16 days in Peru Itinerary

16 days in Peru Itinerary

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16 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Monterrey
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Lima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Puno
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Maras
— 1 night
taxi + train:  2​h
5
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Manu National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
7
Cusco
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Monterrey

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, then wander the streets of Miraflores, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), browse the exhibits of Galeria Indigo, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Peruvian Soul, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lima online route planner .

Monterrey, Mexico to Lima is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, car, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Monterrey to Lima. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©

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 2nd (Tue): examine the collection at Monasterio de la Recoleta, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Arequipa Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas. On your second day here, examine the collection at MUVI Museo Vivencial del Vino y Pisco, then contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Misti, and then have fun and explore at FBC Melgar.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Arequipa trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Lima to Arequipa in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in July, Arequipa is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos
Monasterio de la Recoleta ©
Monasterio de la Recoleta

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.
On the 4th (Thu), head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands and then step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Sillustani, explore the activities along Lake Titicaca, and then steep yourself in history at La Casa del Corregidor.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Puno trip builder .

Traveling by car from Arequipa to Puno takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in July, expect nights in Puno to be much colder, around -5°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Maras.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

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 6th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Moray, take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras, then see the interesting displays at Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva, and finally trek along Urubamba Weavers' Route.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Maras trip planner .

Getting from Puno to Maras by combination of bus and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puno in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Maras, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Urubamba Weavers' Route, Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva
Highlights from your plan
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Moray ©
Moray
Urubamba Weavers' Route ©
Urubamba Weavers' Route

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.
On the 7th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Intipuncu, then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, and then identify plant and animal life at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip maker app .

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Maras to Machu Picchu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Manu National Park.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

1
night
Manu National Park

Manu National Park ©
On the 9th (Tue), take a peaceful walk through Manu National Park and then delve into the lush surroundings at Kosnipata Valley.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Manu National Park vacation maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Machu Picchu to Manu National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Manu National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Manu National Park ©
Manu National Park

5
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.
Appreciate the collections at Museo de Arte Precolombino and Qorikancha. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sacsayhuaman and Sacred Valley of the Incas. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, and take a stroll through San Blas.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco day trip planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Manu National Park to Cusco. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

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