27 days in Peru & South Africa Itinerary

27 days in Peru & South Africa Itinerary

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27 days in Peru & South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  29​h
1
Arequipa, Peru
— 1 day
2
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Puno, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h 15​min
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
6
Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Nelspruit, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
8
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 3 nights
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

1
day
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
On the 15th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, then admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas, then see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa del Moral.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Arequipa travel planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Arequipa is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Arequipa. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Johannesburg in December: high temperatures in Arequipa hover around 24°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites
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Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

3
nights
Lima, Peru

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.
Lima is known for parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua, examine the collection at National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco.

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Fly from Arequipa to Lima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Arequipa in December, with highs in Lima at 28°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Puno.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

2
nights
Puno, Peru

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 19th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Uros Floating Islands, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, and then don't miss a visit to Chullpas. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani, then head off the coast to Taquile Island, and then take some stellar pictures from Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Puno trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Lima to Puno takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. While traveling from Lima, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Puno, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chullpas
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

1
night
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 21st (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Phutuq K'usi, then admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor, and then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then get great views at Intipuncu.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu sightseeing planner.

Getting from Puno to Machu Picchu by car takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

3
nights
Cusco, Peru

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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, trails, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, admire the landmark architecture of The Company of Jesus Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cusco journey planner .

Do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

4
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, parks, beaches, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum, examine the collection at District Six Museum, and meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Cusco to Cape Town in 22.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Cusco to Cape Town. In December, Cape Town is a bit warmer than Cusco - with highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope

3
nights
Nelspruit, South Africa

Nelspruit ©
Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
Spend the 1st (Wed) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, look for gifts at Joubert en Seuns Padstal, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, and try to win big at Emnotweni Casino.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Nelspruit trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Nelspruit takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Casinos
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Lowveld National Botanical Garden ©
Lowveld National Botanical Garden
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

3
nights
Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park ©
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Spend the 4th (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site, and stroll through Bushmans Trail.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Nelspruit to Kruger National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Bushmans Trail ©
Bushmans Trail
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

3
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Johannesburg is known for museums, wildlife, theme parks, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and try your luck at Gold Reef City.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Johannesburg itinerary builder website .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Theme Parks

Side Trip

Montecasino
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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