12 days in Peru Itinerary

12 days in Peru Itinerary

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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
+2
Bus + Taxi + 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.
Museo Larco and Miraflores are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Playa Santa Maria del Mar and Peruvian Soul. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Penascal, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Lima, browse the exhibits of Galeria Indigo, and take a stroll through Barranco.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lima vacation app.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Lima is an approximately 8- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time to Peru Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in February, things will get a bit cooler in Lima: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Santa Maria del Mar
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Playa Santa Maria del Mar ©
Playa Santa Maria del Mar
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Miraflores ©
Miraflores

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), steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas and then explore the ancient world of Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Perolniyoq Waterfall, stop by Inlakesh - Peruvian Art & Design Store, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Ollantaytambo trip 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 cooler with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas, 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 ©
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.
On the 9th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Mandor and then steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu trip planning website.

Getting from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

3
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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.
Head to Mercado Central de San Pedro and Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cuscofor plenty of shopping. Get some cultural insight at Sacsayhuaman and Museo Inka. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, stop by San Blas, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cusco journey planning tool.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Puno.

Things to do in Cusco

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Sillustani, then head off the coast to Taquile Island, and then take some stellar pictures from Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Puno trip maker.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cusco to Puno in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 5°C in Puno. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez ©
Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez

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