10 Day Peru Itineraries

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Encounter the place where nature imitates art and cultural treasures continue to amaze. From Machu Picchu to Lima, discover cities rich with mystery and heritage, wildernesses that overflow with beauty, and a cuisine unmatched on the continent. Explore Peru with a 10-day Zicasso itinerary and create an unforgettable experience.

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Peru in 10 Days

Peru in 10 Days at a Glance

Set your sights on the birthplace of the Inca Empire on a ten-day expedition to Peru. You can climb to great heights in the Andes Mountains and uncover the breathtaking remnants of ancient civilizations.  You can also bite into crisp layers of Peru's beloved ceviche and immerse yourself in the culture of the Uros people at Puno and Lake Titicaca. Adventure awaits you on this unforgettable journey to Peru.

Regions

The coastal region includes cities like Lima and Paracas, the desert region includes Huacachina in the Ica province, and the Andes Mountains include cities like Cusco, Arequipa, and Chinchero (Sacred Valley). The Amazon Rainforest includes popular national parks, such as Manu National Park and Tambomachay.

Climate

The climate of Peru is mild. The Andean region of Peru experiences a rainy season between November and March each year.

Population

The population of Peru is about 33 million people.

Religion

Roman Catholicism is the prominent religion in Peru.

Language

The official language of Peru is Spanish. In the Andean region of Peru, the indigenous Quechua language is also widely spoken.

Currency

The Peruvian Sol is the official national currency. Peru operates largely on a cash economy, although credit cards are typically accepted in large cities and at major five-star hotels and restaurants.

Where to Visit in Peru in 10 Days

Lima (2 Days)

You can spend two days exploring Peru's capital city of Lima. Here, you will get lost in the energetic fervor of metropolitan life in opulent neighborhoods, such as Miraflores Lima's downtown area. You can then venture to the Barranco District and indulge in the region's iconic lemon-lime ceviche.

Cusco (2 Days)

You can discover the ancient wonder of the ancient Inca Empire in the city of Cusco. You will have a chance to visit some of the Inca people's proudest achievements, including Tambomachay, Saqsayhuaman, and Qorikancha. You can also immerse yourself in the boisterous atmosphere of the San Pedro Market before settling into the neighborhood of San Blas for dinner.

Sacred Valley (2 Days)

You can marvel at Peru's unparalleled natural beauty when trekking through the Sacred Valley en route to Machu Picchu. You can admire the undulating hillsides, charming villages, and immaculate agricultural terracing. Adventure seekers will get their hearts racing by ziplining across the valley's great divide. You can also enjoy glass-dome sleeping accommodations that give you a mesmerizing look at the night sky.

Machu Picchu (2 Days)

You can embark on a luxury train ride to Aguas Calientes, which is a sleepy mountain village at the base of the Machu Picchu ruins. Then, you will spend the next two days uncovering the many gems of this grand Inca empire. You will then have the chance to summit the neighboring mountain peak of Huayna Picchu for impeccable views before dipping into the medicinal hot springs of Aguas Calientes in the evening.

Puno/Lake Titicaca (2 Days)

You will spend the day on a luxury cruise, gliding along the surface of Lake Titicaca. During your cruise, you will witness diverse wildlife and the lush backdrop of rolling hillsides. You can step foot on Llachon or Taquile Island for panoramic views of the lake and a fresh trout lunch. Later in the day, you will step foot on the floating islands of the Uros people.

Best Time to Visit Peru

The best time to visit Lima is generally from December to April. Since Peru is located in the southern hemisphere, this is considered summer. These months are marked by dry and warm weather with average temperatures in the 80s Fahrenheit. Since many North American travelers venture to Peru between June and August, you can avoid major lines and crowds by traveling during Lima's summer.

If you plan to visit Cusco or other areas of the Andes, including Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, and Arequipa, you should try to avoid traveling during the rainy season (November through March).

If you plan to visit both Lima and Cusco, you should consider a visit in the late fall or spring.

Essential Experiences in Peru

Treasures of the Ancient Inca Empire

You can explore the infinite wonders of the ancient Inca Empire when you venture to Peru's Andean region. In Cusco, you can barter at local markets and enjoy the view from the central Plaza de Armas. Then, you will begin your trek through the Sacred Valley to unearth relics of the empire, including Ollantaytambo, Moray, and Maras. On the final day, you will reach the pinnacle of Machu Picchu to witness the ruins. In the evening, you can return to Aguas Calientes and take a dip in the medicinal hot springs.

Sand Dune Buggy Ride in Huacachina

You can zip up and down the undulating plains of Huacachina after arriving in Peru's desert province of Ica. You will join your guide on an exploration of the desert region and even try your hand at sandboarding. In the afternoon, you can relax around Huacachina's central lagoon oasis with a glass of fresh fruit juice as the Spanish nobility did hundreds of years ago.a

Private Citrus Ceviche Cooking Class

You can immerse yourself in the city life of Lima and enjoy the vibrant street art in the Barranco District. You can also venture past the Huaca Pucllana pyramid and step inside the Larco Museum. Then, you will amble to Peru’s sparkling coast, and a world-renowned chef will teach you how to make Peru’s staple dish of ceviche.

