43 days in Peru Itinerary

43 days in Peru Itinerary

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Machu Picchu
— 3 nights
Train to Ollantaytambo, Taxi to Maras
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Maras
— 1 night
Drive
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Cusco
— 8 nights
Fly
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Puno
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tacna
— 4 nights
Fly
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Trujillo
— 6 nights
Bus
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Cajamarca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chachapoyas
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mancora
— 3 nights
Bus to Tumbes, Fly to Lima
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Lima
— 7 nights
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Machu Picchu — 3 nights

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Explore hidden gems such as Winay Wayna and Intipuncu. There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Mandor and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Mariposario de Machupicchu.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Machu Picchu trip builder website.

Frankfurt, Germany to Machu Picchu is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Frankfurt to Machu Picchu due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Maras.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife
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Maras — 1 night

Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. On the 21st (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Salinas de Maras and then delve into the distant past at Moray.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Maras sightseeing planning app.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Maras by combination of train and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In February, daytime highs in Maras are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Cusco.
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Cusco — 8 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero and Sacred Valley of the Incas. Your inner history buff will appreciate Q'enqo and Centro Historico De Cusco. There's much more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Pedro, hike along exploor, and take in the exciting artwork at Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip planning site.

Drive from Maras to Cusco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daytime highs in Cusco are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Puno.
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Puno — 4 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as Sillustani and Main Gate are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Speed Boats Tours and Catedral de Chucuito.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Puno road trip tool.

You can fly from Cusco to Puno in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Puno when traveling from Cusco in March, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Tacna.
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Tacna — 4 nights

City of Heroes

Located close to Peru's border with Chile, Tacna stands as the capital of the Tacna Region and represents one of the most populous urban areas in the country.
Explore hidden gems such as Catedral de Tacna and Boca del Rio Beach. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Arco Parabolico.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tacna day trip planner.

You can drive from Puno to Tacna in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Puno in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tacna, with highs around 32°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can fly to Trujillo.
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Trujillo — 6 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like La Huaca del Sol and Catedral de Trujillo - Catedral de Santa Maria. Popular historic sites such as Site Museum and Chan Chan are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Cao Museum, stop by Corazon Verde, make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Senor de Huaman.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Trujillo travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Tacna to Trujillo in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tacna in March: highs in Trujillo hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Cajamarca.
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Cajamarca — 2 nights

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 16th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Cumbemayo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Cajamarca.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cajamarca holiday builder website.

Getting from Trujillo to Cajamarca by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Trujillo in March; daily highs in Cajamarca reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Chachapoyas.
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Chachapoyas — 3 nights

A good base for exploring the surrounding cloud forests, Chachapoyas remains a small and laid-back town despite its growing popularity with international tourists.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Catarata de Gocta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Sarcofagos de Karajia.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Chachapoyas itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Cajamarca to Chachapoyas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for Mancora on the 20th (Sun).
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Mancora — 3 nights

In a busy little beach town, Mancora tourism industry continues to grow, largely thanks to the sunniest climate of any region in the country.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Las Pocitas Beach and Playa Mancora. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mancora road trip planning website.

You can drive from Chachapoyas to Mancora in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. March in Mancora sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Lima.
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Lima — 7 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Site Museum and Archaeological Sanctuary of Pachacamac and Cathedral of Lima. Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo and San Isidro will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Lima side-trips: Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Callao) and Mirador La Punta (in La Punta). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Lima, stroll around El Parque del Amor, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lima trip maker site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Mancora to Lima takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mancora in March, things will get a bit cooler in Lima: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Peru travel guide

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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.
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