11 days in Peru Itinerary

11 days in Peru Itinerary

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Arequipa
— 1 night
Fly
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Cusco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Maras
— 1 night
Taxi to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lima
— 3 nights
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Arequipa

— 1 night

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
On the 4th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, then see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, and finally look for gifts at Alpaca AB.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Arequipa trip planner.

Newark, USA to Arequipa is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Newark in July, expect nights in Arequipa to be cooler, around 47°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can fly to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums · Shopping

Cusco

— 3 nights

Imperial City

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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, get to know the fascinating history of San Blas, and gain insight with exploor.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cusco trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Arequipa to Cusco by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Cusco, with lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Maras.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Maras

— 1 night
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 8th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Moray and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Maras trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cusco to Maras in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In July in Maras, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 34°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Machu Picchu

— 2 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor and then steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. On your second day here, soothe aching muscles at Natura Spa Healing Hands and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Machu Picchu trip tool.

Getting from Maras to Machu Picchu by combination of taxi and train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Lima.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Lima

— 3 nights

City of the Kings

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo, pause for some serene contemplation at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, then make a trip to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and finally don't miss a visit to Alameda de los Descalzos. On the next day, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo Kennedy, contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lima online itinerary builder.

Fly from Machu Picchu to Lima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daytime highs in Lima are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. On the 13th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums

Peru travel guide

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Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.