17 days in Peru Itinerary

17 days in Peru Itinerary

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17 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: St. Petersburg
Fly:  25​h
1
Arequipa
— 1 night
2
Cusco
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
3
Machu Picchu
— 3 nights
+2
train + foot + bus:  11​h 15​min
4
Puerto Maldonado
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Lima
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: St. Petersburg

1
night
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus and then examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery. Here are some ideas for day two: experience the excitement of Arequipa Massage, admire the striking features of Yanahuara, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, and finally make a trip to Plaza de Armas.

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St. Petersburg, Russia to Arequipa is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Arequipa. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from St. Petersburg in December, with highs in Arequipa at 24°C and lows at 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Spas Historic Sites
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Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos
Yanahuara ©
Yanahuara

4
nights
Cusco

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at San Blas and Plaza de Armas. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sacsayhuaman and Salinas de Maras. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco, pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas, and stop by Tiki Workshop.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cusco travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from Arequipa to Cusco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Cusco when traveling from Arequipa in December, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks 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
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Intipuncu, delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu trip planner .

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Puerto Maldonado.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

3
nights
Puerto Maldonado

Puerto Maldonado ©
Puerto Maldonado sits at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers in the Amazon rainforest.
Spend the 8th (Wed) exploring nature at Lago Sandoval. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Panthera Sanctuary, take a stroll through Native Community of Ese"Ejas, take in the views from Puente Billinghurst, and take a peaceful walk through Monkey Island.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Puerto Maldonado trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Puerto Maldonado takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January in Puerto Maldonado, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Puerto Maldonado

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Lago Sandoval ©
Lago Sandoval
Inkaterra Ecological Reserve ©
Inkaterra Ecological Reserve
Monkey Island ©
Monkey Island

3
nights
Lima

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.
Get some historical perspective at Centro Historico de Lima and San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Miraflores and Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Barranco, get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, and shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar).

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lima trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Puerto Maldonado to Lima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Puerto Maldonado in January, you will find days in Lima are slightly colder (31°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Miraflores ©
Miraflores
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©

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