11 days in Peru Itinerary

11 days in Peru Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Peru itinerary planner
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— 2 nights
— 1 night
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
Fly to Talara, Bus to Mancora
— 4 nights
Drive to Capitan Montes Airport, Fly to Madrid


Lima — 2 nights

City of the Kings

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 27th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), and finally stroll around Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores. On the next day, wander the streets of Miraflores, then explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, and then stroll through Circuito Magico Del Agua.

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Madrid, Spain to Lima is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Madrid to Lima. Traveling from Madrid in December, things will get much warmer in Lima: highs are around 28°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Cusco.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
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Cusco — 1 night

Imperial City

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.
On the 29th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and finally delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip planner.

Fly from Lima to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in December, expect nights in Cusco to be much colder, around 9°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Machu Picchu.
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Machu Picchu — 1 night

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 30th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Rocas Sagradas and then contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. On the 31st (Sat), you're off to Mancora.
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Mancora — 4 nights

In a busy little beach town, Mancora tourism industry continues to grow, largely thanks to the sunniest climate of any region in the country.
Go for a jaunt from Mancora to Piura to see Playa Lobitos about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Vichayito, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, observe the fascinating underwater world at Acuario Mundo Hippocampus, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Los Organos.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Mancora trip itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Machu Picchu to Mancora in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in Mancora are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
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Peru travel guide

Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.