11 days in Peru Itinerary

11 days in Peru Itinerary

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11 days in Peru Itinerary

Washington DC
Fly:  25​h
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
train:  3​h 15​min
Cusco
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  2​h 15​min
Puno
— 2 nights
+4
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  9​h
Paracas
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Lima
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h 30​min
Washington DC

1
day
Machu Picchu

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 28th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Intipuncu and then delve into the distant past at Machu Picchu.

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Washington DC, USA to Machu Picchu is an approximately 25-hour flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Cusco.

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Machu Picchu
Intipuncu

2
days
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 29th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas and then explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, then explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Company of Jesus Church.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cusco travel planner.

Take a train from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Cusco, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Puno.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites

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Choquequirao Archeological Park, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas

1
day
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.
On the 1st (Mon), visit a coastal fixture at Lake Titicaca, head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands, and then don't miss a visit to Catedral de Puno.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Puno trip builder.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Cusco to Puno in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Puno, with lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Paracas.

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Uros Floating Islands
Lake Titicaca
Catedral de Puno

1
day
Paracas

A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Paracas travel planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Puno to Paracas in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Puno, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Paracas, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lima.

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Islas Ballestas
Playa de la Mina

2
days
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 4th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana and then make a trip to Parque de la Reserva. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Lima, admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), and finally don't miss a visit to Miraflores.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lima holiday planner.

Getting from Paracas to Lima by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

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Huaca Pucllana
Parque de la Reserva

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