With 11 days in Peru, it's the perfect amount of time to explore two regions. You can visit Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca or explore the Sacred Valley and the depths of the Amazon rainforest. Whether you're interested in pre-Inca civilizations, Lima's buzzing food scene, hiking the Inca Trail, or seeing exotic birds on a jungle trail, find out how with these five unique itineraries.

Itinerary #1: Peru Highlights & Jungle Adventure

On this tour of Peru's top attractions, you'll visit Machu Picchu, the Amazon rainforest, Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley, and islands on Lake Titicaca.

Boating on Lake Titicaca, Peru
Boating on Lake Titicaca, Peru
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Lima Lima
Day 2 Into the Amazon: Lima - Puerto Maldonado - Reserva Amazonica Puerto Maldonado
Day 3 Jungle Excursions - Tres Chimbadas, Parrot Clay Lick, Botany Tour Puerto Maldonado
Day 4 Jungle Excursions - Farm, Dugout Canoe Tour, Fitzcarrald Puerto Maldonado
Day 5 Arriving in Cusco: Puerto Maldonado - Cusco Cusco
Day 6 Tour the Sacred Valley: Cusco - Pisac - Ollantaytambo Ollantaytambo
Day 7 Maras & Moray Tour & Train to Aguas Calientes Aguas Calientes
Day 8 Machu Picchu Excursion: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco Cusco
Day 9 Arriving in Puno: Cusco - Puno Puno
Day 10 Lake Titicaca Tour: Uros Floating Islands & Taquile Island Puno
Day 11 Fly from Puno to Lima, Depart Peru  

Welcome to Peru! Get to know the lively capital of Lima on the first days of the itinerary, then get ready to head into the Amazon. Catch a flight to Puerto Maldonado, then ride a boat through the Infierno Reserve to Refugio Amazonas Lodge, your home base in the jungle. You’ll spend the next few days on guided excursions, learning about the flora and fauna of the rainforest: enjoy a tour on a dugout canoe tour (keep an eye out for giant river otters) and parrots, parakeets, and macaws at Parrot Clay Lick. On day five, head back to civilization—namely, the ancient Inca capital of Cusco. Learn about the city’s indigenous and Spanish history on a city tour, including stops at Inca ruins and the Spanish-built cathedral.

The following day, embark on a tour of the Sacred Valley. See the Inca fortress and traditional market in Pisac and take a break in Chinchero, believed by the Incas to be the birthplace of the rainbow, before spending a relaxing evening in the historic riverfront town of Ollantaytambo. Stop at the Maras Salt Flats on your way to catch the train to Aguas Calientes, gateway to Machu Picchu. After touring the world-famous citadel, the last few days of the trip take you to Lake Titicaca, where you’ll go on a boat tour to the Uros Floating Islands and have the chance to interact with the native people of Taquile Island. Catch a flight from Puno back to Lima to make your connection home. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, & Machu Picchu

See the best that Peru has to offer on this wide-ranging itinerary that features stops at ancient Inca settlements, the colonial city of Arequipa, and Colca Canyon—one of the world's deepest canyons.

Looking down at Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas
Looking down at Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Lima Lima
Day 2 Fly to Arequipa & Arequipa City Tour Arequipa
Day 3 Colca Canyon Tour: Arequipa - Chivay - Cabanaconde Cabanaconde
Day 4 Colca Canyon & Puno Arrival Puno
Day 5 Lake Titicaca: Uros & Amantani Islands Amantani Island
Day 6 Lake Titicaca: Taquile Island, return to Puno Puno
Day 7 Arriving in Cusco: Puno - Cusco Cusco
Day 8 Sacred Valley Tour: Cusco - Chinchero - Ollantaytambo Ollantaytambo
Day 9 Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Aguas Calientes
Day 10 Machu Picchu Excursion: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco Cusco
Day 11 Fly from Cusco to Lima, Depart Peru  

Spend the first days of the trip getting oriented in Lima, where you’ll tour the UNESCO-honored historic center. On day two, transfer to Arequipa. After a guided city tour, venture into Colca Canyon: look down into one of the world’s deepest canyons, then look up to see Andean condors circling overhead. Then continue onto Puno and Lake Titicaca where you’ll see the Uros Floating Islands from a boat and have a chance to interact with native people on Taquile Island. Next on the trip plan, you'll head to Cusco.

