18 days in Peru Itinerary

18 days in Peru Itinerary

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18 days in Peru Itinerary

Los Angeles
Fly:  16​h 15​min
Cusco
— 5 nights
Drive:  45​min
Urubamba
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
Ollantaytambo
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h
Puno
— 3 nights
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h
Lima
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
Los Angeles

5
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 Cusco with an excursion to Pisac in Pisac--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco vacation trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Cusco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Cusco is 3 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in November, Cusco is slightly colder at night with lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Urubamba.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Pisac, Choquequirao Archeological Park
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

1
day
Urubamba

Urubamba ©
The largest town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Urubamba represents a transport hub, often frequented by tourists wanting to get out and see the ruins and natural sights of the valley.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore by horseback at Hacienda del Chalan, stop by Ceramicas Seminario, then delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas, and finally examine the collection at Museo Inkariy.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Urubamba itinerary maker.

You can drive from Cusco to Urubamba in an hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Urubamba

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Hacienda del Chalan ©
Hacienda del Chalan
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Ceramicas Seminario ©
Ceramicas Seminario

3
days
Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo ©
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ollantaytambo: Los Jardines de Mandor (in Aguas Calientes) and Machu Picchu (Machu Picchu, Winawayna, & more). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santiago Apostol, and don't miss a visit to Plazoleta Aracama.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ollantaytambo tour planner.

Ollantaytambo is just a short distance from Urubamba. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in November, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Puno.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Machu Picchu, Los Jardines de Mandor
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo ©
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

3
days
Puno

Puno ©
Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
Puno is known for nature, historic sites, sightseeing, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Taquile Island, steep yourself in history at La Casa del Corregidor, explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani, and enjoy the sea views from Lake Titicaca.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Puno custom trip planner.

Getting from Ollantaytambo to Puno by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Ollantaytambo in November since evenings lows in Puno dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

4
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.
Lima is known for sightseeing, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), ponder the world of politics at Palacio de Torre Tagle, and take an in-depth tour of Larco Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lima holiday planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Puno to Lima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for warmer nights when traveling from Puno in November since evenings lows in Lima dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Circuito Magico del Agua ©
Circuito Magico del Agua

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