53 days in Peru Itinerary

53 days in Peru Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Arequipa
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Puno
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
3
Maras
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  2 h 15 min
4
Machu Picchu
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
5
Cusco
— 9 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
6
Paracas
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Nazca
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
8
Lima
— 6 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
9
Huaraz
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
10
Trujillo
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
11
Iquitos
— 6 nights
Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: London

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.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Climbing Tours will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Historic Centre of Arequipa and Museo de Arte Virreinal. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, make a trip to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus, and contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Misti.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Arequipa attractions planner.

London, UK to Arequipa is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Arequipa due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in October, you will find days in Arequipa are somewhat warmer (25°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa ©
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Speed Boats Tours and Laguna Lagunillas. Get a sense of the local culture at Sillustani and Museo de la Coca y Costumbres. Venture out of the city with trips to Iglesia Matriz de Santa Catalina (in Juliaca), Iglesia San Pedro (in Juli) and Fertility Temple (in Chucuito). There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Taquile Island, stroll around Parque Pino, and explore the activities along Lake Umayo.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Puno day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Arequipa to Puno takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in October, expect Puno to be little chillier, temps between 22°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Maras.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Iglesia Matriz de Santa Catalina, Laguna Lagunillas, Iglesia San Pedro, Fertility Temple
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Speed Boats Tours
Iglesia San Pedro ©
Iglesia San Pedro
Fertility Temple ©
Fertility Temple

1
night
Maras

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 21st (Wed): examine the collection at Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras, and then delve into the distant past at Moray.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Maras vacation tool.

You can fly from Puno to Maras in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Puno in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Maras, with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva
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Moray ©
Moray
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva ©
Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Winay Wayna. Visiting Zipline and Banos Termales de Cocalmayo will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Intipuncu, take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor, and get to know the resident critters at Mariposario de Machupicchu.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Maras to Machu Picchu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Santa Teresa
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

9
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sacred Valley of the Incas and Spas. Venture out of the city with trips to Urubamba (Mercado De Urubamaba, Cerveceria Willkamayu, &more), Ollantaytambo (Qosqo Ayllu, Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, &more) and ChocoMuseo Pisac (in Pisac). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Tipon, contemplate the long history of Qorikancha, stroll through Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, and admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco visit planner.

Do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Cusco are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Paracas.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Ollantaytambo, Urubamba, Sacred Valley of the Incas, ChocoMuseo Pisac
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Tambomachay ©
Tambomachay
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries ©
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries

5
nights
Paracas

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Relax by the water at Playa Roja and Playa Atenas. Escape the urban bustle at Off-Road Tours and Paracas Nature Reserve. Get out of town with these interesting Paracas side-trips: Ballestas Islands (in Pisco) and Cerro Azul (in San Vicente de Canete). There's lots more to do: make a trip to The Chandelier, kick back and relax at Playa de la Mina, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa El Raspon, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Paracas online tour planner.

You can fly from Cusco to Paracas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Paracas. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Nazca.

Things to do in Paracas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ballestas Islands, Cerro Azul
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Playa Roja ©
Playa Roja
Off-Road Tours
Playa de la Mina
Playa de la Mina

3
nights
Nazca

Nazca ©
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cementerio Chauchilla and Cahuachi. Get a sense of the local culture at Cantalloc Aqueduct and Nasca Lines. The adventure continues: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, make a trip to Ceramicas LASC, look for gifts at Taller de Artesania "Andres Calle Flores", and explore the engaging exhibits at Casa del Inka - Museo Incawasi.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nazca sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Paracas to Nazca takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lima.

Things to do in Nazca

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

6
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Centro Historico de Lima and Huaca Pucllana. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Santa Maria del Mar and Balneario Embajadores. There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo, stroll around El Parque del Amor, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lima sightseeing planning app.

Getting from Nazca to Lima by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Lima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Huaraz.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Playa Santa Maria del Mar
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima
Cathedral of Lima ©
Cathedral of Lima

3
nights
Huaraz

One of the main cities in the Peruvian Andes, Huaraz mainly draws those seeking adventure out in the landscape.
Take a break from the city and head to Climbing Tours and Callejon de Conchucos. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Laguna Churup and Infinite Adventures. There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio General Presbitero Villon, take in the dramatic scenery at Cataratas de Yuracyacu, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Andina.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Huaraz vacation builder site.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Huaraz takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Huaraz when traveling from Lima in November, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Trujillo.

Things to do in Huaraz

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Laguna Churup
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Climbing Tours
Laguna Churup ©
Laguna Churup
Cementerio General Presbitero Villon ©
Cementerio General Presbitero Villon

5
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.
Visiting Huanchaco Al Rescate and Playa de Huanchaco will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chan Chan and La Huaca del Sol. Get out of town with these interesting Trujillo side-trips: Playa Malabrigo (in Puerto Malabrigo) and Pacasmayo Beach (in Pacasmayo). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Site Museum, take an in-depth tour of Cao Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Senor de Huaman, and make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Trujillo tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Huaraz to Trujillo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Huaraz, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Trujillo, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Huanchaco, Playa Malabrigo, Pacasmayo Beach, La Huaca del Sol
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Chan Chan ©
Chan Chan
La Huaca del Sol ©
La Huaca del Sol
Site Museum ©
Site Museum

6
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to La Isla De Los Monos and Amazon River. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Area de Conservacion Regional Comunal Tamshiyacu Tahuayo. Step out of Iquitos to go to Santo Toribio and see Iguana Lodge & Camp, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, stop by Centro Artesanal Turistico Anaconda, play a few rounds at Amazon Golf Course, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

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Fly from Trujillo to Iquitos in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Trujillo in November; daily highs in Iquitos reach 38°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Iguana Lodge & Camp
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 30:
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La Isla De Los Monos ©
La Isla De Los Monos
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm ©
Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm

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