15 days in Lima, Cusco & Arequipa Itinerary

15 days in Lima, Cusco & Arequipa Itinerary

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15 days in Lima, Cusco & Arequipa Itinerary

Start: Santiago
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Lima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Cusco
— 4 nights
Bus:  11​h 30​min
3
Arequipa
— 6 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Santiago

3
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 Centro Historico de Lima to your itinerary. On the 4th (Sat), sample the tasty concoctions at Cerveceria Nuevo Mundo, contemplate the long history of Centro Historico de Lima, and then steep yourself in history at Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lima trip itinerary site .

Santiago, Chile to Lima is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Lima due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in Lima can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. On the 6th (Mon), you're off toCusco.

Things to do in Lima

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cerveceria Nuevo Mundo ©
Cerveceria Nuevo Mundo

4
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.
You've now added Rainbow Mountain Cusco to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Sacred Valley of the Incas and Cerveceria Willkamayu. Change things up with a short trip to Piquillacta in Huarcapay (about 48 minutes away). There's more to do: explore the ancient world of Q'enqo.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Lima in January: highs in Cusco hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 9°C. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Cerveceria Willkamayu, Piquillacta
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Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Cerveceria Willkamayu ©
Cerveceria Willkamayu
Piquillacta ©
Piquillacta

6
nights
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Explore hidden gems such as Yanahuara and San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista), examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Arequipa sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Cusco to Arequipa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Arequipa when traveling from Cusco in January, with lows around 13°C. On the 18th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Yanahuara ©
Yanahuara

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