12 days in Peru Itinerary

12 days in Peru Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Peru trip planner
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Cusco
— 3 nights
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Ollantaytambo
— 2 nights
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Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
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Arequipa
— 1 night
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Lima
— 3 nights
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Cusco — 3 nights

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.
On the 10th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco online trip maker.

Las Vegas, USA to Cusco is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Las Vegas to Cusco. In July, Cusco is cooler than Las Vegas - with highs of 69°F and lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can take a shuttle to Ollantaytambo.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Museums
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Ollantaytambo — 2 nights

Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore by horseback at Hacienda del Chalan, contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas, and then examine the collection at Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ollantaytambo online trip planner.

You can take a shuttle from Cusco to Ollantaytambo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Ollantaytambo, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can take a train to Machu Picchu.
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Machu Picchu — 2 nights

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 13th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna and then make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu tour itinerary builder website.

Getting from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can fly to Arequipa.
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Arequipa — 1 night

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
On the 15th (Fri), make a trip to Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, then see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, and finally admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Arequipa trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Machu Picchu to Arequipa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in July, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Lima.
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Lima — 3 nights

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 16th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco. On the next day, take a stroll through Miraflores, explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, and then walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lima trip builder site.

Getting from Arequipa to Lima by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Lima, with lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
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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.
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