12 days in Peru Itinerary

12 days in Peru Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Playa del Carmen
Bus + Fly:  7 h
1
Lima
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h
2
Ica
— 1 night
+3
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  9 h 30 min
3
Huascaran National Park
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  15 h
4
Cusco
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 30 min
5
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
+5
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly + Bus:  15 h 15 min
End: Playa del Carmen

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): wander the streets of Miraflores and then walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lima day trip site.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Lima is an approximately 7- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight. While traveling from Playa del Carmen, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Lima, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Ica.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas ©
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas
Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

1
night
Ica

Ica ©
Located on the Ica River in the desert areas of Peru's southern coast, the city of Ica stands as something of an oasis in the dry, barren landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): explore the activities along Oasis of Huacachina and then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna De Huacachina.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ica online itinerary maker.

Getting from Lima to Ica by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. In December, daily temperatures in Ica can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 15th (Tue), you'll travel to Huascaran National Park.

Things to do in Ica

Nature Parks
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Oasis of Huacachina ©
Oasis of Huacachina

3
nights
Huascaran National Park

Huascaran National Park ©
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. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Huascaran. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna 69, then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chinancocha, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Duck Canyon.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Huascaran National Park trip site.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Ica to Huascaran National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Huascaran National Park

Nature Parks
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Laguna 69 ©
Laguna 69
Huascaran ©
Huascaran

4
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.
Salinas de Maras has been added to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco road trip tool.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Huascaran National Park to Cusco in 15 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Salinas de Maras
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha

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.
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu has been added to your itinerary. On the 22nd (Tue), contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu online trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes) ©
Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes)
Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen ©
Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen

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