39 days in Peru Itinerary

39 days in Peru Itinerary

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39 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly + Drive:  34​h
1
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Manu National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Tambopata National Reserve
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Puerto Maldonado
— 3 nights
5
Cusco
— 5 nights
6
Paracas
— 4 nights
7
Arequipa
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
Iquitos
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
9
Tarapoto
— 3 nights
10
Trujillo
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
11
Lima
— 5 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Riyadh

2
nights
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Intipuncu are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor, identify plant and animal life at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, and admire the sheer force of Cascadas Allcamayo.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Machu Picchu day trip tool .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Machu Picchu is an approximately 34-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Peru Time (PET), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Manu National Park.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

1
night
Manu National Park

Manu National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take a peaceful walk through Manu National Park and then admire the verdant scenery at Kosnipata Valley.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Manu National Park vacation planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Machu Picchu to Manu National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tambopata National Reserve.

Things to do in Manu National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Manu National Park ©
Manu National Park

1
day
Tambopata National Reserve

Tambopata National Reserve ©
Home to sprawling, untouched rainforests and marshes, Tambopata National Reserve stands out as one of the last great wildernesses of South America.
On the 7th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Colorado Macaw Clay Lick and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tambopata National Reserve.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tambopata National Reserve trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Manu National Park to Tambopata National Reserve. In May in Tambopata National Reserve, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Maldonado.

Things to do in Tambopata National Reserve

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Tambopata National Reserve ©
Tambopata National Reserve

3
nights
Puerto Maldonado

Puerto Maldonado ©
Puerto Maldonado sits at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers in the Amazon rainforest.
Spend the 10th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Panthera Sanctuary, buy something for everyone on your list at Mercado Tres de Mayo, take in nature's colorful creations at Mariposario Tambopata, and wander the streets of Native Community of Ese"Ejas.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Maldonado road trip site .

Explore your travel options from Tambopata National Reserve to Puerto Maldonado with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in May, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puerto Maldonado

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Inkaterra Ecological Reserve ©
Inkaterra Ecological Reserve
Amazon Shelter ©
Amazon Shelter
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
nights
Cusco

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at San Blas and Plaza de Armas. Visit Sacsayhuaman and Centro Historico De Cusco for their historical value. Take a break from Cusco with a short trip to Salinas de Maras in Maras, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Sacred Valley of the Incas, look for all kinds of wild species at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, get in on the family fun at Manu Wildlife Peru, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cusco online trip builder .

You can fly from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Puerto Maldonado in May, you will find days in Cusco are little chillier (24°C), and nights are much colder (4°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Paracas.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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San Blas ©
San Blas
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

4
nights
Paracas

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Bodega 1615 and Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino.. Relax by the water at Supay Beach and Playa Mendieta. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa El Raspon, make a trip to The Chandelier, get engrossed in the history at Museo Arqueologico Paracas, and stroll through Playa Roja.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Paracas online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Cusco to Paracas by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cusco, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Paracas, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Museo Arqueologico Paracas
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Supay Beach ©
Supay Beach
Playa Roja ©
Playa Roja
Bodega 1615 ©
Bodega 1615

3
nights
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Santa Catalina Monastery and Monasterio de la Recoleta. Your inner history buff will appreciate Yanahuara and Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, indulge your thirst for a good beer at La Rotonda Taproom Arequipa, examine the collection at Museo de Arte Virreinal Santa Teresa, and browse the exhibits of Cathedral of Arequipa Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Arequipa day trip website .

Getting from Paracas to Arequipa by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Paracas in May, with highs in Arequipa at 24°C and lows at 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Arequipa

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites
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Canon de Cotahuasi ©
Canon de Cotahuasi
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa

4
nights
Iquitos

Iquitos ©
The largest city in the Peruvian Amazon and the world's largest metropolis unreachable by road, Iquitos represents a major starting point for river and rainforest adventures.
Change things up with a short trip to Iguana Lodge & Camp in Santo Toribio (about 1h 10 min away). Spend the 26th (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Tapiche Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Rainforest Awareness Rescue Education Center, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and look for gifts at Centro Artesanal Turistico Anaconda.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Iquitos tour itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Iquitos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. While traveling from Arequipa, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Iquitos, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tarapoto.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Iguana Lodge & Camp
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Tapiche Reserve ©
Tapiche Reserve
La Isla De Los Monos ©
La Isla De Los Monos

3
nights
Tarapoto

Tarapoto ©
As a busy commercial hub of northern Peru, Tarapoto straddles the foothills of the Andes and a high jungle plateau characterized by lush cloud forests.
Spend the 29th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Tambo Ilusion. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Asociacion de Proteccion de Flora y Fauna, admire the sheer force of Catarata de Pucayaquillo, and explore and take pictures at Fabrica de Chocolates Orquidea.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Tarapoto trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Iquitos to Tarapoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in May, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Tarapoto

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Tambo Ilusion ©
Tambo Ilusion
Ecoparque La Sonada ©
Ecoparque La Sonada

4
nights
Trujillo

Trujillo ©
Considered the country's capital of culture, Trujillo was the birthplace of the North Group, a community of artists and intellectuals that included celebrated poet Cesar Vallejo and notable novelist Ciro Alegria.
Relax by the water at Playa Malabrigo and Playa Las Delicias. Chan Chan and Site Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Trujillo to go to Huanchaco and see Huanchaco Beach, which is approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Casa Urquiaga (Casa Calonge), explore the ancient world of El Brujo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Trujillo - Catedral de Santa Maria, and make a trip to Iglesia de San Francisco.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Trujillo trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Tarapoto to Trujillo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, Trujillo is little chillier than Tarapoto - with highs of 27°C and lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Huanchaco Beach, Playa Malabrigo
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Chan Chan ©
Chan Chan
Site Museum ©
Site Museum
Casa Urquiaga (Casa Calonge) ©
Casa Urquiaga (Casa Calonge)

5
nights
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.
Visit Playa Santa Maria del Mar and Playa Kon-Tiki for some beach relaxation. Peruvian Soul and San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro) will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Miraflores, explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Lima, and stroll through Playa Penascal.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lima trip planning site .

Getting from Trujillo to Lima by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Lima can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Santa Maria del Mar
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Peruvian Soul ©
Peruvian Soul
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©

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