17 days in Peru Itinerary

17 days in Peru Itinerary

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17 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Trujillo
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Puno
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  3​h
4
Cusco
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
5
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
train + taxi:  2​h
6
Maras
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Iquitos
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: London

1
night
Trujillo

Trujillo ©
Considered the country's capital of culture, Trujillo was the birthplace of the North Group, a community of artists and intellectuals that included celebrated poet Cesar Vallejo and notable novelist Ciro Alegria.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Huaca del Sol y la Luna, then delve into the distant past at Chan Chan, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Cao. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Site Museum, then contemplate the long history of Casa Urquiaga (Casa Calonge), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Trujillo - Catedral de Santa Maria, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Trujillo visit planner.

London, UK to Trujillo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from London to Trujillo, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites Museums
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Huaca del Sol y la Luna ©
Huaca del Sol y la Luna
Chan Chan ©
Chan Chan
Site Museum ©
Site Museum

2
nights
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Yanahuara, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, then see the interesting displays at Cathedral of Arequipa Museum, then see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista). Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Virreinal Santa Teresa, admire the landmark architecture of La Mansion del Fundador, then contemplate the long history of Molino de Sabandia, and finally don't miss a visit to Iglesia de San Miguel Arcangel.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Arequipa trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Trujillo to Arequipa by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Trujillo in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 9°C in Arequipa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus ©
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus

2
nights
Puno

Puno ©
Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island and then head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands. On your second day here, make a trip to Catedral de Puno, stroll the grounds of Sillustani, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Puno day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Arequipa to Puno takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in August, plan for cooler nights in Puno, with lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Sillustani ©
Sillustani
Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi. Get some historical perspective at Sacred Valley of the Incas and Q'enqo. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, pause for some serene contemplation at The Company of Jesus Church, and steep yourself in history at Tipon.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco online travel planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Puno to Cusco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puno in August, Cusco is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
River Rafting & Tubing

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then get great views at Intipuncu. On the next day, look for gifts at Machu Picchu market adjacent to the train station, take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, and finally take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes).

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Machu Picchu trip builder site .

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Maras.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

1
night
Maras

Maras ©
Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. On the 15th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Urubamba Weavers' Route, see the interesting displays at Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva, then explore the striking landscape at Salinas de Maras, and finally make a trip to Moray.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Maras tour itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Machu Picchu to Maras in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Maras can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Maras

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Urubamba Weavers' Route, Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva
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Moray ©
Moray
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Urubamba Weavers' Route ©
Urubamba Weavers' Route

3
nights
Iquitos

Iquitos ©
The largest city in the Peruvian Amazon and the world's largest metropolis unreachable by road, Iquitos represents a major starting point for river and rainforest adventures.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Amazon Rescue Center. La Isla De Los Monos and Quistacocha Zoo will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, delve into the lush surroundings at Jairo mejia prado, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Juan Bautista, and don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Iquitos.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Iquitos driving holiday planner .

Getting from Maras to Iquitos by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Maras in August, expect nights in Iquitos to be much warmer, around 25°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Amazon Rescue Center ©
Amazon Rescue Center
La Isla De Los Monos ©
La Isla De Los Monos
Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm ©
Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm

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