8 days in Peru Itinerary

8 days in Peru Itinerary

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8 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Cusco
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3​h 15​min
2
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  7​h
3
Puno
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Arequipa
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
5
Lima
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Portland

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Manu Wildlife Peru. When in Cusco, make a side trip to see Salinas de Maras in Maras, approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, look for gifts at Hilo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cusco travel itinerary planner .

Portland, USA to Cusco is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Portland to Cusco, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Portland in January, expect nights in Cusco to be somewhat warmer, around 46°F, while days are much warmer, around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Salinas de Maras
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
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 5th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Puno.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©

1
night
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 6th (Mon), step off the mainland to explore Uros Floating Islands and then head off the coast to Taquile Island.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Puno trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to Puno in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Puno sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands

1
night
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
On the 7th (Tue), get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, then examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, and finally catch some excitement at Arequipa Massage.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Arequipa vacation builder app .

Getting from Puno to Arequipa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Puno in January, Arequipa is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Arequipa

Spas Fun & Games Museums
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Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos
Arequipa Massage ©
Arequipa Massage

1
night
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.
On the 8th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lima online trip maker .

Getting from Arequipa to Lima by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Arequipa in January, with highs in Lima at 80°F and lows at 69°F. On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Museums
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Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco

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