13 days in Peru Itinerary

13 days in Peru Itinerary

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13 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly:  8 h 45 min
1
Maras
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
3
Cusco
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
4
Arequipa
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Lambayeque
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h
6
Lima
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Buenos Aires

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 12th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Moray and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Maras road trip planning website .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Maras is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentine Time to Peru Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Buenos Aires in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Maras, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

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Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Moray ©
Moray

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, then stop by Mapi Art, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Intipuncu, then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and then admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Maras to Machu Picchu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cusco.

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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

3
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.
Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco and Museo Maximo Laura will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Sacsayhuaman and Museo de Arte Precolombino. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of San Blas, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cusco driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. April in Cusco sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Arequipa.

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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

1
night
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 (Sat): see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, then take in the exciting artwork at Arte Colonial, then see the interesting displays at Monasterio de la Recoleta, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Arequipa vacation planning site .

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Arequipa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 11°C in Arequipa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lambayeque.

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Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos
Monasterio de la Recoleta ©
Monasterio de la Recoleta

1
night
Lambayeque

Lambayeque ©
The main places to visit in Lambayeque are its archaeological museums, notable for their collections of artifacts.
On the 19th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Museo Arqueologico Nacional Bruning and then see the interesting displays at Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Lambayeque trip itinerary planning app .

Fly from Arequipa to Lambayeque in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Arequipa in April; daily highs in Lambayeque reach 34°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Lima.

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Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum ©
Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum
Museo Arqueologico Nacional Bruning ©
Museo Arqueologico Nacional Bruning

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Centro Historico de Lima and Huaca Pucllana. Do your shopping at Artesanias Las Pallas and Jade Rivera World. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Miraflores, view the masterpieces at Galeria Indigo, kick back and relax at Playa Penascal, and savor the flavors at Feria EcoMarket.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lima trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Lambayeque to Lima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Lambayeque in April, plan for little chillier days in Lima, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

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Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco

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