9 days in Peru Itinerary

9 days in Peru Itinerary

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9 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: San Luis Obispo
Fly:  18​h
1
Lima
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Arequipa
— 1 night
3
Cusco
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
4
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
Fly:  26​h
End: San Luis Obispo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de Torre Tagle, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then make a trip to Miraflores, and finally make a trip to Circuito Magico Del Agua.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lima holiday planning app .

San Luis Obispo, USA to Lima is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Peru Time (PET) is 3 hours. Traveling from San Luis Obispo in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Lima, with lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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Miraflores ©
Miraflores
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua

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night
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 16th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Monasterio de Santa Catalina and then steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Arequipa trip planner.

You can fly from Lima to Arequipa in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in May, Arequipa is slightly colder at night with lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Colca Canyon
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Colca Canyon ©
Colca Canyon
Monasterio de Santa Catalina ©
Monasterio de Santa Catalina
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at The Company of Jesus Church, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, and finally steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to San Blas, then delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, and then explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cusco day trip planning site .

You can fly from Arequipa to Cusco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in May, Cusco is little chillier at night with lows of 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

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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 20th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Intipuncu and then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu online vacation planner .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Museums
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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