11 days in Cusco, Lima & Monterrey Itinerary

11 days in Cusco, Lima & Monterrey Itinerary

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11 days in Cusco, Lima & Monterrey Itinerary

Start: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
3
Monterrey, Mexico
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 15​min
End: Playa del Carmen, Mexico

4
nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Change things up with a short trip to Salinas de Maras in Maras (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, explore the ancient world of Sacred Valley of the Incas, stop by Hilo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cusco online trip maker .

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Cusco is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight. When traveling from Playa del Carmen in January, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Cusco: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Nature

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

3
nights
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
Lima is known for parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, take a stroll through Miraflores, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and ponder the world of politics at Palacio de Torre Tagle.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lima trip planner .

Fly from Cusco to Lima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cusco in January: highs in Lima hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Monterrey.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

2
nights
Monterrey, Mexico

Monterrey ©
An industrial powerhouse and a major transportation hub close to the Texas border, Monterrey offers visitors a blend of culture, art, and history.
Monterrey is known for parks, historic sites, museums, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parque Ecologico Chipinque, examine the collection at Museo del Acero Horno 3, Head underground at Grutas de Garcia, and take an in-depth tour of 3 Museos.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Monterrey trip builder site .

Fly from Lima to Monterrey in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, car, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time (PET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterrey

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Parque Ecologico Chipinque ©
Parque Ecologico Chipinque
Parque Fundidora ©
Parque Fundidora
Paseo de Santa Lucia ©
Paseo de Santa Lucia

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