16 days in Peru Itinerary

16 days in Peru Itinerary

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Start: Newark
Fly:  11 h 45 min
1
Lima
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
2
Cusco
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
3
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
4
Cusco
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 30 min
5
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Cabanaconde
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
7
Arequipa
— Few hours
Fly:  2 h
8
Lima
— 2 nights
Fly:  11 h 45 min
End: Newark

3
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.
Attractions like Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) and Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), take a stroll through Miraflores, and explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lima trip itinerary planner.

Newark, USA to Lima is an approximately 12-hour flight. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Newark in August: high temperatures in Lima hover around 66°F and lows are around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Parque de las Leyendas (Zoo) ©
Parque de las Leyendas (Zoo)
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

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 15th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco, thendelve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, and then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Qorikancha, hike along exploor, thenget in on the family fun at Manu Wonderland Day Tours, and finally explore the ancient world of Tambomachay.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cusco online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in August, plan for cooler nights in Cusco, with lows around 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Manu Wonderland Day Tours ©
Manu Wonderland Day Tours
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha

2
nights
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Family-friendly places like Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Intipuncu will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), and make a trip to Serpost.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu holiday planning app.

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Mariposario de Machupicchu ©
Mariposario de Machupicchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

1
night
Cusco

Cusco
For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip maker site.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. On the 20th (Fri), you're off to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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2
nights
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Attractions like Santa Catalina Monastery and Historic Centre of Arequipa make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Arte Virreinal, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Arequipa trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Cusco to Arequipa in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Arequipa when traveling from Cusco in August, with lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Cabanaconde.

Things to do in Arequipa

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

2
nights
Cabanaconde

Cabanaconde ©
A vacation in Cabanaconde provides visitors with an opportunity to explore the left bank of the Colca River, an area quite untouched by commercial tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): make a trip to Mirador Cruz del Condor, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Condor's Cross, and then take some stellar pictures from Mirador Achachiua.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cabanaconde journey builder website.

Getting from Arequipa to Cabanaconde by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cabanaconde

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Condor's Cross ©
Condor's Cross
Mirador Cruz del Condor ©
Mirador Cruz del Condor
Mirador Achachiua ©
Mirador Achachiua

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hours
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
On the 24th (Tue), get a taste of life in the country at Mundo Alpaca and then don't miss a visit to Calle Mercaderes.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Arequipa trip website.

Traveling by car from Cabanaconde to Arequipa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Lima.
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Calle Mercaderes ©
Calle Mercaderes
Mundo Alpaca ©
Mundo Alpaca

2
nights
Lima

Lima ©
To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Lima day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Lima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Lima, with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua
Barranco ©
Barranco
Miraflores Boardwalk ©
Miraflores Boardwalk

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