13 days in Peru Itinerary

13 days in Peru Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Peru holiday builder
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Cusco
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Ollantaytambo
— 3 nights
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Machu Picchu
— 1 night
Fly
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Iquitos
— 4 nights
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Cusco — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): hike along exploor.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cusco travel route builder website.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Cusco is an approximately 28-hour flight. Traveling from Johannesburg to Cusco, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Johannesburg in December: high temperatures in Cusco hover around 24°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to take a shuttle to Ollantaytambo.
Historic Sites · Tours · Trails · Outdoors

Ollantaytambo — 3 nights

Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo and then examine the collection at Choco Museo.

To see ratings and tourist information, read our Ollantaytambo online travel planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Cusco to Ollantaytambo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Ollantaytambo are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can take a train to Machu Picchu.
Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Adventure
Side Trips

Machu Picchu — 1 night

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 20th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor and then contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Machu Picchu day trip tool.

Take a train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to fly to Iquitos.
Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Iquitos — 4 nights

The largest city in the Peruvian Amazon and the world's largest metropolis unreachable by road, Iquitos represents a major starting point for river and rainforest adventures.
When in Iquitos, make a side trip to see Pilpintuwasi - Wildlife Rescue Center And Butterfly Farm in Padre Cocha, approximately Padre Cocha away. Spend the 22nd (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Amazon River, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take a stroll through Belen, and stroll through Amazon Rescue Center.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Iquitos attractions planning tool.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Iquitos by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trip

Peru travel guide

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Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.