13 days in Lima, Cusco & Arequipa Itinerary

13 days in Lima, Cusco & Arequipa Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Santiago
Fly:  4 h 30 min
1
Lima
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
2
Cusco
— 6 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
3
Arequipa
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Santiago

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.
You've now added Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, and then stroll around Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Barranco, get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, and finally stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lima planner.

Santiago, Chile to Lima is an approximately 7- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time to Peru Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua

6
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.
Step out of Cusco with an excursion to Salinas de Maras in Maras--about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas, and visit San Blas.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cusco sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in January, expect nights in Cusco to be colder, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha

3
nights
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Arequipa is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, make a trip to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Misti, and hunt for treasures at Mercado Central.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Arequipa online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Arequipa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Arequipa, with lows of 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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