13 days in Lima, Cusco & Arequipa Itinerary

13 days in Lima, Cusco & Arequipa Itinerary

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13 days in Lima, Cusco & Arequipa Itinerary

Start: Santiago
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Lima
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Cusco
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Arequipa
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Santiago

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.
You've now added Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, and then walk around Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): wander the streets of Barranco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and finally walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lima trip itinerary builder website .

Santiago, Chile to Lima is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Lima. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

6
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Salinas de Maras in Maras (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cusco trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Lima, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Cusco, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Salinas de Maras
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Misti, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, and don't miss a visit to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Arequipa online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Cusco to Arequipa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Cusco in January since evenings lows in Arequipa dip to 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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