43 days in Lima, Arequipa & Cusco Itinerary

43 days in Lima, Arequipa & Cusco Itinerary

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Lima
— 14 nights
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Arequipa
— 9 nights
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Cusco
— 19 nights
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Lima

— 14 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Centro Historico de Lima and Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Santa Maria del Mar and El Silencio. Take a break from Lima with a short trip to Playa Agua Dulce in Chorrillos, about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Lima, explore the world behind art at Museo MATE, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and wander the streets of San Isidro.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lima day trip planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Lima. May in Lima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Arequipa

— 9 nights

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Get a sense of the local culture at Historic Centre of Arequipa and San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus and Museo de Arte Virreinal. Spend the 4th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, get outside with Outdoor Activities, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Misti, and wander the streets of Yanahuara.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Arequipa road trip website.

You can fly from Lima to Arequipa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in May, Arequipa is a bit cooler at night with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to fly to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Cusco

— 19 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sacsayhuaman and Qorikancha. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sacred Valley of the Incas and Spas. Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: Piquillacta (in Huarcapay), Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray) and San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas (in Andahuaylillas). Make the 18th (Fri) a memorable day with a climbing tour. Next up on the itinerary: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, explore the striking landscape at Cerro Colorado Vinicunca, stroll through Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, and contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Cusco road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Cusco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 1°C in Cusco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips