15 days in Peru Itinerary

15 days in Peru Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Peru trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Lima
— 2 nights
Fly
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Machu Picchu
— 1 night
Train to Ollantaytambo, Taxi to Maras
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Maras
— 1 night
Drive
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Cusco
— 3 nights
Fly
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Arequipa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puno
— 2 nights
Fly

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Lima

— 2 nights

City of the Kings

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 historic sites, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru, contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, and ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lima trip builder app.

Vancouver, Canada to Lima is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Vancouver to Lima, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Vancouver in May, with highs in Lima at 26°C and lows at 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Machu Picchu

— 1 night
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 7th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then get to know the resident critters at Mariposario de Machupicchu.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Maras.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Maras

— 1 night
Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. On the 8th (Sat), examine the collection at Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva, delve into the distant past at Moray, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Maras trip app.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Maras by combination of train and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In May, daytime highs in Maras are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Cusco.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Cusco

— 3 nights

Imperial City

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, museums, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, hike along exploor, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cusco online day trip planner.

You can drive from Maras to Cusco in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In May in Cusco, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Arequipa

— 3 nights

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Carlitos Tours. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, admire the landmark architecture of Casa del Moral, catch some excitement at Arequipa Massage, and look for gifts at Mercado San Camilo.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Arequipa travel planner.

Fly from Cusco to Arequipa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Arequipa, with lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Spas

Puno

— 2 nights

City of the Lake

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Uros Floating Islands, then step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island, and then take some stellar pictures from Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez. On the next day, walk around Parque Huajsapata, then stroll the grounds of Sillustani, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Umayo.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Puno trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Arequipa to Puno by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Puno, with lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Puno

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Peru travel guide

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Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.