8 days in Peru Itinerary

8 days in Peru Itinerary

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8 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  11 h 45 min
1
Lima
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h
2
Arequipa
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  2 h
3
Maras
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  2 h 15 min
4
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
5
Cusco
— 2 nights
Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Newark

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 24th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Lima, then wander the streets of Miraflores, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lima journey app.

Newark, USA to Lima is an approximately 12- hour flight. In August, Lima is a bit cooler than Newark - with highs of 66°F and lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): look for gifts at La Iberica, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, then examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Arequipa route maker.

You can fly from Lima to Arequipa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 47°F in Arequipa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Maras.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus ©
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus

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 26th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Moray, explore the striking landscape at Salinas de Maras, and then look for gifts at Sumaq LLank'ay.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Maras online trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Arequipa to Maras in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Maras, with lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sumaq LLank'ay
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Moray ©
Moray
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Sumaq LLank'ay ©
Sumaq LLank'ay

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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 27th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon and then stroll through Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Maras to Machu Picchu by combination of taxi and train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) 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
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu ©
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu

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 29th (Sat): hunt for treasures at Mercado Central de San Pedro, trek along exploor, then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, then delve into the distant past at Q'enqo, and finally explore the ancient world of Tambomachay.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Cusco trip itinerary maker.

You can 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 August, daytime highs in Cusco are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Mercado Central de San Pedro ©
Mercado Central de San Pedro
exploor ©
exploor
Q'enqo ©
Q'enqo

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