20 days in Peru Itinerary

20 days in Peru Itinerary

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Iquitos
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tarapoto
— 2 nights
Fly to Lima, Bus to Paracas
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Paracas
— 1 night
Drive
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Nazca
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Cusco
— 4 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Fly
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Trujillo
— 2 nights
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Iquitos

— 3 nights

Capital of the Peruvian Amazon

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like La Isla De Los Monos and Amazon River. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Iquitos, stop by Centro Artesanal Turistico Anaconda, and play a few rounds at Amazon Golf Course.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Iquitos trip itinerary site.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Iquitos is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Iquitos is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Tel Aviv in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Iquitos, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can fly to Tarapoto.

Things to do in Iquitos

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
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Tarapoto

— 2 nights

City of Palms

As a busy commercial hub of northern Peru, Tarapoto straddles the foothills of the Andes and a high jungle plateau characterized by lush cloud forests.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Sauce, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Tarapoto, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Las Cataratas de Ahuashiyacu. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Museo Chanka y de la Diversidad Lamista, take a stroll through Comunidad Nativa Wayku, then relax in the rural setting at Fabrica de Chocolates Orquidea, and finally delve into the distant past at Petroglifos de Polish.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tarapoto planner.

Getting from Iquitos to Tarapoto by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Tarapoto can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Paracas.

Things to do in Tarapoto

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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Paracas

— 1 night
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): make a trip to The Chandelier, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then take in the exciting artwork at Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino., then admire nature's extreme beauty at Paracas Nature Reserve, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Roja.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Paracas road trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Tarapoto to Paracas in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Tarapoto in August, you will find days in Paracas are colder (23°C), and nights are a bit cooler (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nazca.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
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Nazca

— 2 nights
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
On the 8th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Torre Mirador de Las Lines de Nasca, stop by Taller de Ceramicas Emilia, then explore the ancient world of Cahuachi, then steep yourself in history at Acueductos de Nasca, and finally explore the ancient world of Cantalloc Aqueduct. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Los Paredones, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Chauchilla, and then make a trip to Ceramicas LASC.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nazca itinerary maker site.

Getting from Paracas to Nazca by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Arequipa.

Things to do in Nazca

Historic Sites · Shopping
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Arequipa

— 2 nights

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
On the 10th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, see the interesting displays at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, examine the collection at Museo de Arte Virreinal, then make a trip to Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and finally stop by Incalpaca. Keep things going the next day: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, then get impressive views of Volcan Misti, and then admire the masterpieces at San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Arequipa online trip maker.

You can drive from Nazca to Arequipa in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. August in Arequipa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco and Museo de Arte Precolombino. Explore hidden gems such as Sacred Valley of the Incas and Moray. The adventure continues: hike along exploor, get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the ancient world of Q'enqo, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cusco route builder site.

You can fly from Arequipa to Cusco in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Cusco, with lows of 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, and then explore the ancient world of Intipuncu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Mandor and then admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu road trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can fly to Trujillo.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Tours · Adventure · Outdoors

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Trujillo

— 2 nights

Capital of Culture

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Huanchaco, explore the ancient world of Chan Chan, see the interesting displays at Museo Catedralicio, contemplate the long history of La Huaca del Sol, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Trujillo - Catedral de Santa Maria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Capilla del Santisimo Sacramenteo dento del Arzobispado de Trujillo, then explore the ancient world of Site Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Huaca Esmeralda.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Trujillo road trip planning app.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Trujillo by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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Peru travel guide

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Ruins · Parks · Landmarks
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.