With 13 days in Peru, travelers' options are almost endless. Thanks to frequent domestic flights and quick connections between key destinations, it's possible to visit the Amazon rainforest, Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca and the archaeological wonders of the north on a single trip—or some combination of these. Whether you want to hike, sightsee, boat through the jungle, or learn about indigenous ways of life, find out how with these five unique itineraries.

Itinerary #1: Discover Peru: Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, & Amazon Rainforest

Consider it the grand tour of Peru: this diverse itinerary takes you to the heights of Machu Picchu, the Inca ruins of the Sacred Valley, and the lush Amazon rainforest. 

A scarlet macaw in the Amazon rainforest
A scarlet macaw in the Amazon rainforest
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Lima Lima
Day 2 Lima City & Food Tour Lima
Day 3 Into the Amazon: Lima - Puerto Maldonado - Reserva Amazonica Puerto Maldonado
Day 4 Jungle Excursions - Tres Chimbadas, Parrot Clay Lick, Botany Tour Puerto Maldonado
Day 5 Jungle Excursions - Farm, Dugout Canoe Tour, Fitzcarrald Puerto Maldonado
Day 6 Arriving in Cusco: Puerto Maldonado - Cusco Cusco
Day 7 Cusco City Tour Cusco
Day 8 Discover Huamantay Lake Cusco
Day 9 Sacred Valley Tour: Cusco - Chinchero - Ollantaytambo Ollantaytambo
Day 10 Maras & Moray Tour & Train to Aguas Calientes Aguas Calientes
Day 11 Machu Picchu Excursion: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco Cusco
Day 12 Rainbow Mountain (Mount Vinicunca) Hike Cusco
Day 13 Fly from Cusco to Lima, Depart Peru  

Start the adventure in Lima, where you'll spend a couple of days at the beginning of the trip. Go on a food tour of the capital, stopping in local markets and taking a cooking class where you’ll learn how to make ceviche and pisco sours. Spend the evening in the oceanside neighborhood of Barranco, filled with cafés, restaurants, and bars. Then it’s off to the Amazon the next day: you’ll catch a flight to Puerto Maldonado to start, then spend the next few days on jungle excursions of your choosing, including outings focused on botany and birding, and take a short hike to Parrot Clay Lick to see hundreds of parrots and parakeets in their natural habitat. 

On the second part of the trip, you'll fly to Cusco and take a city tour of the ancient Inca capital. Side-trip to Huamantay Lake on day eight, then tour the Sacred Valley on day nine, departing Cusco for the Andean village of Chinchero and charming Ollantaytambo, set on the shores of the Urubamba River, where you’ll spend the night. The next day, see the incredible stone amphitheaters—built by the Inca, though their function remains unknown to this day—in Moray. Catch the train to Aguas Calientes, where you'll spend the night before the next day’s excursion to the lost city of Machu Picchu. Finish with a hike to colorful Rainbow Mountain on the last full day of the trip before flying out from Cusco. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Culture & Wildlife in Peru

On this colorful itinerary, you'll fly high over the Nazca Lines geoglyphs and get up close with exotic wildlife in the Amazon rainforest.

Boarding a small plane for a ride over the Nazca Lines
Boarding a small plane for a ride over the Nazca Lines
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Lima Lima
Day 2 Nazca Lines & Huacachina Adventure Paracas
Day 3 Ballestas Islands & Paracas National Reserve Paracas
Day 4 Free Day in Lima Lima
Day 5 Into the Amazon: Lima, Puerto Maldonado, Reserva Amazonica Puerto Maldonado
Day 6 Jungle Excursions: Tres Chimbadas, Parrot Clay Lick, Botany Tour Puerto Maldonado
Day 7 Jungle Excursions: Farm, Dugout Canoe Tour, Fitzcarrald Puerto Maldonado
Day 8 Arriving in Cusco: Puerto Maldonado - Cusco Cusco
Day 9 Tour the Sacred Valley: Cusco - Pisac - Ollantaytambo Ollantaytambo
Day 10 Maras, Moray & Chinchero Tour Ollantaytambo
Day 11 Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes Aguas Calientes
Day 12 Machu Picchu Excursion: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco Cusco
Day 13 Fly from Cusco to Lima, Depart Peru  

