53 days in Peru Itinerary

53 days in Peru Itinerary

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1
Lima
— 12 nights
2
Nazca
— 7 nights
3
Paracas
— 8 nights
4
Cusco
— 12 nights
5
Arequipa
— 12 nights

12
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 museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, wander the streets of Miraflores, contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, and take a leisurely stroll along Miraflores Boardwalk.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lima itinerary planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Lima is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Vancouver to Lima due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in September, Lima is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nazca.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites
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Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Miraflores ©
Miraflores

7
nights
Nazca

Nazca ©
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
When in Nazca, make a side trip to see Geoglifos de Palpa in Palpa, approximately Palpa away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Nasca Lines, delve into the distant past at Cantalloc Aqueduct, stop by Taller de Artesania "Andres Calle Flores", and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nazca trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Lima to Nazca takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Paracas.

Things to do in Nazca

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Geoglifos de Palpa
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Cahuachi ©
Cahuachi
Nasca Lines ©
Nasca Lines
Didactic Museum Antonini (Museo Antonini) ©
Didactic Museum Antonini (Museo Antonini)

8
nights
Paracas

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paracas: Pisco (Paracas National Reserve, Ballestas Islands, &more) and Megaplaza Express Chincha (in Chincha Alta). There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Islas Ballestas, admire nature's extreme beauty at Paracas Nature Reserve, take some stellar pictures from La Catedral, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Paracas road trip planning app.

You can drive from Nazca to Paracas in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Paracas can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Pisco, Megaplaza Express Chincha
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Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas
La Catedral ©
La Catedral
Off-Road Tours

12
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cusco: Cerveceria Willkamayu (in Urubamba), Salinas de Maras (in Maras) and Pisac (ChocoMuseo Pisac & Pisac). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cusco route planner.

You can fly from Paracas to Cusco in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Paracas in October since evenings lows in Cusco dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Ollantaytambo, Pisac, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Cerveceria Willkamayu, Salinas de Maras
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

12
nights
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
When in Arequipa, make a side trip to see Templo Purisima Concepcion in Lari, approximately Lari away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Misti, and contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Arequipa journey maker site.

Getting from Cusco to Arequipa by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Arequipa when traveling from Cusco in October, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Arequipa

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Templo Purisima Concepcion
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Volcan Misti ©
Volcan Misti
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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