19 days in Peru Itinerary

19 days in Peru Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Peru planner

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Cusco
— 6 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu
— 1 night
Train to Ollantaytambo, Taxi to Maras
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Maras
— 1 night
Fly
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Puno
— 1 night
Drive
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Arequipa
— 2 nights
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Fly to Trujillo, Bus to Caraz, Taxi to Huascaran National Park
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Huascaran National Park
— 4 nights
Taxi to Anta, Fly to Lima
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Lima
— 3 nights
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Cusco

— 6 nights

Imperial City

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.
Spend the 2nd (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 3rd (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, and explore the galleries of Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco tour itinerary builder website.

London, UK to Cusco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Cusco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in July, plan for cooler nights in Cusco, with lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 5:

Machu Picchu

— 1 night
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 6th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Maras.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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Maras

— 1 night
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 7th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Moray and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Maras online tour planner.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Maras by combination of train and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Puno.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 7:

Puno

— 1 night

City of the Lake

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.
On the 8th (Mon), head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands and then head off the coast to Taquile Island.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Puno day trip app.

You can fly from Maras to Puno in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Maras in August, with highs in Puno at 21°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 8:

Arequipa

— 2 nights

White City

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 9th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, and then admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Arequipa online tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Puno to Arequipa by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect warmer evenings in Arequipa when traveling from Puno in August, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Huascaran National Park.

Things to do in Arequipa

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Huascaran National Park

— 4 nights
A trip to Huascaran National Park allows visitors to explore part of the Cordillera Blanca, the world’s highest tropical mountain range.
Take a break from Huascaran National Park with a short trip to Museo de Chacas in Chacas, about 42 minutes away. Spend the 11th (Thu) exploring nature at Huascaran. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Laguna 69, appreciate the views at Cordillera Blanca Summit, explore the striking landscape at Duck Canyon, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor de Chacas.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Huascaran National Park driving holiday planner.

Getting from Arequipa to Huascaran National Park by combination of flight, bus, and taxi takes about 13.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Huascaran National Park

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 14:

Lima

— 3 nights

City of the Kings

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 15th (Mon), ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), take an in-depth tour of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco. On your second day here, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), then wander the streets of Miraflores, then don't miss a visit to Circuito Magico Del Agua, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro).

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lima online road trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Huascaran National Park to Lima in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daytime highs in Lima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 17:

Peru travel guide

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Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.