17 days in Peru Itinerary

17 days in Peru Itinerary

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17 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Bogota
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Cusco
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
2
Machu Picchu
— 3 nights
Drive:  11​h 15​min
3
Puno
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Paracas
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Lima
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Bogota

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cerro Colorado Vinicunca and Sacred Valley of the Incas. There's lots more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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

Bogota, Colombia to Cusco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Horseback Riding Tours
exploor ©
exploor
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
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 20th (Fri): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for gifts at Artesanias, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, and finally catch some excitement at Samay Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, and then take in the awesome beauty at Phutuq K'usi.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Machu Picchu planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks Wildlife Adventure

Side Trip

Zipline
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Zipline
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor
Phutuq K'usi ©
Phutuq K'usi

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Titicaca and Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez. Go for a jaunt from Puno to Lampa to see Iglesia Apostol Santiago about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the activities along Lake Umayo, appreciate the history behind Arco Deustua, and step off the mainland to explore Uros Floating Islands.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Puno trip itinerary website .

Drive from Machu Picchu to Puno in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Puno are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Iglesia Apostol Santiago
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Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Speed Boats Tours
Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island

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.
On the 26th (Thu), have some family-friendly fun at Patio del Ekeko, examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, and then experience the excitement of Arequipa Massage. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at La Iberica, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Chachani.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Arequipa trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Puno to Arequipa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Arequipa when traveling from Puno in December, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paracas.

Things to do in Arequipa

Fun & Games Museums Nature
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Arequipa Massage ©
Arequipa Massage
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

2
nights
Paracas

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa El Raspon, enjoy the sand and surf at Supay Beach, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Islas Ballestas, then take in the exciting artwork at Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino., and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mendieta.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Paracas vacation builder tool .

Fly from Arequipa to Paracas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Paracas: highs are around 28°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lima.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Supay Beach ©
Supay Beach
Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas
Parasailing & Paragliding

1
night
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 30th (Mon): explore the galleries of Galeria Indigo and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo and then step off the mainland to explore Palomino.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lima trip maker site .

Getting from Paracas to Lima by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Lima can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Palomino
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palomino ©
Palomino
Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo ©

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