13 days in Peru Itinerary

13 days in Peru Itinerary

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Fly
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Arequipa
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Cusco
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Maras
— 1 night
Taxi to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
4
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Fly to Lima, Bus to Paracas
5
Paracas
— 1 night
Drive
6
Lima
— 2 nights
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Arequipa

— 2 nights

White City

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 21st (Fri): contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, then explore the galleries of Arte Colonial, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Virreinal, wander the wide-open spaces of Mundo Alpaca, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, and finally get your bearings at San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Arequipa day trip site.

London, UK to Arequipa is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Peru Standard Time (PET), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in May: highs in Arequipa hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Cusco

— 4 nights

Imperial City

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Horseback Riding Tours and exploor. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Q'enqo and Museo de Arte Precolombino. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha, explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cusco driving holiday planner.

Fly from Arequipa to Cusco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Cusco, with lows of 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Maras.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Outdoors

Maras

— 1 night
Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. On the 27th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Moray and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Maras itinerary planner.

Getting from Cusco to Maras by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daytime highs in Maras are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Machu Picchu

— 2 nights
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 28th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor, delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and then take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

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Do a combination of taxi and train from Maras to Machu Picchu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Paracas.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Paracas

— 1 night
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): explore the fascinating landscape at Paracas Nature Reserve, then kick back and relax at Playa Roja, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Paracas trip builder tool.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Paracas by combination of flight and bus takes about 14 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daytime highs in Paracas are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lima.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Lima

— 2 nights

City of the Kings

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.
On the 31st (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Lima, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Lima, get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Lima online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paracas to Lima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Lima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Peru travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.