17 days in Peru Itinerary

17 days in Peru Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Peru trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Lima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cusco
— 4 nights
Shuttle
3
Ollantaytambo
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Fly

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Lima

— 3 nights

City of the Kings

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 museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), take a stroll through Miraflores, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lima trip itinerary website.

Nuremberg, Germany to Lima is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Peru Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nuremberg in August: highs in Lima hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Cusco

— 4 nights

Imperial City

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.
On the 21st (Sat), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, steep yourself in history at Qorikancha, see exploor, and admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Cusco online vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in August, Cusco is cooler at night with lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can take a shuttle to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods

Ollantaytambo

— 4 nights
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ollantaytambo: Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas, appreciate the views at Patacancha Valley, contemplate the long history of Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Naupa Iglesia.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ollantaytambo online attractions planner.

You can take a shuttle from Cusco to Ollantaytambo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Teresa

— 2 nights
Just a stone's throw from Machu Picchu, Santa Teresa serves as an important stop-off point on several routes to the famous ruins.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Banos Termales de Cocalmayo and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Ollantaytambo to Santa Teresa in 3 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Fri) before leaving for Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure
Highlights from your trip

Machu Picchu

— 2 nights
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 28th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then take in nature's colorful creations at Mariposario de Machupicchu.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu trip app.

Explore your travel options from Santa Teresa to Machu Picchu with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Peru travel guide

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Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.