18 days in Peru Itinerary

18 days in Peru Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Peru trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Cusco
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Ollantaytambo
— 2 nights
Train
3
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Puno
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Lima
— 5 nights
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Cusco

— 4 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.
On the 18th (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, and hike along exploor.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cusco road trip app.

Durham, USA to Cusco is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. When traveling from Durham in August, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Cusco: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to take a shuttle to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods

Ollantaytambo

— 2 nights
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hacienda del Chalan, then steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, and then look for gifts at Seminario Ceramics. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ollantaytambo trip builder website.

Traveling by shuttle from Cusco to Ollantaytambo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Ollantaytambo, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Machu Picchu

— 2 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 22nd (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Mandor and then steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at Natura Spa Healing Hands and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Banos Termales de Cocalmayo.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Puno.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Puno

— 2 nights

City of the Lake

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 24th (Tue), explore the activities along Lake Umayo, then delve into the distant past at Sillustani, and then walk around Parque Pino. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands and then step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Puno sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Puno takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Puno can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): make a trip to Plaza de Armas, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, then see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, and finally don't miss a visit to Maqueta del Colca. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de Goyeneche, admire the landmark architecture of Casa del Moral, then see the interesting displays at Monasterio de la Recoleta, and finally look for gifts at Alpaca AB.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Arequipa tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Puno to Arequipa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for warmer nights when traveling from Puno in August since evenings lows in Arequipa dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to fly to Lima.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Lima

— 5 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.
Lima is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), and steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana.

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Fly from Arequipa to Lima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Lima, with lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

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.