A Two-Week Itinerary to Explore Peru

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu | © skeeze/pixabay
Harry Stewart

The vast topography of Peru and its colorful cultural tapestry takes several months to properly savor. Which is all well and good, but who really has that much time? Our annual leave is precious, after all, so it’s crucial to carefully consider how to spend each and every day. Got just two weeks and want to visit Peru? Culture Trip has you covered.

Lima: Day 1-3

As the country’s capital and the home of its major international airport, almost all travelers pass through Lima at some point. Rather than jumping on the first flight to Cusco, check into a hotel and check out the city instead. The old town offers an array of exquisite colonial architecture, museums and historical sights, while Miraflores is the playground of Peru’s financial elite, flush with fancy fine-dining restaurants and sophisticated boutique shopping.

Lima

Arequipa plus Colca Canyon: Day 3-8

Arequipa

Cusco and the Sacred Valley: Day 8-11

No trip to Peru would be complete without a stop in Cusco, the undisputed jewel in South America’s tourism crown. Most come for the incredible Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, but it’s worth spending a day admiring its amazing museums and the grand colonial constructions of the new world empire. Better yet, just outside the city lies the unmissable Sacred Valley, a lush region full of captivating archaeological sites that transport visitors back to the pre-Columbian era.

Cusco

Machu Pichu: Day 12

Thousands of tourists flock to this world wonder each day, marveling at how the Incas could have accomplished such an incredible feat of engineering in the pre-industrial age. The citadel is indeed impressive, but what really blows visitors away is its incredible setting. Impossibly isolated with towering mountains jutting up on every side, the majestic Machu Picchu has a certain mysticism that must be seen to be understood.

Machu Picchu

Lake Titicaca: Day 12-14

A remarkable contrast from the sacred valley are the sparse open plains that surround the glistening waters of Lake Titicaca. Wind-swept, barren and hauntingly beautiful, South America’s biggest lake is the perfect finale to an unforgettable Peruvian holiday. This is where the Incas believed the the world was born, and after spending some time relishing in its beauty, it’s not hard to imagine why. Highlights include the floating islands of Uros and, if time permits, a home-stay on Amantaní for an insightful cultural experience.

Uros Islands

Nearby Juliaca airport has daily flights to whisk holidaymakers off to Lima. However, Bolivia’s Copacabana is just a short bus ride away which is the logical next step for those with the time to further explore the continent.

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