On a walking tour of the Inca's ancient capital, check out the Spanish-built cathedral and the Coricancha, the Inca “Temple of the Sun." On day eight, tour the Sacred Valley and overnight in riverside Ollantaytambo. You'll need rest before the next day's hike along the Inca Trail to Aguas Calientes, gateway to Machu Picchu. Have a traditional Peruvian meal and turn in early: the next day, you'll catch the bus uphill to the lost city of the Incas. Spend the day touring the site before back-tracking to Cusco for one last night on the town before you depart Peru the following morning. Learn more

Itinerary #3: Peru Highlights & Nazca Lines

View some of the world's most impressive geoglyphs from the window seat of a plane—and see Cusco, Lima, Lake Titicaca, and Machu Picchu—on this well-balanced itinerary.

Sightseeing in Cusco, Peru
Sightseeing in Cusco, Peru
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Lima Lima
Day 2 Nazca Lines & Huacachina Adventure Paracas
Day 3 Free Day in Lima - History & Museums: Paracas to Lima Lima
Day 4 Arrival in Cusco, Exploring the City Cusco
Day 5 Cusco City Tour Cusco
Day 6 Tour the Sacred Valley: Cusco - Pisac - Ollantaytambo Ollantaytambo
Day 7 Maras & Moray Tour & Train to Aguas Calientes Aguas Calientes
Day 8 Machu Picchu Excursion Cusco
Day 9 Arriving in Puno: Cusco - Puno Puno
Day 10 Lake Titicaca Tour: Uros Floating Islands & Taquile Island Puno
Day 11 Fly from Puno to Lima, Depart Peru  

Touch down in Lima and spend the evening strolling around the capital city. On day two, you’ll board a small airplane to see the world-famous geoglyphs known as the Nazca Lines from an aerial perspective. In the afternoon, try sandboarding on the towering dunes at Huacachina. You'll return to Lima for a day of sightseeing—don't miss the restored pyramid of Huaca Pucllana, a monument to the pre-Inca culture, conveniently located in the waterfront neighborhood of Miraflores, which is a great area to grab dinner and drinks after your tours.

Continue on to Cusco and learn about the ancient Inca capital and its later Spanish settlement before the next day’s tour of the Sacred Valley. Shop for textiles in the market at Pisac, one of the stops along the way, before checking into your accommodations in charming Ollantaytambo. Continue the journey with a visit to the Maras Salt Flats and a full day of exploring the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. The adventure wraps up on Lake Titicaca, where you’ll boat to the floating Uros Islands and dine on fresh fish. Circle back to Lima on day ten to catch a flight out. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Inca Trail & Amazon Excursion

Lace up your hiking boots: this outdoorsy itinerary includes several days of hiking on the Inca Trail, exploring the Sacred Valley, and boating past exotic birds in the Amazon.

Parrots and macaws in the Amazon
Parrots and macaws in the Amazon
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Lima Lima
Day 2 Lima City & Food Tour Lima
Day 3 Fly to Cusco - Free day in the City Cusco
Day 4 Sacred Valley Tour: Cusco - Pisac - Urabamba - Ollantaytambo - Cusco Cusco
Day 5 Inca Trail Day 1/4: Cusco to Yuncachimpa Yuncachimpa
Day 6 Inca Trail Day 2/4: Yuncachimpa - Warmihuañusca Pass - Chaquicocha Chaquicocha
Day 7 Inca Trail Day 3/4: Chaquicocha - Phuyupatamarca - Wiñayhuayna Wiñayhuayna
Day 8 Inca Trail Day 4/4: Wiñayhuayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco Cusco
Day 9 Into the Amazon: Cusco - Puerto Maldonado - Refugio Amazonas Lodge Puerto Maldonado
Day 10 Jungle Excursions - Tres Chimbadas, Parrot Clay Lick, Botany Tour Puerto Maldonado
Day 11 Puerto Maldonado - Lima Lima

