. Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo and Ruinas de Choquequirao will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Machu Picchu: Ollantaytambo (ALQA - Gallery of Andean Expressions & Qosqo Ayllu). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu, examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Maras.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Ollantaytambo, Choquequirao Archeological Park, Ruinas de Choquequirao
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo ©
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo
Choquequirao Archeological Park ©
Choquequirao Archeological Park

1
night
Maras

Maras ©
Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. On the 6th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Salinas de Maras, and then contemplate the long history of Moray.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Maras trip itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Machu Picchu to Maras in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ica.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva
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Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Moray ©
Moray
Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva ©
Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva

3
nights
Ica

Ica ©
Located on the Ica River in the desert areas of Peru's southern coast, the city of Ica stands as something of an oasis in the dry, barren landscape.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Regional Museum of Ica and Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino.. Get a sense of the local culture at Tacama and Bodega 1615. Venture out of the city with trips to Museo Arqueologico Paracas (in Pisco) and Supay Beach (in Paracas). It doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Ocucaje and take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario del Senor de Luren.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ica trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Maras to Ica takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Maras in December, things will get a bit warmer in Ica: highs are around 28°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Lima.

Things to do in Ica

Wineries Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Paracas, Museo Arqueologico Paracas
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El Catador ©
El Catador
Regional Museum of Ica
Regional Museum of Ica
Supay Beach ©
Supay Beach

8
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.
Visit Centro Historico de Lima and Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at Museo Larco and Museo de la Nacion. Step out of Lima with an excursion to Playa Santa Maria del Mar in Santa Maria Del Mar--about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Miraflores, wander the streets of Barranco, kick back and relax at Playa Kon-Tiki, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Indigo.

For more things to do and tourist information, read our Lima driving holiday planner .

Getting from Ica to Lima by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. In December, daily temperatures in Lima can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Lambayeque.

Things to do in Lima

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Santa Maria del Mar
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Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Miraflores ©
Miraflores

2
nights
Lambayeque

Lambayeque ©
The main places to visit in Lambayeque are its archaeological museums, notable for their collections of artifacts.
On the 18th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Sican Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museo Arqueologico Nacional Bruning, and then examine the collection at Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Tucume Pyramids, then see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio de Tucume, then make a trip to Piramedes de Pampagrande, and finally get engrossed in the history at Casa Museo Jose Abelardo Quinones Gonzales.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Lambayeque trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Lima to Lambayeque takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Lima in December, you will find days in Lambayeque are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Lambayeque

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Casa Museo Jose Abelardo Quinones Gonzales, Tucume Pyramids, Sican Museum
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Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum ©
Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum
Sican Museum ©
Sican Museum
Museo Arqueologico Nacional Bruning ©

6
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Chan Chan and Huaca del Sol y la Luna. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo de Arte Moderno and Casa de la Emancipacion. Get out of town with these interesting Trujillo side-trips: Playa Malabrigo (in Puerto Malabrigo) and Huanchaco Beach (in Huanchaco). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Site Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco, get engrossed in the history at Museo Cao, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de Santo Domingo.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Trujillo road trip planning website .

Traveling by bus from Lambayeque to Trujillo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Lambayeque in December: highs in Trujillo hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites Beaches Museums

Side Trips

Playa Malabrigo, Huanchaco Beach
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Chan Chan ©
Chan Chan
Site Museum ©
Site Museum
Casa Urquiaga (Casa Calonge) ©
Casa Urquiaga (Casa Calonge)

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