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Winay Wayna, Peru - Peru itineraryYes, Machu Picchu is incredible. Yes, Lake Titicaca is breathtaking. Yes, you absolutely should visit Peru. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.

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Luxury Lake Titicaca, Peru
1 โœˆTo Lima (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening ๐ŸจSwissรดtel Lima (Book >) All hotels >
Book your transfer from Lima airport here.
2 โœˆLima to Cusco flight (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening ๐ŸจGarden of San Blas (Book >) All hotels >
Much to see in Lima, but don’t worry – if you don’t get to it all today you have more time at the end of your trip. You’ll be in the historic centre so stroll through Plaza de Armas, checking out the Palacio de Gobierno,ย San Francisco Monastery, the cathedral and nearby Santo Domingo convent and Desamparados Station. Transfer to the airport for your evening flight. Most visitors to Peru don’t need a tourist visa.
3-4 Enjoy a couple of days seeing the sights in and around Cusco, starting with the beautiful Plaza de Armas. San Pedro Market is a great place to meet locals and buy souvenirs, as is the artisan district of San Blas. On the second day walk (slowly!) up to the impressive Sacsayhuaman ruins and get acquainted with the Incan empire at the Inca Museum. Altitude sickness is a real risk here – take it slow and recognise the symptoms.
5 ๐Ÿš„Cusco to Aguas Calientes train (Book >) Dep: 08:25 Arr: 12:11 ๐ŸจHotel Sumaq Machu Picchu (Book >) All hotels >
The train journey to Aguas Calientes is spectacular – you’ll travel along the Sacred Valley, besides the mighty Urubamba river. Arrive in time for a first visit to the famous Machu Picchu. Being so high up and close to the equator, a high SPF sunscreen is a must.
6 ๐Ÿš„Aguas Calientes Ollantaytambo train
๐ŸšOllantaytamboย  to Cusco bus (Book >)
Dep: 15:20 Arr: 19:05 ๐ŸจGarden of San Blas (Book >) All hotels >
More time today to see Machu Picchu, making sure you walk beyond the site to the Sun Gate and, in the other direction, to the Inca Bridge. Try to get a seat on the left-hand side of the train from Cusco (and on the right back to Cusco).
7 ๐Ÿš„Cusco to Puno train (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 23:30 ๐ŸจOn train (Book >)
Your luxury Peru Rail train (which only departs on Thursdays) will whisk you to ruins and high passes on the way to Puno. The train package includes meals and drinks.
8 ๐Ÿš„Puno to Sarachocha train Dep: 06:00 Arr: 19:30 ๐ŸจOn train (Book >)
Today you’ll visit Lake Titicaca, including the amazing man-made floating reed islands. The islanders make lovely crafts – perfect souvenirs.
9 ๐Ÿš„Sarachocha to KM93 train
๐Ÿš•KM93 to Colca Canyon transfer
Dep: 06:45
Dep: 11:30
Arr: 11:30
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๐ŸจHotel Belmond Las Casitas (Book >) All hotels >
On the way south you’ll stop off at the prehistoric Sumbay Caves. Your hotel can help arrange a transfer to Colca Canyon where you can take a trip to see the condor soaring over this impressive landscape. Didn’t see any condor? Try again tomorrow at 7am from the Cruz Del Condor lookout.
10 ๐Ÿš•Colca Canyon to Arequipa (Book >) taxi
โœˆArequipa to Lima flight (Book >)
Dep: 09:00
Dep: 19:00
Arr: 12:30
Arr: 21:30
๐ŸจSwissรดtel Lima (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy an afternoon in the lovely city of Arequipa. The Plaza de Armas is perhaps the most impressive you’ll see. Along one flank of the square is the huge cathedral. Smaller, but intricately decorated, the Iglesia de la Compania is also worth a visit, as is the Monasterio de Santa Catalina. If you’ve time visit the Museo Santuarios Andinos to visit the preserved remains of the Ice Lady. “Queso Helado” translates as “Frozen cheese” – but it tastes much better than it sounds and is well worth a try.
11-12 โœˆLima to Home (Book >) Dep:
Evening
Arr: Afternoon
(next day)
Connect this Peru itinerary with the Northern Chile, Bolivia or Ecuador & Galapagos itinerary
Time today to see those sights in Lima that you missed on day 2 (consider adding an extra day)
Mid-range Colca Canyon, Peru
1 โœˆTo Lima (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening ๐ŸจTierra Viva Miraflores Mendiburu (Book >) All hotels >
Book your transfer from Lima airport here.
