20 days in Peru Itinerary

20 days in Peru Itinerary

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20 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  17 h
1
Lima
— 1 night
Bus:  31 h
2
Ica
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h
3
Nazca
— Few hours
Drive:  11 h 30 min
4
Tambopata National Reserve
— 3 nights
Drive:  9 h
5
Puno
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Arequipa
— 2 nights
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  5 h 15 min
7
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
8
Cusco
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
9
Iquitos
— 3 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Vienna

1
night
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): walk around Parque Alfredo Salazar and then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lima tour itinerary app .

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. When traveling from Vienna in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Lima: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Ica.

Things to do in Lima

Neighborhoods Parks
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Barranco ©
Barranco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Parque Alfredo Salazar ©
Parque Alfredo Salazar

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): push the limits with an extreme tour.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Ica trip planner.

Take a bus from Lima to Ica in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Lima in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Ica, with lows of 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Mon) before leaving for Nazca.

Things to do in Ica

Outdoors Tours
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

few
hours
Nazca

Nazca ©
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Mural of Maria Reiche and then make a trip to Nasca Lines.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nazca trip itinerary maker website .

You can take a bus from Ica to Nazca in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tambopata National Reserve.
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Nasca Lines ©
Nasca Lines

3
nights
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.
Tambopata National Reserve is known for parks and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tambopata National Reserve, explore the striking landscape at Colorado Macaw Clay Lick, and explore the activities along Tres Chimbadas Lake.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Tambopata National Reserve online sightseeing planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nazca to Tambopata National Reserve. August in Tambopata National Reserve sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 22°C at night. You'll set off for Puno on the 21st (Fri).

Things to do in Tambopata National Reserve

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Tres Chimbadas Lake ©
Tres Chimbadas Lake
Tambopata National Reserve ©
Tambopata National Reserve

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island and then stroll the grounds of Sillustani. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Parque Pino, explore the activities along Lake Titicaca, then step off the mainland to explore Uros Floating Islands, and finally get great views at Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Puno sightseeing planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tambopata National Reserve to Puno. In August, Puno is cooler than Tambopata National Reserve - with highs of 21°C and lows of -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car 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

2
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 24th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, view the masterpieces at Arte Colonial, see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Arequipa travel planner.

Getting from Puno to Arequipa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Puno in August, expect much hotter with lows of 9°C in Arequipa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Arequipa

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Walking tours
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
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 26th (Wed): contemplate the long history of 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 next day: take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac, then stop by Mapi Art, and finally take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu travel route planner.

Getting from Arequipa to Machu Picchu by combination of flight, bus, and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

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night
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.
On the 28th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte Precolombino, steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, and finally hike along exploor.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cusco trip maker site .

Do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. August in Cusco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo de Arte Precolombino

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nights
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.
Iquitos is known for parks, wildlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Iquitos, and meet the residents at Quistococha Zoo.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Iquitos trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Iquitos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Traveling from Cusco in August, expect nights in Iquitos to be warmer, around 25°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
La Isla De Los Monos ©
La Isla De Los Monos

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