10 days in Peru & Mexico City Itinerary

10 days in Peru & Mexico City Itinerary

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10 days in Peru & Mexico City Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Canada
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
2
Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
3
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
6
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
7
Mexico City, Mexico
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Montreal, Canada

2
nights
Lima, Peru

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take a stroll through Miraflores, then explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Centro Historico de Lima, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, wander the streets of Barranco, then get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Indigo.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lima online attractions planner .

Montreal, Canada to Lima is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Montreal in July, expect nights in Lima to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Arequipa.

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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco

2
nights
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
On the 8th (Mon), examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Yanahuara, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, examine the collection at Cathedral of Arequipa Museum, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

To find out how to plan a trip to Arequipa, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Arequipa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Lima in July since evenings lows in Arequipa dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Cusco.

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Yanahuara ©
Yanahuara
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa

1
night
Cusco, Peru

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.
On the 10th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cusco trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Cusco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Cusco, with lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
San Blas ©
San Blas

1
night
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 12th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then make a trip to Intipuncu.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Machu Picchu day trip website .

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Cusco.

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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

1
night
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
On the 13th (Sat), browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central de San Pedro, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, and then delve into the distant past at Tambomachay.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco tour itinerary planner .

Do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Lima.

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Tambomachay ©
Tambomachay
Cusco Cathedral ©
Cusco Cathedral

1
night
Lima, Peru

Lima
To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Lima tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Cusco to Lima by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in July, plan for warmer nights in Lima, with lows around 19°C. On the 14th (Sun), you'll travel to Mexico City.

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1
night
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
On the 14th (Sun), buy something for everyone on your list at Coyoacan and then examine the collection at Museo de Frida Kahlo.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mexico City trip planner .

You can fly from Lima to Mexico City in 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Lima to Mexico City is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Lima in July, you will find days in Mexico City are a bit warmer (27°C), and nights are little chillier (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

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Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo
Coyoacan ©
Coyoacan

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