12 days in Cusco Region, Arequipa & Lima Region Itinerary

12 days in Cusco Region, Arequipa & Lima Region Itinerary

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12 days in Cusco Region, Arequipa & Lima Region Itinerary

Start: Cancun
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Cusco
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3​h 15​min
2
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Train + Taxi:  2​h 15​min
3
Maras
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2​h
4
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Lima
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Cancun

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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, wildlife, classes, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, get outside with exploor, explore the ancient world of Sacred Valley of the Incas, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cusco holiday planner .

Cancun, Mexico to Cusco is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cancun in November: highs in Cusco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Trails

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then stroll through Los Jardines de Mandor. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, then get great views at Intipuncu, and finally explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip builder .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Maras.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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 21st (Thu): delve into the distant past at Moray and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Salinas de Maras.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Maras trip planner .

Getting from Machu Picchu to Maras by combination of train and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In November, daytime highs in Maras are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Maras

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, take in the exciting artwork at Arte Colonial, then examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, and finally don't miss a visit to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, look for gifts at Alpaca AB, then contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Misti, and finally steep yourself in history at Iglesia Santo Domingo.

Plan my day in Arequipa using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Maras to Arequipa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Arequipa can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

3
nights
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, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

To find out how to plan a trip to Lima, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Lima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Arequipa in November since evenings lows in Lima dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Tours Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

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