12 days in Peru Itinerary

12 days in Peru Itinerary

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12 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Lima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h
3
Maras
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  2​h 15​min
4
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Cusco
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Portland

2
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.
Visit Centro Historico de Lima and Casa Courret for their historical value. Get outdoors at Playa Kon-Tiki and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Miraflores, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo, get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lima trip planner .

Portland, USA to Lima is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Portland to Lima, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Lima when traveling from Portland in May, with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana

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 18th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, then examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Arequipa online trip builder .

Fly from Lima to Arequipa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in May, Arequipa is a bit cooler at night with lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Maras.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa

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 19th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Moray and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras.

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

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Arequipa to Maras takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Maras, with lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

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

1
night
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 20th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then stroll through Los Jardines de Mandor.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Maras to Machu Picchu in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

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 a sense of the local culture at Sacsayhuaman and San Blas. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and exploor. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, explore the galleries of Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cusco tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Cusco are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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