7 days in Peru Itinerary

7 days in Peru Itinerary

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7 days in Peru Itinerary

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

1
day
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 16th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Cathedral of Arequipa Museum, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, then admire the landmark architecture of Yanahuara, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Arequipa trip itinerary planner.

Lima to Arequipa is an approximately 2-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in May, Arequipa is a bit cooler at night with lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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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

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.
On the 17th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, then pause for some photo ops at Mirador Puma Uta, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Puno trip planner .

You can drive from Arequipa to Puno in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in May, Puno is slightly colder at night with lows of -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lake Titicaca
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Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Mirador Puma Uta ©
Mirador Puma Uta

1
day
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 18th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then don't miss a visit to Intipuncu.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Machu Picchu itinerary planner.

You can drive from Puno to Machu Picchu in 11.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, then explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, then stop by The Muse Art House, and finally hunt for treasures at Mercado Central de San Pedro. Here are some ideas for day two: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then browse the exhibits of Museo Maximo Laura, and then take in the exciting artwork at Rica Chicha.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco holiday tool .

Do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Paracas.

Things to do in Cusco

Shopping Tours Adventure
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
River Rafting & Tubing
Tambomachay ©
Tambomachay

2
nights
Paracas

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
On the 21st (Tue), step off the mainland to explore Islas Ballestas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Supay Beach, and then explore the galleries of Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino.. On the next day, don't miss a visit to The Chandelier, then stroll through Playa Mendieta, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa El Raspon.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Paracas day trip planning tool .

Fly from Cusco to Paracas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in May, you will find days in Paracas are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are much hotter (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Supay Beach ©
Supay Beach
Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas
The Chandelier ©
The Chandelier

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