45 days in Peru Itinerary

45 days in Peru Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Peru trip itinerary planner
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Machu Picchu
— 4 nights
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Puno
— 3 nights
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Cabanaconde
— 1 night
Drive
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Arequipa
— 6 nights
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Cusco
— 8 nights
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Maras
— 1 night
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Paracas
— 4 nights
Drive
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Huaraz
— 2 nights
Drive
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Huascaran National Park
— 5 nights
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Mancora
— 2 nights
Bus to Tumbes, Fly to Tarapoto
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Tarapoto
— 2 nights
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Iquitos
— 5 nights
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mandor and Plaza Manco Capac. Step out of the city life by going to Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Zipline. It doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna and get great views at Intipuncu.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Machu Picchu is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Copenhagen to Machu Picchu due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Puno.
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Find places to stay May 12 — 16:

Puno — 3 nights

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.
Get outdoors at Speed Boats Tours and Lake Umayo. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Sillustani and step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island.

Plan my day in Puno using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Puno takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cabanaconde.
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Find places to stay May 16 — 19:

Cabanaconde — 1 night

A vacation in Cabanaconde provides visitors with an opportunity to explore the left bank of the Colca River, an area quite untouched by commercial tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Mirador Cruz del Condor and then take in the awesome beauty at Condor's Cross.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cabanaconde travel planning app.

Drive from Puno to Cabanaconde in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Arequipa.
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Find places to stay May 19 — 20:

Arequipa — 6 nights

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Get outdoors at Volcan Misti and Climbing Tours. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Historic Centre of Arequipa and Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa. Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of life in the country at Mundo Alpaca Arequipa, see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, and admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Arequipa trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Cabanaconde to Arequipa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can fly to Cusco.
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Find places to stay May 20 — 26:

Cusco — 8 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cerro Colorado Vinicunca and exploor. Take a break from the city and head to Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi and River Rafting & Tubing. Spend the 30th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

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Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Cusco, with lows of 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Maras.
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Maras — 1 night

Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. On the 4th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Moray and then explore the striking landscape at Salinas de Maras.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Maras trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Cusco to Maras takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Paracas.
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Find places to stay Jun 3 — 4:

Paracas — 4 nights

A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Escape the urban bustle at Paracas Nature Reserve and Off-Road Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Roja and Parasailing & Paragliding. Step out of Paracas to go to Pisco and see Ballestas Islands, which is approximately 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to The Chandelier, surround yourself with nature on Paracas Sights & Tours, and take some stellar pictures from La Catedral.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Paracas road trip website.

You can fly from Maras to Paracas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Maras in June, plan for much warmer nights in Paracas, with lows around 17°C. On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Huaraz.
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Find places to stay Jun 4 — 8:

Huaraz — 2 nights

One of the main cities in the Peruvian Andes, Huaraz mainly draws those seeking adventure out in the landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Callejon de Conchucos and then get outside with Infinite Adventures.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Huaraz online trip planner.

Getting from Paracas to Huaraz by car takes about 9 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Paracas in June, plan for little chillier nights in Huaraz, with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Huascaran National Park.
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Find places to stay Jun 8 — 10:

Huascaran National Park — 5 nights

A trip to Huascaran National Park allows visitors to explore part of the Cordillera Blanca, the world’s highest tropical mountain range.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Huascaran and Lagunas de Llanganuco. Get outdoors at Laguna Churup and Cordillera Blanca Summit. There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna 69.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Huascaran National Park driving holiday site.

Traveling by car from Huaraz to Huascaran National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Mancora.
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Find places to stay Jun 10 — 15:

Mancora — 2 nights

In a busy little beach town, Mancora tourism industry continues to grow, largely thanks to the sunniest climate of any region in the country.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Las Pocitas Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Playa Vichayito.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mancora attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Huascaran National Park to Mancora takes 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Tarapoto.
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Find places to stay Jun 15 — 17:

Tarapoto — 2 nights

As a busy commercial hub of northern Peru, Tarapoto straddles the foothills of the Andes and a high jungle plateau characterized by lush cloud forests.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Sauce. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Asociacion de Proteccion de Flora y Fauna and then take in the dramatic scenery at Las Cataratas de Ahuashiyacu.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tarapoto trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Mancora to Tarapoto takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Mancora in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tarapoto: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Iquitos.
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Find places to stay Jun 17 — 19:

Iquitos — 5 nights

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 Pilpintuwasi - Wildlife Rescue Center And Butterfly Farm and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Boat Tours & Water Sports and Amazon Rescue Center. When in Iquitos, make a side trip to see Iguana Lodge & Camp in Santo Toribio, approximately Santo Toribio away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Amazon River, play a few rounds at Amazon Golf Course, and stroll through La Isla De Los Monos.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Iquitos trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tarapoto to Iquitos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
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Find places to stay Jun 19 — 24:

Peru travel guide

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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.
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