13 days in Peru Itinerary

13 days in Peru Itinerary

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13 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  11 h 45 min
1
Lima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Lambayeque
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Cusco
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
4
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
5
Cusco
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 45 min
6
Lima
— 2 nights
Fly:  11 h 45 min
End: Newark

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 20th (Fri): wander the streets of Miraflores, steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, and then admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor). On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), then get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, and finally walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lima route planner.

Newark, USA to Lima is an approximately 12-hour flight. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Newark in August, with highs in Lima at 66°F and lows at 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Lambayeque.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

2
nights
Lambayeque

Lambayeque ©
The main places to visit in Lambayeque are its archaeological museums, notable for their collections of artifacts.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Sican Museum and then examine the collection at Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Museo Arqueologico Nacional Bruning, examine the collection at Museo de Sitio de Tucume, and then get engrossed in the history at Casa Museo Jose Abelardo Quinones Gonzales.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lambayeque trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Lambayeque takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Lima in August, you will find days in Lambayeque are somewhat warmer (75°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lambayeque

Museums

Side Trips

Sican Museum, Casa Museo Jose Abelardo Quinones Gonzales
Highlights from your plan
Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum ©
Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum
Sican Museum ©
Sican Museum
Museo Arqueologico Nacional Bruning ©
Museo Arqueologico Nacional Bruning

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Manu Wonderland Day Tours, contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, and then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco vacation maker.

Traveling by flight from Lambayeque to Cusco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lambayeque in August, you will find days in Cusco are a bit cooler (70°F), and nights are cooler (36°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Manu Wonderland Day Tours ©
Manu Wonderland Day Tours
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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.
Machu Picchu is known for historic sites, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, look for gifts at Mapi Art, and take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu sightseeing app.

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Mariposario de Machupicchu ©
Mariposario de Machupicchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

1
night
Cusco

Cusco
To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cusco trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You will leave for Lima on the 28th (Sat).

Things to do in Cusco

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

2
nights
Lima

Lima ©
Kids will enjoy Museo de la Nacion and Parque de las Leyendas (Zoo). See even more of Lima: look and learn at Planetario Nacional IGP, walk around Plazuela Chabuca Granda, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lima online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Cusco to Lima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for much hotter nights when traveling from Cusco in August since evenings lows in Lima dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Museo de la Nacion ©
Museo de la Nacion
Parque de las Leyendas (Zoo) ©
Parque de las Leyendas (Zoo)
Food Tours

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