Get oriented in Lima on day one. The next day, you'll drive four hours along the coast to Paracas, transferring to the airport in Pisco for a 90-minute flight over the Nazca Lines geoglyphs—look for the shapes of a hummingbird, dog, tree, whale, and lizard made with light-colored clay. You’ll sandboard down the dunes at Huacachina in the afternoon. Boat around the Ballestas Islands, spotting Humboldt penguins and marine life, on day five. You’ll pass a notable landmark along the journey: the Paracas Candelabra, a geoglyph that predates the Inca Empire by around 1600 years. Back-track to Lima for a free day of sightseeing in the capital before the following day's journey into the Amazon.

Catch a flight to Puerto Maldonado, the gateway to the rainforest, where you’ll spend the next 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. Don't miss the guided night hike—you’ll see wildlife that only comes out after dark. On day eight, fly to Cusco, then embark on a full tour of the Sacred Valley, featuring stops at archaeological sites, Inca ruins, the marketplace at Pisac, and the salt mines in Maras before overnighting in peaceful Ollantaytambo. Wake up early the next day for the ride to Aguas Calientes and onward to Machu Picchu, where you’ll go on a guided tour of the ancient Inca city. Learn more

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Itinerary #3: Inca Trail & Amazon Excursion

Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail, Cusco, the Amazon rainforest: this diverse trip plan around Peru has something for everyone.

Sightseeing in the ancient Inca capital of Cusco
Sightseeing in the ancient Inca capital of Cusco
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 Cusco City Tour Cusco
Day 5 Sacred Valley Tour: Cusco - Pisac - Urabamba - Ollantaytambo - Cusco Cusco
Day 6 Inca Trail Day 1/4: Cusco to Yuncachimpa Yuncachimpa
Day 7 Inca Trail Day 2/4: Yuncachimpa - Warmihuañusca Pass - Chaquicocha Chaquicocha
Day 8 Inca Trail Day 3/4: Chaquicocha - Phuyupatamarca - Wiñayhuayna Wiñayhuayna
Day 9 Inca Trail Day 4/4: Wiñayhuayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco Cusco
Day 10 Into the Amazon: Cusco - Puerto Maldonado - Refugio Amazonas Lodge Puerto Maldonado
Day 11 Jungle Excursions - Tres Chimbadas, Parrot Clay Lick, Botany Tour Puerto Maldonado
Day 12 Jungle Excursions - Farm, Dugout Canoe Tour, Fitzcarrald Puerto Maldonado
Day 13 Puerto Maldonado - Lima Lima

Touch down in Lima. Explore the UNESCO-honored historic center and take a guided food tour—and a cooking class where you'll learn to make ceviche and pisco sours—before jetting off to Cusco on day three. Tour the Spanish-designed cathedral and the Coricancha, also known as "The Temple of the Sun." Then spend a full day touring the Sacred Valley, stopping to shop for textiles in the market at Pisac and overnighting near a massive Inca fortress in riverside Ollantaytambo. 

On the second part of the trip, you'll hit the Inca Trail for a four-day hike. Start with a picnic by a stream and pass the archaeological site of Llactapata on your way to Yuncachimpa, where you’ll camp overnight. Continue along the Warmihuañusca Pass to Chaquicocha the next day, then hike through the tropical forest of Wiñaywayna, passing through Inca-built tunnels along the trail. You’ll get a very early start the next day to see Machu Picchu at sunrise. Then head back to Cusco: you’ll transfer from there to Puerto Maldonado, the gateway to the Amazon, where you'll spend the last few days of the journey on rainforest excursions. Go for a ride in a traditional dugout canoe, see colorful birds at Parrot Clay Lick, and learn about medicinal plants—and fall asleep to the sounds of the jungle—to wrap up the trip. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Culture & Nature in Peru

Get your culture fix and enjoy the great outdoors on this wide-ranging itinerary that takes you to Colca Canyon, Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, and Lake Titicaca.

