15 days in Peru Itinerary

15 days in Peru Itinerary

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15 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Quito
Fly:  3 h
1
Lima
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h
2
Ica
— 1 night
+6
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  7 h 15 min
3
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
4
Cusco
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  3 h
5
Puno
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Arequipa
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
7
Piura
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Mancora
— 2 nights
Drive:  11 h 45 min
End: Quito

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.
Lima is known for parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, wander the streets of Centro Historico de Lima, steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lima trip builder app .

Quito, Ecuador to Lima is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in February, things will get a bit warmer in Lima: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Ica.

Things to do in Lima

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

1
night
Ica

Ica ©
Located on the Ica River in the desert areas of Peru's southern coast, the city of Ica stands as something of an oasis in the dry, barren landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): learn about winemaking at Tacama, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna De Huacachina, and then see the interesting displays at Regional Museum of Ica.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ica online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by bus from Lima to Ica takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daily temperatures in Ica can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Ica

Wineries Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tacama ©
Tacama
Regional Museum of Ica
Regional Museum of Ica

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 23rd (Sun): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu, explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Machu Picchu trip maker app .

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Ica to Machu Picchu in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, wildlife, museums, classes, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, stop by Hilo, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, and admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip planner .

Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by combination of train and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Puno.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

2
nights
Puno

Puno ©
Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands and then head off the coast to Taquile Island. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lake Titicaca and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Puno visit planning app .

Getting from Cusco to Puno by combination of flight and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in February, expect a bit cooler with lows of 5°C in Puno. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lake Titicaca
Highlights from your plan
Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

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.
On the 1st (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Arequipa attractions site .

You can drive from Puno to Arequipa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Puno in February since evenings lows in Arequipa dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Piura.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

1
night
Piura

Piura ©
The first Spanish city established in an area now controlled by Peru, Piura was founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1532.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Universidad de Piura, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Juan Bautista de Catacaos, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Catacaos, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Vichayito.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Piura travel site .

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Piura takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Arequipa in March, with highs in Piura at 39°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mancora.

Things to do in Piura

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Catacaos, Playa Vichayito
Highlights from your plan
Universidad de Piura ©
Universidad de Piura
Plaza de Armas de Catacaos ©
Plaza de Armas de Catacaos

2
nights
Mancora

Mancora ©
In a busy little beach town, Mancora tourism industry continues to grow, largely thanks to the sunniest climate of any region in the country.
On the 3rd (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Las Pocitas Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Acuario Mundo Hippocampus, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Mancora day trip planning website .

Getting from Piura to Mancora by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Piura in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mancora: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 29°C at night. On the 4th (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Mancora

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Acuario Mundo Hippocampus
Highlights from your plan
Las Pocitas Beach ©
Las Pocitas Beach
Spas & Wellness

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