16 days in Peru Itinerary

16 days in Peru Itinerary

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16 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  17​h
1
Lima
— 3 nights
Bus:  4​h
2
Ica
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  4​h
3
Cusco
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3​h 30​min
4
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  12​h 30​min
5
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Seattle

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.
Miraflores and Barranco are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Centro Historico de Lima, examine the collection at National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History, take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, and steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lima online driving holiday planner .

Seattle, USA to Lima is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Peru Time (PET), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Seattle in September: highs in Lima hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Ica.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Miraflores ©
Miraflores

1
night
Ica

Ica ©
Located on the Ica River in the desert areas of Peru's southern coast, the city of Ica stands as something of an oasis in the dry, barren landscape.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Regional Museum of Ica, do a tasting at Ocucaje, then learn about winemaking at El Catador, and finally do a tasting at Tacama.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ica itinerary planner .

Take a bus from Lima to Ica in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Ica can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Ica

Wineries Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tacama ©
Tacama
Regional Museum of Ica
Regional Museum of Ica
Ocucaje ©
Ocucaje

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at San Blas and Centro Historico De Cusco. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, get in on the family fun at Manu Wildlife Peru, see the interesting displays at Qorikancha, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cusco trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Ica to Cusco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ica in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Cusco, with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
San Blas ©
San Blas
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then stroll through Mariposario de Machupicchu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Intipuncu, delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, then examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, and finally identify plant and animal life at Los Jardines de Mandor.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Machu Picchu tour itinerary website .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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.
Santa Catalina Monastery and Museo Santuarios Andinos are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Yanahuara, admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas, browse the exhibits of Cathedral of Arequipa Museum, and take a stroll through Sachaca.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Arequipa trip website .

You can drive from Machu Picchu to Arequipa in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos
Monasterio de la Recoleta ©
Monasterio de la Recoleta

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