26 days in Peru Itinerary

26 days in Peru Itinerary

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26 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Geneva
Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Lima
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Arequipa
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Puno
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
Maras
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  2 h 15 min
5
Machu Picchu
— 4 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
6
Cusco
— 6 nights
Fly:  21 h 15 min
End: Geneva

5
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.
Lima is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua, contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, and admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lima trip website.

Geneva, Switzerland to Lima is an approximately 16- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, tram, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Geneva to Lima is minus 6 hours. In ottobre, Lima is somewhat warmer than Geneva - with highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua

4
nights
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Step out of Arequipa to go to Lari and see Templo Purisima Concepcion, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas, and steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Arequipa trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Arequipa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in ottobre, expect a bit cooler with lows of 11°C in Arequipa. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Templo Purisima Concepcion
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Arequipa Massage ©
Arequipa Massage
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Main Gate (in Taquile Island), Iglesia Apostol Santiago (in Lampa) and Fertility Temple (in Chucuito). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Taquile Island, explore the activities along Lake Umayo, explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Puno trip planner.

Drive from Arequipa to Puno in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Arequipa in ottobre; daily highs in Puno reach 22°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Maras.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fertility Temple, Iglesia Apostol Santiago, Main Gate, Lake Titicaca
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

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 15th (Thu): stop by Sumaq LLank'ay, delve into the distant past at Moray, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras.

For reviews and tourist information, go to the Maras itinerary builder website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Puno to Maras takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Puno in ottobre, expect a bit warmer with lows of 7°C in Maras. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

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

4
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.
Step out of Machu Picchu with an excursion to Ruinas de Choquequirao in Cachora--about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor, and make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Machu Picchu holiday maker website.

Do a combination of taxi and train from Maras to Machu Picchu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Ruinas de Choquequirao, Choquequirao Archeological Park
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Choquequirao Archeological Park ©
Choquequirao Archeological Park
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

6
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.
Step out of Cusco to go to Pisac and see Pisac, which is approximately 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cusco visit planner.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. ottobre in Cusco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

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