32 days in Peru Itinerary

32 days in Peru Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Peru vacation planner

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Arequipa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puno
— 1 night
Fly
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Maras
— 2 nights
Taxi to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu
— 1 night
Train to Ollantaytambo, Bus to Cusco
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Cusco
— 5 nights
Fly
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Paracas
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lima
— 15 nights
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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.
Arequipa is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, and look for gifts at La Iberica.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Arequipa day trip tool.

London, UK to Arequipa is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from London to Arequipa, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Arequipa, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 30:

Puno

— 1 night

City of the Lake

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Uros Floating Islands and then step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Puno trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Arequipa to Puno in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in July, expect nights in Puno to be colder, around -5°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Maras.

Things to do in Puno

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 30 — 31:

Maras

— 2 nights
Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. On the 1st (Mon), explore the ancient world of Moray, stroll through Salinas de Maras, and then admire the striking features of Iglesia San Martin de Tours.

Plan trip to Maras with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Puno to Maras takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Maras when traveling from Puno in July, with lows around 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 2:

Machu Picchu

— 1 night
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 3rd (Wed): steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu online route planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Maras to Machu Picchu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Find places to stay Aug 2 — 3:
Highlights from your trip

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.
Spend the 5th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 7th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Arte Precolombino, pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cusco trip builder website.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. August in Cusco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Paracas.

Things to do in Cusco

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 8:

Paracas

— 3 nights
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Roja and Playa de la Mina. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Islas Ballestas, see the interesting displays at Museo De Sitio Julio C Tello De Paracas, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and take some stellar pictures from La Catedral.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paracas trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Cusco to Paracas by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Paracas when traveling from Cusco in August, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lima.

Things to do in Paracas

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 11:

Lima

— 15 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Santa Maria del Mar and Playa Penascal. When in Lima, make a side trip to see Iglesia de Santiago Apostol in Lunahuana, approximately Lunahuana away. Spend the 13th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, explore the galleries of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, take a stroll through Miraflores, and ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lima trip planner.

You can drive from Paracas to Lima in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 26:

Peru travel guide

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Historic Sites · 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.