17 days in Peru Itinerary

17 days in Peru Itinerary

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17 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Puno
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  3​h
3
Cusco
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3​h 30​min
4
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  16​h 30​min
5
Ica
— 1 night
Bus:  4​h
6
Lima
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Seattle

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 Monasterio de la Recoleta are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Yanahuara, appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, and sample the tasty concoctions at La Rotonda Taproom Arequipa.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Arequipa trip planner .

Seattle, USA to Arequipa is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Seattle to Arequipa. Traveling from Seattle in September, expect little chillier with lows of 49°F in Arequipa. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Parks 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

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Titicaca. On the 12th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Sillustani and then explore the activities along Lake Titicaca. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Catedral de Puno, then get great views at Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez, and then step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Puno trip planner.

You can drive from Arequipa to Puno in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in September, expect Puno to be little chillier, temps between 66°F and 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Catedral de Puno ©
Catedral de Puno

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like San Blas and Plaza de Armas. Step out of Cusco to go to Maras and see Salinas de Maras, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cusco day trip app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Puno to Cusco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Cusco when traveling from Puno in September, with lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Salinas de Maras
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 17th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Mariposario de Machupicchu, then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and then explore the ancient world of Intipuncu.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ica.

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

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.
On the 20th (Fri), explore the activities along Laguna de Huacachina, then see the interesting displays at Regional Museum of Ica, and then do a tasting at Tacama.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Ica trip simple and quick.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Ica by car takes about 16.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daytime highs in Ica are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Lima.

Things to do in Ica

Parks Nature Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Tacama ©
Tacama
Regional Museum of Ica
Regional Museum of Ica

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Miraflores and Huaca Pucllana. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Barranco, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar).

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lima trip planner .

You can take a bus from Ica to Lima in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. September in Lima sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Miraflores ©
Miraflores

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