15 days in Peru Itinerary

15 days in Peru Itinerary

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15 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: La Paz
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
Cabanaconde
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Puerto Maldonado
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
Cusco
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Iquitos
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Trujillo
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  7​h
Puno
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
End: La Paz

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Los Jardines de Mandor, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Virgen Del Carmen, then ponder the world of politics at Serpost, and finally look for gifts at Artesanias. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then delve into the distant past at Intipuncu.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Machu Picchu itinerary maker site .

La Paz, Bolivia to Machu Picchu is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Bolivia Time to Peru Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cabanaconde.

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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

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Cabanaconde

Cabanaconde ©
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 6th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Tapay Viewpoint, get great views at Mirador Cruz del Condor, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Condor's Cross.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cabanaconde day trip website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Machu Picchu to Cabanaconde. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Arequipa.

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Condor's Cross ©
Condor's Cross
Mirador Cruz del Condor ©
Mirador Cruz del Condor

2
nights
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Yanahuara, then see the interesting displays at Monasterio de Santa Catalina, then steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Nevado De Mismi, don't miss a visit to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista), then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Arequipa Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Arequipa trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Cabanaconde to Arequipa by car takes about 4.5 hours. July in Arequipa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Puerto Maldonado.

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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Monasterio de Santa Catalina ©
Monasterio de Santa Catalina
Yanahuara ©
Yanahuara

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nights
Puerto Maldonado

Puerto Maldonado ©
Puerto Maldonado sits at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers in the Amazon rainforest.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Inkaterra Ecological Reserve and Panthera Sanctuary. Visiting Sandoval Lake and Amazon Shelter will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Mariposario Tambopata and delve into the lush surroundings at Monkey Island.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Maldonado online travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Puerto Maldonado takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In July, Puerto Maldonado is a bit warmer than Arequipa - with highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cusco.

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Inkaterra Ecological Reserve ©
Inkaterra Ecological Reserve
Sandoval Lake ©
Sandoval Lake
Amazon Shelter ©
Amazon Shelter

3
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at River Rafting & Tubing and Spas & Wellness. Explore hidden gems such as Tipon and Tambomachay. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, look for all kinds of wild species at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, and steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cusco travel site .

You can fly from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Puerto Maldonado in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Cusco, with highs around 24°C, while nights are colder with lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Cusco

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Tipon
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River Rafting & Tubing
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Tipon ©
Tipon

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nights
Iquitos

Iquitos ©
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.
On the 15th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Tapiche Reserve, look for all kinds of wild species at Amazon Rescue Center, and then identify plant and animal life at Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm. Keep things going the next day: push the limits with an extreme tour, make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Iquitos, and then look for all kinds of wild species at La Isla De Los Monos.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Iquitos trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Cusco to Iquitos in 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cusco in July: highs in Iquitos hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Trujillo.

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Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm ©
Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm
Amazon Rescue Center ©
Amazon Rescue Center
La Isla De Los Monos ©
La Isla De Los Monos

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night
Trujillo

Trujillo ©
Considered the country's capital of culture, Trujillo was the birthplace of the North Group, a community of artists and intellectuals that included celebrated poet Cesar Vallejo and notable novelist Ciro Alegria.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Huaca del Sol y la Luna, delve into the distant past at La Huaca del Sol, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Belen, delve into the distant past at Chan Chan, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Trujillo - Catedral de Santa Maria, and finally make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Trujillo trip planner .

Fly from Iquitos to Trujillo in 5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Iquitos in July, with highs in Trujillo at 24°C and lows at 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Puno.

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Chan Chan ©
Chan Chan
Huaca del Sol y la Luna ©
Huaca del Sol y la Luna
La Huaca del Sol ©
La Huaca del Sol

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hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Titicaca, explore the ancient world of Sillustani, and then don't miss a visit to Catedral de Puno.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Puno travel route builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Trujillo to Puno in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Trujillo in July, plan for slightly colder days in Puno, with highs around 20°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car back home.

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Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Sillustani ©
Sillustani
Catedral de Puno ©
Catedral de Puno

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