15 days in Peru Itinerary

15 days in Peru Itinerary

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15 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Cusco
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
2
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
train + taxi:  2​h
3
Maras
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  3​h 45​min
4
Puno
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Lima
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Melbourne

4
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.
When in Cusco, make a side trip to see Pisac in Pisac, approximately 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cusco visit planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Cusco is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Peru Time is minus 15 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in August: highs in Cusco hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Pisac, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then don't miss a visit to Intipuncu. Keep things going the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, stop by Mapi Art, and then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu trip itinerary maker site .

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 your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Maras.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Banos Termales de Cocalmayo
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

1
night
Maras

Maras ©
Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. On the 17th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Urubamba Weavers' Route, examine the collection at Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva, then take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras, and finally contemplate the long history of Moray.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Maras trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Machu Picchu to Maras in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In August in Maras, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Puno.

Things to do in Maras

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Urubamba Weavers' Route, Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva
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Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Moray ©
Moray
Urubamba Weavers' Route ©
Urubamba Weavers' Route

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 18th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez, head off the coast to Taquile Island, and then delve into the distant past at Sillustani. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Chullpas, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, and then step off the mainland to explore Uros Floating Islands.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Puno driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Maras to Puno takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Maras in August, things will get a bit cooler in Puno: highs are around 21°C and lows about -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chullpas
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

3
nights
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.
Lima is known for parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), take a leisurely stroll along Miraflores Boardwalk, and don't miss a visit to Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Lima vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Puno to Lima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Puno in August, plan for warmer nights in Lima, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

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