11 days in Peru Itinerary

11 days in Peru Itinerary

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11 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Fly:  4 h
1
Lima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
3
Cusco
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
4
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  8 h 15 min
5
Piura
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
6
Lima
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: San Jose

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.
On the 21st (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, then take a stroll through Miraflores, and finally stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lima trip itinerary maker app.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Lima is an approximately 5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Peru Time (PET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from San Jose in mayo, you will find days in Lima are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Fri) before leaving for Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua

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.
On the 22nd (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Arte Colonial, then examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, and then get a taste of life in the country at Mundo Alpaca. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, look for gifts at La Iberica, then don't miss a visit to Maqueta del Colca, then wander the streets of Yanahuara, and finally don't miss a visit to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Arequipa attractions planning website.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Arequipa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in mayo, Arequipa is a bit cooler at night with lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

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

2
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): take in the exciting artwork at Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, and finally take a memorable excursion with exploor.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cusco journey builder site.

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Cusco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Arequipa in mayo since evenings lows in Cusco dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): stop by Artesanias and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Wed) before leaving for Piura.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Artesanias ©
Artesanias
Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen ©
Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen

2
nights
Piura

Piura ©
The first Spanish city established in an area now controlled by Peru, Piura was founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1532.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): brush up on your military savvy at Casa Museo Almirante Miguel Grau, stroll through Nadando con Tortugas en El Nuro, and then stroll through Playa Vichayito. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Juan Bautista de Catacaos, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Catacaos, then take an in-depth tour of Museo de Sitio Narihuala, and finally make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Piura.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Piura travel planner.

Do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to Piura in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In mayo in Piura, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Piura

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Catacaos, Playa Vichayito
Highlights from your plan
Casa Museo Almirante Miguel Grau ©
Casa Museo Almirante Miguel Grau
Plaza de Armas de Catacaos ©
Plaza de Armas de Catacaos
Plaza de Armas de Piura ©
Plaza de Armas de Piura

1
night
Lima

Lima ©
To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Lima vacation maker site.

You can fly from Piura to Lima in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Piura in mayo, expect nights in Lima to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo ©

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