43 days in Peru Itinerary

43 days in Peru Itinerary

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Lima
— 10 nights
Drive
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Huascaran National Park
— 3 nights
Taxi to Caraz, Bus to Trujillo
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Trujillo
— 6 nights
Fly
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Arequipa
— 7 nights
Fly
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Cusco
— 11 nights
Drive
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Machu Picchu
— 4 nights
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Lima — 10 nights

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Huaca Pucllana and San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro). Visit Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas and Cathedral of Lima for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Lima, stop by Artesanias Las Pallas, and stroll through Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lima trip planner.

New York City, USA to Lima is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Expect colder weather when traveling from New York City in July: highs in Lima hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Huascaran National Park.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors
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Huascaran National Park — 3 nights

A trip to Huascaran National Park allows visitors to explore part of the Cordillera Blanca, the world’s highest tropical mountain range.
Step out of Huascaran National Park with an excursion to Mirador Punta Olimpica in Carhuaz--about 32 minutes away. Spend the 16th (Mon) exploring nature at Huascaran. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Alpamayo and make a trip to Plaza Mayor de Chacas.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Huascaran National Park visit site.

Drive from Lima to Huascaran National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight and taxi. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Wed) before leaving for Trujillo.
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Trujillo — 6 nights

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.
Chan Chan and La Huaca del Sol are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Site Museum and Catedral de Trujillo - Catedral de Santa Maria. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Casa Orbegoso, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo, get engrossed in the history at Cao Museum, and see the interesting displays at Chan Chan Site Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Trujillo trip itinerary builder site.

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Huascaran National Park to Trujillo in 8.5 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Arequipa.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches
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Arequipa — 7 nights

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Visit Historic Centre of Arequipa and Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santa Catalina Monastery and Iglesia de San Miguel Arcangel. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Colca Canyon, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista), take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, and admire the landmark architecture of La Mansion del Fundador.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Arequipa trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Trujillo to Arequipa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Arequipa when traveling from Trujillo in July, with lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can fly to Cusco.
Nature · Parks · Tours · Museums
Side Trip
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Cusco — 11 nights

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 Qorikancha. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Plaza de Armas and Salinas de Maras. Explore Cusco's surroundings by going to Ollantaytambo (Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, Sitio arqueológico Pinkuylluna, &more), Pisac (in Pisac) and Moray (in Maras). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, steep yourself in history at Tipon, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cusco day trip planning site.

Getting from Arequipa to Cusco by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Arequipa in July since evenings lows in Cusco dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Machu Picchu.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
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Machu Picchu — 4 nights

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Get a sense of the local culture at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Intipuncu. When in Machu Picchu, make a side trip to see Zipline in Santa Teresa, approximately Santa Teresa away. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor, and take in the awesome beauty at Phutuq K'usi.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu trip planner.

Drive from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife
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Peru travel guide

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Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.