15 days in Peru Itinerary

15 days in Peru Itinerary

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15 days in Peru Itinerary

Ljubljana
Fly:  18​h 30​min
Lima
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
Paracas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
Ica
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
Nazca
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
Arequipa
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Puno
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  2​h 30​min
Cusco
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
Ljubljana

2
days
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 21st (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Lima and then ponder the world of politics at Palacio de Torre Tagle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Miraflores, kick back and relax at El Silencio, and then take in the views from Bridge of Sighs.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lima vacation planning tool .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Lima is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Ljubljana to Lima. Traveling from Ljubljana in December, expect Lima to be much hotter, temps between 28°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Paracas.

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Parks Historic Sites Beaches

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El Silencio
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El Silencio
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Huaca Pucllana
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1
day
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): get engrossed in the history at Museo Arqueologico Paracas, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stroll through Supay Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Paracas driving holiday planner.

Getting from Lima to Paracas by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Paracas can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Ica.

Things to do in Paracas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

1
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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Javier Cabrera Scientific Museum, then learn about winemaking at Bodegas Vista Alegre, then learn about winemaking at Tacama, and finally do a tasting at El Catador.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ica driving holiday website .

Getting from Paracas to Ica by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: 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.

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Wineries Museums
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Bodegas Vista Alegre ©
Bodegas Vista Alegre
El Catador ©
El Catador
Javier Cabrera Scientific Museum ©
Javier Cabrera Scientific Museum

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Nazca

Nazca ©
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
On the 26th (Wed), look and learn at Planetario Maria Reiche, then delve into the distant past at Cantalloc Aqueduct, and then stroll the grounds of Cementerio Chauchilla.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Nazca trip builder tool .

Getting from Ica to Nazca by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Arequipa.

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Cementerio Chauchilla ©
Cementerio Chauchilla
Cantalloc Aqueduct ©
Cantalloc Aqueduct

2
days
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 enjoy breathtaking views from 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, stop by La Iberica, get your game on at Patio del Ekeko, and then explore the stunning scenery at Colca Canyon.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Arequipa trip maker .

Getting from Nazca to Arequipa by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. December in Arequipa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Puno.

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Historic Sites Parks Nature

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Colca Canyon
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Yanahuara ©
Yanahuara
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery

2
days
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): wander the streets of Luquina Chico. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, explore and take pictures at Yavari, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Juan Bautista.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Puno trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Arequipa to Puno in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in December, plan for little chillier nights in Puno, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Cusco.

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Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Iglesia de San Juan Bautista ©
Iglesia de San Juan Bautista
Yavari ©
Yavari

2
days
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.
On the 31st (Mon), delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then delve into the distant past at Q'enqo.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cusco tour builder site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Puno to Cusco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Cusco when traveling from Puno in December, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
River Rafting & Tubing
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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.
On the 2nd (Wed), explore the ancient world of Intipuncu and then explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Machu Picchu driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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