18 days in Peru Itinerary

18 days in Peru Itinerary

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18 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Las Vegas
Fly:  12​h
1
Lima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Arequipa
— 3 nights
bus:  5​h 30​min
3
Puno
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
4
Cusco
— 1 night
shuttle:  1​h
5
Ollantaytambo
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Cusco
— 2 nights
Fly:  30​min
7
Lima
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Las Vegas


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3
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.
You've now added Mercado nro 1 de Surquillo to your itinerary. MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima and Museo MATE will appeal to museum buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like San Isidro and Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru. Go for a jaunt from Lima to Huaral to see Reserva Nacional Lomas de Lachay about 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, and explore the world behind art at Museo Pedro de Osma.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lima trip itinerary website .

Las Vegas, USA to Lima is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Las Vegas to Lima, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Lima, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 60°F. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Reserva Nacional Lomas de Lachay
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MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima ©
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima
San Isidro ©
San Isidro
Museo MATE ©
Museo MATE

3
nights
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Historic Centre of Arequipa and San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery. Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa and Casa Museo Mario Vargas Llosa will appeal to museum buffs. Spend the 2nd (Wed) exploring nature at Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista), see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Villalobos, steep yourself in history at Iglesia Santo Domingo, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Arequipa trip planner .

You can fly from Lima to Arequipa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Arequipa when traveling from Lima in October, with lows around 50°F. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Petroglifos de Toro Muerto
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Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): get great views at Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez and then head off the coast to Taquile Island. On the next day, explore the activities along Lake Titicaca and then explore the galleries of Museo de la Coca y Costumbres.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Puno trip planner .

Traveling by car from Arequipa to Puno takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Arequipa in October: high temperatures in Puno hover around 66°F and lows are around 35°F. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cusco.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks Museums
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Museo de la Coca y Costumbres ©
Museo de la Coca y Costumbres

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, delve into the distant past at Q'enqo, and then see the interesting displays at Hyper Real Walt Wizard Museum - CUSCO.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cusco planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Puno to Cusco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puno in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Cusco, with lows of 43°F. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Q'enqo ©
Q'enqo

2
nights
Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo ©
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sacred Valley of the Incas. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Moray and Salinas de Maras. Explore hidden gems such as Lares Trek and Iglesia de Urubamba.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ollantaytambo travel route planner.

Getting from Cusco to Ollantaytambo by bus takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or drive. In October in Ollantaytambo, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Cusco.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Maras, Iglesia de Urubamba, Lares Trek, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Moray ©
Moray
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras

2
nights
Cusco

Cusco ©
On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Cerro Colorado Vinicunca, then take an in-depth tour of Museo de Arte Precolombino, and then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco trip itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero
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Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero ©
Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo de Arte Precolombino

2
nights
Lima

Lima ©
Mercado nro 1 de Surquillo has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro) and then stop by Mercado nro 1 de Surquillo.

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Traveling by flight from Cusco to Lima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Lima when traveling from Cusco in October, with lows around 61°F. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Casa de Aliaga ©
Casa de Aliaga
Museo Pedro de Osma ©
Museo Pedro de Osma

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