42 days in Peru Itinerary

42 days in Peru Itinerary

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Trujillo
— 2 nights
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Chiclayo
— 3 nights
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Chachapoyas
— 4 nights
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Cajamarca
— 1 night
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Trujillo
— Few hours
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Lima
— 7 nights
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Paracas
— 2 nights
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Iquitos
— 6 nights
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Cusco
— 7 nights
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Puno
— 4 nights
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Arequipa
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Trujillo

Trujillo ©

Capital of Culture

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.
On the next day, steep yourself in history at La Huaca del Sol, then explore the ancient world of Chan Chan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Trujillo, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Trujillo day trip website.

Zurich, Switzerland to Trujillo is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Trujillo is minus 6 hours. When traveling from Zurich in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Trujillo, with highs around 26°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Chiclayo.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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World heritage site
Chan Chan
4.5
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Historic Site
La Huaca del Sol
4.6

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Chiclayo

Chiclayo ©

City of Friendship

With a population of 738,000, Chiclayo represents the fourth largest city in Peru and serves as the capital of the Lambayeque Region.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Plaza de Armas as well as Museo de sitio Huaca Rajada - Sipan. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museo de sitio Huaca Rajada - Sipan, make a trip to Plaza de Armas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Pimentel.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Chiclayo trip builder app.

You can drive from Trujillo to Chiclayo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Trujillo in May, you will find days in Chiclayo are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Wed) before leaving for Chachapoyas.

Things to do in Chiclayo

Museums · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

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Specialty Museum
Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum
4.7

4
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Chachapoyas

Chachapoyas ©
A good base for exploring the surrounding cloud forests, Chachapoyas remains a small and laid-back town despite its growing popularity with international tourists.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Fortaleza de Kuelap as well as Canon del Sonche. Go for a jaunt from Chachapoyas to Valera to see Catarata de Gocta about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Sarcofagos de Karajia, make a trip to Centro Historico, and explore the fascinating underground world of Caverna de Quiocta.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Chachapoyas trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chiclayo to Chachapoyas takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cajamarca.

Things to do in Chachapoyas

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Historic Site
Fortaleza de Kuelap
4.8
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Landmark
Centro Historico
3.5

1
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Cajamarca

Cajamarca ©
Located 2,750 m (8,900 ft) above sea level, the Andean city of Cajamarca experiences a mild highland climate, which, along with the area's fertile soil, has allowed agriculture to thrive.
On the 9th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Cajamarca.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cajamarca holiday planner.

Drive from Chachapoyas to Cajamarca in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Cajamarca can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Mon) before leaving for Trujillo.

Things to do in Cajamarca

Historic Sites
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Ruin
Cumbemayo
4.8

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Trujillo

Trujillo

Capital of Culture

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Trujillo trip planner.

You can take a bus from Cajamarca to Trujillo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cajamarca in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Trujillo, with lows around 21°C. You will leave for Lima on the 10th (Mon).

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay May 10 — 11:

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Lima

Lima ©

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've added Marcahuasi, Huaca Pucllana, Museo Oro del Peru, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's much more to do: make a trip to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), take a leisurely stroll along Miraflores Boardwalk, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Lima, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Lima road trip planning site.

You can fly from Trujillo to Lima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Lima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 21°C at night. On the 17th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Paracas.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 10 — 17:
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2
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Paracas

Paracas
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Paracas trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Lima to Paracas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Paracas sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Paracas

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay May 17 — 19:

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Iquitos

Iquitos ©

Capital of the Peruvian Amazon

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.
Iquitos is known for parks, wildlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Isla De Los Monos, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Iquitos, pick up some local products at Mercado de Belen, and examine the collection at Museum of Indigenous Amazonian Cultures.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Iquitos tour planner.

Getting from Paracas to Iquitos by combination of bus and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Paracas in May, expect Iquitos to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 26°C. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cusco.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Nature / Park
La Isla De Los Monos
4.6

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Cusco

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Inca Trail, Rainbow Mountain Peru, Qorikancha, and other attractions. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cusco trip maker website.

You can fly from Iquitos to Cusco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. In May, Cusco is much colder than Iquitos - with highs of 24°C and lows of 4°C. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Puno.

Things to do in Cusco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails
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Hiking Trail
Inca Trail
4.7
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Religious Site
Qorikancha
4.5
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Historic Site
Plaza de Armas
4.7

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Puno

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.
Puno is known for nature, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani, steep yourself in history at La Casa del Corregidor, pause for some photo ops at Mirador Puma Uta, and don't miss a visit to Catedral de Puno.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Puno driving holiday tool.

You can fly from Cusco to Puno in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in June, expect little chillier with lows of -5°C in Puno. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Sun) before leaving for Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

Historic Sites
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Historic Site
La Casa del Corregidor
4.3
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Landmark
Catedral de Puno
4.0
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Monument
Mirador Puma Uta
4.2

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Arequipa

Arequipa ©

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve as well as Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, make a trip to Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Arequipa travel planning app.

Traveling by car from Puno to Arequipa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Puno in June, plan for warmer nights in Arequipa, with lows around 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Arequipa

Nature · Wildlife · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 10:
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Specialty Museum
Santa Catalina Monastery
4.7
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Architectural Building
Plaza de Armas
4.7

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