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
1
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
6
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, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, try your luck at Montecasino, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg trip 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can 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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nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hoedspruit: Kruger National Park (Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, Masorini Archaeological Site, & more) and Qualito Craft Distillery (in Phalaborwa). It doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Ukuthula Designs.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hoedspruit trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Qualito Craft Distillery
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Nelspruit to Kruger National Park to see Safaris about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, try to win big at Emnotweni Casino, stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, and explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Nelspruit vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife

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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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, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, and head off the coast to Robben Island Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Nelspruit to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 30°C, while at night they dip 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 much more to do: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Precolombino, delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Cusco takes 22.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Cusco is minus 7 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cape Town in December: high temperatures in Cusco hover around 24°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the ancient world of Intipuncu and then delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Machu Picchu road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
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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.
On the 2nd (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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani, head off the coast to Taquile Island, and then take some stellar pictures from Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Puno vacation planner .

You can drive from Machu Picchu to Puno in 11.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Puno are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature 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

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: stroll through Circuito Magico Del Agua, ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), make a trip to Miraflores, and kick back and relax at Playa Kon-Tiki.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lima road trip planning app .

Getting from Puno to Lima by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Puno in January, expect nights in Lima to be much warmer, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:
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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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Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, examine the collection at Cathedral of Arequipa Museum, examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, then examine the collection at Monasterio de la Recoleta, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and then get your game on at Mono Blanco Aventura.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Arequipa trip maker site .

You can fly from Lima to Arequipa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in January, things will get a bit cooler in Arequipa: highs are around 23°C and lows about 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Tours Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:
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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