Start in the capital of Lima, where you’ll tour the UNESCO-honored historic center and go on a guided food tour. Then fly to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas, for a day or two of sightseeing. Stop inside the Spanish-built cathedral, the Coricancha, also known as “The Temple of the Sun,” and the ruins at Puca Pucara, and try ceviche and other Peruvian dishes in one of the city’s many excellent restaurants. On day four, head into the Sacred Valley to tour Inca ruins and archaeological sites—including Chinchero, believed by the Inca to be the birthplace of the rainbow. Get some rest before your four-day hike along the Inca Trail begins.

On the first day of the hike, you’ll visit the archaeological site of Llactapata and picnic by a stream on your way to Yuncachimpa, where you’ll camp overnight. Hike along the Warmihuañusca Pass to Chaquicocha the next day, then continue through the tropical forest of Wiñaywayna. You’ll wake up early the following day for an unforgettable travel experience: the chance to see Machu Picchu at sunrise. After touring the site, back-track to Cusco to catch a flight to Puerto Maldonado, gateway to the Amazon rainforest, where you’ll spend the last few days of the trip. Base yourself at the elegant Refugio Amazonas Lodge, venturing into the jungle to see giant river otters, exotic butterflies, and brightly colored parrots in their natural habitat. Finish the journey with a night hike—you’ll see wildlife that only come out after dark. Learn more

Itinerary #5: Explore Northern Peru

Get off the beaten path in northern Peru on this itinerary that takes you to Chachapoya ruins, ancient pyramids, and one of the highest waterfalls in the world.

Traditional boats on Lake Titicaca
Traditional boats in Huanchaco, northern Peru
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Lima Lima
Day 2 Flight to Trujillo & Visit to Huaca de La Luna Trujillo
Day 3 Huaca Arcoiris, Chan Chan & Huanchaco Beach Trujillo
Day 4 El Brujo & Journey to Chiclayo Chiclayo
Day 5 Chiclayo - Pyramids of Tucume - Museum Tumbas Reales Chachapoyas
Day 6 Chachapoyas to the Archaeological complex of Kuelap Chachapoyas
Day 7 Hike to Gocta Waterfall Chachapoyas
Day 8 Amazonas - Tour the Mausoleum of Revash – Museum of Leymebamba Leymebamba
Day 9 Transfer Leymebamba to Cajamarca Cajamarca
Day 10 Cajamarca - Cumbemayo – Ventanillas de Otuzco Cajamarca
Day 11 Fly from Cajamarca to Lima, Depart Peru  

Begin the trip in Lima. On day two, travel to Trujillo and tour the Temple of the Moon, a pre-Hispanic mud pyramid constructed by the Moche people who lived in the region around as early as 100 CE. Then visit the Rainbow Temple and the Chan Chan fortress, the world's largest mud-brick citadel. Continue onto the pyramids at Tucume in the nearby region of Lambayeque. Then enjoy a cable car ride to Kuelap Fortress, an ancient citadel of the Chachapoyas people who predated the Inca. The site is sometimes called the “Machu Picchu of the North.”

Relax for the evening before the next day’s hike to Gocta Waterfall. Look for the bright orange cock-of-the-rock—Peru's national bird—on your walk through the forest to the tall cascades. On day eight, you'll visit the impressive Mausoleum of Revash, funeral constructions built on a mountain cliff, followed by a visit to a museum where you'll view a collection of 219 mummies in perfect conservation state. Finish up the trip in Cajamarca, where highlights include trekking to see the otherworldly Ventanillas de Otuzco, one of the most important pre-Inca cemeteries in existence. Fly back to Lima to catch a flight out. Learn more

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Map of 11 Days in Peru - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
Map of 11 Days in Peru - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas