12 days in Peru Itinerary

12 days in Peru Itinerary

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12 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Santiago
1
Lima
— 1 night
2
Cusco
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
3
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
train:  3​h 45​min
4
Cusco
— 1 night
5
Lima
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 30​min
6
Paracas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
7
Ica
— 1 night
bus:  4​h
8
Lima
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Dallas


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1
night
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 23rd (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Lima, take a stroll through Barranco, take in the waterfront at Miraflores Boardwalk, then explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, then admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lima route planning app .

Santiago, Chile to Lima is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time to Peru Time is minus 1 hour. In June in Lima, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 20°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Mon) before leaving for Cusco.

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Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas and then contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino and then admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cusco online trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Lima to Cusco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in June, Cusco is cooler at night with lows of 1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Wed) before leaving for Machu Picchu.

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Historic Sites Museums
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

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.
Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna and then explore the ancient world of Intipuncu.

Make your Machu Picchu itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

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 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

1
night
Cusco

Cusco ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, then look for gifts at Hilo, then take a stroll through San Blas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Cusco tour itinerary planning app .

Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by combination of train and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Iglesia De Santo Domingo ©
Iglesia De Santo Domingo
Cusco Cathedral ©
Cusco Cathedral
San Blas ©
San Blas

1
night
Lima

Lima
To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lima road trip planning app .

Fly from Cusco to Lima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in June, plan for warmer nights in Lima, with lows around 20°C. On the 29th (Sat), you'll travel to Paracas.

Things to do in Lima

Tours Outdoors Nightlife
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1
night
Paracas

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): don't miss a visit to The Chandelier, then get engrossed in the history at Paracas History Museum - Juan Navarro Hierro, then take in the exciting artwork at Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino., and finally head off the coast to Islas Ballestas. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Museo Arqueologico Paracas and then admire all the interesting features of Ballestas Islands.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Paracas trip maker .

Traveling by car from Lima to Paracas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Lima in June, Paracas is slightly colder at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Ica.

Things to do in Paracas

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Pisco
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Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas
The Chandelier ©
The Chandelier
Ballestas Islands ©
Ballestas Islands

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.
On the 1st (Mon), learn about winemaking at El Catador and then learn about winemaking at Tacama.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ica online trip planner .

You can take a bus from Paracas to Ica in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in June, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Lima.

Things to do in Ica

Wineries
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Tacama ©
Tacama
El Catador ©
El Catador

1
night
Lima

Lima ©
On the 2nd (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, then get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), then walk around Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores, and finally make a trip to Miraflores.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lima trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by bus from Ica to Lima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

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Miraflores ©
Miraflores
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco

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