13 days in Central Argentina & Peru Itinerary

13 days in Central Argentina & Peru Itinerary

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13 days in Central Argentina & Peru Itinerary

London, United Kingdom
Fly:  18​h
Mar del Plata, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Cordoba, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 15​min
Arequipa, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Trujillo, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
train + taxi + Fly:  20​h 30​min
London, United Kingdom

1
day
Mar del Plata, Argentina

Mar del Plata ©
Drenched in sunshine and fringed by wide expanses of sandy coastline, Mar del Plata stands out as one of Argentina's most popular vacation resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mar del Plata Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Torreon del Monje, then don't miss a visit to Torre Tanque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gruta de Lourdes, and finally steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Villa Victoria Ocampo.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mar del Plata trip itinerary planner .

London, UK to Mar del Plata is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Mar del Plata is minus 3 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from London in February: high temperatures in Mar del Plata hover around 30°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Cordoba.

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Centro Cultural Villa Victoria Ocampo ©
Mar del Plata Cathedral ©
Mar del Plata Cathedral
Gruta de Lourdes ©
Gruta de Lourdes

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Cordoba, Argentina

Cordoba ©
History lives on in the streets of Cordoba, Argentina's second-largest city.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): steep yourself in history at El Paseo Buen Pastor, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel of Candonga, and then take an in-depth tour of UNC Historical Museum - Apple Jesuítica.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Cordoba road trip app .

You can fly from Mar del Plata to Cordoba in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mar del Plata in February, you will find days in Cordoba are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Arequipa.

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El Paseo Buen Pastor ©
El Paseo Buen Pastor
Iglesia de Los Capuchinos ©
Iglesia de Los Capuchinos

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Arequipa, Peru

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 16th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Agustin, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, then examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa.

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Traveling by flight from Cordoba to Arequipa takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cordoba to Arequipa. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cordoba in February: highs in Arequipa hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cusco.

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Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

2
days
Trujillo, Peru

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 17th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Huaca del Sol y la Luna, then explore the ancient world of Huaca El Dragon, then explore the ancient world of Chan Chan, and finally steep yourself in history at Casa Orbegoso. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Senor de Huaman and then kick back and relax at Huanchaco Beach.

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Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Trujillo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, Trujillo is somewhat warmer than Arequipa - with highs of 28°C and lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Huanchaco Beach
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Chan Chan ©
Chan Chan
Huaca del Sol y la Luna ©
Huaca del Sol y la Luna
Casa Orbegoso
Casa Orbegoso

2
days
Cusco, Peru

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 19th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Tipon, then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and then delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Q'enqo, then delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, then delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas, and finally explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cusco visit site .

You can fly from Trujillo to Cusco in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Trujillo in February, you will find days in Cusco are a bit cooler (22°C), and nights are colder (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Tipon ©
Tipon

2
days
Machu Picchu, Peru

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 21st (Wed): examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, delve into the distant past at Intipuncu, and then delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, then delve into the distant past at Pumamarca Ruins, and then take in the views from Inca Bridge.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu holiday maker site .

Take a train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Ollantaytambo
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo ©
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo

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