17 days in Peru Itinerary

17 days in Peru Itinerary

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17 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  25​h
1
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Puno
— 2 nights
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  11​h 15​min
3
Machu Picchu
— 1 day
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Cusco
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Trujillo
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Iquitos
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Tel Aviv

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Centre of Arequipa and Cathedral of Arequipa Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Canon de Cotahuasi and Yanahuara. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Miguel Arcangel, and contemplate the long history of Petroglifos de Toro Muerto.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Arequipa tour itinerary builder tool .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Arequipa is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Arequipa, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Tel Aviv, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Arequipa, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Petroglifos de Toro Muerto
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Canon de Cotahuasi ©
Canon de Cotahuasi
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa ©
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa

2
nights
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 24th (Sat), stroll the grounds of Sillustani and then explore the activities along Lake Titicaca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Puno trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Arequipa to Puno takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in August, plan for much colder nights in Puno, with lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Puno

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

1
day
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 26th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Los Jardines de Mandor, explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, and then explore the ancient world of Intipuncu.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Puno to Machu Picchu by car takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

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.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi. Explore hidden gems such as Sacred Valley of the Incas and Q'enqo. Venture out of the city with trips to San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas (in Andahuaylillas) and Moray (in Maras). Treat yourself to a day of pampering on the 30th (Fri) at some of the best spas. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Tipon.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip planner.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by combination of train and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In August in Cusco, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Spas Tours

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Moray, San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas
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Moray ©
Moray
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Trujillo

Trujillo ©
Considered the country's capital of culture, Trujillo was the birthplace of the North Group, a community of artists and intellectuals that included celebrated poet Cesar Vallejo and notable novelist Ciro Alegria.
On the 31st (Sat), steep yourself in history at Huaca del Sol y la Luna, steep yourself in history at Iglesia de San Francisco, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Trujillo, then explore the ancient world of Chan Chan, and finally make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): explore the ancient world of Site Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de Santo Domingo, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Trujillo - Catedral de Santa Maria.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Trujillo online visit planner .

Getting from Cusco to Trujillo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect warmer evenings in Trujillo when traveling from Cusco in August, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites

Side Trip

La Huaca del Sol
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La Huaca del Sol ©
La Huaca del Sol
Chan Chan ©
Chan Chan
Site Museum ©
Site Museum

2
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Amazon Rescue Center and Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Iguana Lodge & Camp. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at La Isla De Los Monos and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Juan Bautista.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Iquitos day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Trujillo to Iquitos takes 5.5 hours. When traveling from Trujillo in September, plan for much warmer days in Iquitos, with highs around 38°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Iguana Lodge & Camp
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
La Isla De Los Monos ©
La Isla De Los Monos
Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm ©
Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm

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