19 days in Peru Itinerary

19 days in Peru Itinerary

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19 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  17 h
1
Lima
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h
2
Ica
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h
3
Nazca
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h
4
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Puno
— 2 nights
Drive:  9 h
6
Tambopata National Reserve
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Puerto Maldonado
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 15 min
8
Cusco
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
9
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Train + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
10
Maras
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
11
Iquitos
— 1 night
Fly:  26 h
End: Vienna

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then make a trip to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, and finally walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), make a trip to Miraflores, contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, then get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), and finally stroll around Parque Alfredo Salazar.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lima trip itinerary builder site .

Vienna, Austria to Lima is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Vienna to Lima, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Vienna in August: highs in Lima hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Ica.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Regional Museum of Ica, then see Off-Road Tours, then do a tasting at Tacama, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Santuario del Senor de Luren.

Plan my day in Ica using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by bus from Lima to Ica takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Lima in August, plan for little chillier nights in Ica, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Nazca.

Things to do in Ica

Tours Outdoors Wineries
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Off-Road Tours
Tacama ©
Tacama
Regional Museum of Ica
Regional Museum of Ica

1
night
Nazca

Nazca ©
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Cantalloc Aqueduct, make a trip to Mural of Maria Reiche, and then make a trip to Nasca Lines.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nazca driving holiday planner.

Traveling by bus from Ica to Nazca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Nazca

Historic Sites
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Cantalloc Aqueduct ©
Cantalloc Aqueduct
Nasca Lines ©
Nasca Lines

2
nights
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
On the 18th (Tue), wander the wide-open spaces of Mundo Alpaca, see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, then take in the exciting artwork at Arte Colonial, then admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Monasterio de la Recoleta, experience the excitement of Arequipa Massage, and then admire the striking features of Casa del Moral.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Arequipa vacation planner.

Getting from Nazca to Arequipa by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Puno.

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Museums Spas Fun & Games
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Arequipa Massage ©
Arequipa Massage
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

2
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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.
On the 20th (Thu), head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands, get great views at Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez, and then step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): stroll the grounds of Sillustani, then stroll around Parque Pino, and then explore the activities along Lake Titicaca.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Puno trip planner.

You can drive from Arequipa to Puno in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect much colder evenings in Puno when traveling from Arequipa in August, with lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tambopata National Reserve.

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

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day
Tambopata National Reserve

Tambopata National Reserve ©
Home to sprawling, untouched rainforests and marshes, Tambopata National Reserve stands out as one of the last great wildernesses of South America.
On the 22nd (Sat), explore the activities along Tres Chimbadas Lake.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tambopata National Reserve road trip planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puno to Tambopata National Reserve. In August, Tambopata National Reserve is much warmer than Puno - with highs of 38°C and lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Puerto Maldonado.

Things to do in Tambopata National Reserve

Parks Nature
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Tres Chimbadas Lake ©
Tres Chimbadas Lake

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night
Puerto Maldonado

Puerto Maldonado ©
Puerto Maldonado sits at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers in the Amazon rainforest.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): wander the streets of Native Community of Ese"Ejas and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lago Sandoval.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Maldonado road trip planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tambopata National Reserve to Puerto Maldonado. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puerto Maldonado

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Lago Sandoval ©
Lago Sandoval

3
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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Cusco road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Puerto Maldonado in August; daily highs in Cusco reach 24°C and lows reach 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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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.
On the 27th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and finally make a trip to Intipuncu.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Machu Picchu driving holiday tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Maras.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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Maras

Maras ©
Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): look for gifts at Sumaq LLank'ay, then delve into the distant past at Moray, and then stroll through Salinas de Maras.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Maras attractions website .

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Machu Picchu to Maras in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Maras are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sumaq LLank'ay
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Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Moray ©
Moray
Sumaq LLank'ay ©
Sumaq LLank'ay

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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): examine the collection at Museum of Indigenous Amazonian Cultures and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

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Traveling by flight from Maras to Iquitos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Maras in August, expect nights in Iquitos to be much warmer, around 25°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Iquitos

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Museum of Indigenous Amazonian Cultures ©

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