18 days in Peru Itinerary

18 days in Peru Itinerary

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18 days in Peru Itinerary

Newark
Fly:  11​h
Lima
— 4 nights
bus:  4​h
Ica
— 2 nights
bus + taxi + Fly:  7​h
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Cusco
— 6 nights
train:  4​h
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
Newark

3
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.
Lima is known for sightseeing, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de Torre Tagle, explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Lima.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lima sightseeing planner.

Newark, USA to Lima is an approximately 11-hour flight. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Newark in August: highs in Lima hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Ica.

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Sightseeing Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Parque de la Reserva
Huaca Pucllana

2
days
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 19th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Regional Museum of Ica, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, and then do a tasting at Tacama. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): push the limits with an extreme tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ica tour planner.

You can take a bus from Lima to Ica in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. In August in Ica, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Arequipa.

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Outdoors Tours Wineries
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Regional Museum of Ica
Plaza de Armas

3
days
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 historic sites, nature, sightseeing, museums, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Catalina Monastery, take in breathtaking views at Colca Canyon, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, and admire the landmark architecture of La Mansion del Fundador.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Arequipa travel planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Ica to Arequipa in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ica in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Arequipa, with lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Cusco.

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Sightseeing Nature Parks
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Plaza de Armas
Santa Catalina Monastery
Casa del Moral

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cusco: Pisac (Pisac Market & Pisac) and Moray (in Maras). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion, see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Art Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of San Blas.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cusco itinerary maker.

Fly from Arequipa to Cusco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Arequipa in August since evenings lows in Cusco dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Sightseeing Historic Sites Parks

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Pisac, Moray, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Lares Trek
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Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco

3
days
Machu Picchu

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Machu Picchu is known for historic sites, nature, trails, sightseeing, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Machu Picchu, explore the ancient world of Winawayna, take in nature's colorful creations at Mariposario de Machupicchu, and identify plant and animal life at Los Jardines de Mandor.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Sightseeing Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Aguas Calientes
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Machu Picchu
Winawayna
Intipuncu

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