12 days in Peru Itinerary

12 days in Peru Itinerary

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12 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Lima
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  3​h
2
Ollantaytambo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Cusco
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  3​h
5
Puno
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h
End: Rio de Janeiro

3
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar) and Centro De Ventas-UNALM. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Peruvian Soul and Centro Historico de Lima. Change things up with a short trip to Playa Santa Maria del Mar in Santa Maria Del Mar (about 1h 30 min away). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Miraflores, stroll through Playa Kon-Tiki, take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Indigo.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Lima trip itinerary app .

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 slightly colder temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in February, with highs in Lima at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa Santa Maria del Mar
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Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Miraflores ©
Miraflores
Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima

2
nights
Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo ©
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
On the 7th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Sacred Valley of the Incas and then delve into the distant past at Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the views at Perolniyoq Waterfall, stop by Inlakesh - Peruvian Art & Design Store, and then explore the striking landscape at Salinas de Maras.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ollantaytambo tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Lima to Ollantaytambo by combination of flight and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Lima in February, plan for a bit cooler days in Ollantaytambo, with highs around 23°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Salinas de Maras, Inlakesh - Peruvian Art & Design Store
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Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo ©

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): admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor and then explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo de Arte Precolombino and Museo Inka. Shop till you drop at Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco and Rooftop Kitchen Peru. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of San Blas, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, get engrossed in the history at Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, and delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman.

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Do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. February in Cusco sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Puno.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

1
night
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 13th (Thu), explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani, then step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island, and then take some stellar pictures from Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Puno online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cusco to Puno takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Puno when traveling from Cusco in February, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Sillustani ©
Sillustani

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