40 days in Peru Itinerary

40 days in Peru Itinerary

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40 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Porto
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Lima
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Trujillo
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Iquitos
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  8​h
4
Puno
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Cabanaconde
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Arequipa
— 5 nights
7
Puerto Maldonado
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Tambopata National Reserve
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
9
Manu National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
10
Machu Picchu
— 4 nights
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
11
Cusco
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Porto

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo Larco and Miraflores. Visit Huaca Pucllana and Centro Historico de Lima for their historical value. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History, look for all kinds of wild species at Nor Yauyos-Cochas Landscape Reserve, and don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lima road trip planner .

Porto, Portugal to Lima is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Porto to Lima, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Porto in July, you will find days in Lima are little chillier (22°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites
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Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©

4
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chan Chan and Casa Urquiaga (Casa Calonge). Appreciate the collections at Casinelli Museum (Museo Arqueologico Casinelli) and Casa de la Emancipacion. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Site Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de Santo Domingo, see the interesting displays at Museo Cao, and contemplate the long history of Iglesia de San Francisco.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Trujillo trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Lima to Trujillo by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. July in Trujillo sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Chan Chan ©
Chan Chan
Site Museum ©
Site Museum
Casa Urquiaga (Casa Calonge) ©
Casa Urquiaga (Casa Calonge)

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Museum of Historic Boats and Museum of Indigenous Amazonian Cultures. Step out of the city life by going to Iguana Lodge & Camp and Rainforest Awareness Rescue Education Center. Spend the 7th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Tapiche Reserve. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at La Isla De Los Monos, delve into the lush surroundings at Jairo mejia prado, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and stop by Centro Artesanal Turistico Anaconda.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Iquitos trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Trujillo to Iquitos takes 5.5 hours. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Trujillo in August: highs in Iquitos hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Puno.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Iguana Lodge & Camp
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Tapiche Reserve ©
Tapiche Reserve
La Isla De Los Monos ©
La Isla De Los Monos

2
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.
Get in touch with nature at Taquile Island and Uros Floating Islands. On the 12th (Mon), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Sillustani, make a trip to Chullpas, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, and take some stellar pictures from Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Puno trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Iquitos to Puno in 8 hours. In August, Puno is cooler than Iquitos - with highs of 21°C and lows of -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cabanaconde.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Chullpas
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Sillustani ©
Sillustani
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands

1
day
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.
On the 13th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Condor's Cross, then take some stellar pictures from Mirador Cruz del Condor, then get great views at San Miguel Viewpoint, and finally get great views at Tapay Viewpoint.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cabanaconde day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Puno to Cabanaconde takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cabanaconde

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Condor's Cross ©
Condor's Cross
Mirador Cruz del Condor ©
Mirador Cruz del Condor

5
nights
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Santa Catalina Monastery and Museo Santuarios Andinos are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Canon de Cotahuasi will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Monasterio de la Recoleta, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, get advice or help at San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery, and steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Arequipa trip maker tool .

You can drive from Cabanaconde to Arequipa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Arequipa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Puerto Maldonado.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Petroglifos de Toro Muerto
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Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos
Monasterio de la Recoleta ©
Monasterio de la Recoleta

4
nights
Puerto Maldonado

Puerto Maldonado ©
Puerto Maldonado sits at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers in the Amazon rainforest.
Step out of the city life by going to Panthera Sanctuary and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Spend the 20th (Tue) exploring nature at Lago Sandoval. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Inkaterra Ecological Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Mariposario Tambopata, buy something for everyone on your list at Mercado Tres de Mayo, and take a stroll through Native Community of Ese"Ejas.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Maldonado trip builder website .

You can fly from Arequipa to Puerto Maldonado in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Arequipa in August: highs in Puerto Maldonado hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Tambopata National Reserve.

Things to do in Puerto Maldonado

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Lago Sandoval ©
Lago Sandoval
Inkaterra Ecological Reserve ©
Inkaterra Ecological Reserve
Amazon Shelter ©
Amazon Shelter

1
night
Tambopata National Reserve

Tambopata National Reserve ©
Home to sprawling, untouched rainforests and marshes, Tambopata National Reserve stands out as one of the last great wildernesses of South America.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Colorado Macaw Clay Lick and then identify plant and animal life at Tambopata National Reserve.

Make your Tambopata National Reserve itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Explore your travel options from Puerto Maldonado to Tambopata National Reserve with the Route module. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Manu National Park.

Things to do in Tambopata National Reserve

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Tambopata National Reserve ©
Tambopata National Reserve

1
day
Manu National Park

Manu National Park ©
On the 24th (Sat), take a peaceful walk through Manu National Park and then admire the verdant scenery at Kosnipata Valley.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Manu National Park road trip planning site .

Explore your travel options from Tambopata National Reserve to Manu National Park with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Manu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Manu National Park ©
Manu National Park

4
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.
Get outdoors at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu. Get a sense of the local culture at Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo and Qosqo Ayllu. Step out of Machu Picchu with an excursion to Inka Pintay in Ollantaytambo--about 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Choquequirao Archeological Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor, delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu visit app .

Explore your travel options from Manu National Park to Machu Picchu with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Ollantaytambo, Choquequirao Archeological Park
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 28:
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo ©
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo
Choquequirao Archeological Park ©
Choquequirao Archeological Park

5
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.
Visiting Salinas de Maras and Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sacsayhuaman and Plaza de Armas. Take a break from Cusco with a short trip to Centro Texti Urpi in Chinchero, about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, and see the interesting displays at Qorikancha.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cusco tour itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August in Cusco, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Centro Texti Urpi, Salinas de Maras
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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