17 days in Peru Itinerary

17 days in Peru Itinerary

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17 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Trujillo
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Piura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Mancora
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Chiclayo
— 1 night
Bus:  4​h
4
Cajamarca
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
Chachapoyas
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Tarapoto
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
7
Iquitos
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
End: Lima

2
nights
Piura

Piura ©
The first Spanish city established in an area now controlled by Peru, Piura was founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1532.
When in Piura, make a side trip to see Artesania Catacaos in Catacaos, approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll through Nadando con Tortugas en El Nuro, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Sitio Narihuala, make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Piura, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Vichayito.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Piura trip planner .

Trujillo to Piura is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Trujillo in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Piura: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mancora.

Things to do in Piura

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Catacaos, Playa Vichayito
Highlights from your plan
Basilica Catedral de Piura ©
Basilica Catedral de Piura
Plaza de Armas de Piura ©
Plaza de Armas de Piura
Universidad de Piura ©
Universidad de Piura

3
nights
Mancora

In a busy little beach town, Mancora tourism industry continues to grow, largely thanks to the sunniest climate of any region in the country.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Flymancora. On the 13th (Sun), take a tour by water with Flymancora and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Mancora, enjoy the sand and surf at Las Pocitas Beach, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

Plan my day in Mancora using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Piura to Mancora in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Piura in October, you will find days in Mancora are a bit cooler (30°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Chiclayo.

Things to do in Mancora

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spas & Wellness
Playa Mancora ©
Playa Mancora

1
night
Chiclayo

Chiclayo ©
With a population of 738,000, Chiclayo represents the fourth largest city in Peru and serves as the capital of the Lambayeque Region.
To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Chiclayo trip planner .

Drive from Mancora to Chiclayo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Mancora in October, Chiclayo is a bit cooler at night with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cajamarca.

Things to do in Chiclayo

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum
Highlights from your plan
Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum ©
Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum
Playa Pimentel ©
Playa Pimentel

2
nights
Cajamarca

Cajamarca ©
Located 2,750 m (8,900 ft) above sea level, the Andean city of Cajamarca experiences a mild highland climate, which, along with the area's fertile soil, has allowed agriculture to thrive.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Cumbemayo, don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Apolonia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Cajamarca, then make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Cajamarca, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Belén.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cajamarca day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Chiclayo to Cajamarca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Chiclayo in October, Cajamarca is little chillier at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Chachapoyas.

Things to do in Cajamarca

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cumbemayo ©
Cumbemayo
Plaza de Armas de Cajamarca ©
Plaza de Armas de Cajamarca
Cerro Santa Apolonia ©
Cerro Santa Apolonia

2
nights
Chachapoyas

Chachapoyas ©
A good base for exploring the surrounding cloud forests, Chachapoyas remains a small and laid-back town despite its growing popularity with international tourists.
You've now added Fortaleza de Kuelap to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Pomacochas and then delve into the distant past at Fortaleza de Kuelap. On the next day, make a trip to Centro Historico.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Chachapoyas trip site .

You can drive from Cajamarca to Chachapoyas in 8 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tarapoto.

Things to do in Chachapoyas

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Fortaleza de Kuelap ©
Fortaleza de Kuelap
Centro Historico ©
Centro Historico

3
nights
Tarapoto

Tarapoto ©
As a busy commercial hub of northern Peru, Tarapoto straddles the foothills of the Andes and a high jungle plateau characterized by lush cloud forests.
When in Tarapoto, make a side trip to see Castillo de Lamas in Lamas, approximately 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Laguna Sauce, admire the sheer force of Catarata Pucayaquillo, stroll through Centro Urku, and relax in the rural setting at Fabrica de Chocolates Orquidea.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tarapoto road trip site .

Getting from Chachapoyas to Tarapoto by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in October, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Tarapoto

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Castillo de Lamas
Highlights from your plan
Laguna Sauce ©
Laguna Sauce
Las Cataratas de Ahuashiyacu ©
Las Cataratas de Ahuashiyacu
Castillo de Lamas ©
Castillo de Lamas

3
nights
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.
Iquitos is known for parks, wildlife, zoos & aquariums, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Iquitos, look for gifts at Centro Artesanal Turistico Anaconda, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Quistococha Zoo.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Iquitos trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Tarapoto to Iquitos by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Quistococha Zoo ©
Quistococha Zoo
Plaza de Armas de Iquitos ©
Plaza de Armas de Iquitos