15 days in Peru Itinerary

15 days in Peru Itinerary

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15 days in Peru Itinerary

San Antonio
Fly:  18​h 15​min
Lima
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
Trujillo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Arequipa
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Cusco
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
San Antonio

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, then don't miss a visit to El Parque del Amor, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Lima, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de Torre Tagle, stroll through Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores, then wander the streets of Miraflores, and finally explore the ancient world of Caral.

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San Antonio, USA to Lima is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Antonio to Lima. When traveling from San Antonio in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Lima: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Trujillo.

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El Parque del Amor ©
El Parque del Amor
Cathedral of Lima ©
Cathedral of Lima

2
days
Trujillo

Trujillo ©
Considered the country's capital of culture, Trujillo was the birthplace of the North Group, a community of artists and intellectuals that included celebrated poet Cesar Vallejo and notable novelist Ciro Alegria.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia Senor de Huaman, then explore the ancient world of Chan Chan, then delve into the distant past at La Huaca del Sol, and finally contemplate the long history of Huaca del Sol y la Luna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de Los Sentidos, see the interesting displays at Museo Cao, then explore the ancient world of El Brujo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Trujillo - Catedral de Santa Maria.

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Fly from Lima to Trujillo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Arequipa.

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Huaca del Sol y la Luna ©
Huaca del Sol y la Luna
Chan Chan ©
Chan Chan
Plaza de Armas de Trujillo ©
Plaza de Armas de Trujillo

3
days
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Historic Centre of Arequipa and Cathedral of Arequipa Museum. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Yanahuara, make a trip to Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, get impressive views of El Misti, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos.

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You can fly from Trujillo to Arequipa in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Trujillo in May since evenings lows in Arequipa dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

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Colca Canyon
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El Misti ©
El Misti
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Yanahuara ©
Yanahuara

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sacred Valley of the Incas and Tipon. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Company of Jesus Church.

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You can fly from Arequipa to Cusco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Arequipa in May since evenings lows in Cusco dip to 39°F. On the 30th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

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Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
River Rafting & Tubing
Tipon ©
Tipon

2
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.
On the 31st (Thu), steep yourself in history at Machu Picchu and then delve into the distant past at Intipuncu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, look for all kinds of wild species at Los Jardines de Mandor, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Phutuq K'usi.

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Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

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