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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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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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