9 days in Peru Itinerary

9 days in Peru Itinerary

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9 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  8​h
1
Lima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Arequipa
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  2​h
3
Maras
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  2​h 15​min
4
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Cusco
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

2
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, then walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lima online attractions planner .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Lima is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time to Peru Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from San Juan in July: highs in Lima hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

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 17th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, then examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Arequipa tour planner.

Fly from Lima to Arequipa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Arequipa, with lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Maras.

Things to do in Arequipa

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Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

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 18th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Moray and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Maras day trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Arequipa to Maras in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in July, Maras is slightly colder at night with lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

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Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Moray ©
Moray

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 19th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Maras to Machu Picchu by combination of taxi and train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral and then admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cusco online trip maker .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

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