17 days in Peru Itinerary

17 days in Peru Itinerary

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17 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Playa del Carmen
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Lima
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
2
Huaraz
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Huascaran National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11​h
4
Yucay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Cusco
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 30​min
6
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 30​min
7
Cusco
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h
8
Ica
— 2 nights
+4
bus + taxi + Fly + foot + bus:  19​h 15​min
End: Playa del Carmen

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), Lima Bike Rental & Tours and Miraflores Boardwalk. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Miraflores, take in the waterfront at Miraflores Boardwalk, then get outside with Lima Bike Rental & Tours, and finally stroll around Parque Alfredo Salazar. On the next day, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar) and then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lima road trip tool .

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Lima is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in July, expect nights in Lima to be slightly colder, around 19°C, while days are colder, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Huaraz.

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Lima Bike Rental & Tours ©
Lima Bike Rental & Tours
Miraflores ©
Miraflores

1
night
Huaraz

Huaraz ©
One of the main cities in the Peruvian Andes, Huaraz mainly draws those seeking adventure out in the landscape.
On the 3rd (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Callejon de Conchucos.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Huaraz journey planner.

You can fly from Lima to Huaraz in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Lima in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Huaraz, with highs around 26°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Huascaran National Park.

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2
nights
Huascaran National Park

Huascaran National Park ©
A trip to Huascaran National Park allows visitors to explore part of the Cordillera Blanca, the world’s highest tropical mountain range.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): admire the verdant scenery at Cordillera Blanca Summit (K2 Peru Adventures) and then explore the activities along Lagunas de Llanganuco.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Huascaran National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Huaraz to Huascaran National Park in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Yucay.

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Lagunas de Llanganuco ©
Lagunas de Llanganuco
Cordillera Blanca Summit ©
Cordillera Blanca Summit

2
nights
Yucay

Yucay ©
Yucay is a town in southern Peru. Sacred Valley of the Incas has been added to your itinerary. On the next day, trek along Urubamba Weavers' Route, delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas, then head outdoors with Peruprofundo Adventure, and finally see the interesting displays at Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Yucay road trip planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Huascaran National Park to Yucay. In July in Yucay, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Cusco.

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Urubamba Weavers' Route, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peruprofundo Adventure
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Urubamba Weavers' Route ©
Urubamba Weavers' Route
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Peruprofundo Adventure ©
Peruprofundo Adventure

2
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Humantay Lake. On the 9th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Humantay Lake, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and then take a stroll through San Blas.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cusco trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yucay to Cusco takes 1.5 hours. July in Cusco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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San Blas ©
San Blas
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Humantay Lake ©
Humantay Lake

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Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Temple of the Sun. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Temple of the Sun and then delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Intipuncu, then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, and finally hunt for treasures at Mercado de Artesanias.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Shopping
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Temple of the Sun
Temple of the Sun
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

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night
Cusco

Cusco ©
On the 12th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, identify plant and animal life at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, delve into the distant past at Q'enqo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central de San Pedro, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Tipon, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then hike along exploor.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ica.

Things to do in Cusco

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exploor ©
exploor
Iglesia De Santo Domingo ©
Iglesia De Santo Domingo
Cusco Cathedral ©
Cusco Cathedral

2
nights
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.
You've now added Adrenaline & Extreme Tours to your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Playa Roja and Laguna de Huacachina. There's more to do: examine the collection at Regional Museum of Ica.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ica trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cusco to Ica takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much hotter in Ica, with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ica

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Side Trip

Playa Roja
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Regional Museum of Ica
Regional Museum of Ica
Playa Roja ©
Playa Roja

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