8 days in Peru Itinerary

8 days in Peru Itinerary

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8 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + Drive:  23​h
1
Machu Picchu
— 1 day
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h
2
Cusco
— 2 nights
3
Arequipa
— 1 night
4
Lima
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Houston

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor and then contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see maps and tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu day trip planner .

Houston, USA to Machu Picchu is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Houston to Machu Picchu due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

2
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.
On the 11th (Mon), look for gifts at Pedazo de Arte, then get in on the family fun at Manu Wildlife Peru, and then delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, admire the masterpieces at Pre-Columbian Art Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cusco trip planning app .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Cusco are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cusco

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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Manu Wildlife Peru ©
Manu Wildlife Peru
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

1
night
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 13th (Wed): examine the collection at Monasterio de Santa Catalina, then identify plant and animal life at Santuario Nacional Lagunas de Mejia, then admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Arequipa tour itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Cusco to Arequipa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in March, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Arequipa

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Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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 14th (Thu), admire the striking features of Palacio de la Union, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Kon-Tiki, and then kick back and relax at Playa Penascal. Keep things going the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de Torre Tagle, take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, wander the streets of Miraflores, then stroll through Circuito Magico Del Agua, and finally ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lima trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Lima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in March, expect Lima to be somewhat warmer, temps between 81°F and 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

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Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Miraflores ©
Miraflores

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