21 days in Peru Itinerary

21 days in Peru Itinerary

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21 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
+2
shuttle + Fly + Drive:  26​h
1
Machu Picchu
— 3 nights
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Cusco
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  2​h 15​min
3
Puno
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Arequipa
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
5
Huanchaco
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
6
Paracas
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Lima
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Ljubljana

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Winay Wayna. Visiting Phutuq K'usi and Los Jardines de Mandor will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Machu Picchu to Santa Teresa to see Zipline about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Intipuncu, take in the natural beauty of Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, and stop by Artesanias.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu online trip planner .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Machu Picchu is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Peru Time is minus 6 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Santa Teresa
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

5
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.
San Blas and Sacsayhuaman are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Salinas de Maras and Plaza de Armas. Step out of Cusco with an excursion to Hacienda del Chalan in Urubamba--about 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion, get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, and delve into the distant past at Q'enqo.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cusco travel planner .

You can take a train from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, daytime highs in Cusco are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Puno.

Things to do in Cusco

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Hacienda del Chalan, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

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 30th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Sillustani and then explore the activities along Lake Titicaca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Uros Floating Islands, then admire all the interesting features of Yavari, and then stroll through Parque Pino.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Puno trip itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Cusco to Puno in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in December, expect little chillier with lows of 3°C in Puno. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
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Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Sillustani ©
Sillustani

1
night
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, take in breathtaking views at Colca Canyon, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Arequipa trip builder app .

Drive from Puno to Arequipa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Puno in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 13°C in Arequipa. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Huanchaco.

Things to do in Arequipa

#Nature, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trip

Colca Canyon
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Colca Canyon ©
Colca Canyon
Monasterio de Santa Catalina ©
Monasterio de Santa Catalina
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa

2
nights
Huanchaco

Huanchaco ©
In a historic town on the famous "Moche Route" tourist circuit, vacations in Huanchaco tend to be as active as they are culturally enriching.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): examine the collection at Museo de Sitio de Chan Chan and then enjoy the sand and surf at Huanchaco Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Huanchaco online driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Arequipa to Huanchaco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Arequipa in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Huanchaco: highs are around 27°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paracas.

Things to do in Huanchaco

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Huanchaco Beach ©
Huanchaco Beach
Museo de Sitio de Chan Chan ©
Museo de Sitio de Chan Chan

3
nights
Paracas

Paracas ©
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 4th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from La Catedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, do a tasting at Tacama, and then head off the coast to Islas Ballestas.

Start your trip to Paracas by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Huanchaco to Paracas in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Huanchaco in January, you will find days in Paracas are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lima.

Things to do in Paracas

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Ica
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Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas
Playa Roja ©
Playa Roja
Playa de la Mina
Playa de la Mina

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Huaca Pucllana and Cathedral of Lima. Get some cultural insight at Miraflores and Larco Museum. Change things up with a short trip to El Silencio in Punta Hermosa (about 1h 10 min away). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Centro Historico de Lima, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores, and take in the views from Bridge of Sighs.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lima holiday builder tool .

Traveling by car from Paracas to Lima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

El Silencio
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El Silencio ©
El Silencio
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©

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