36 days in Peru & Toronto Itinerary

36 days in Peru & Toronto Itinerary

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Arequipa, Peru
— 4 nights
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Puno, Peru
— 3 nights
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Maras, Peru
— 1 night
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
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Paracas, Peru
— 2 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 6 nights
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Toronto, Canada
— 11 nights

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Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Go for a jaunt from Arequipa to Lari to see Templo Purisima Concepcion about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, admire the striking features of Palacio de Goyeneche, and get out on two wheels at MotoAndes.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Arequipa trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Arequipa is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trip

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Arequipa Massage ©
Arequipa Massage
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

3
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Puno, Peru

Puno ©

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.
Step out of Puno with an excursion to Main Gate in Taquile Island--about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Taquile Island, slough off your stress at Inca Sauna, explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani, and appreciate the history behind Mirador Puma Uta.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Puno travel route planner.

Getting from Arequipa to Puno by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Puno, with lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Maras.

Things to do in Puno

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Baths

Side Trip

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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Lake Umayo ©
Lake Umayo

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Maras, Peru

Maras ©
Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Moray and then contemplate the long history of Salinas de Maras.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Maras online tour builder.

Traveling by flight from Puno to Maras takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Puno in May since evenings lows in Maras dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Moray ©
Moray

2
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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 10th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, then indulge in some personalized pampering at SPA Rocas Sagradas, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Maras to Machu Picchu by combination of taxi and train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Zipline

6
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Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: Cerveceria Willkamayu (in Urubamba), Ollantaytambo (Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo & Qosqo Ayllu) and ChocoMuseo Pisac (in Pisac). On the 17th (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, take a stroll through San Blas, and delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cusco online trip builder.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Cusco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Paracas.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha

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Paracas, Peru

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
On the 18th (Thu), make a trip to The Chandelier, step off the mainland to explore Islas Ballestas, and then view the masterpieces at Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino.. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Supay Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at La Catedral, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Paracas trip planning website.

Fly from Cusco to Paracas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in May, you will find days in Paracas are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are warmer (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lima.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay May 17 — 19:
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Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas
La Catedral ©
La Catedral
Supay Beach ©
Supay Beach

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Lima, Peru

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.
Lima is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, wander the streets of Miraflores, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru, and get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar).

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lima holiday planner.

You can drive from Paracas to Lima in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May in Lima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 21°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Toronto.

Things to do in Lima

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Food Tours
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

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Toronto, Canada

Toronto

New York City of Canada

Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
Venture out of the city with trips to Icellars Estate Winery (in Niagara-on-the-Lake), Malivoire Wine Company (in Beamsville) and Niagara Falls (White Water Walk, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from CN Tower, hunt for treasures at St. Lawrence Market, browse the exhibits of Casa Loma, and walk around High Park.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Toronto online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Lima to Toronto by flight takes about 11 hours. In May, Toronto is a bit cooler than Lima - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Toronto

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 25 — Jun 5:
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CN Tower
CN Tower
Niagara Falls Canada ©
Niagara Falls Canada
Journey Behind the Falls ©
Journey Behind the Falls

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