15 days in Peru Itinerary

15 days in Peru Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Peru attractions planner
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Fly
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Lima
— 4 nights
Fly
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Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Train
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Ollantaytambo
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Cusco
— 4 nights
Fly
5
Arequipa
— 2 nights
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Lima — 4 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.
Lima is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua, take a stroll through Barranco, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Lima road trip tool.

Chicago, USA to Lima is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Lima due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Chicago in December; daily highs in Lima reach 75°F and lows reach 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Machu Picchu.
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Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours · Historic Sites
Side Trip
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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at SPA Rocas Sagradas and then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then appreciate the history behind Rocas Sagradas.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu day trip app.

Fly from Lima to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Ollantaytambo.
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Historic Sites · Spas
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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 23rd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hacienda del Chalan, steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, and then look for gifts at Anaqmisk'i Miel. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo and then steep yourself in history at Salinas de Maras.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ollantaytambo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in December, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the shuttle to Cusco.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Cusco — 4 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 28th (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cusco tour builder tool.

Traveling by shuttle from Ollantaytambo to Cusco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in December, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Arequipa.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Parks
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Arequipa — 2 nights

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 29th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, then examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, and finally look for gifts at La Iberica.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Arequipa trip tool.

Fly from Cusco to Arequipa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Arequipa sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Museums · Shopping
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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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