10 days in Peru Itinerary

10 days in Peru Itinerary

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10 days in Peru Itinerary

Lima
Lima
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Cusco
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
Machu Picchu
— 3 nights
train + taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
Lima

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take a stroll through Miraflores, then contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, then make a trip to Parque de la Reserva, and finally admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor). Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Larco Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

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The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Lima. In October, daytime highs in Lima are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Arequipa.

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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
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Circuito Magico del Agua

2
days
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 24th (Tue): admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas, then see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, and then take in breathtaking views at Colca Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus, then get impressive views of El Misti, and then admire the striking features of Casa del Moral.

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Traveling by flight from Lima to Arequipa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Lima in October, expect little chillier with lows of 11°C in Arequipa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

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Colca Canyon
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El Misti ©
El Misti
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

3
days
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Salinas de Maras and River Rafting & Tubing. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, and take a stroll through San Blas.

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Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Cusco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 7°C in Cusco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

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Salinas de Maras
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
River Rafting & Tubing
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

3
days
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Get in touch with nature at Machu Picchu and Banos Termales de Cocalmayo. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Phutuq K'usi, explore the ancient world of Intipuncu, take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor, and stop by Artesanias.

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Take a train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

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Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Banos Termales de Cocalmayo
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Phutuq K'usi ©
Phutuq K'usi
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

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