Travel Considerations

Weather

Temperatures tend to be mild in Peru throughout the year. In Lima, temperatures can reach highs in the mid to upper 70s Fahrenheit between October and April. Since Peru is located in the Southern Hemisphere, these months represent the summer season. Between May and September, temperatures drop to around to the 60s Fahrenheit. In Cusco, temperatures hover around the mid-60s Fahrenheit year-round. Due to Cusco's high-altitude, travelers should protect their skin from the sun, which may cause severe sunburn.

Travelers should be especially aware of the rainy season, which takes place in Peru's Andean region between November and March. During this time of year, weather patterns can change drastically throughout the day. Visitors should bring portable rain gear and umbrellas.

Transportation

North American and most international travelers must fly into Lima before connecting to regional flights throughout the country.

Bus and train services also operate between cities, although travelers should pay close attention to travel times. Peru is a mountainous country in its central and eastern regions. This can dramatically affect cross-country ground transportation.

Within each city, the most common forms of transportation are combi, taxi, or private shuttle. Lima and Cusco's downtown areas are very walkable, and Lima also offers a well-connected metro system.

Packing

You should consider bringing a backpack or shoulder bag because Peru's city streets are lined with cobblestones, and rural areas usually have uneven roads.

Weather Considerations

If you travel to the Andean region of Peru during the rainy season, it is important to bring durable rain gear and boots. It is common for the weather to change drastically throughout the day during this season. Therefore, you should pack a light coat, umbrella, or poncho that you can have on hand at all times.

Electrical Considerations

Peru operates on a 220 voltage system at 60 Hertz.

Outlets require a two-prong plug with either a flat or round tip. Travelers should bring plug converters with them.

Pharmaceutical Considerations

You should be sure to pack all prescribed medications. In the case of an emergency, pharmacies are readily available throughout Peru.

Cultural Considerations

You will encounter English-speaking shop owners, restaurant staff, etc. in big cities, such as Lima, and highly populated tourist areas. Outside of these major areas, English is less common. It can be highly beneficial for tourists to learn a few basic words/phrases to ease their experience in Peru.

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Travel Documents

Making sure that you carry the appropriate travel documents is essential when visiting Peru. For this reason, you should pack the proper paperwork to ensure the most pleasant and problem-free travel experience. Listed below are some of the most important documents to have on you while traveling in Peru:

  • Personal medical information
  • If you have any medical condition(s), you should carry information regarding your condition from your doctor, especially any medication that you are taking
  • Emergency contact information
  • Passport and visa (if necessary)
  • Proof of airline tickets and reservations
  • Customs forms and documents
  • Hotel or accommodation reservations
  • Travel and medical insurance (see above section regarding this)

Your Zicasso travel specialist will be able to provide requirements that are specific to your trip, although responsibility always lies with the traveler to ensure that all is in order. Travel requirements can change with little to no notice, so it is wise to stay updated as your trip approaches.

Finances & Tipping

Much of Peru still operates on a cash economy. This includes small cafes, restaurants, shops, and transportation. Travelers should always carry cash and coin denominations. ATMs are readily available in major cities throughout Peru. All major credit cards are accepted typically accepted at popular hotels and restaurants.

A gratuity of 10% is added to the bill at most restaurants. If not, patrons should expect to leave a 10% tip.

Bartering is common and even expected at most Peruvian marketplaces and is considered an important part of the culture. This will allow you to practice your Spanish and get to know more about daily life in Peru.

For any questions related to tipping hotel staff and guides, you can speak to your Zicasso trip specialist for specific guidelines.

Safety and Accessibility of Resources

Peru is generally a safe country but does pose some risks for travelers. You should be careful when gathering in crowded places to avoid theft. You should also travel with caution at night and should only board reputable transportation services.

Medical resources are available for travelers who experience health issues, especially those related to altitude sickness.

Crime Rate

The crime rate in Peru is at a moderate level. Most crimes in heavily touristed areas are limited to petty theft, such as pickpocketing.

Things to look out for

Tourists should be aware of pickpocketing when traveling on public transportation or gathering at major tourist attractions. To prevent theft, you should travel with a money belt or stow your valuables in an inner coat pocket.

Some taxi services in Peru belong to an official company, and many drivers operate private taxi services. For safety reasons, you should only travel in well-marked taxis.

Medical & First Aid

Pharmacies are readily available in Peru in addition to emergency medical services.

For those travelers who plan to visit the Andean region of Peru, you should be aware that high altitudes can have an adverse effect on some people. Preventative medications can be purchased before traveling to Peru. Most local hotels also have supplemental oxygen supplies for those showing symptoms of altitude sickness.

It is recommended that all international travelers consult with their primary care physician prior to traveling. This information is not a substitute for professional guidance from a doctor.

Water & Food Safety

International travelers should avoid the consumption of street food or produce that may have been washed in untreated tap water.

Travelers should avoid tap water and should instead drink bottled or boiled water.

At high altitudes, travelers should avoid eating large meals late in the day because digestion slows. Travelers should also limit or avoid alcohol at high altitudes because tolerance levels will be lower.

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