45 days in Peru Itinerary

45 days in Peru Itinerary

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45 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Loja
Drive:  8 h 30 min
1
Chachapoyas
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h
2
Lima
— 7 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
3
Nazca
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Paracas
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
5
Cusco
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  3 h
6
Puno
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
7
Cabanaconde
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
8
Arequipa
— 6 nights
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  5 h 30 min
9
Machu Picchu
— 5 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  6 h
10
Trujillo
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
11
Iquitos
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  12 h
End: New York City

3
nights
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 Yumbilla Falls, Catarata de Gocta and Revash Mausoleo de los Chachapoyas. Get in touch with nature at Canon del Sonche and Laguna de Pomacochas. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Fortaleza de Kuelap.

To find more things to do, reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Chachapoyas trip planner.

Loja, Ecuador to Chachapoyas is an approximately 11-hour car ride. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Chachapoyas

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Catarata de Gocta
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Fortaleza de Kuelap ©
Fortaleza de Kuelap
Yumbilla Falls ©
Yumbilla Falls
Revash Mausoleo de los Chachapoyas ©
Revash Mausoleo de los Chachapoyas

7
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Huaca Pucllana, Circuito Magico Del Agua, Museo Oro del Peru, and other attractions. Attractions like Playa Santa Maria del Mar and El Silencio make great kid-friendly stops. Get some cultural insight at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima and Museo Larco. There's much more to do: take a stroll through San Isidro, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), explore the world behind art at Museo MATE, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, read Lima itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Chachapoyas to Lima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. May in Lima sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Nazca.

Things to do in Lima

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

El Silencio, Playa Santa Maria del Mar
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Playa Santa Maria del Mar ©
Playa Santa Maria del Mar
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima ©
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima
San Isidro ©
San Isidro

3
nights
Nazca

Nazca ©
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cementerio Chauchilla, Didactic Museum Antonini (Museo Antonini) and Cahuachi. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cantalloc Aqueduct and Mural of Maria Reiche. There's lots more to do: see the sky in a new way at Planetario Maria Reiche, stop by Taller de Artesania "Andres Calle Flores", and get outside with Lomas de Marcona y Punta San Fernando.

Plan my day in Nazca using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Lima to Nazca takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Paracas.

Things to do in Nazca

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Cementerio Chauchilla ©
Cementerio Chauchilla
Cahuachi ©
Cahuachi
Cantalloc Aqueduct ©
Cantalloc Aqueduct

3
nights
Paracas

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino. and Culturides La Maquina del Tiempo will appeal to museum buffs. Get in touch with nature at Supay Beach and Paracas National Reserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Petroglifos de Fuente de Oro Huancano (in Pisco) and Tambo Colorado (in Humay). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa El Raspon, make a trip to Plaza de Armas, stroll through Playa Mendieta, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Arqueologico Paracas.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Paracas driving holiday website .

You can drive from Nazca to Paracas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Paracas, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pisco, Tambo Colorado
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Supay Beach ©
Supay Beach
Playa Atenas ©
Playa Atenas
Museo Arqueologico Paracas ©
Museo Arqueologico Paracas

4
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Tika Chocolates, Moray, Tambomachay, and other attractions. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo de Arte Precolombino and Tater Vera Ceramica. Explore hidden gems such as Mercado Central de San Pedro and Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus. Go for a jaunt from Cusco to Chinchero to see Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, take a stroll through San Blas, get to know the resident critters at Zoologico Mundo Andino Tipon, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Paracas to Cusco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Paracas in June, expect cooler with lows of 35°F in Cusco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Puno.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero, Moray
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Moray ©
Moray
Museo de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo de Arte Precolombino

3
nights
Puno

Puno ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Titicaca and Capachica Peninsula. Get some cultural insight at Luquina Chico and Iglesia Apostol Santiago. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Umayo, stroll around Parque Pino, and take a tour of Yavari Museum.

Plan my day in Puno using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cusco to Puno takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 24°F in Puno. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cabanaconde.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Iglesia Apostol Santiago, Lake Titicaca, Capachica Peninsula
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Capachica Peninsula ©
Capachica Peninsula
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Iglesia Apostol Santiago ©
Iglesia Apostol Santiago

2
nights
Cabanaconde

Cabanaconde ©
A vacation in Cabanaconde provides visitors with an opportunity to explore the left bank of the Colca River, an area quite untouched by commercial tourism.
On the 20th (Sat), take some stellar pictures from Mirador Achachiua and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Condor's Cross. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Mirador Cruz del Condor.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, use the Cabanaconde itinerary maker site .

Drive from Puno to Cabanaconde in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cabanaconde

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Condor's Cross ©
Condor's Cross
Mirador Achachiua ©
Mirador Achachiua
Mirador Cruz del Condor ©
Mirador Cruz del Condor

6
nights
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
You've now added Mirador De Sachaca to your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery and Museo Santuarios Andinos. Head to Tristan del Pozo (Continental Bank Exhibition Gallery) and La Ibericafor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, catch some excitement at Arequipa Massage, steep yourself in history at Petroglifos de Toro Muerto, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista).

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Arequipa trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Cabanaconde to Arequipa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June in Arequipa, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Petroglifos de Toro Muerto
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Arequipa Massage ©
Arequipa Massage
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery

5
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.
You've added Intipuncu, Winay Wayna, Moon Temple, and other attractions to your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Los Jardines de Mandor and Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen. Get a sense of the local culture at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu and stop by Artesanias.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu journey site .

Do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Arequipa to Machu Picchu in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Temple of the Sun
Temple of the Sun

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Huaca El Dragon. Escape the urban bustle at Playa de Huanchaco and Huanchaco Al Rescate. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Plazuela El Recreo and Museo Catedralicio. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Casa de la Emancipacion and steep yourself in history at Capilla del Santisimo Sacramenteo dento del Arzobispado de Trujillo.

To see photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Trujillo planning tool .

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to Trujillo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Trujillo can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Huanchaco
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Plazuela El Recreo ©
Plazuela El Recreo
Playa de Huanchaco ©
Playa de Huanchaco
Casa de la Emancipacion ©
Casa de la Emancipacion

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Amazon River as well as Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm. Appreciate the collections at Museum of Historic Boats and Museum of Indigenous Amazonian Cultures. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Mercado de Belen and Centro Artesanal Turistico Anaconda. Step out of Iquitos to go to Santo Toribio and see Iguana Lodge & Camp, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Isla De Los Monos and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Quistococha Zoo.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Iquitos road trip planner.

Getting from Trujillo to Iquitos by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Trujillo in July: high temperatures in Iquitos hover around 88°F and lows are around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Iquitos

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Iguana Lodge & Camp
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Amazon River ©
Amazon River
La Isla De Los Monos ©
La Isla De Los Monos
Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm ©
Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm

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