2 โœˆLima to Cusco flight (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening ๐ŸจGarden of San Blas (Book >) All hotels >
Much to see in Lima, but don’t worry – if you don’t get to it all today you have more time at the end of your trip. You’ll be in the historic centre so stroll through Plaza de Armas, checking out the Palacio de Gobierno,ย San Francisco Monastery, the cathedral and nearby Santo Domingo convent and Desamparados Station. Transfer to the airport for your evening flight. Most visitors to Peru don’t need a tourist visa.
3-4 Enjoy a couple of days seeing the sights in and around Cusco, starting with the beautiful Plaza de Armas. San Pedro Market is a great place to meet locals and buy souvenirs, as is the artisan district of San Blas. On the second day walk (slowly!) up to the impressive Sacsayhuaman ruins and get acquainted with the Incan empire at the Inca Museum. Altitude sickness is a real risk here – take it slow and recognise the symptoms.
5 ๐ŸšCusco to KM 82 bus Dep: 05:30 Arr: 08:30 ๐ŸจCamping
Book your Inca Trail hike a long time in advance (I recommend Inca Trail Reservations). An early start to commence your walk on which, before long, you’ll be passing breathtaking views of incredible Incan ruins. Being so high up and close to the equator, a high SPF sunscreen is a must.
6-7 Day two of the hike begins with the arduous climb up to Dead Woman’s Pass. The campsite on the other side is both remote and spectacular. Day three starts with another short climb, but then passes ruins and has incredible views across to mountains and forested valleys. The highlight of today is the Wiรฑay Wayna ruin. Altitude sickness is a real risk here (day two of the Inca Trail is particularly challenging) – take it slow and recognise the symptoms.
8 ๐Ÿš„Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo train
๐ŸšOllantaytambo to Cusco bus
Dep: 15:20 Arr: 19:05 ๐ŸจGarden of San Blas (Book >) All hotels >
Awake before sunrise and finish the Inca Trail hike at the Sun Gate. Summon a but more energy to continue on to the Inca Bridge and then enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. The train journey to Ollantaytambo is a highlight and will be included in your tour. Try to get a seat on the right-hand side of the train from Cusco for the best views.
9 ๐Ÿš„Cusco to Puno train (Book >) Dep: 07:30 Arr: 17:50 ๐ŸจHotel Tierra Vivo Puno Plaza (Book >) All hotels >
Your luxury Peru Rail train (which only departs on three times a week) will whisk you through captivating landscapes on the way to Puno. The train price includes meals and drinks.
10 Today visit Lake Titicaca, including the amazing man-made floating reed islands (arrange your tour in advance). The islanders make lovely crafts – perfect souvenirs.
11 ๐ŸšŒPuno to Chivay bus (Book >) Dep: 06:30 Arr: 12:15 ๐ŸจCasa Andina Standard Colca (Book >) All hotels >
Today’s journey stops at the lakes of Lagunillas, the national reserve of Aguada Blanca and the 4,900 metre-high Andes Viewpoint. Chivay is in Colca Canyon and when you arrive you can go and look for condor or relax in the La Calera hot springs Didn’t see any condor? Try again tomorrow at 7am from the Cruz Del Condor lookout.
12 ๐ŸšŒChivay to Arequipa bus (Book >) Dep: 13:15 Arr: 16:30 ๐ŸจHotel Katari At Plaza De Armas (Book >) All hotels >
More time to spot condor, go horse riding or enjoy a hike in Colca Canyon before driving on to Arequipa. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
13 ๐ŸšŒArequipa to Nazca bus (Book >) Dep: 15:30 Arr: 23:30 ๐ŸจCasa Hacienda Nasca Oasis (Book >) All hotels >
Arequipa’s Plaza de Armas is perhaps the most impressive you’ll see. Along one flank of the square is the huge cathedral. Smaller, but intricately decorated, the Iglesia de la Compania is also worth a visit, as is the Monasterio de Santa Catalina. If you’ve time visit the Museo Santuarios Andinos to visit the preserved remains of the Ice Lady. “Queso Helado” translates as “Frozen cheese” – but it tastes much better than it sounds and is well worth a try.
14 ๐ŸšŒNazca to Lima bus (Book >) Dep: 15:40 Arr: 22:21 ๐ŸจTierra Viva Miraflores Mendiburu (Book >) All hotels >
There’s one main reason you’re here: to see the mysterious Nazca Lines. Reserve your flight here. The flights can cause upset stomachs – take motion sickness tablets if you need.
15-16 โœˆLima to Home (Book >) Dep:
Evening
Arr: Afternoon
(next day)
Connect this Peru itinerary with the Northern Chile, Bolivia or Ecuador & Galapagos itinerary
Time today to see those sights in Lima that you missed on day 2 (consider adding an extra day)
Budget Lima, Peru
1 โœˆTo Lima (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening ๐Ÿจ1900 Backpackers Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Book your transfer from Lima airport here.
