23 days in Peru Itinerary

23 days in Peru Itinerary

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23 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Lima
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
2
Cusco
— 6 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
3
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Train + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
4
Maras
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  3 h 45 min
5
Puno
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Arequipa
— 3 nights
Fly:  27 h
End: Zurich

4
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 historic sites, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, wander the streets of Barranco, and take a leisurely stroll along Miraflores Boardwalk.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lima travel route planning tool.

Zurich, Switzerland to Lima is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Zurich to Lima due to the time zone difference. In May, Lima is somewhat warmer than Zurich - with highs of 26°C and lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua

6
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.
Take a break from Cusco with a short trip to Pisac in Pisac, about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, make a trip to San Blas, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cusco online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for cooler nights when traveling from Lima in May since evenings lows in Cusco dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Pisac
Find places to stay May 19 — 25:
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

2
nights
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Step out of Machu Picchu to go to Santa Teresa and see Zipline, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, stop by Mapi Art, make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac, and explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Machu Picchu visit planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Maras.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Zipline
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

1
night
Maras

Maras ©
Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Salinas de Maras, explore the ancient world of Moray, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Colonial de Chinchero.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Maras online travel planner.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Machu Picchu to Maras in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in Maras, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Puno.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Iglesia Colonial de Chinchero
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Moray ©
Moray
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras

3
nights
Puno

Puno ©
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.
Explore Puno's surroundings by going to Main Gate (in Taquile Island) and Fertility Temple (in Chucuito). And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Taquile Island, delve into the distant past at Sillustani, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, and don't miss a visit to Arco Deustua.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Puno vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Maras to Puno takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Maras in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Puno, with lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Main Gate, Fertility Temple, Lake Titicaca
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 1:
Highlights from your plan
Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

3
nights
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Arequipa is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, browse the exhibits of Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, and admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Arequipa trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Puno to Arequipa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Puno in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much hotter in Arequipa, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

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