13 days in Peru Itinerary

13 days in Peru Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Peru journey planner
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Lima
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Huascaran National Park
— 1 night
Drive
3
Ica
— 1 night
Drive
4
Paracas
— 1 night
Drive
5
Nazca
— 1 day
Drive
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Arequipa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puno
— 1 day
Fly
8
Cusco
— 1 night
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Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
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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.
For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Lima online sightseeing planner.

Chicago, USA to Lima is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Peru Standard Time (PET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Lima, with lows around 65°F. On the 26th (Thu), you're off to Huascaran National Park.
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Tours · Outdoors · Nightlife · Shopping
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:

Huascaran National Park — 1 night

A trip to Huascaran National Park allows visitors to explore part of the Cordillera Blanca, the world’s highest tropical mountain range.
For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Huascaran National Park sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Lima to Huascaran National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight and taxi. On the 27th (Fri), you're off to Ica.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 26 — 27:

Ica — 1 night

Located on the Ica River in the desert areas of Peru's southern coast, the city of Ica stands as something of an oasis in the dry, barren landscape.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ica journey maker website.

Traveling by car from Huascaran National Park to Ica takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May in Ica, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Paracas.
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Wineries · Tours
Find places to stay May 27 — 29:
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Paracas — 1 night

A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Supay Beach and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Paracas driving holiday planning site.

Getting from Ica to Paracas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Paracas are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nazca.
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Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay May 29 — 30:

Nazca — 1 day

The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
On the 30th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Acueductos de Nasca and then contemplate the long history of Los Paredones.

For where to stay and tourist information, go to the Nazca travel route planner.

You can drive from Paracas to Nazca in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Arequipa.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 30 — 31:

Arequipa — 2 nights

White City

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 31st (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista) and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Miguel Arcangel.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Arequipa trip planner.

Getting from Nazca to Arequipa by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May, daytime highs in Arequipa are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Puno.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 1:

Puno — 1 day

City of the Lake

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.
For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Puno road trip planning app.

Getting from Arequipa to Puno by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Arequipa, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Puno, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 24°F. On the 1st (Wed), you'll travel to Cusco.
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Find places to stay Jun 1 — 2:

Cusco — 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Inca Bridge, Humantay Lake and Rainbow Mountain Cusco. On the 2nd (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Humantay Lake, then snap pictures at Inca Bridge, and then catch all the local highlights with Rainbow Mountain Cusco.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Cusco vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Puno to Cusco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puno in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Cusco, with lows around 35°F. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Machu Picchu.
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Tours · Parks · Nature
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Find places to stay Jun 1 — 2:

Machu Picchu — 2 nights

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Machu Picchu trip planner.

You can drive from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. You'll set off for home on the 4th (Sat).
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Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 4:

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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