8 days in Peru Itinerary

8 days in Peru Itinerary

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8 days in Peru Itinerary

Rome
Fly + taxi + train:  31​h
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
train:  3​h 15​min
Cusco
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Arequipa
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
Lima
— 1 night
Fly:  23​h 45​min
Rome

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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 7th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Intipuncu and then make a trip to Machu Picchu.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu travel planner.

Rome, Italy to Machu Picchu is an approximately 31-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Rome to Machu Picchu. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

2
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.
On the 8th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Sacred Valley of the Incas and then explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, then delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Company of Jesus Church.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cusco trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Cusco, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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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 10th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Colca Canyon, then examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and finally don't miss a visit to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Arequipa travel planner.

Fly from Cusco to Arequipa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Arequipa, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Arequipa

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Colca Canyon
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Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Complejo de la Compania de Jesus ©
Complejo de la Compania de Jesus
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus ©
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, then shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), and then make a trip to Miraflores. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and then take an in-depth tour of Larco Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lima holiday planner.

Getting from Arequipa to Lima by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Arequipa in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Lima, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Miraflores ©
Miraflores

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