16 days in Peru Itinerary

16 days in Peru Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly:  19 h 15 min
1
Cusco
— 3 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
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
6
Lima
— 4 nights
Fly:  19 h 30 min
End: Sydney

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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, don't miss a visit to San Blas, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cusco online trip maker.

Sydney, Australia to Cusco is an approximately 22- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Peru Standard Time (PET) is minus 15 hours. In October, Cusco is a bit cooler than Sydney - with highs of 24°C and lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha

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 20th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then get great views at Intipuncu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): witness a stunning natural landmark at Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, then stop by Mapi Art, and then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu travel route planner.

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 21st (Mon) 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 ©
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. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the ancient world of Moray and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Maras trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Machu Picchu to Maras in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. October in Maras sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 7°C at night. On the 22nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Puno.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Moray ©
Moray

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 23rd (Wed): head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands and then head off the coast to Taquile Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, and then make a trip to Chullpas.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Puno travel route builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Maras to Puno takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Puno when traveling from Maras in October, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, then admire the striking features of Casa del Moral, and finally admire the striking features of La Mansion del Fundador. Here are some ideas for day two: get impressive views of Volcan Misti.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Arequipa tour itinerary tool.

Getting from Puno to Arequipa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Puno in October since evenings lows in Arequipa dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Arequipa

Nature Parks Museums
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Volcan Misti ©
Volcan Misti
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

4
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 museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, make a trip to Circuito Magico Del Agua, take a stroll through Miraflores, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas.

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

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Lima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in October, Lima is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua

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