10 days in Peru Itinerary

10 days in Peru Itinerary

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10 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Lima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Arequipa
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  2​h
3
Maras
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  2​h 15​min
4
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Cusco
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Sydney

2
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 parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, make a trip to Miraflores, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lima route builder app .

Sydney, Australia to Lima is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Sydney to Lima due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in May, Lima is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

1
night
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, then see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, and finally admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Arequipa online trip builder .

You can fly from Lima to Arequipa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Arequipa, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Maras.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

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. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): delve into the distant past at Moray and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Maras driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Arequipa to Maras in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Maras when traveling from Arequipa in May, with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Moray ©
Moray

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 23rd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then stroll through Los Jardines de Mandor.

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

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Maras to Machu Picchu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral and then admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cusco day trip 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 May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

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