9 days in Peru Itinerary

9 days in Peru Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Peru route planner

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Cusco
— 3 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu
— 1 night
Train to Ollantaytambo, Taxi to Maras
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Maras
— 1 night
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Arequipa
— 1 night
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Lima
— 2 nights
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Cusco

— 3 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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco itinerary planning website.

New York City, USA to Cusco is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from New York City in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Cusco, with lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Machu Picchu

— 1 night
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, then relax and rejuvenate at SPA Rocas Sagradas, and then stop by Mapi Art.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Maras.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping

Maras

— 1 night
Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Moray and then explore the striking landscape at Salinas de Maras.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Maras online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Machu Picchu to Maras takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Maras sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Arequipa

— 1 night

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): wander the wide-open spaces of Mundo Alpaca, examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Arequipa visit planning website.

Getting from Maras to Arequipa by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Maras in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Arequipa, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums

Lima

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, then ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, and finally stroll through Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lima travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Lima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Lima, with lows of 65°F. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Peru travel guide

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Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.