12 days in Peru Itinerary

12 days in Peru Itinerary

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12 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Moncton
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Cusco
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
2
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
train + taxi:  2​h 15​min
3
Maras
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  3​h 45​min
4
Puno
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Arequipa
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
6
Lima
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Moncton

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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, wildlife, classes, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, trek along exploor, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco tour itinerary maker tool .

Moncton, Canada to Cusco is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Moncton to Cusco. Traveling from Moncton in May, expect nights in Cusco to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

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 6th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu holiday planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Maras.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
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. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Moray and then explore the striking landscape at Salinas de Maras.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Maras road trip site .

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Machu Picchu to Maras takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Maras sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Puno.

Things to do in Maras

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island, then take some stellar pictures from Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez, and then head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Puno vacation app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Maras to Puno takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Maras in May, plan for little chillier nights in Puno, with lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

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

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.
On the 9th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, and finally admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Arequipa trip planning website .

Drive from Puno to Arequipa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Puno in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Arequipa, with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Arequipa

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

4
nights
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 parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, take a stroll through Barranco, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), and admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lima trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Lima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 21°C in Lima. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Food Tours
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

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