23 days in Peru Itinerary

23 days in Peru Itinerary

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23 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Lima
— 1 night
Bus:  4 h 30 min
2
Paracas
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
3
Ica
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h
4
Nazca
— 1 night
Bus:  9 h
5
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Bus:  10 h 30 min
6
Ollantaytambo
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
7
Cusco
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
8
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
9
Cusco
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
10
Iquitos
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
11
Lima
— 1 night
Fly:  10 h 30 min
End: Washington DC

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Parque de las Leyendas (Zoo). On the 25th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque de las Leyendas (Zoo).

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lima trip itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Lima is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Washington DC in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Lima: highs are around 76°F and lows about 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Paracas.

Things to do in Lima

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Parque de las Leyendas (Zoo) ©
Parque de las Leyendas (Zoo)

2
nights
Paracas

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Islas Ballestas. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's extreme beauty at Freedom Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Mendieta, and then head off the coast to Islas Ballestas.

To see reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read Paracas trip builder app .

Getting from Lima to Paracas by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in April, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Ica.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas
Supay Beach ©
Supay Beach
Yumaque Beach ©
Yumaque Beach

2
nights
Ica

Ica ©
Located on the Ica River in the desert areas of Peru's southern coast, the city of Ica stands as something of an oasis in the dry, barren landscape.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Oasis of Huacachina. On the 28th (Tue), walk around Parque De Las Brujas De Cachiche, admire the striking features of Santuario del Senor de Luren, then explore the activities along Oasis of Huacachina, and finally see the interesting displays at Javier Cabrera Scientific Museum. On the next day, delve into the mystery of Palmera de Siete Cabezas and then take in breathtaking views at Canon de los Perdidos.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ica online journey planner .

Getting from Paracas to Ica by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Nazca.

Things to do in Ica

Parks Nature Museums
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Oasis of Huacachina ©
Oasis of Huacachina
Javier Cabrera Scientific Museum ©
Javier Cabrera Scientific Museum
Santuario del Senor de Luren ©
Santuario del Senor de Luren

1
night
Nazca

Nazca ©
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
Enigma Nasca Travel has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): make a trip to Mural of Maria Reiche and then steep yourself in history at Acueductos de Nasca.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nazca trip maker app .

Getting from Ica to Nazca by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Nazca

Tours Childrens Museums Museums
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Enigma Nasca Travel ©
Enigma Nasca Travel
Acueductos de Nasca ©
Acueductos de Nasca

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery and Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista). Kids will enjoy FBC Melgar and Museo del BCRP - Sede Arequipa. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Petroglifos de Toro Muerto, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve, and get impressive views of Chachani.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Arequipa holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Nazca to Arequipa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. May in Arequipa sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Petroglifos de Toro Muerto
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Petroglifos de Toro Muerto ©
Petroglifos de Toro Muerto

2
nights
Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo ©
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo. Step out of the city life by going to Perolniyoq Waterfall and Off-Road Tours. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Inka Pintay and Iglesia de Santiago Apostol. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Naupa Iglesia, admire the sheer force of Catarata Perolniyoc, explore the galleries of ALQA - Gallery of Andean Expressions, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Urubamba.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ollantaytambo trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Arequipa to Ollantaytambo by combination of flight and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Arequipa in May since evenings lows in Ollantaytambo dip to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Cusco.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Urubamba
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Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo ©
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo
Naupa Iglesia ©
Naupa Iglesia
Inka Pintay ©
Inka Pintay

1
night
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.
On the 6th (Wed), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and then explore the ancient world of Tambomachay.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in May, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Horseback Riding Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing
Tambomachay ©
Tambomachay

2
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.
Huayna Picchu has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, then take in nature's colorful creations at Mariposario de Machupicchu, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Huayna Picchu.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu ©
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu
Mariposario de Machupicchu ©
Mariposario de Machupicchu

1
night
Cusco

Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then trek along with Amarutrek Expeditions, and then gain a rich perspective with exploor.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cusco online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Cusco

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Horseback Riding Tours
exploor ©
exploor
Amarutrek Expeditions ©
Amarutrek Expeditions

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Area de Conservacion Regional Comunal Tamshiyacu Tahuayo and Jairo Mejia Prado. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of Indigenous Amazonian Cultures and Iglesia San Juan Bautista. When in Iquitos, make a side trip to see Iguana Lodge & Camp in Santo Toribio, approximately Santo Toribio away. There's lots more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stop by Centro Artesanal Turistico Anaconda, and take a stroll through Bulevard Iquitos.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Iquitos trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Cusco to Iquitos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. When traveling from Cusco in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Iquitos, with highs around 89°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 73°F. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Lima.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Iguana Lodge & Camp
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Amazon Rescue Center ©
Amazon Rescue Center

1
night
Lima

Lima ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Circuito Magico Del Agua. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museo de Minerales Andres del Castillo, stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Lima trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Iquitos to Lima in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Iquitos in May, with highs in Lima at 73°F and lows at 65°F. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Iglesia de las Nazarenas ©
Iglesia de las Nazarenas
Museo de Minerales Andres del Castillo ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua

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