8 days in Peru Itinerary

8 days in Peru Itinerary

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8 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Oklahoma City
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
train + taxi:  2​h
2
Maras
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
3
Arequipa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Puno
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Oklahoma City


1
night
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu ©
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 27th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Los Jardines de Mandor and then delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Phutuq K'usi and then take in the natural beauty of Banos Termales de Cocalmayo.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip builder app .

Oklahoma City, USA to Machu Picchu is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from Oklahoma City to Machu Picchu, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Maras.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Banos Termales de Cocalmayo
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Phutuq K'usi ©
Phutuq K'usi
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

1
night
Maras

Maras ©
Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. On the 29th (Sat), look for gifts at Ceramicas Seminario, then ride a horse along Hacienda del Chalan, then stop by Inlakesh Peruvian Art & Design Store, and finally explore the striking landscape at Salinas de Maras.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Maras trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Machu Picchu to Maras takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in December, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Maras

Parks Trails Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urubamba
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Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Hacienda del Chalan ©
Hacienda del Chalan
Seminario Ceramics ©
Seminario Ceramics

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 30th (Sun): admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, then examine the collection at Monasterio de Santa Catalina, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa del Moral.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Arequipa online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Maras to Arequipa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Arequipa can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): head off the coast to Taquile Island, then make a trip to Catedral de Puno, and then contemplate the long history of La Casa del Corregidor. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Juan Bautista, explore the activities along Lake Titicaca, and then head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Puno tour planner.

Traveling by car from Arequipa to Puno takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Puno when traveling from Arequipa in December, with lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puno

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

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