11 days in Peru Itinerary

11 days in Peru Itinerary

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11 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Lima
— 2 nights
2
Arequipa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Puno
— 1 day
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  3​h
4
Cusco
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h
5
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
+4
train + foot + bus + taxi + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Rio de Janeiro

2
nights
Lima

Lima ©
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.
You've added Site Museum and Archaeological Sanctuary of Pachacamac, Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), Circuito Magico Del Agua, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take a stroll through Miraflores, wander the streets of Centro Historico de Lima, tour the pleasant surroundings at Circuito Magico Del Agua, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), then examine the collection at National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History, and finally let your taste buds guide you at SkyKitchen Peruvian Cooking Class. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lima itinerary planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Lima is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Lima due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July, with highs in Lima at 22°C and lows at 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana

1
night
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
On the 3rd (Mon), see the interesting displays at Monasterio de Santa Catalina, admire the masterpieces at San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery, make a trip to Plaza de Armas, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, and finally explore the galleries of Cathedral of Arequipa Museum. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Monasterio de la Recoleta, take some stellar pictures from Mirador Carmen Alto, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia la Merced.

To find out how to plan a trip to Arequipa, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Arequipa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in August, Arequipa is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Adventure
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Cathedral of Arequipa Museum ©
Cathedral of Arequipa Museum

1
day
Puno

Puno ©
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.
On the 5th (Wed), contemplate the long history of La Casa del Corregidor, delve into the distant past at Sillustani, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca.

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You can drive from Arequipa to Puno in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in August, expect much colder with lows of -3°C in Puno. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Sillustani ©
Sillustani
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
La Casa del Corregidor ©
La Casa del Corregidor

3
nights
Cusco

Cusco ©
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 Sacred Valley of the Incas as well as Centro Historico De Cusco. Escape the urban bustle at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi and Salinas de Maras. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tipon and River Rafting & Tubing. When in Cusco, make a side trip to see Moray in Maras, approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman and explore the galleries of Qorikancha.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cusco trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Puno to Cusco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puno in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Cusco, with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Adventure

Side Trips

Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Moray ©
Moray

1
night
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu ©
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 9th (Sun): examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor, look for gifts at Mapi Art, then delve into the distant past at Intipuncu, and finally take in the views from Inca Bridge.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Machu Picchu tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Inca Bridge
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Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon ©

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