12 days in Peru Itinerary

12 days in Peru Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Moscow
Train + Fly:  19 h 15 min
1
Lima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h
3
Maras
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  2 h 15 min
4
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
5
Cusco
— 3 nights
Fly:  20 h 45 min
End: Moscow

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Huaca Pucllana and San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro). Get a sense of the local culture at Miraflores and Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Barranco, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Lima, make a trip to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Lima.

For more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Lima vacation site.

Moscow, Russia to Lima is an approximately 19.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Moscow to Lima is minus 8 hours. While traveling from Moscow, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Lima, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas ©
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas

2
nights
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 12th (Wed), take a stroll through Yanahuara, relax and rejuvenate at Arequipa Massage, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, then see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, and then make a trip to Plaza de Armas.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Arequipa day trip planner.

Fly from Lima to Arequipa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 9°C in Arequipa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Maras.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Spas
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Arequipa Massage ©
Arequipa Massage
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa

1
night
Maras

Maras ©
Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva, delve into the distant past at Moray, and then explore the striking landscape at Salinas de Maras.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Maras trip itinerary planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Arequipa to Maras in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Maras, with lows of 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva
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Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Moray ©
Moray
Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva ©
Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva

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 15th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then stroll through Mandor.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Maras to Machu Picchu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to 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
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.
Get some cultural insight at Sacsayhuaman and Plaza de Armas. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like San Blas and Qorikancha. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, stop by Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores, and steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cusco travel route site.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
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San Blas ©
San Blas
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha

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