11 days in Peru Itinerary

11 days in Peru Itinerary

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11 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Madison
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Lima
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
2
Maras
— 1 night
taxi + train:  2​h
3
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Cusco
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  3​h
5
Puno
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Arequipa
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Madison

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 6th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo, then don't miss a visit to Miraflores, then stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua, and finally make a trip to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor). Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), then delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and finally take a stroll through Barranco.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Lima trip planner .

Madison, USA to Lima is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Madison to Lima is 1 hour. Traveling from Madison in November, expect Lima to be warmer, temps between 72°F and 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Maras.

Things to do in Lima

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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

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 8th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Moray and then steep yourself in history at Salinas de Maras.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Maras trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Lima to Maras in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Lima in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Maras, with lows around 45°F. On the 8th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Moray ©
Moray

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.
On the 9th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then delve into the distant past at Intipuncu.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip maker .

Do a combination of taxi and train from Maras to Machu Picchu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco and then explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cusco holiday planner .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In November in Cusco, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Puno.

Things to do in Cusco

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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

1
night
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 12th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Uros Floating Islands and then head off the coast to Taquile Island.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Puno journey maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cusco to Puno in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Puno when traveling from Cusco in November, with lows around 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands

3
nights
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 13th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, then examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, then examine the collection at Monasterio de la Recoleta, and finally don't miss a visit to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): get impressive views of Volcan Misti.

Before you visit Arequipa, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Puno to Arequipa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Puno in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Arequipa, with lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Nature Parks
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Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

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