12 days in Peru Itinerary

12 days in Peru Itinerary

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12 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
shuttle + Fly:  21​h
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
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Istanbul

3
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Sacsayhuaman and Q'enqo. Take a break from the city and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Hilo, steep yourself in history at Tipon, and explore the ancient world of Sacred Valley of the Incas.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cusco day trip planning tool .

Istanbul, Turkey to Cusco is an approximately 21-hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Istanbul to Cusco, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Cusco, with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Horseback Riding Tours
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

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 19th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor, then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, and then take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu road 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Maras.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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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. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Salinas de Maras and then explore the ancient world of Moray.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Maras online tour builder .

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Machu Picchu to Maras in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Maras sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Moray ©
Moray
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Arte Virreinal, see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista), 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 taxi and flight from Maras to Arequipa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Maras in September, Arequipa is a bit warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites Museums
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa ©
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus ©
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, then contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and finally wander the streets of Centro Historico de Lima. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lima online tour builder .

Fly from Arequipa to Lima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Lima, with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana

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