15 days in Peru Itinerary

15 days in Peru Itinerary

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15 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly:  24​h
1
Lima
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Cusco
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
3
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
train + taxi:  2​h
4
Maras
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
5
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Wellington

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.
Popular historic sites such as Centro Historico de Lima and Cathedral of Lima are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo and Spas. The adventure continues: take a stroll through San Isidro, stroll around Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores, make a trip to Miraflores, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

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Wellington, New Zealand to Lima is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Wellington to Lima is minus 17 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Wellington in August; daily highs in Lima reach 22°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima
Cathedral of Lima ©
Cathedral of Lima

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.
Sacred Valley of the Incas and Tambomachay will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi and Tipon. Step out of Cusco to go to Urubamba and see Iglesia de Urubamba, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Treat yourself to a day of pampering on the 18th (Sun) at some of the best spas. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, and admire the landmark architecture of The Company of Jesus Church.

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Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much colder in Cusco, with lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Spas Tours

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Iglesia de Urubamba
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Tipon ©
Tipon

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then make a trip to Intipuncu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, then identify plant and animal life at Los Jardines de Mandor, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Mariposario de Machupicchu.

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You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to 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. On the 22nd (Thu), trek along Urubamba Weavers' Route, then examine the collection at Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Salinas de Maras, and finally make a trip to Moray.

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You can do a combination of train and taxi from Machu Picchu to Maras in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Maras

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva, Urubamba Weavers' Route
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Moray ©
Moray
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
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.
On the 23rd (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, then examine the collection at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, then take in panoramic vistas at Yanahuara, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte Virreinal, see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, then admire all the interesting features of Mundo Alpaca, then don't miss a visit to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus, and finally admire the landmark architecture of La Mansion del Fundador.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Arequipa trip itinerary builder tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Maras to Arequipa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Arequipa when traveling from Maras in August, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa ©
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa

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