21 days in Peru Itinerary

21 days in Peru Itinerary

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21 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Flagstaff
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Lima
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Paracas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
3
Ica
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Nazca
— Few hours
Drive:  9​h 30​min
5
Arequipa
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
6
Cusco
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
7
Calca
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 30​min
9
Cusco
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
10
Lima
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h
End: Flagstaff

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've added Brisas del Titicaca, Circuito Magico Del Agua, Casa de Aliaga, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lima Bike Rental & Tours and Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo. The adventure continues: stroll around El Parque del Amor, don't miss a visit to Balcones de Lima, ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lima vacation builder site .

Flagstaff, USA to Lima is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Peru Time (PET) is 2 hours. While traveling from Flagstaff, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Lima, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 61°F. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Fri) before leaving for Paracas.

Things to do in Lima

Parks Tours Outdoors
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El Parque del Amor ©
El Parque del Amor
Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima
Lima Bike Rental & Tours ©
Lima Bike Rental & Tours

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.
You've now added Paracas National Reserve to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): don't miss a visit to The Chandelier.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Paracas holiday planner .

You can drive from Lima to Paracas in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Paracas when traveling from Lima in July, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow time for the bus ride to Ica.

Things to do in Paracas

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Paracas National Reserve
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Inti-Mar-Paracas ©
Inti-Mar-Paracas
The Chandelier ©
The Chandelier

1
night
Ica

Located on the Ica River in the desert areas of Peru's southern coast, the city of Ica stands as something of an oasis in the dry, barren landscape.
For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ica day trip planning website .

You can take a bus from Paracas to Ica in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Ica are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can take a bus to Nazca.

Things to do in Ica

Tours Parks Nature
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Wine Tours & Tastings

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hours
Nazca

Nazca ©
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): make a trip to Nasca Lines.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nazca trip itinerary builder website .

Take a bus from Ica to Nazca in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Arequipa.
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Nasca Lines ©
Nasca Lines

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Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Casona 7, Patio del Ekeko, Colca Canyon, and other attractions. Explore hidden gems such as Historic Centre of Arequipa and Mercado Central. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista), examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, and admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Arequipa trip planning website .

Drive from Nazca to Arequipa in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daytime highs in Arequipa are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Classes Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trip

Colca Canyon
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Cooking Classes Peruvian Flavors ©
Cooking Classes Peruvian Flavors
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes ChocoMuseo Pisac, Pisac Market, Awana Kancha, and other attractions you added. Discover out-of-the-way places like Humantay Lake and Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Cusco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Cusco, with lows around 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Calca.

Things to do in Cusco

Shopping Parks Tours

Side Trip

Pisac
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Humantay Lake ©
Humantay Lake
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Mercado Central de San Pedro ©
Mercado Central de San Pedro

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nights
Calca

Calca ©
You've added Salinas de Maras, Moray, Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras and then explore the ancient world of Moray. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, get to know the fascinating history of Qosqo Ayllu, and then delve into the distant past at Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Calca online attractions planner .

You can drive from Cusco to Calca in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in August, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Calca

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ollantaytambo, Maras
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Moray ©
Moray
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries ©
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras

1
night
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Huayna Picchu as well as Temple of the Sun. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, then steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Mariposario de Machupicchu. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sun and then take in the awesome beauty at Huayna Picchu.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Machu Picchu road trip planning app .

Explore your travel options from Calca to Machu Picchu with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Temple of the Sun
Temple of the Sun
Mariposario de Machupicchu ©
Mariposario de Machupicchu

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Cusco

Cusco
You've now added Rainbow Mountain Peru to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through Rainbow Mountain Peru.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. On the 15th (Sat), you're off toLima.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours Outdoors
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night
Lima

Lima ©
You've now added Parque El Olivar to your itinerary. On the 15th (Sat), stroll around Parque El Olivar and then explore the world behind art at Museo MATE.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lima tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Cusco to Lima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be warmer in Lima, with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Parks Museums
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Parque El Olivar ©
Parque El Olivar
Museo MATE ©
Museo MATE

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