26 days in Peru Itinerary

26 days in Peru Itinerary

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26 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Vitoria
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  18​h 15​min
1
Puno
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Arequipa
— 3 nights
3
Cusco
— 6 nights
4
Paracas
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Nazca
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  10​h 15​min
6
Huaraz
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
7
Lima
— 6 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Vitoria

2
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.
On the 4th (Wed), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island, take some stellar pictures from Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, and delve into the distant past at Sillustani.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Puno travel route planner .

Vitoria, Brazil to Puno is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Peru Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Vitoria in September, you will find days in Puno are little chillier (22°C), and nights are colder (0°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Chullpas
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

3
nights
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Arequipa is known for museums, historic sites, nature, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Arequipa Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Arequipa trip planner .

Getting from Puno to Arequipa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Puno in September since evenings lows in Arequipa dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Tours Nature
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Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: Salinas de Maras (in Maras) and Pisac (in Pisac). On the 12th (Thu), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas, and take a stroll through San Blas.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cusco road trip app .

You can fly from Arequipa to Cusco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in September, expect little chillier with lows of 5°C in Cusco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paracas.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Pisac, Salinas de Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paracas side-trips: Ballumbrosio Estate (in Chincha Alta) and Ballestas Islands (in Pisco). There's much more to do: head off the coast to Islas Ballestas, get engrossed in the history at Museo Arqueologico Paracas, make a trip to The Chandelier, and do a tasting at Bodega 1615.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Paracas holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Paracas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 16°C in Paracas. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Nazca.

Things to do in Paracas

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Pisco, Ballumbrosio Estate
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Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas
La Catedral ©
La Catedral
Speed Boats Tours

1
night
Nazca

Nazca ©
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
On the 17th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Nasca Lines, get outside with Lomas de Marcona y Punta San Fernando, then have fun and explore at Casa del Inka - Museo Incawasi, then get engrossed in the history at Didactic Museum Antonini (Museo Antonini), and finally delve into the distant past at Cantalloc Aqueduct.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nazca vacation builder app .

You can drive from Paracas to Nazca in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Huaraz.

Things to do in Nazca

Outdoors Museums Childrens Museums
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Cantalloc Aqueduct ©
Cantalloc Aqueduct

2
nights
Huaraz

Huaraz ©
One of the main cities in the Peruvian Andes, Huaraz mainly draws those seeking adventure out in the landscape.
Take a break from Huaraz with a short trip to Lake Churup in Huascaran National Park, about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: tour in harmony with nature at Eco Ice Peru, get outside with Infinite Adventures, don't miss a visit to Jiron Jose Olaya, and stroll around Park at Iglesia San Francisco.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Huaraz online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Nazca to Huaraz takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. In September, daily temperatures in Huaraz can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Huaraz

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Lake Churup
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Eco Ice Peru ©
Eco Ice Peru
Lake Churup ©
Lake Churup
Iglesia La Soledad ©
Iglesia La Soledad

6
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 parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), take a leisurely stroll along Miraflores Boardwalk, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), and examine the collection at National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lima journey builder website .

Traveling by flight from Huaraz to Lima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Huaraz in September, plan for slightly colder days in Lima, with highs around 22°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua

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