28 days in South Africa & Peru Itinerary

28 days in South Africa & Peru Itinerary

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28 days in South Africa & Peru Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
2
Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Nelspruit, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Cape Town, South Africa
— 5 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
5
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  11​h 15​min
7
Puno, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
8
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
9
Arequipa, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa


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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: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill, and take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg online tour itinerary builder .

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major airports are OR Tambo International Airport and Pilanesberg International Airport. December in Johannesburg sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Theme Parks

Side Trip

Montecasino
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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Hoedspruit, South Africa

Hoedspruit ©
Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hoedspruit: Kruger National Park (Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, Masorini Archaeological Site, & more) and Qualito Craft Distillery (in Phalaborwa). There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Ukuthula Designs.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hoedspruit route planner .

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Qualito Craft Distillery
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Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail
Bushmans Trail ©
Bushmans Trail

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.
Take a break from Nelspruit with a short trip to Safaris in Kruger National Park, about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, explore and take pictures at Mbombela Stadium, Head underground at Sudwala Caves, and try your luck at Emnotweni Casino.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nelspruit tour planner .

Getting from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Safaris
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Safaris
Lowveld National Botanical Garden ©
Lowveld National Botanical Garden

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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, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope, and trek along Platteklip Gorge.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Nelspruit to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Cape Town

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

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.
On the 31st (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco, and hike along exploor.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco road trip website .

You can fly from Cape Town to Cusco in 22.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Cape Town to Cusco. Traveling from Cape Town in December, things will get a bit cooler in Cusco: highs are around 24°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): delve into the distant past at Intipuncu and then contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

1
night
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 2nd (Thu): head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, and then make a trip to Chullpas. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Sillustani, then head off the coast to Taquile Island, and then get great views at Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Puno trip planner .

Getting from Machu Picchu to Puno by car takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chullpas
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Sillustani ©
Sillustani

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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: stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua, take a stroll through Barranco, make a trip to Miraflores, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lima trip maker app .

You can fly from Puno to Lima in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Puno in January, you will find days in Lima are somewhat warmer (31°C), and nights are much warmer (24°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

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

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nights
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 7th (Tue), make a trip to Plaza de Armas, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, then see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, and finally admire the striking features of Casa del Moral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Monasterio de la Recoleta, then have some family-friendly fun at Mono Blanco Aventura, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevado De Mismi.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Arequipa driving holiday planner .

Getting from Lima to Arequipa by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, Arequipa is a bit cooler than Lima - with highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Nature Parks
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Highlights from your plan
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

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