Boating on Lake Titicaca
Boating on Lake Titicaca
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 Tour: Uros Floating Islands & Taquile Island Puno
Day 6 Arriving in Cusco: Puno - Cusco Cusco
Day 7 Sacred Valley Tour: Cusco - Chinchero - Ollantaytambo Ollantaytambo
Day 8 Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes Aguas Calientes
Day 9 Machu Picchu Excursion: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco Cusco
Day 10 Into the Amazon: Puerto Maldonado to Refugio Amazonas Lodge Puerto Maldonado
Day 11 Jungle Excursions - Tres Chimbadas, Parrot Clay Lick, Botany Tour Puerto Maldonado
Day 12 Jungle Excursions - Farm, Dugout Canoe Tour, Fitzcarrald Puerto Maldonado
Day 13 Depart from Puerto Maldonado & Lima  

Welcome to Peru! Spend the first day of the trip in Lima getting oriented in Peru. On day two, transfer to Arequipa and take a city tour. Then venture into Colca Canyon: look down into one of the world’s deepest canyons, then look up to see Andean condors circling overhead. Move onto Lake Titicaca, where you’ll see the Uros Floating Islands from a boat and have a chance to go kayaking. You'll continue outdoor adventures in and around the lake on day six, visiting Taquile Island to learn about native ways of life.

On the second part of the trip, continue onto Cusco. Check out the Spanish-built cathedral and the Coricancha, the Inca “Temple of the Sun,” then get some rest before the next day's tour of the Sacred Valley. Featuring stops at several archaeological sites and Inca ruins along the way, the day ends by the Urubamba River. Take it easy in the picturesque village of Ollantaytambo, where you’ll dine on traditional Peruvian cuisine and spend the night. Hike toward Aguas Calientes the following day and spend day ten touring Machu Picchu. You'll squeeze in a couple of days in the jungle at the tail end of the trip—go on a canoe tour in the rainforest, see exotic birds in their natural habitat, and learn about the flora and fauna of the Amazon before heading back to Lima to catch a flight out. Learn more

Itinerary #5: Explore Northern Peru

Explore the archaeological sites of the Chachapoya culture and hike to one of the highest waterfalls in the world on this adventure around northern Peru.

Gocta Waterfall, one of the highest cascades in the world
Gocta Waterfall, one of the highest cascades in the world
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Lima Lima
Day 2 Lima City Tour, Barranco & Miraflores Lima
Day 3 Fly to Trujillo Trujillo
Day 4 Fly to Trujillo, Explore City-Chan Chan, Huaca Arco Iris & Huanchaco Trujillo
Day 5 El Brujo & Journey to Chiclayo Chiclayo
Day 6 Chiclayo - Pyramids of Tucume - Museum Tumbas Reales Chachapoyas
Day 7 Chachapoyas to the Archaeological complex of Kuelap Chachapoyas
Day 8 Hike to Gocta Waterfall Chachapoyas
Day 9 Amazonas - Sarcophagi of Karajia – City Tour Chachapoyas - Huancas Chachapoyas
Day 10 Mausoleum of Revash and Mummy Museum Leymebamba
Day 11 Transfer Leymebamba to Cajamarca Cajamarca
Day 12 Cajamarca - Cumbemayo – Ventanillas de Otuzco Cajamarca
Day 13 Fly from Cajamarca to Lima, Depart Peru  

Begin the trip in Lima. On day two, take a city tour and enjoy walking around the clifftop promenade of Miraflores before dining on traditional Peruvian cuisine for dinner. The next day, you'll fly 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. Take 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 nine, road-trip to see the Sarcophagi of Karajia, the funeral statues of the Chachapoya culture. Then transfer to San Bartolo to see more funeral constructions at the Mausoleum of Revash, followed by a visit to Museum Mallqui, 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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