10 days in Peru Itinerary

10 days in Peru Itinerary

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Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
— 4 nights
— 3 nights


Machu Picchu — 2 nights

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
You've added Moon Temple, Phutuq K'usi, Temple of Condor, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 22nd (Fri), explore the ancient world of Intipuncu, then take in the awesome beauty at Phutuq K'usi, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mandor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sun, then delve into the distant past at Moon Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Temple of Condor.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu day trip site.

San Diego, USA to Machu Picchu is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Diego to Machu Picchu. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cusco.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Cusco — 4 nights

Imperial City

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.
Step out of Cusco to go to Yucay and see Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. On the 27th (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Lima.
Historic Sites · Tours · Museums
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Lima — 3 nights

City of the Kings

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 28th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, indulge in some personalized pampering at Escencial, then shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), and finally admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor). Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Miraflores, then explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, and then walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lima road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Lima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cusco in December: high temperatures in Lima hover around 75°F and lows are around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Peru travel guide

Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.