16 days in Peru Itinerary

16 days in Peru Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Peru trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Lima
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Paracas
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Maras
— 1 night
Taxi to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
4
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Train to Ollantaytambo, Bus to Cusco
5
Cusco
— 5 nights
Fly
6
Arequipa
— 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.
On the 17th (Mon), admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Lima, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Lima, stop by Miraflores, then stroll around Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores, and finally stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lima trip planning app.

Edinburgh, UK to Lima is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Edinburgh to Lima is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Edinburgh in May, expect nights in Lima to be much hotter, around 21°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Paracas.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Paracas

— 2 nights
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
On the 19th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at La Catedral, then explore the fascinating landscape at Paracas Nature Reserve, and then kick back and relax at Playa Roja. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Mendieta, make a trip to The Chandelier, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally view the masterpieces at Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino..

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Paracas driving holiday planning site.

Getting from Lima to Paracas by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Maras.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

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 21st (Fri), contemplate the long history of Salinas de Maras and then delve into the distant past at Moray.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Maras driving holiday app.

Traveling by flight from Paracas to Maras takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Paracas in May: highs in Maras hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Machu Picchu

— 2 nights
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 22nd (Sat): stroll through Mandor, delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and then take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Maras to Machu Picchu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Cusco

— 5 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.
Get outdoors at Horseback Riding Tours and exploor. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sacsayhuaman and Spas. Step out of Cusco to go to Yucay and see Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas, and explore the ancient world of Tambomachay.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cusco travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Cusco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

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.
On the 29th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, examine the collection at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, get a taste of life in the country at Mundo Alpaca, then get impressive views of Volcan Misti, and finally don't miss a visit to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Arequipa road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Arequipa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Arequipa, with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

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.