34 days in Peru Itinerary

34 days in Peru Itinerary

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34 days in Peru Itinerary

Johannesburg
Fly:  22​h
Lima
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Pisco
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Ica
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
Nazca
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  10​h 15​min
Cusco
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
Machu Picchu
— 5 nights
+2
train + taxi + bus:  6​h
Puerto Maldonado
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Arequipa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Chivay
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Puno
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
La Paz

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): snap pictures at Bridge of Sighs and then don't miss a visit to Miraflores.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lima online vacation builder .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Lima is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Lima is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in October, you will find days in Lima are little chillier (69°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (61°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Pisco.

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Marcahuasi
Miraflores ©
Miraflores
Nor Yauyos-Cochas Landscape Reserve ©

few
hours
Pisco

Pisco ©
Pisco is a city located in the Ica Region of Peru, the capital of the Pisco Province. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Yumaque Beach, take an in-depth tour of Museo Arqueologico Paracas, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

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Drive from Lima to Pisco in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ica.

Things to do in Pisco

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Paracas
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Yumaque Beach ©
Yumaque Beach
Museo Arqueologico Paracas ©
Museo Arqueologico Paracas

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Javier Cabrera Scientific Museum, then learn about winemaking at Bodegas Vista Alegre, then learn about winemaking at Tacama, and finally examine the collection at Regional Museum of Ica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): delve into the mystery of Palmera de Siete Cabezas and then experience the excitement of Canon de los Perdidos.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ica itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Pisco to Ica in 1.5 hours. In October in Ica, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Nazca.

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#Parks, #Wineries, #Nature
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Tacama ©
Tacama
Regional Museum of Ica
Regional Museum of Ica
Javier Cabrera Scientific Museum ©
Javier Cabrera Scientific Museum

2
days
Nazca

Nazca ©
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
On the 6th (Sat), get outside with Lomas de Marcona y Punta San Fernando, explore the ancient world of Cantalloc Aqueduct, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Chauchilla. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Cahuachi and then see the sky in a new way at Planetario Maria Reiche.

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Traveling by bus from Ica to Nazca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cusco.

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#Outdoors, #Historic Sites, #Childrens Museums
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Cementerio Chauchilla ©
Cementerio Chauchilla
Cantalloc Aqueduct ©
Cantalloc Aqueduct
Cahuachi ©
Cahuachi

5
days
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi and Horseback Riding Tours. Popular historic sites such as Tipon and Salinas de Maras are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, get interesting insight from Tours, explore the ancient world of Q'enqo, and make a trip to Plaza Regocijo (Kusipata).

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You can drive from Nazca to Cusco in 10.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

#Historic Sites, #Tours, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Cusco Region, Salinas de Maras
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

4
days
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Escape the urban bustle at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Banos Termales de Cocalmayo. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Intipuncu and Santuario Nacional de Ampay. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Machu Picchu: Ollantaytambo (Iglesia de Santiago Apostol, Pumamarca Ruins, & more). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor, look for all kinds of wild species at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, and look for gifts at Artesanias.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Machu Picchu trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Maldonado.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Ollantaytambo, Santuario Nacional de Ampay, Banos Termales de Cocalmayo
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Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo ©
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo

5
days
Puerto Maldonado

Puerto Maldonado ©
Puerto Maldonado sits at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers in the Amazon rainforest.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Inkaterra Ecological Reserve and Native Community of Ese"Ejas. Visiting Panthera Sanctuary and Sandoval Lake will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Puerto Maldonado: Tambopata National Reserve (Colorado Macaw Clay Lick & Tres Chimbadas Lake). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Mariposario Tambopata, get a new perspective on things with Puerto Maldonado Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Island, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Nature Hikes.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Maldonado route maker app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Machu Picchu to Puerto Maldonado takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In October in Puerto Maldonado, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puerto Maldonado

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Tambopata National Reserve, Amazon Rainforest
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Inkaterra Ecological Reserve ©
Inkaterra Ecological Reserve
Sandoval Lake ©
Sandoval Lake
Jungle Nature Hikes ©
Jungle Nature Hikes

4
days
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yanahuara and Chachani. Step out of the city life by going to Colca Canyon and Climbing Tours. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Agustin, examine the collection at Cathedral of Arequipa Museum, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Arequipa trip website .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Maldonado to Arequipa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Puerto Maldonado in October: high temperatures in Arequipa hover around 70°F and lows are around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Chivay.

Things to do in Arequipa

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

Colca Canyon
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Yanahuara ©
Yanahuara
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Monasterio de Santa Catalina ©
Monasterio de Santa Catalina

5
days
Chivay

Chivay ©
Scenic Chivay draws a growing number of tourists each year, yet this remote town of 5,000 inhabitants manages to retain much of its rustic, dusty character.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Condor's Cross and Tapay Viewpoint. Escape the urban bustle at Mirador de Wayra Punku and La Calera Thermal Waters. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chivay: Cabanaconde (San Miguel Viewpoint, Mirador Achachiua, & more) and Iglesia Santa Ana (in Maca). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Uyo Uyo Archaeological Site, pause for some serene contemplation at Immaculate Conception Church, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Chivay, and enjoy breathtaking views from Planetarium & Observatory Colca.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Chivay trip planner .

Traveling by car from Arequipa to Chivay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Chivay

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cabanaconde, Yanque, Mirador de Wayra Punku, Iglesia Santa Ana
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Condor's Cross ©
Condor's Cross
La Calera Thermal Waters ©
La Calera Thermal Waters
Planetarium & Observatory Colca ©
Planetarium & Observatory Colca

2
days
Puno

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 1st (Thu): head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands and then wander the streets of Luquina Chico. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lake Titicaca, stroll the grounds of Sillustani, and then delve into the distant past at Catedral de Chucuito.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Puno sightseeing planner.

Drive from Chivay to Puno in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Puno when traveling from Chivay in October, with lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Puno

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Sillustani ©
Sillustani
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands

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