12 days in Peru Itinerary

12 days in Peru Itinerary

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Arequipa
— 1 night
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Cusco
— 3 nights
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Ollantaytambo
— 3 nights
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Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
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Lima
— 2 nights
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Arequipa — 1 night

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
On the 28th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Arequipa trip itinerary website.

Syracuse, USA to Arequipa is an approximately 17-hour flight. In May, daily temperatures in Arequipa can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Cusco.
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Museums
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Cusco — 3 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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, hike along exploor, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Pedro, and contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cusco trip planner.

Getting from Arequipa to Cusco by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in May, Cusco is slightly colder at night with lows of 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can catch the shuttle to Ollantaytambo.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 28 — 31:

Ollantaytambo — 3 nights

Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ollantaytambo: Seminario Ceramics (in Urubamba) and Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, snap pictures at Inca Bridge, ride a horse along Hacienda del Chalan, and explore the ancient world of Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ollantaytambo online trip builder.

Traveling by shuttle from Cusco to Ollantaytambo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Ollantaytambo, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Machu Picchu.
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Machu Picchu — 2 nights

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 4th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Mandor and then delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll set off for Lima on the 5th (Sun).
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Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
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Lima — 2 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 6th (Mon): ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lima travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Lima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daytime highs in Lima are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can fly back home.
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Peru travel guide

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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.
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