15 days in Peru Itinerary

15 days in Peru Itinerary

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15 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Monterrey
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Cusco
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Manu National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
train + taxi:  2​h
4
Maras
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
5
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Lima
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Monterrey

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Amarutrek Expeditions and exploor. Get a sense of the local culture at San Blas and Museo de Arte Precolombino. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip planner.

Monterrey, Mexico to Cusco is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Monterrey to Cusco, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Manu National Park.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

1
night
Manu National Park

Manu National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take a peaceful walk through Manu National Park and then appreciate the views at Kosnipata Valley.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Manu National Park road trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cusco to Manu National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Manu National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Manu National Park ©
Manu National Park

2
nights
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 7th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then delve into the distant past at Intipuncu. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor, delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu vacation planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Manu National Park to Machu Picchu. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Maras.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

1
night
Maras

Maras ©
Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): hike along Urubamba Weavers' Route, then examine the collection at Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva, then take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras, and finally contemplate the long history of Moray.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Maras travel planner.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Machu Picchu to Maras in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Maras

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Urubamba Weavers' Route, Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva
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Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Moray ©
Moray
Urubamba Weavers' Route ©
Urubamba Weavers' Route

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): examine the collection at Monasterio de la Recoleta, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, then examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, then view the masterpieces at Arte Colonial, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Yanahuara. On the next day, stroll through Playa los Arcos, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Virreinal, then admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Arequipa vacation maker .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Maras to Arequipa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Arequipa when traveling from Maras in July, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos
Monasterio de la Recoleta ©
Monasterio de la Recoleta

4
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Playa Kon-Tiki. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Larco and Galeria Indigo. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Miraflores, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, walk around Plazuela Chabuca Granda, and examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lima online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Arequipa to Lima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Lima, with lows around 19°C. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Miraflores ©
Miraflores

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