15 days in Peru Itinerary

15 days in Peru Itinerary

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15 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Lima
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Paracas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Ica
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
4
Nazca
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
5
Arequipa
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Puno
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
7
Cusco
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
8
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + shuttle:  26​h
End: Ljubljana


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.
On the 21st (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Lima and then admire the striking features of Palacio de Torre Tagle. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Miraflores, stroll through El Silencio, and then snap pictures at Bridge of Sighs.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Lima trip itinerary builder site .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Lima is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Peru Time (PET), which is usually a -6 hour difference. In December, Lima is warmer than Ljubljana - with highs of 28°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Paracas.

Things to do in Lima

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

El Silencio
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El Silencio ©
El Silencio
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Museo Arqueologico Paracas, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Supay Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Paracas trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Lima to Paracas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Ica.

Things to do in Paracas

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Museo Arqueologico Paracas
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Supay Beach ©
Supay Beach
Museo Arqueologico Paracas ©
Museo Arqueologico Paracas

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 25th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Javier Cabrera Scientific Museum, then do a tasting at Bodegas Vista Alegre, then do a tasting at Tacama, and finally do a tasting at El Catador.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Ica using our trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Paracas to Ica takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Nazca.

Things to do in Ica

Wineries Museums
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Tacama ©
Tacama
El Catador ©
El Catador
Bodegas Vista Alegre ©
Bodegas Vista Alegre

1
night
Nazca

Nazca ©
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): see the sky in a new way at Planetario Maria Reiche, explore the ancient world of Cantalloc Aqueduct, and then stroll the grounds of Cementerio Chauchilla.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Nazca day trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Ica to Nazca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Arequipa.

Things to do in Nazca

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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Cementerio Chauchilla ©
Cementerio Chauchilla
Cantalloc Aqueduct ©
Cantalloc Aqueduct

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, then take in panoramic vistas at Yanahuara, then see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Agustin. On your second day here, look for gifts at La Iberica, then have some family-friendly fun at Patio del Ekeko, and then explore the stunning scenery at Colca Canyon.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Arequipa holiday maker app .

Traveling by car from Nazca to Arequipa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Colca Canyon
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Monasterio de Santa Catalina ©
Monasterio de Santa Catalina
Yanahuara ©
Yanahuara

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take a stroll through Luquina Chico. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, admire all the interesting features of Yavari, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Juan Bautista.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Puno online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Arequipa to Puno by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Arequipa in December since evenings lows in Puno dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puno

Neighborhoods Nature Parks
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Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Yavari Museum ©
Yavari Museum
Luquina Chico ©
Luquina Chico

2
nights
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 31st (Mon): delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then explore the ancient world of Q'enqo.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cusco online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Puno to Cusco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puno in December, Cusco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Spas Historic Sites Outdoors
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Spas & Wellness
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): delve into the distant past at Intipuncu and then delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Machu Picchu vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©

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