12 days in Peru Itinerary

12 days in Peru Itinerary

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12 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  11 h 45 min
1
Lima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Arequipa
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Puno
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  3 h
4
Cusco
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
5
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
6
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  6 h
7
Trujillo
— 2 nights
Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: Newark

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 24th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church and Sanctuary of Saint Rose of Lima and then explore the ancient world of Caral Peru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stroll through El Parque del Amor, then stroll around Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Lima, and finally contemplate the long history of Centro Historico de Lima.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lima travel planner.

Newark, USA to Lima is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from Newark in February, things will get much warmer in Lima: highs are around 82°F and lows about 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Parks Spas
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Caral Peru ©
Caral Peru
Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima
El Parque del Amor ©
El Parque del Amor

1
night
Arequipa

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 26th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus, wander the wide-open spaces of Mundo Alpaca, browse the exhibits of Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, then get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa.

To find where to stay, reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read Arequipa trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Lima to Arequipa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in February, expect Arequipa to be slightly colder, temps between 66°F and 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites Museums
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa ©
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus ©
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus

1
night
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 27th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then explore the activities along Lake Titicaca.

To see photos, reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read our Puno route planning tool .

You can drive from Arequipa to Puno in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Puno when traveling from Arequipa in February, with lows around 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puno

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lake Titicaca
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Speed Boats Tours
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Humantay Lake.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Cusco using our trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Puno to Cusco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puno in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Cusco, with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Parks Nature
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Humantay Lake ©
Humantay Lake

2
nights
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu ©
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 29th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor, take in the awesome beauty at Phutuq K'usi, then admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu, and finally catch some excitement at Samay Spa. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado de Artesanias, then stop by Machu Picchu market adjacent to the train station, and finally get great views at Mirador de Llactapata.

For reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu online route maker .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Shopping Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Mirador de Llactapata
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Phutuq K'usi ©
Phutuq K'usi
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor
Mariposario de Machupicchu ©
Mariposario de Machupicchu

2
nights
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu ©
On the 2nd (Mon), examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas Allcamayo, then stroll through Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, and finally delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the natural beauty of Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, then get a sense of history and politics at Serpost, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, and finally look for gifts at Artesanias.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Machu Picchu trip planner.

Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Banos Termales de Cocalmayo
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Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu ©
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu
Cascadas Allcamayo ©
Cascadas Allcamayo

2
nights
Trujillo

Trujillo ©
Considered the country's capital of culture, Trujillo was the birthplace of the North Group, a community of artists and intellectuals that included celebrated poet Cesar Vallejo and notable novelist Ciro Alegria.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo, contemplate the long history of Casa Urquiaga (Casa Calonge), then examine the collection at Centro Cultural Victor Raul Haya de la Torre, then see the interesting displays at Casa de la Emancipacion, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo del Juguete Antiguo.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Trujillo trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to Trujillo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Trujillo

Museums Historic Sites
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Casa de la Emancipacion ©
Casa de la Emancipacion
Plaza de Armas de Trujillo ©
Plaza de Armas de Trujillo

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