16 days in Peru Itinerary

16 days in Peru Itinerary

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16 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
Lima
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
2
Cusco
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
3
Machu Picchu
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
4
Cusco
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Maras
— 1 day
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  4 h
6
Puno
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
8
Lima
— 1 night
Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Montreal, Quebec

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nature & Wildlife Tours. On the 13th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, contemplate the long history of Casa de Aliaga, and then take a stroll through San Isidro. On your second day here, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Lima road trip app .

Montreal, Canada to Lima is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Lima when traveling from Montreal in May, with lows around 21°C. You'll set off for Cusco on the 15th (Fri).

Things to do in Lima

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
San Isidro ©
San Isidro
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana

2
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Sacsayhuaman and Horseback Riding Tours. Visit Tipon and Piquillacta for their historical value.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from Lima in May since evenings lows in Cusco dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Piquillacta
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Piquillacta ©
Piquillacta

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Winay Wayna. Get outdoors at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu and Cascadas Allcamayo. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Mariposario de Machupicchu, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, and make a trip to Serpost.

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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 up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu ©
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu

1
night
Cusco

Cusco
To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco route planner .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. On the 21st (Thu), you're off toMaras.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

1
day
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 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Moray and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Maras day trip planner.

You can drive from Cusco to Maras in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Maras sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Puno.

Things to do in Maras

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras

2
nights
Puno

Puno ©
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.
You've now added Parque Pino to your itinerary. On the 21st (Thu), steep yourself in history at La Casa del Corregidor and then stroll around Parque Pino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Titicaca and then step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island.

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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Maras to Puno in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Maras in May, expect slightly colder with lows of -1°C in Puno. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lake Titicaca
Highlights from your plan
Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista). On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery and then admire the masterpieces at San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Arequipa trip planner .

Getting from Puno to Arequipa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Puno in May, Arequipa is a bit warmer at night with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery

1
night
Lima

Lima ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes San Bartolo Beach as well as Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor). Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), contemplate the long history of Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo, and then make a trip to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Lima trip planner .

Getting from Arequipa to Lima by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in May, Lima is a bit warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
San Bartolo Beach ©
San Bartolo Beach
Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo ©
San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro) ©

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