12 days in Peru Itinerary

12 days in Peru Itinerary

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12 days in Peru 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:  1​h 30​min
3
Ollantaytambo
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  3​h
4
Arequipa
— 1 night
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: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, trek along exploor, and delve into the distant past at Tambomachay.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco online trip itinerary builder .

Cancun, Mexico to Cusco is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Cancun in November, you will find days in Cusco are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are cooler (8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then take in nature's colorful creations at 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 take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu, and finally delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip planner .

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 take a train to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

2
nights
Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo ©
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
On the 21st (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Salinas de Maras and then contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: sample the tasty concoctions at Cerveceria Willkamayu, then stop by Seminario Ceramics, then explore by horseback at Hacienda del Chalan, and finally explore the ancient world of Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ollantaytambo trip itinerary website .

You can take a train from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Urubamba, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Salinas de Maras
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Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo ©
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo

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 23rd (Sat): admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, then examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, then take in the exciting artwork at Arte Colonial, and finally don't miss a visit to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Arequipa trip simple and quick.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Ollantaytambo to Arequipa in 3 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Shopping
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: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, don't miss a visit to Miraflores, and explore the galleries of Galeria Indigo.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lima tour app .

You can fly from Arequipa to Lima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Lima, with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can 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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