9 days in Peru Itinerary

9 days in Peru Itinerary

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9 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Arequipa
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Puno
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h 15​min
3
Machu Picchu
— 1 day
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Cusco
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Lima
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Los Angeles

1
day
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 17th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas, then see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa del Moral.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Arequipa online tour itinerary builder .

Los Angeles, USA to Arequipa is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Arequipa. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in October: high temperatures in Arequipa hover around 71°F and lows are around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites
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Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

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 18th (Fri): head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Carlos Dreyer. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): get great views at Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez, step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island, and then stroll the grounds of Sillustani.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Puno trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Arequipa to Puno in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in October, expect Puno to be little chillier, temps between 66°F and 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

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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 20th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then delve into the distant past at Intipuncu.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu online visit planner .

You can drive from Puno to Machu Picchu in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco and then delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, and finally steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cusco journey planner .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take a stroll through Miraflores, then delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, then stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua, and finally ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Lima trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Lima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Lima, with lows of 61°F. On the 24th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

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)

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