11 days in Peru Itinerary

11 days in Peru Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Peru holiday planner

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Lima
— 2 nights
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Arequipa
— 2 nights
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Cusco
— 2 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu
— 1 night
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Piura
— 2 nights
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Lima
— 1 night
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Lima

— 2 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.
On the 21st (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, then delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, then take a stroll through Miraflores, and finally stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

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San Jose, Costa Rica to Lima is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Peru Standard Time (PET) is 1 hour. When traveling from San Jose in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Lima: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 21°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Arequipa

— 2 nights

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 22nd (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Arte Colonial, examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, and then wander the wide-open spaces of Mundo Alpaca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, look for gifts at La Iberica, make a trip to Maqueta del Colca, then take a stroll through Yanahuara, and finally make a trip to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Arequipa trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Lima to Arequipa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Lima in May since evenings lows in Arequipa dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Cusco

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): look for gifts at Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, then steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and finally hike along exploor.

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

Getting from Arequipa to Cusco by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 4°C in Cusco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Outdoors

Machu Picchu

— 1 night
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 27th (Wed): look for gifts at Artesanias and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Machu Picchu trip itinerary planning tool.

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Piura.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Shopping · Historic Sites

Piura

— 2 nights

First City

The first Spanish city established in an area now controlled by Peru, Piura was founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1532.
On the 28th (Thu), learn about all things military at Casa Museo Almirante Miguel Grau, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nadando con Tortugas en El Nuro, and then stroll through Playa Vichayito. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Juan Bautista de Catacaos, then make a trip 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, photos, and other tourist information, read our Piura sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Piura takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in May, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Lima.

Things to do in Piura

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lima

— 1 night

City of the Kings

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lima trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Piura to Lima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Piura in May, you will find days in Lima are little chillier (26°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). On the 30th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites

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.