18 days in Peru Itinerary

18 days in Peru Itinerary

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18 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Arequipa
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Puno
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  3​h
3
Cusco
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
4
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
train + taxi:  2​h
5
Maras
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
6
Trujillo
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
7
Lima
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Paris

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathedral of Arequipa Museum and Yanahuara. Get some historical perspective at Historic Centre of Arequipa and San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista), explore the engaging exhibits at FBC Melgar, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Virreinal Santa Teresa, and make a trip to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Arequipa itinerary planner .

Paris, France to Arequipa is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Arequipa is minus 6 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in October: highs in Arequipa hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa ©
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus ©
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus

2
nights
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 23rd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Catedral de Puno, then stroll the grounds of Sillustani, and then explore the activities along Lake Titicaca. On the next day, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Puno online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Arequipa to Puno in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Arequipa in October: high temperatures in Puno hover around 22°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puno

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Catedral de Puno ©
Catedral de Puno

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Tipon and Q'enqo are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi and Tambomachay. Treat yourself to a day of pampering on the 27th (Sun) at some of the best spas. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas, contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central de San Pedro.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Puno to Cusco in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puno in October, Cusco is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Spas Adventure

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Tipon ©
Tipon

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then delve into the distant past at Intipuncu. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, and then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Machu Picchu day trip site .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Maras.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Zipline
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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 31st (Thu): hike along Urubamba Weavers' Route, then see the interesting displays at Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Salinas de Maras, and finally make a trip to Moray.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Maras trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Machu Picchu to Maras takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Maras

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Trujillo

Trujillo ©
Considered the country's capital of culture, Trujillo was the birthplace of the North Group, a community of artists and intellectuals that included celebrated poet Cesar Vallejo and notable novelist Ciro Alegria.
On the 1st (Fri), steep yourself in history at Huaca del Sol y la Luna, explore the ancient world of Chan Chan, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo, and finally examine the collection at Museo Cao. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Site Museum, explore the ancient world of El Brujo, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Trujillo - Catedral de Santa Maria.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Trujillo road trip planning tool .

Fly from Maras to Trujillo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Maras in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 19°C in Trujillo. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

La Huaca del Sol
Highlights from your plan
La Huaca del Sol ©
La Huaca del Sol
Chan Chan ©
Chan Chan
Site Museum ©
Site Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, then make a trip to Miraflores, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and finally take a stroll through Centro Historico de Lima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Lima, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Santo Domingo (Iglesia y Monasterio de Santo Domingo), then wander the streets of San Isidro, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lima journey builder website .

You can fly from Trujillo to Lima in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Lima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima
Cathedral of Lima ©
Cathedral of Lima

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