18 days in Peru Itinerary

18 days in Peru Itinerary

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18 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Bogota
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Cusco
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3​h 15​min
2
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  11​h 15​min
3
Puno
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Arequipa
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Paracas
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h
6
Ica
— 4 nights
Bus:  4​h
7
Lima
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Bogota

3
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.
Take a break from Cusco with a short trip to Salinas de Maras in Maras, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, admire the striking features of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, trek along exploor, and explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco day trip tool .

Bogota, Colombia to Cusco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December in Cusco, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Salinas de Maras
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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 18th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Los Jardines de Mandor.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu tour planner .

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Puno.

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
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.
On the 19th (Thu), head off the coast to Taquile Island, get great views at Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez, and then step off the mainland to explore Uros Floating Islands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: race across the water with a speed boat tour, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, and then steep yourself in history at Arco Deustua.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Puno trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Machu Picchu to Puno in 11.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Puno sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

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 21st (Sat): make a trip to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus, take in the exciting artwork at Arte Colonial, then 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. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Iglesia Santo Domingo, get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, then look for gifts at Alpaca AB, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Misti.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Arequipa tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Puno to Arequipa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Puno in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 12°C in Arequipa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Paracas.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Nature Parks
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Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos
Volcan Misti ©
Volcan Misti

3
nights
Paracas

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Take a break from Paracas with a short trip to Ballestas Islands in Pisco, about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Islas Ballestas, kick back and relax at Playa Roja, stroll through Playa de la Mina, and browse the exhibits of Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino..

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Paracas tour itinerary builder .

Fly from Arequipa to Paracas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Arequipa in December; daily highs in Paracas reach 28°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Ica.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Ballestas Islands
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Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas
La Catedral ©
La Catedral
Parasailing & Paragliding

4
nights
Ica

Ica ©
Located on the Ica River in the desert areas of Peru's southern coast, the city of Ica stands as something of an oasis in the dry, barren landscape.
You've now added Oasis of Huacachina to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Canon de los Perdidos, learn about winemaking at Tacama, push the limits with an extreme tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque De Las Brujas De Cachiche.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ica trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Paracas to Ica by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. December in Ica sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Lima.

Things to do in Ica

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Parque De Las Brujas De Cachiche ©
Parque De Las Brujas De Cachiche
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tacama ©
Tacama

1
night
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 30th (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Kon-Tiki and then ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lima road trip planning site .

Traveling by bus from Ica to Lima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Lima can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

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