23 days in Peru Itinerary

23 days in Peru Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Peru visit planner

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Fly
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Arequipa
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Puno
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Maras
— 1 night
Taxi to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
4
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Train to Ollantaytambo, Bus to Cusco
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Cusco
— 6 nights
Fly
6
Paracas
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lima
— 2 nights
Fly
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Iquitos
— 2 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.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Volcan Misti. Get a sense of the local culture at Historic Centre of Arequipa and Santa Catalina Monastery. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and look for gifts at La Iberica.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Arequipa trip itinerary builder.

London, UK to Arequipa is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Arequipa. Traveling from London in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 9°C in Arequipa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Find places to stay Jun 15 — 18:

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.
On the 19th (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Uros Floating Islands, explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani, and then pause for some photo ops at Arco Deustua. On your second day here, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Puno trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Arequipa to Puno in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Arequipa in June, plan for slightly colder days in Puno, with highs around 21°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Maras.

Things to do in Puno

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 20:

Maras

— 1 night
Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Salinas de Maras and then delve into the distant past at Moray.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Maras travel route planning app.

Traveling by flight from Puno to Maras takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Puno in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Maras, with lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 21:

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 22nd (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Mandor, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Mariposario de Machupicchu, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip app.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Maras to Machu Picchu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 23:

Cusco

— 6 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Horseback Riding Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. Explore hidden gems such as Spas and exploor. Spend the 25th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Tipon, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, stroll through Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cusco online trip itinerary builder.

Do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Cusco are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Paracas.

Things to do in Cusco

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 29:

Paracas

— 3 nights
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Visit Playa Roja and Playa Mendieta for some beach relaxation. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ballestas Islands and Paracas Nature Reserve. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to The Chandelier, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, have fun and explore at Culturides La Maquina del Tiempo, and head off the coast to Islas Ballestas.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Paracas driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Cusco to Paracas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for much hotter nights when traveling from Cusco in June since evenings lows in Paracas dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Lima.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 2:

Lima

— 2 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.
On the 3rd (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Lima, get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, then wander the streets of San Isidro, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, stop by Miraflores, then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Lima, and finally steep yourself in history at Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lima trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Paracas to Lima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Lima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 4:

Iquitos

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): stroll through La Isla De Los Monos, then stroll through Amazon Rescue Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Amazon River.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Iquitos day trip tool.

Fly from Lima to Iquitos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Lima in July: highs in Iquitos hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 6:

Peru travel guide

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Historic Sites · 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.