10 Days in Peru: Our Recommendations

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With 10 days in Peru, it is possible to experience everything this South American sleeping giant offers. Blend historic, cultural and natural highlights of the country to create the perfect 10-day Peru itinerary. Discover the colonial relics of Lima and the Incan ruins of the Sacred Valley. Soak up the stunning beauty of Lake Titicaca and hike through the Peruvian Andes. Or combine your hiking experience with a visit to the Colca Canyon and the Nazca Lines.

Peru Trip in 9 days: Peruvian Art and Culture

Lima, capital city and one of the best places to visit in Peru.
A beautiful aerial view of the city Lima by the Pacific ocean.
Day 1 Arrive in Lima, see its Magic Water Circuit
Day 2 Take in the region’s natural history on Palomino Islands
Day 3 Fly to Cusco and continue to Sacred Valley
Day 4 Discover the ruins of Sacred Valley
Day 5 Enjoy a day amid sacred Valley’s small towns
Day 6 Explore the Lost City of the Incas
Day 7 Travel back to Cusco
Day 8 Relish a second chance to explore Cusco
Day 9 Prepare for your Peru departure

While centered around the rich cultural heartland of Peru’s south, the final pick on our list of ten-day trips in Peru actually begins in trendy Lima. From there you will head for Cusco, once the center of the Inca empire. Absorb the rich traditions of Cusco that have endured for centuries during your visit to the Yucay museum. You then have two full days to explore the Sacred Valley before following it up with a trip to Machu Picchu, the piece de resistance of all Peru tours. See tour.

10 days in Peru: Living Peru

Set on a mountain ridge, Machu Picchu is an archaeological site in Peru.
Trek to the top of Sun gate and enjoy a spectacular view of the mysterious Lost City of the Incas.

Day 1

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Lima
Day 2 Explore Lima’s Old Town, a Unesco World Heritage
Day 3 Uncover Santa Catalina monastery’s history in Arequipa
Day 4 Head into Colca Canyon
Day 5 See Andean condors in their natural habitat
Day 6 Sail among reed islands of Lake Titicaca
Day 7 Stop off at interesting sites en route to Cusco
Day 8 Discover Cusco during guided tour
Day 9 Walk among the ruins of Machu Picchu
Day 10 Bid farewell to Peru

Dotted with diverse heritage sites, ranging from those built by the Incas to those that came into being after Spanish colonization, Peru offers a lot of variety. Capture the many faces of Peru during this ten-day tour as you unravel the complex history and culture of this part of South America. Then head out to admire the country’s natural beauty, from the bald peaks of the Colca Valley where vultures soar to the turquoise Lake Titicaca. To top off an already impressive list, the tour comes to an end among the ruins of Machu Picchu. See tour.

10-Day Peru Itinerary: Mini Huayhuash Trek

Huaraz, Peru is one of the best places to visit in your 10 day trip to Peru.
Image of a Llama while climbing up the mountain of the Cordillera Blanca.
Day 1 Take your first steps in Lima
Day 2 Catch the bus to Huaraz
Day 3 Enjoy views of Cordillera Blanca during half-day hike around Copa
Day 4 Wander among the ruins of Chavin de Huantar
Day 5 Stand on the shores of Lake Peron
Day 6 Trek to the foot of Mount Copa
Day 7 Hike to Sambuya Pass
Day 8 Spend the day on Lake Jahuacocha
Day 9 Descend to Llamac and travel back to Lima
Day 10 Bid farewell to Peru

If you are looking for a unique way to spend 10 days in Peru, this mini Huayhuash trek is the answer. Designed to showcase some of the country’s most impressive sights, including views of its second-highest peak, this tour blends stretches of hikes and visit to the country’s natural and cultural highlights with comfortable hotel stays. Along the way, you will also get the chance to learn more about the life of the people in the Peruvian highlands. See tour.

10 Days’ Peru Trip: Cusco to Machu Picchu

Located in Cusco, Vinicunca is also known as the Rainbow Mountain.
As you hike the Rainbow Mountain, you will come across fields full of alpacas, llamas, snow peaks and lakes.
A view of the ruins of the Incan site in Peru atop a hill.
Choquequirao is a 15th and 16th century settlement associated with the Inca Empire.
Day 1 Arrive in Lima
Day 2 Fly to Cusco
Day 3 Follow the switchback down to Apurimac Canyon
Day 4 Head for the ruins of Choquequirao
Day 5 Explore Choquequirao
Day 6 Grab your walking boots and head for Maizal
Day 7 Traverse Abra San Juan Pass
Day 8 Hike to Aguas Calientes
Day 9 Spend a day in Machu Picchu
Day 10 Head back to Cusco, prepare for departure

The long-lost Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is high on the list of must-see sites in Peru. But perhaps the most memorable way of reaching its mountain-top walls is by following in the footsteps of the Inca themselves. For it is only from this vantage point that you can begin to understand the extraordinary effort involved in constructing this monument. So slip on your hiking boots for a trip of a lifetime through river valleys, canyons and mountain passes during this ten-day tour. See tour.

Like the idea of a trip to Peru but don’t have 10 days to spare? Check out other duration ideas in our how many days to spend in Peru. If you’d like to design your own itinerary, connect with our travel experts in Peru.

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