20 days in Peru Itinerary

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Arequipa
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Puno
— 2 nights
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Cusco
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Ollantaytambo
— 3 nights
Train
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Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lima
— 4 nights
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Arequipa — 3 nights

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery and Historic Centre of Arequipa. Get in touch with nature at Volcan Misti and Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo De Arte Virreinal de Santa Teresa, Arequipa., make a trip to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus, pause for some serene contemplation at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, and admire the landmark architecture of Mirador De Sachaca.

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Sofia, Bulgaria to Arequipa is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Peru Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sofia in March, with highs in Arequipa at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Puno.
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Puno — 2 nights

City of the Lake

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 5th (Sun): make a trip to Condor Hill (Mirador de Kuntur Wasi), head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands, contemplate the long history of Uros Tupirmarka Lodge, then take some stellar pictures from Mirador Puma Uta, then stroll the grounds of Sillustani, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Umayo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): walk around Parque Pino, admire the striking features of Balcon del Conde de Lemos, examine the collection at Museo Carlos Dreyer, then contemplate the long history of La Casa del Corregidor, then examine the collection at Museo de la Coca y Costumbres, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

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You can drive from Arequipa to Puno in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in March, expect little chillier with lows of 3°C in Puno. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Cusco.
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Cusco — 4 nights

Imperial City

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.
Get in touch with nature at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Historico Regional and Planetarium Cusco. There's lots more to do: trek along Tierras Vivas, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, and contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman.

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You can fly from Puno to Cusco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Cusco when traveling from Puno in March, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Ollantaytambo.
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Ollantaytambo — 3 nights

Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Moray and Naupa Iglesia. Museum-lovers will get to explore Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva and Art Gallery Ollantaytambo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ollantaytambo: Maras (Salinas de Maras & Plaza de Armas) and Urubamba (Cerveceria Willkamayu, Alma Andina, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Urubamba Weavers' Route, examine the collection at Choco Museo, and make a trip to Qosqo Ayllu.

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Traveling by shuttle from Cusco to Ollantaytambo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Ollantaytambo sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Machu Picchu.
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Machu Picchu — 2 nights

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 13th (Mon), browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado de Artesanias. Keep things going the next day: get to know the resident critters at Mariposario de Machupicchu, examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor, take in the awesome beauty at Phutuq K'usi, then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and finally steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

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Take a train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Lima.
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Lima — 4 nights

City of the Kings

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo and San Isidro. Museum-lovers will get to explore MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima and Museo MATE. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lima: Callao (Palomino, Balneario La Punta, &more) and Iglesia de Santiago Apostol (in Lunahuana). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico de Lima, get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church and Sanctuary of Saint Rose of Lima, and stroll around Parque El Olivar.

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Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Lima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.
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