13 days in Peru Itinerary

13 days in Peru Itinerary

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13 days in Peru Itinerary

Lima
Fly:  2​h
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Cusco
— 4 nights
train:  4​h
Machu Picchu
— 3 nights
train + taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
Lima
— 4 nights
Lima

2
days
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
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 1st (Mon): don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, admire the striking features of Santa Catalina Monastery, then explore the stunning scenery at Colca Canyon, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Patio del Ekeko. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, admire the striking features of Casa del Moral, then see the interesting displays at Monasterio de la Recoleta, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Arequipa Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Arequipa trip itinerary maker.

Lima to Arequipa is an approximately 2-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Lima in May, Arequipa is little chillier at night with lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trip

Colca Canyon
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Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa

4
days
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Qorikancha and Museo Inka. Get a sense of the local culture at San Blas and Pre-Columbian Art Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cusco: Ceramicas Seminario (in Urubamba) and Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo (in Ollantaytambo). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas, admire the striking features of Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion, and pause for some serene contemplation at The Company of Jesus Church.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cusco travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Arequipa to Cusco by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 4°C in Cusco. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Salinas de Maras, Ceramicas Seminario
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San Blas ©
San Blas
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

2
days
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 7th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor, delve into the distant past at Machu Picchu, and then delve into the distant past at Intipuncu. On the next day, examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, then take in the awesome beauty at Putucusi Mountain, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Banos Termales de Cocalmayo.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu vacation planner.

You can take a train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Tue) before leaving for Lima.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Banos Termales de Cocalmayo
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Phutuq K'usi ©
Phutuq K'usi

4
days
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.
Step out of the city life by going to El Silencio and Naplo. Do some cultural sightseeing at Miraflores and Huaca Pucllana. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, wander the streets of Barranco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Lima, and admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lima holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Machu Picchu to Lima takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Parks Museums

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El Silencio
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Miraflores ©
Miraflores

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