18 days in Peru Itinerary

18 days in Peru Itinerary

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Fly
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Lima
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Chivay
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Arequipa
Fly
5
Ollantaytambo
— 2 nights
Train
6
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
Train to Ollantaytambo, Bus to Cusco
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Cusco
— 3 nights
Fly
8
Lima
— 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.
On the 17th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Miraflores, take in the waterfront at Miraflores Boardwalk, and then stroll around Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), take an in-depth tour of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, then look for gifts at Wica Licoreria Artesanal, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco.

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Newark, USA to Lima is an approximately 12-hour flight. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Newark in August; daily highs in Lima reach 66°F and lows reach 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Arequipa.
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Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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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.
Family-friendly places like Santa Catalina Monastery and Yanahuara will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa.

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You can fly from Lima to Arequipa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Arequipa, with lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Chivay.
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Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Chivay — 3 nights

Scenic Chivay draws a growing number of tourists each year, yet this remote town of 5,000 inhabitants manages to retain much of its rustic, dusty character.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Mirador Cruz del Condor, stroll through Condor's Cross, and then stop by Q'olca by Made in Colca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at La Calera Thermal Waters, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Chivay.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Chivay journey planner.

Getting from Arequipa to Chivay by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Arequipa.
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Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trip
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Arequipa

White City

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Traveling by car from Chivay to Arequipa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. You'll set off for Ollantaytambo on the 24th (Thu).
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Ollantaytambo — 2 nights

Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ollantaytambo: Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, examine the collection at Choco Museo, and look for gifts at Misha Wasi.

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You can fly from Arequipa to Ollantaytambo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in August, Ollantaytambo is slightly colder at night with lows of 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Machu Picchu.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Side Trip
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Machu Picchu — 1 night

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then admire the natural beauty at Mandor.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Machu Picchu holiday planner.

You can take a train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cusco.
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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.
On the 29th (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, examine the collection at Museo de Arte Precolombino, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo de la Sagrada Familia, and admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco.

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You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Cusco are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to fly to Lima.
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Lima — 2 nights

City of the Kings

Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Circuito Magico Del Agua, and then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Lima. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Edificio Rimac, steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, visit Barranco, then shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), and finally stroll around Parque Alfredo Salazar.

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Traveling by flight from Cusco to Lima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be warmer in Lima, with lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel 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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Colca Canyon travel guide

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Hot Springs · Landmarks · Lookouts
Take a trip to Colca Canyon, the world's second deepest canyon, and witness its diverse landscapes, rich culture, and varied wildlife. With a long history of inhabitation, the Colca Valley features pre-Incan archaeological sites and ruins, stepped Incan terraces, and rustic colonial-era settlements. Roam among vicunas and cacti plants, see condors flying in close range, and witness the plunging canyon, in some places as deep as 3,300 m (11,000 ft). During your Colca Canyon vacation you can also visit Spanish settlements, relatively unchanged since colonial times, relax in the area's numerous hot springs, and purchase colorful arts and crafts made by the native Cabana and Collagua people.
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