13 days in Peru Itinerary

13 days in Peru Itinerary

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13 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Lima
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
2
Maras
— 1 night
taxi + train:  2​h
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
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: London

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.
Lima is known for parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, take a stroll through Barranco, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar).

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lima trip itinerary builder site .

London, UK to Lima is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Peru Time (PET) is minus 5 hours. In October, Lima is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Maras.

Things to do in Lima

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

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. On the 24th (Thu), 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 hike along Urubamba Weavers' Route.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Maras day trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Lima to Maras in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Maras when traveling from Lima in October, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

Parks Trails Outdoors

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

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 25th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then make a trip to Intipuncu.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu day trip site .

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Maras to Machu Picchu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, classes, trails, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, wander the streets of San Blas, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco online tour planner .

Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by combination of train and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Puno.

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

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands and then head off the coast to Taquile Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani, explore the activities along Lake Titicaca, and then make a trip to Chullpas.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Puno trip builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cusco to Puno in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 1°C in Puno. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chullpas
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, then see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, then admire the striking features of Casa del Moral, and finally admire the striking features of La Mansion del Fundador.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Arequipa trip planner .

Traveling by car from Puno to Arequipa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Puno in October, Arequipa is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

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

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