18 days in Peru Itinerary

18 days in Peru Itinerary

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18 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Quebec City
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Lima
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h
2
Ica
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h
3
Maras
— 1 night
taxi + train:  2​h
4
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Cusco
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  3​h
6
Puno
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Arequipa
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Quebec City

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.
Lima is known for parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), take a stroll through Barranco, take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, and stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Lima trip itinerary planning website .

Quebec City, Canada to Lima is an approximately 16-hour flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Quebec City in May, with highs in Lima at 26°C and lows at 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Ica.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

2
nights
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 30th (Thu): explore the activities along Laguna de Huacachina, then learn about winemaking at El Catador, then learn about winemaking at Tacama, and finally make a trip to Plaza de Armas. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Regional Museum of Ica, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Parque De Las Brujas De Cachiche.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ica trip itinerary maker .

You can take a bus from Lima to Ica in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Maras.

Things to do in Ica

Tours Outdoors Wineries
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tacama ©
Tacama
Regional Museum of Ica
Regional Museum of Ica

1
night
Maras

Maras ©
Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Moray, then explore the striking landscape at Salinas de Maras, then examine the collection at Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva, and finally hike along Urubamba Weavers' Route.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Maras trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Ica to Maras takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Ica in May, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Maras: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Urubamba Weavers' Route, Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva
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Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Moray ©
Moray
Urubamba Weavers' Route ©
Urubamba Weavers' Route

2
nights
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then make a trip to Intipuncu. Keep things going the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), identify plant and animal life at Los Jardines de Mandor, and then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna.

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You can do a combination of taxi and train from Maras to Machu Picchu in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

3
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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, trails, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, and find something for the whole family at Manu Wildlife Peru.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco day trip website .

Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by combination of train and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Puno.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani, then step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island, and then take some stellar pictures from Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez. On the next day, head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands, explore the activities along Lake Titicaca, and then make a trip to Catedral de Puno.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Puno itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cusco to Puno in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in June, Puno is a bit cooler at night with lows of -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 8:
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Sillustani ©
Sillustani

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.
Arequipa is known for museums, historic sites, nature, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Arequipa Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Yanahuara, and admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Arequipa road trip app .

Getting from Puno to Arequipa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect much warmer evenings in Arequipa when traveling from Puno in June, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Highlights from your plan
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

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