16 days in Peru Itinerary

16 days in Peru Itinerary

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16 days in Peru Itinerary

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
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, classes, trails, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, make a trip to San Blas, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

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Sydney, Australia to Cusco is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Peru Time is minus 15 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in October: high temperatures in Cusco hover around 24°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time 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
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.
On the 20th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then make a trip to Intipuncu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, look for gifts at Mapi Art, and then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Machu Picchu trip planning app .

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to 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. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Moray and then explore the striking landscape at Salinas de Maras.

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Do a combination of train and taxi from Machu Picchu to Maras in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Maras, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 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.
On the 23rd (Wed), head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands and then step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Sillustani, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, and then don't miss a visit to Chullpas.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Puno trip 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 October, Puno is little chillier at night with lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Arequipa.

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): make a trip to Plaza de Armas, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, then 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.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Arequipa trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Puno to Arequipa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Puno in October, Arequipa is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can 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 parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, and ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lima driving holiday planning tool .

Getting from Arequipa to Lima by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Lima. 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 Neighborhoods Tours
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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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