20 days in Peru Itinerary

20 days in Peru Itinerary

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20 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Cabanaconde
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Puno
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  3​h
4
Cusco
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
5
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
train + taxi:  2​h 15​min
6
Maras
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
7
Puerto Maldonado
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Tambopata National Reserve
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h
9
Lima
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
10
Trujillo
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
11
Iquitos
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Buenos Aires

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, then examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, then steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, and finally don't miss a visit to Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Arequipa trip app .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Arequipa is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires to Arequipa, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Buenos Aires in January; daily highs in Arequipa reach 23°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cabanaconde.

Things to do in Arequipa

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa

1
night
Cabanaconde

Cabanaconde ©
A vacation in Cabanaconde provides visitors with an opportunity to explore the left bank of the Colca River, an area quite untouched by commercial tourism.
On the 7th (Tue), make a trip to Mirador Cruz del Condor, then take in the awesome beauty at Condor's Cross, then get great views at Tapay Viewpoint, and finally get great views at Mirador Achachiua.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cabanaconde day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Arequipa to Cabanaconde takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Puno.

Things to do in Cabanaconde

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Condor's Cross ©
Condor's Cross
Mirador Achachiua ©
Mirador Achachiua
Tapay Viewpoint ©
Tapay Viewpoint

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Umayo, then explore the ancient world of Sillustani, and then head off the coast to Taquile Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the activities along Lake Titicaca, then step off the mainland to explore Uros Floating Islands, and finally take some stellar pictures from Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Puno road trip site .

Drive from Cabanaconde to Puno in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. January in Puno sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

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.
Popular historic sites such as Sacsayhuaman and Sacred Valley of the Incas are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Museo de Arte Precolombino. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, and make a trip to Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco journey planner.

Getting from Puno to Cusco by combination of bus and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puno in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Cusco, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

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night
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor, then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, and then steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip planner .

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 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Maras.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

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 14th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Moray and then explore the striking landscape at Salinas de Maras.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Maras trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Machu Picchu to Maras takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Maras are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Puerto Maldonado.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Moray ©
Moray

2
nights
Puerto Maldonado

Puerto Maldonado ©
Puerto Maldonado sits at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers in the Amazon rainforest.
On the 15th (Wed), stroll through Mariposario Tambopata, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Sanctuary, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lago Sandoval. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): stroll through Inkaterra Ecological Reserve, stroll through Jungle Nature Hikes, then stroll through Amazon Shelter, and finally browse the different shops at Mercado Tres de Mayo.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Maldonado travel planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Maras to Puerto Maldonado in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Maras in January, things will get much hotter in Puerto Maldonado: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tambopata National Reserve.

Things to do in Puerto Maldonado

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Lago Sandoval ©
Lago Sandoval
Inkaterra Ecological Reserve ©
Inkaterra Ecological Reserve
Amazon Shelter ©
Amazon Shelter

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): stroll through Tambopata National Reserve and then stroll through Colorado Macaw Clay Lick.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tambopata National Reserve sightseeing planning app .

Explore your travel options from Puerto Maldonado to Tambopata National Reserve with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Tambopata National Reserve

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Tambopata National Reserve ©
Tambopata National Reserve

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, then make a trip to Miraflores, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and finally ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor). Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo, and then stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Lima trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Tambopata National Reserve to Lima with the Route module. When traveling from Tambopata National Reserve in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Lima: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©

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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.
On the 20th (Mon), steep yourself in history at La Huaca del Sol, then delve into the distant past at Site Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Trujillo - Catedral de Santa Maria, and finally contemplate the long history of Casa Orbegoso. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia y Monasterio El Carmen, contemplate the long history of Casa Urquiaga (Casa Calonge), then steep yourself in history at Chan Chan, and finally stroll through Huanchaco Al Rescate.

To plan Trujillo vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Trujillo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Trujillo can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Huanchaco Al Rescate, La Huaca del Sol
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Chan Chan ©
Chan Chan
Site Museum ©
Site Museum
La Huaca del Sol ©
La Huaca del Sol

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Amazon Rescue Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Isla De Los Monos, and finally trek along with Hiking & Camping Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm and then see the interesting displays at Museum of Indigenous Amazonian Cultures.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Iquitos travel route planner .

You can fly from Trujillo to Iquitos in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Trujillo in January, things will get a bit warmer in Iquitos: highs are around 37°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Iquitos

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

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