7 days in Peru Itinerary

7 days in Peru Itinerary

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7 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Lima
Fly:  2​h
1
Arequipa
— 1 day
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Cusco
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3​h 15​min
3
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  12​h
4
Lima
— 1 night
End: Lima

1
day
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 (Thu), contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, then admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas, and finally examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Arequipa day trip planner .

Lima to Arequipa is an approximately 2-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in May, Arequipa is little chillier at night with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Cusco.

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

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.
Rail Tours has been added to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, take a stroll through San Blas, and delve into the distant past at Tambomachay.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco holiday website .

Fly from Arequipa to Cusco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Cusco when traveling from Arequipa in May, with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For more things to do and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip site .

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu

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 14th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, view the masterpieces at Galeria Indigo, wander the streets of Miraflores, then stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua, and finally ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor). Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, then get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), and finally wander the streets of Barranco.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lima trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Machu Picchu to Lima takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

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