18 days in Peru Itinerary

18 days in Peru Itinerary

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18 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  30​h
1
Trujillo
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Arequipa
— 3 nights
3
Cusco
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
4
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Sydney

4
nights
Trujillo

Trujillo ©
Considered the country's capital of culture, Trujillo was the birthplace of the North Group, a community of artists and intellectuals that included celebrated poet Cesar Vallejo and notable novelist Ciro Alegria.
You've now added Huanchaco Beach to your itinerary. On the 2nd (Sat), explore the ancient world of Chan Chan, enjoy the sand and surf at Huanchaco Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Trujillo - Catedral de Santa Maria. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria Cathedral and then steep yourself in history at Huaca del Sol y la Luna.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Trujillo trip builder website .

Sydney, Australia to Trujillo is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Trujillo is minus 15 hours. Traveling from Sydney in June, things will get a bit warmer in Trujillo: highs are around 26°C and lows about 20°C. On the 3rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Huanchaco Beach
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Chan Chan ©
Chan Chan
Huaca del Sol y la Luna ©
Huaca del Sol y la Luna

3
nights
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Get some cultural insight at Historic Centre of Arequipa and Yanahuara. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathedral of Arequipa Museum and Museo Santuarios Andinos. There's much more to do: get impressive views of El Misti, see the interesting displays at Monasterio de Santa Catalina, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Miguel Arcangel, and get outside with Canon de Cotahuasi.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Arequipa online vacation builder .

You can fly from Trujillo to Arequipa in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Trujillo in June since evenings lows in Arequipa dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Monasterio de Santa Catalina ©
Monasterio de Santa Catalina
Yanahuara ©
Yanahuara

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Salinas de Maras. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tipon and Sacred Valley of the Incas. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, don't miss a visit to Twelve Angle Stone, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip builder .

Getting from Arequipa to Cusco by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in June, plan for little chillier nights in Cusco, with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Tipon ©
Tipon

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.
On the 15th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Intipuncu, stop by Artesanias, and then take in the awesome beauty at Phutuq K'usi.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip maker site .

Traveling by train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Phutuq K'usi ©
Phutuq K'usi

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