11 days in Peru Itinerary

11 days in Peru Itinerary

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11 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
flight:  8​h 30​min
1
Lima
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
3
Ollantaytambo
— 1 day
bus:  1​h
4
Cusco
— 3 nights
5
Arequipa
— 2 nights
6
Lima
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
End: Mexico City

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Lima, take a stroll through Barranco, and then explore the striking landscape at Marcahuasi.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lima travel itinerary planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to Lima is an approximately 7-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Lima due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mexico City in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Lima, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

Nature Parks Neighborhoods
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Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima
Barranco ©
Barranco
Marcahuasi ©
Marcahuasi

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night
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 25th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Intipuncu and then delve into the distant past at Machu Picchu.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Lima to Machu Picchu in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©

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day
Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo ©
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
On the 26th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santiago Apostol, then delve into the distant past at Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries, then explore the ancient world of Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, and finally delve into the distant past at Inca Quarries.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ollantaytambo vacation builder.

You can take a train from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. December in Ollantaytambo sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Cusco.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Historic Sites
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Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries ©
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo ©
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo
Iglesia de Santiago Apostol ©
Iglesia de Santiago Apostol

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Spas & Wellness and Q'enqo. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sacsayhuaman and Plaza de Armas. Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, don't miss a visit to San Blas, and admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ollantaytambo to Cusco in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In December in Cusco, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Spas Adventure
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
River Rafting & Tubing
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

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nights
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
On the 30th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Arequipa Museum, steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, then enjoy breathtaking views from Yanahuara, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Agustin, take in the awesome beauty at Chachani, and then stop by La Iberica.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Arequipa vacation builder.

You can fly from Cusco to Arequipa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Arequipa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Yanahuara ©
Yanahuara
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa ©
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa

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Lima

Lima ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then stroll through Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores, then take a stroll through Miraflores, and finally contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Lima travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Arequipa to Lima by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Arequipa in December; daily highs in Lima reach 28°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©
Miraflores ©
Miraflores
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana

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