15 days in Peru Itinerary

15 days in Peru Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Peru trip planner

Make it your trip
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Lima
— 2 nights
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Cusco
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Ollantaytambo
— 3 nights
Train
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Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Fly
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Puno
— 1 night
Drive
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Arequipa
— 2 nights
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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 museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo, steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, and get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de Torre Tagle.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lima vacation planning website.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Lima is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Jose to Lima is 1 hour. Traveling from San Jose in September, things will get slightly colder in Lima: highs are around 22°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to fly to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Cusco

— 4 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.
On the 6th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, and get outside with exploor.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in September, plan for little chillier nights in Cusco, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods

Ollantaytambo

— 3 nights
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ollantaytambo: Urubamba (Iglesia de Urubamba, Seminario Ceramics, &more) and Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas, explore the ancient world of Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, sample the tasty concoctions at Cerveceria del Valle Sagrado, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Qosqo Ayllu.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ollantaytambo visit planner.

Getting from Cusco to Ollantaytambo by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. September in Ollantaytambo sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Machu Picchu

— 2 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 11th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Mariposario de Machupicchu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor, delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Puno.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Puno

— 1 night

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.
On the 13th (Sun), 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.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Puno trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Puno takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

Parks · Nature

Arequipa

— 2 nights

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): examine the collection at Monasterio de la Recoleta, see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, then don't miss a visit to Maqueta del Colca, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos and then experience the excitement of Arequipa Massage.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, read Arequipa trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Puno to Arequipa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Puno in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Arequipa, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums · Fun & Games · Spas

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.