18 days in Peru Itinerary

18 days in Peru Itinerary

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Fly
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Lima
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Chiclayo
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Arequipa
— 1 night
Drive
4
Chivay
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Arequipa
— 1 night
Fly
6
Ollantaytambo
— 2 nights
Train
7
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
Train to Ollantaytambo, Bus to Cusco
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Cusco
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lima
— 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.
On the 12th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de Torre Tagle, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico de Lima, then get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), and finally take a leisurely stroll along Miraflores Boardwalk.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lima online trip maker.

New York City, USA to Lima is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. In August, Lima is slightly colder than New York City - with highs of 66°F and lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Chiclayo.

Things to do in Lima

Shopping · Historic Sites

Chiclayo

— 2 nights

City of Friendship

With a population of 738,000, Chiclayo represents the fourth largest city in Peru and serves as the capital of the Lambayeque Region.
Bring the kids along to Museo de sitio Huaca Rajada - Sipan and Playa Pimentel. Step out of Chiclayo with an excursion to Mirador La Punta in La Punta--about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum, pause for some photo ops at El Paseo de las Musas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santa Maria - Catedral de Chiclayo, and make a trip to Plaza de Armas.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Chiclayo trip planner.

You can fly from Lima to Chiclayo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Lima in August, you will find days in Chiclayo are a bit warmer (75°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Chiclayo

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Arequipa

— 1 night

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 16th (Tue), examine the collection at Monasterio de la Recoleta, then take a stroll through Yanahuara, then steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, and finally stop by La Iberica.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Arequipa trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Chiclayo to Arequipa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In August, Arequipa is little chillier than Chiclayo - with highs of 69°F and lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Chivay.

Things to do in Arequipa

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Chivay

— 2 nights
Scenic Chivay draws a growing number of tourists each year, yet this remote town of 5,000 inhabitants manages to retain much of its rustic, dusty character.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): get great views at Mirador Cruz del Condor, then take in the awesome beauty at Condor's Cross, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santa Ana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Chivay, take in the natural beauty of La Calera Thermal Waters, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria ARTES DEL COLCA art & souvenirs.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Chivay road trip site.

Traveling by car from Arequipa to Chivay takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Chivay

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Arequipa

— 1 night

White City

On the 19th (Fri), look for gifts at Incalpaca, appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, and finally admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Arequipa sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Chivay to Arequipa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Ollantaytambo

— 2 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: Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hacienda del Chalan, explore the ancient world of Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries, and stop by Misha Wasi.

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Fly from Arequipa to Ollantaytambo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 36°F in Ollantaytambo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Machu Picchu

— 1 night
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 23rd (Tue), steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Machu Picchu day trip tool.

Getting from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Cusco

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, then delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, and then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cusco trip planning app.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by combination of train and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In August in Cusco, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Lima

— 2 nights

City of the Kings

Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take a stroll through Miraflores, then contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, and then admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor). On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, then take a stroll through Barranco, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lima travel planner.

You can fly from Cusco to Lima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for much hotter nights when traveling from Cusco in August since evenings lows in Lima dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · 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.

Colca Canyon travel guide

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Hot Springs · Landmarks · Lookouts
Take a trip to Colca Canyon, the world's second deepest canyon, and witness its diverse landscapes, rich culture, and varied wildlife. With a long history of inhabitation, the Colca Valley features pre-Incan archaeological sites and ruins, stepped Incan terraces, and rustic colonial-era settlements. Roam among vicunas and cacti plants, see condors flying in close range, and witness the plunging canyon, in some places as deep as 3,300 m (11,000 ft). During your Colca Canyon vacation you can also visit Spanish settlements, relatively unchanged since colonial times, relax in the area's numerous hot springs, and purchase colorful arts and crafts made by the native Cabana and Collagua people.