12 days in Peru Itinerary

12 days in Peru Itinerary

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Fly
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Lima
— 2 nights
Fly to Anta, Taxi to Huascaran National Park
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Huascaran National Park
— 1 night
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Taxi to Caraz, Bus to Trujillo, Fly to Arequipa
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Arequipa
— 1 night
Drive
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Cabanaconde
— 1 night
Taxi to Arequipa, Fly to Cusco
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Cusco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Maras
— 1 night
Taxi to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu
— 1 night
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes El Parque del Amor. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, then walk around El Parque del Amor, and then take a stroll through Miraflores. Keep things going the next day: admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, take a stroll through Barranco, then walk around Plazuela Chabuca Granda, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lima holiday planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Lima is an approximately 8.5-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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Huascaran National Park.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 19:

Huascaran National Park

— 1 night
A trip to Huascaran National Park allows visitors to explore part of the Cordillera Blanca, the world’s highest tropical mountain range.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Laguna 69, Huascaran and Lagunas de Llanganuco. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): explore the activities along Lagunas de Llanganuco, then explore the striking landscape of Huascaran, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna 69.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Huascaran National Park itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Lima to Huascaran National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Huascaran National Park

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 20:

Arequipa

— 1 night

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take a stroll through Yanahuara, then see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, and then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Arequipa trip planner.

Getting from Huascaran National Park to Arequipa by combination of taxi, bus, and flight takes about 14 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daytime highs in Arequipa are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cabanaconde.

Things to do in Arequipa

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 22:

Cabanaconde

— 1 night
A vacation in Cabanaconde provides visitors with an opportunity to explore the left bank of the Colca River, an area quite untouched by commercial tourism.
On the 22nd (Mon), get great views at Mirador Cruz del Condor, then take in the awesome beauty at Condor's Cross, and then explore the stunning scenery at Colca Canyon.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cabanaconde road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Arequipa to Cabanaconde takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Cabanaconde

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 22 — 23:

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.
Visit Sacsayhuaman and Centro Historico De Cusco for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at San Blas and Cusco Cathedral. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, and explore the galleries of Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cusco road trip planning app.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Cabanaconde to Cusco in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daytime highs in Cusco are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Maras.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 23 — 26:

Maras

— 1 night
Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. On the 26th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Moray and then explore the striking landscape at Salinas de Maras.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Maras journey builder site.

You can drive from Cusco to Maras in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, daytime highs in Maras are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 26 — 27:

Machu Picchu

— 1 night
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Mandor and then contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, 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 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 27 — 28:

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.

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.