32 days in Peru & Mexico Itinerary

32 days in Peru & Mexico Itinerary

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32 days in Peru & Mexico Itinerary

Start: Milan, Italy
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  28​h
1
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
4
Mexico City, Mexico
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  8​h 15​min
6
Palenque, Mexico
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  6​h
7
Cancun, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Tulum, Mexico
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Cozumel, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Milan, Italy


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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 9th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then stroll through Los Jardines de Mandor.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu travel planner.

Milan, Italy to Machu Picchu is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Milan to Machu Picchu due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

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.
Go for a jaunt from Cusco to Maras to see Salinas de Maras about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, see exploor, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco online itinerary 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. June in Cusco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Salinas de Maras
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exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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: admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), take a stroll through Miraflores, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Lima, and steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Lima trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Cusco to Lima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect much hotter evenings in Lima when traveling from Cusco in June, with lows around 20°C. On the 16th (Tue), you'll travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

5
nights
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Take a break from Mexico City with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the historical opulence of Chapultepec Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, and make a trip to Museo Frida Kahlo.

Before you visit Mexico City, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Lima to Mexico City in 7 hours. The time zone changes from Peru Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Lima, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan ©
Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

2
nights
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Puerto Vallarta is known for wildlife, nightlife, adventure, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, step off the mainland to explore Marietas Islands, and explore the striking landscape of Los Arcos.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Vallarta route maker app .

You can fly from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in June; daily highs in Puerto Vallarta reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Marietas Islands
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Zipline
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Zona Romantica ©
Zona Romantica

3
nights
Palenque, Mexico

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Palenque is known for nature, historic sites, zoos & aquariums, museums, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santo Domingo, admire the sheer force of Agua Azul Waterfalls, and contemplate the waterfront views at Agua Clara.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Palenque road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Puerto Vallarta to Palenque takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Cascada de Roberto Barrios ©
Cascada de Roberto Barrios

3
nights
Cancun, Mexico

Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Punta Sur & Isla Brewing Company). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the ancient world of El Rey Archaeological Zone, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Interactive Aquarium.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cancun trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Palenque to Cancun takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Palenque to Cancun is 1 hour. In June, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
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Zipline
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
El Rey Archaeological Zone ©
El Rey Archaeological Zone

4
nights
Tulum, Mexico

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Venture out of the city with trips to Playa del Carmen (Xcaret, Scuba & Snorkeling, & more) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, take in the exciting artwork at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, stop by Kaahal Home Tulum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Casa Cenote.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tulum road trip site .

You can drive from Cancun to Tulum in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Tours Theme Parks

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Cozumel, Mexico

Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, theme parks, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, don't miss a visit to San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site, partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race, and get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cozumel route planner .

You can drive from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. July in Cozumel sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Theme Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef

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