17 days in Peru Itinerary

17 days in Peru Itinerary

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Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
Cusco
— 1 night
Shuttle:  1 h
2
Ollantaytambo
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
3
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Fly:  11 h 15 min
4
Puno
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
5
Lima
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
6
Ica
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
7
Arequipa
— 1 night
Fly:  11 h 45 min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman and then admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cusco trip planner.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Cusco is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from San Juan to Cusco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Juan in January, expect nights in Cusco to be cooler, around 9°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

2
nights
Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo ©
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries, take in the exciting artwork at ALQA - Gallery of Andean Expressions, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Qosqo Ayllu, and finally delve into the distant past at Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ollantaytambo route maker website.

You can take a shuttle from Cusco to Ollantaytambo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Ollantaytambo sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. You'll set off for Machu Picchu on the 13th (Mon).

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries ©
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo ©
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo
Qosqo Ayllu ©
Qosqo Ayllu

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.
On the 14th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then admire the natural beauty at Mandor.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Machu Picchu trip planner.

Take a train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll set off for Puno on the 15th (Wed).

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Mandor ©
Mandor

1
night
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 16th (Thu), step off the mainland to explore Uros Floating Islands and then head off the coast to Taquile Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, appreciate the history behind Arco Deustua, and then steep yourself in history at La Casa del Corregidor.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Puno travel route planner.

You can fly from Machu Picchu to Puno in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Puno sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lake Titicaca
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
La Casa del Corregidor ©
La Casa del Corregidor
Arco Deustua ©
Arco Deustua

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, thentake an in-depth tour of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, and finally don't miss a visit to Miraflores. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then view the masterpieces at Galeria Indigo.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lima visit website.

Traveling by flight from Puno to Lima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Puno in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Lima, with highs around 31°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Ica.

Things to do in Lima

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Regional Museum of Ica and Tacama. Step out of Ica to go to Paracas and see Off-Road Tours, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, examine the collection at Javier Cabrera Scientific Museum, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, and contemplate the waterfront views at Oasis of Huacachina.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ica trip maker tool.

You can drive from Lima to Ica in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Ica, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Ica

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Off-Road Tours
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tacama ©
Tacama
Regional Museum of Ica
Regional Museum of Ica

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): look for gifts at La Iberica, steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, thensee the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, thenget engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Arequipa tour builder tool.

Fly from Ica to Arequipa in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Ica in January; daily highs in Arequipa reach 23°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

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