13 days in Peru & Palmas Itinerary

13 days in Peru & Palmas Itinerary

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13 days in Peru & Palmas Itinerary

Start: Palmas, Brazil
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
2
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
train + taxi:  2​h
4
Maras, Peru
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
5
Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
6
Palmas, Brazil
— 3 nights
End: Palmas, Brazil

2
nights
Lima, Peru

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, then wander the streets of Miraflores, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Barranco, shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then make a trip to Circuito Magico Del Agua, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Indigo.

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Palmas, Brazil to Lima is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time to Peru Time is minus 2 hours. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Palmas in October: highs in Lima hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

3
nights
Cusco, Peru

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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, classes, trails, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Arte Precolombino, and take a stroll through San Blas.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco tour site .

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Lima in October since evenings lows in Cusco dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

1
night
Machu Picchu, Peru

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 26th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then delve into the distant past at Intipuncu.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu route planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Maras.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

1
night
Maras, Peru

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 27th (Sun): make a trip to Moray, then take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras, then see the interesting displays at Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva, and finally trek along Urubamba Weavers' Route.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Maras road trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Machu Picchu to Maras in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Maras are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Maras

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Urubamba Weavers' Route, Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva
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Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Moray ©
Moray
Urubamba Weavers' Route ©
Urubamba Weavers' Route

2
nights
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, then examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa del Moral, and finally admire the striking features of La Mansion del Fundador.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Arequipa vacation tool .

Getting from Maras to Arequipa by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Arequipa when traveling from Maras in October, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Palmas.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums
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Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

3
nights
Palmas, Brazil

Palmas ©
A freshly founded city in the state of Tocantins, Palmas finds itself nestled between Amazon rainforest and seaside savanna, giving the city a varied landscape.
Palmas is known for beaches, nature, parks, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the majestic nature at Realize Viagens e Turismo, get great views at Pedra da Neura, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and make a trip to Praca Dos Girassois.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Arequipa to Palmas. The time zone changes from Peru Time (PET) to Brasilia Time (BRT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. In October, Palmas is much warmer than Arequipa - with highs of 40°C and lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Palmas

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Pedra Pedro Paulo ©
Pedra Pedro Paulo
River Rafting & Tubing
Cesamar Park ©
Cesamar Park

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