11 days in Peru Itinerary

11 days in Peru Itinerary

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11 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Montevideo
Fly + Drive:  13​h 15​min
1
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
2
Ollantaytambo
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Cusco
— 2 nights
4
Tacna
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Puno
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Montevideo

2
nights
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu ©
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 5th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu and then explore the ancient world of Machu Picchu.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu itinerary builder.

Montevideo, Uruguay to Machu Picchu is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Montevideo to Machu Picchu due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can take a train to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

2
nights
Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo ©
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
On the 6th (Wed), get interesting insight from Tours, then don't miss a visit to Moray, and then hunt for treasures at Mercado Artesanal. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Pumamarca Ruins, see the interesting displays at Choco Museo, then delve into the distant past at Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, and finally delve into the distant past at Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ollantaytambo travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by train from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 5°C. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cusco.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Moray
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Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo ©
Moray ©
Moray
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries ©
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pisac. Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas and then steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman. On your second day here, stop by Hilo, then don't miss a visit to Pisac, then hunt for treasures at Pisac Market, and finally delve into the distant past at Tambomachay.

For more things to do and tourist information, use the Cusco trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Ollantaytambo to Cusco in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tacna.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Pisac
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo de Arte Precolombino

2
nights
Tacna

Tacna ©
Located close to Peru's border with Chile, Tacna stands as the capital of the Tacna Region and represents one of the most populous urban areas in the country.
On the 11th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Tacna, brush up on your military savvy at Museo De Sitio Alto dela Alianza, then make a trip to Paseo Civico, then make a trip to Arco Parabolico, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central y Mercadillos de Tacna.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tacna itinerary maker.

You can fly from Cusco to Tacna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Cusco in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 13°C in Tacna. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Puno.

Things to do in Tacna

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Catedral de Tacna ©
Catedral de Tacna
Paseo Civico ©
Paseo Civico
Arco Parabolico ©
Arco Parabolico

2
nights
Puno

Puno ©
Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Lake Titicaca, step off the mainland to explore Uros Floating Islands, and then make a trip to Catedral de Puno.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Puno trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tacna to Puno takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from Tacna in September since evenings lows in Puno dip to 0°C. You will leave for home on the 14th (Thu).

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks
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Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Catedral de Puno ©
Catedral de Puno

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