16 days in Peru Itinerary

16 days in Peru Itinerary

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16 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Lima
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 15​min
2
Maras
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  2​h 15​min
3
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Cusco
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Arequipa
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Toronto

4
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.
Kids will enjoy Playa Penascal and Playa Santa Maria del Mar. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Kon-Tiki, wander the streets of Miraflores, make a trip to Circuito Magico Del Agua, and take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lima trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Lima is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Toronto in February; daily highs in Lima reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Maras.

Things to do in Lima

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Santa Maria del Mar
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Playa Santa Maria del Mar ©
Playa Santa Maria del Mar
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. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Moray and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Maras online attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Lima to Maras takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Lima in February, you will find days in Maras are slightly colder (23°C), and nights are much colder (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

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

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.
On the 29th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu and then steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor, then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, and then get great views at Intipuncu.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Maras to Machu Picchu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

4
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, wildlife, museums, classes, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip planner .

Do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March in Cusco, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

4
nights
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Santa Catalina Monastery and Museo del BCRP - Sede Arequipa. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, explore the engaging exhibits at FBC Melgar, admire the landmark architecture of La Mansion del Fundador, and examine the collection at Monasterio de la Recoleta.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Arequipa trip planner.

You can fly from Cusco to Arequipa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Beaches
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Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos
FBC Melgar ©
FBC Melgar

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