19 days in Peru Itinerary

19 days in Peru Itinerary

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19 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  9 h
1
Lima
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Paracas
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 30 min
3
Cusco
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  3 h
4
Puno
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h
6
Maras
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  2 h 15 min
7
Machu Picchu
— 3 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  6 h
8
Trujillo
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: New York City

3
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.
You'll explore and learn at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima and Museo MATE. Explore hidden gems such as Centro Historico de Lima and Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Lima, stroll around El Parque del Amor, get to know the fascinating history of San Isidro, and savor the flavors at Feria Ecologica Barranco.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lima vacation builder tool .

New York City, USA to Lima is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from New York City in July, you will find days in Lima are colder (66°F), and nights are slightly colder (61°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Paracas.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo ©
Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima
Cathedral of Lima ©
Cathedral of Lima

1
night
Paracas

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the engaging exhibits at Culturides La Maquina del Tiempo, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Roja, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino..

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Paracas trip planner.

Drive from Lima to Paracas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Lima in July, plan for little chillier nights in Paracas, with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Paracas

Outdoors Tours Beaches
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Playa Roja ©
Playa Roja
Off-Road Tours

4
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Mercado Central de San Pedro and Tipon. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco and Museo Maximo Laura. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, trot along with a tour on horseback, explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Paracas to Cusco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect much colder evenings in Cusco when traveling from Paracas in July, with lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Puno.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Horseback Riding Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing
exploor ©
exploor

2
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.
On the 18th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, pause for some photo ops at Arco Deustua, and then stroll the grounds of Sillustani. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia San Antonio, and then step off the mainland to explore Uros Floating Islands.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Puno online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cusco to Puno in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cusco in July, with highs in Puno at 64°F and lows at 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Lake Titicaca
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Speed Boats Tours
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands

2
nights
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): look for gifts at La Iberica, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, then see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Virreinal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, and finally admire the masterpieces at San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Arequipa trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Puno to Arequipa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Puno in July, expect much warmer with lows of 47°F in Arequipa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Maras.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa ©
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa
Museo de Arte Virreinal ©
Museo de Arte Virreinal

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 22nd (Wed): look for gifts at Sumaq LLank'ay, take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras, and then delve into the distant past at Moray.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Maras planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Arequipa to Maras in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Arequipa in July since evenings lows in Maras dip to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sumaq LLank'ay
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Moray ©
Moray
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Sumaq LLank'ay ©
Sumaq LLank'ay

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.
Get in touch with nature at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Los Jardines de Mandor. Step off the beaten path and head to Intipuncu and Mariposario de Machupicchu. Take a break from Machu Picchu with a short trip to Zipline in Santa Teresa, about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna and take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes).

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Maras to Machu Picchu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trip

Zipline
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): steep yourself in history at La Huaca del Sol, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo, then contemplate the long history of Chan Chan, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Trujillo - Catedral de Santa Maria.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Trujillo planner.

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 on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites

Side Trip

La Huaca del Sol
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La Huaca del Sol ©
La Huaca del Sol
Chan Chan ©
Chan Chan

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