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
— 2 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
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Lima
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Cancun

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco and then explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and finally delve into the distant past at Tambomachay.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco day trip planning app .

Cancun, Mexico to Cusco is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. When traveling from Cancun in November, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Cusco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums
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.
On the 18th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and finally make a trip to Intipuncu.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) 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. On the 20th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Moray and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Maras itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Machu Picchu to Maras in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in November, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Maras

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

3
nights
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Arequipa is known for museums, historic sites, nature, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, make a trip to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Arequipa trip planner.

Getting from Maras to Arequipa by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can 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, make a trip to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lima trip planner .

You can fly from Arequipa to Lima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Lima. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

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

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