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
— 1 night
Bus:  5​h 30​min
2
Puno
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  3​h
3
Cusco
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3​h 15​min
4
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Cusco
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
6
Paracas
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
7
Ica
— 2 nights
Bus:  4​h
8
Lima
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Seattle

1
night
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
On the 9th (Mon), admire the striking features of Yanahuara, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista), then experience the excitement of Arequipa Massage, and finally explore the world behind art at San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas, then examine the collection at Cathedral of Arequipa Museum, then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, and finally examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Arequipa online itinerary planner .

Seattle, USA to Arequipa is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Peru Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Arequipa when traveling from Seattle in September, with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa ©
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa

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.
On the 11th (Wed), step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island, then take some stellar pictures from Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez, and then steep yourself in history at La Casa del Corregidor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca and then stroll the grounds of Sillustani.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Puno itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Arequipa to Puno in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in September, expect Puno to be a bit cooler, temps between 66°F and 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
La Casa del Corregidor ©
La Casa del Corregidor

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco tour itinerary planning app .

You can 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 September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 41°F in Cusco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Spas
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Spas

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Banos Termales de Cocalmayo. Explore hidden gems such as Intipuncu and River Rafting & Tubing. There's more to do: look for gifts at Mapi Art.

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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 up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Banos Termales de Cocalmayo
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Mapi Art ©
Mapi Art

1
night
Cusco

Cusco
To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip itinerary site .

Do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You will leave for Paracas on the 17th (Tue).

Things to do in Cusco

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

2
nights
Paracas

A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
On the 17th (Tue), examine the collection at Museo De Sitio Julio C Tello De Paracas, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then stroll through Supay Beach. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino., then get engrossed in the history at Museo Arqueologico Paracas, then don't miss a visit to The Chandelier, and finally kick back and relax at Playa Roja.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Paracas tour itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Paracas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 57°F in Paracas. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Ica.

Things to do in Paracas

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Museo Arqueologico Paracas
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Playa Roja ©
Playa Roja
Supay Beach ©
Supay Beach

2
nights
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 19th (Thu): explore the activities along Laguna de Huacachina, examine the collection at Regional Museum of Ica, and then do a tasting at Tacama. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Plaza de Armas, then enjoy breathtaking views from Parque De Las Brujas De Cachiche, and then explore the stunning scenery at Canon de los Perdidos.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ica trip planner .

Take a bus from Paracas to Ica in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Ica can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Lima.

Things to do in Ica

Parks Nature Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Parque De Las Brujas De Cachiche ©
Parque De Las Brujas De Cachiche
Tacama ©
Tacama
Regional Museum of Ica
Regional Museum of Ica

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Miraflores, delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro) and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lima journey planner.

You can take a bus from Ica to Lima in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. In September, daily temperatures in Lima can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Miraflores ©
Miraflores

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