53 days in Peru Itinerary

53 days in Peru Itinerary

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53 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  15​h
1
Lima
— 12 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Nazca
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Paracas
— 8 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Cusco
— 12 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Arequipa
— 12 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

12
nights
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: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, wander the streets of Barranco, explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lima travel route builder app .

Vancouver, Canada to Lima is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Vancouver to Lima. Traveling from Vancouver in September, Lima is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Nazca.

Things to do in Lima

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

7
nights
Nazca

Nazca ©
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
Step out of Nazca to go to Palpa and see Geoglifos de Palpa, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Nasca Lines, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Chauchilla, get outside with Lomas de Marcona y Punta San Fernando, and take an in-depth tour of Didactic Museum Antonini (Museo Antonini).

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nazca trip itinerary website .

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

Things to do in Nazca

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Geoglifos de Palpa
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Nasca Lines ©
Nasca Lines
Cahuachi ©
Cahuachi

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paracas side-trips: Pisco (Paracas National Reserve, Ballestas Islands, & more) and Megaplaza Express Chincha (in Chincha Alta). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Islas Ballestas, don't miss a visit to The Chandelier, explore the fascinating landscape at Paracas Nature Reserve, and learn about winemaking at Bodega 1615.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Paracas trip planning tool .

Getting from Nazca to Paracas by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September in Paracas, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. 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
Parasailing & Paragliding

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: Pisac (ChocoMuseo Pisac & Pisac), Salinas de Maras (in Maras) and Cerveceria Willkamayu (in Urubamba). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cusco road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Paracas to Cusco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Paracas in October since evenings lows in Cusco dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Ollantaytambo, Pisac, Cerveceria Willkamayu, Salinas de Maras, Iglesia San Martin de Tours
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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.
Go for a jaunt from Arequipa to Lari to see Templo Purisima Concepcion about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, and head outdoors with Canon de Cotahuasi.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Arequipa trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Cusco to Arequipa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Cusco in October since evenings lows in Arequipa dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to 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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