2 โœˆLima to Cusco flight (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening ๐ŸจKokopelli Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Much to see in Lima, but don’t worry – if you don’t get to it all today you have more time at the end of your trip. You’ll be in the historic centre so stroll through Plaza de Armas, checking out the Palacio de Gobierno,ย San Francisco Monastery, the cathedral and nearby Santo Domingo convent and Desamparados Station. Transfer to the airport for your evening flight. Most visitors to Peru don’t need a tourist visa.
3-4 Enjoy a couple of days seeing the sights in and around Cusco, starting with the beautiful Plaza de Armas. San Pedro Market is a great place to meet locals and buy souvenirs, as is the artisan district of San Blas. On the second day walk (slowly!) up to the impressive Sacsayhuaman ruins and get acquainted with the Incan empire at the Inca Museum. Altitude sickness is a real risk here – take it slow and recognise the symptoms.
5 ๐ŸšCusco to KM 82 bus Dep: 05:30 Arr: 08:30 ๐ŸจCamping
Book your Inca Trail hike a long time in advance (I recommend Inca Trail Reservations). An early start to commence your walk on which, before long, you’ll be passing breathtaking views of incredible Incan ruins. Being so high up and close to the equator, a high SPF sunscreen is a must.
6-7 Day two of the hike begins with the arduous climb up to Dead Woman’s Pass. The campsite on the other side is both remote and spectacular. Day three starts with another short climb, but then passes ruins and has incredible views across to mountains and forested valleys. The highlight of today is the Wiรฑay Wayna ruin. Altitude sickness is a real risk here (day two of the Inca Trail is particularly challenging) – take it slow and recognise the symptoms.
8 ๐Ÿš„Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo train
๐ŸšOllantaytambo to Cusco bus
Dep: 15:20 Arr: 19:05 ๐ŸจKokopelli Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Awake before sunrise and finish the Inca Trail hike at the Sun Gate. Summon a but more energy to continue on to the Inca Bridge and then enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. The train journey to Ollantaytambo is a highlight and will be included in your tour. Try to get a seat on the right-hand side of the train from Cusco for the best views.
9 ๐ŸšŒCusco to Puno bus (Book >) Dep: 08:30 Arr: 15:30 ๐ŸจIguana Hostel Puno (Book >) All hostels >
Enjoy the captivating landscapes on the way to Puno. If you want to experience something different then you can stay on a floating island. Take a look at these useful Peru bus travel tips.
10 Today visit Lake Titicaca, including the amazing man-made floating reed islands (arrange your tour in advance). The islanders make lovely crafts – perfect souvenirs.
11 ๐ŸšŒPuno to Chivay bus (Book >) Dep: 06:30 Arr: 12:15 ๐ŸจColca Andina Inn (Book >) All hotels >
Today’s journey stops at the lakes of Lagunillas, the national reserve of Aguada Blanca and the 4,900 metre-high Andes Viewpoint. Chivay is in Colca Canyon and when you arrive you can go and look for condor or relax in the La Calera hot springs Didn’t see any condor? Try again tomorrow at 7am from the Cruz Del Condor lookout.
12 ๐ŸšŒChivay to Arequipa bus (Book >) Dep: 13:15 Arr: 16:30 ๐ŸจWay Kap Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
More time to spot condor, go horse riding or enjoy a hike in Colca Canyon before driving on to Arequipa. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
13 ๐ŸšŒArequipa to Nazca bus (Book >) Dep: 15:30 Arr: 23:30 ๐ŸจNasca Lodge (Book >) All hostels >
Arequipa’s Plaza de Armas is perhaps the most impressive you’ll see. Along one flank of the square is the huge cathedral. Smaller, but intricately decorated, the Iglesia de la Compania is also worth a visit, as is the Monasterio de Santa Catalina. If you’ve time visit the Museo Santuarios Andinos to visit the preserved remains of the Ice Lady. “Queso Helado” translates as “Frozen cheese” – but it tastes much better than it sounds and is well worth a try.
14 ๐ŸšŒNazca to Lima bus (Book >) Dep: 15:40 Arr: 22:21 ๐ŸจPariwana Hostel Lima (Book >) All hostels >
There’s one main reason you’re here: to see the mysterious Nazca Lines. Reserve your flight here. The flights can cause upset stomachs – take motion sickness tablets if you need.
15-16 โœˆLima to Home (Book >) Dep:
Evening
Arr: Afternoon
(next day)
Connect this Peru itinerary with the Northern Chile, Bolivia or Ecuador & Galapagos itinerary
Time today to see those sights in Lima that you missed on day 2 (your hostel is located in a different area to day 1).

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