27 days in Peru Itinerary

27 days in Peru Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Peru route planner

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

— 5 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sacsayhuaman and Qorikancha. Museum-lovers will get to explore Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco and Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco. Get out of town with these interesting Cusco side-trips: Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray) and Catarata Perolniyoc (in Urubamba). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Q'enqo, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

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Jerusalem, Israel to Cusco is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to Peru Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Jerusalem in August, expect Cusco to be cooler, temps between 24°C and 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 6:

Machu Picchu

— 2 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mandor, explore the ancient world of Intipuncu, and then explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip builder app.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Arequipa.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:

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 outdoors at Volcan Misti and Climbing Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Historic Centre of Arequipa and Museo de Arte Virreinal. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, pause for some serene contemplation at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, and don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Arequipa driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Machu Picchu to Arequipa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nazca.

Things to do in Arequipa

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 11:

Nazca

— 1 night
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Cahuachi, look for gifts at Taller de Ceramicas Emilia, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Chauchilla, then make a trip to Mural of Maria Reiche, and finally delve into the distant past at Cantalloc Aqueduct.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nazca trip website.

Traveling by car from Arequipa to Nazca takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Paracas.

Things to do in Nazca

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 12:

Paracas

— 3 nights
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Get a sense of the local culture at Culturides La Maquina del Tiempo and Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino.. Visiting Paracas Nature Reserve and Off-Road Tours will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Paracas to Pisco to see Ballestas Islands about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll through Playa Roja, kick back and relax at Supay Beach, head off the coast to Islas Ballestas, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Paracas attractions planning tool.

You can drive from Nazca to Paracas in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lima.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 15:

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, visit Barranco, take a stroll through Miraflores, then delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, then get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), and finally browse the exhibits of Galeria Indigo. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Lima, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Lima, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, and finally admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Lima trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paracas to Lima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Lima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Huascaran National Park.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 17:

Huascaran National Park

— 3 nights
A trip to Huascaran National Park allows visitors to explore part of the Cordillera Blanca, the world’s highest tropical mountain range.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Huascaran and Lagunas de Llanganuco. Get outdoors at Laguna 69 and Laguna Chinancocha. Take a break from Huascaran National Park with a short trip to Museo de Chacas in Chacas, about 42 minutes away. There's more to do: explore the striking landscape at Duck Canyon and make a trip to Plaza Mayor de Chacas.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Huascaran National Park attractions planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Lima to Huascaran National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Huascaran National Park

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 20:

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 21st (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Trujillo - Catedral de Santa Maria, contemplate the long history of La Huaca del Sol, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Moderno, then take an in-depth tour of Cao Museum, and finally stop by Corazon Verde. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Site Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Huaca Esmeralda, then steep yourself in history at Chan Chan, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Huanchaco.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Trujillo attractions planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Huascaran National Park to Trujillo in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Trujillo, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Tarapoto.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 20 — 22:

Tarapoto

— 1 night

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.
On the 23rd (Mon), explore the activities along Laguna Sauce, look for gifts at Exotic Chocolatier, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Las Cataratas de Ahuashiyacu.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tarapoto tour builder app.

You can fly from Trujillo to Tarapoto in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Trujillo in August, you will find days in Tarapoto are much hotter (38°C), and nights are a bit warmer (24°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Iquitos.

Things to do in Tarapoto

Nature · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 23:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through Amazon Rescue Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, and finally explore the activities along Amazon River.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Iquitos attractions planner.

Getting from Tarapoto to Iquitos by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Iquitos can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Iquitos

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 26:

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.