15 days in Madrid & Peru Itinerary

15 days in Madrid & Peru Itinerary

Make it your trip
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Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
Fly
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Ollantaytambo, Peru
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly
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Puno, Peru
— 2 nights
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Arequipa, Peru
— 1 night
Fly
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Lima, Peru
— 1 night
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Madrid, Spain — 1 night

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Madrid road trip planning app.

Seville to Madrid is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. August in Madrid sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 22°C at night. On the 31st (Wed), you're off to Machu Picchu.
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Find places to stay Aug 30 — 31:

Machu Picchu, Peru — 2 nights

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Machu Picchu is known for historic sites, nature, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac, admire the natural beauty at Mandor, and indulge in some personalized pampering at SPA Rocas Sagradas.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip builder app.

Fly from Madrid to Machu Picchu in 17 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Peru Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Ollantaytambo.
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Historic Sites · Spas · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 2:

Ollantaytambo, Peru — 2 nights

Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): ride a horse along Hacienda del Chalan and then steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Salinas de Maras.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ollantaytambo trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to take a shuttle to Cusco.
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Find places to stay Sep 2 — 4:

Cusco, Peru — 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.
On the 8th (Thu), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco, and examine the collection at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cusco day trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Ollantaytambo to Cusco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Cusco, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Puno.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 8:

Puno, Peru — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Umayo, stroll the grounds of Sillustani, and then walk around Parque Huajsapata. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Uros Floating Islands, then step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island, and then stroll around Parque Pino.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Puno tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Puno takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in September, things will get a bit cooler in Puno: highs are around 22°C and lows about 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Arequipa.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:

Arequipa, Peru — 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, then see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, and finally admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Arequipa travel route planning tool.

You can drive from Puno to Arequipa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Puno in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Arequipa, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Lima.
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Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 11:

Lima, Peru — 1 night

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.
On the 12th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, then admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then take an in-depth tour of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, and finally look for gifts at Wica Licoreria Artesanal.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lima road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Arequipa to Lima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Lima when traveling from Arequipa in September, with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Sep 11 — 12:

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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