10 days in Peru Itinerary

10 days in Peru Itinerary

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10 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h
1
Lima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Cusco
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
4
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
train + taxi:  2​h
5
Maras
— Few hours
Drive + Fly:  18​h 30​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.
You've now added Huaca Pucllana to your itinerary. Bring the kids along to Playa Penascal and Playa Santa Maria del Mar. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Balneario Embajadores, browse the exhibits of Galeria Indigo, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Kon-Tiki, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lima journey tool .

Newark, USA to Lima is an approximately 12-hour flight. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Newark in December; daily highs in Lima reach 75°F and lows reach 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Santa Maria del Mar
Highlights from your plan
Playa Santa Maria del Mar ©
Playa Santa Maria del Mar
Parasailing & Paragliding
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa and then contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Misti.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Arequipa sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Lima to Arequipa in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Lima in December, with highs in Arequipa at 69°F and lows at 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos
Volcan Misti ©
Volcan Misti

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.
On the 26th (Thu), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, and then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman and then admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cusco sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Cusco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 46°F in Cusco. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): stop by Artesanias, take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, then take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Mariposario de Machupicchu.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip builder .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Maras.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes) ©
Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes)
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor
Mariposario de Machupicchu ©
Mariposario de Machupicchu

few
hours
Maras

Maras
Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Maras trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Machu Picchu to Maras takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Maras are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. On the 29th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites Parks Nature

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