8 days in Peru Itinerary

8 days in Peru Itinerary

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8 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
shuttle + Fly:  21​h
1
Cusco
— 4 nights
2
Arequipa
— 1 night
3
Lima
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Istanbul

4
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi and Tipon. Appreciate the collections at Qorikancha and Museo de Arte Precolombino. Step out of Cusco with an excursion to Moray in Maras--about 1h 20 min away. Treat yourself to a day of pampering on the 17th (Wed) at some of the best spas. The adventure continues: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas, delve into the distant past at Q'enqo, and take in the exciting artwork at Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip builder .

Istanbul, Turkey to Cusco is an approximately 21-hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Peru Time is minus 8 hours. When traveling from Istanbul in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Cusco, with highs around 24°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Spas Outdoors

Side Trips

Moray, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Horseback Riding Tours
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Moray ©
Moray

1
night
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 20th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery, examine the collection at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, wander the streets of Yanahuara, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Arte Virreinal, then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Arequipa travel tool .

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Arequipa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Arequipa when traveling from Cusco in July, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Museo de Arte Virreinal ©
Museo de Arte Virreinal
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa ©
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): wander the streets of San Isidro, explore the world behind art at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima, steep yourself in history at Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo, then take a stroll through Centro Historico de Lima, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Lima.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lima road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Lima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Arequipa in July since evenings lows in Lima dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima
San Isidro ©
San Isidro
Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo ©

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