15 days in Peru Itinerary

15 days in Peru Itinerary

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15 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Cusco
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  3​h
2
Puno
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Arequipa
— 2 nights
4
Lima
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Trujillo
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
6
Mancora
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
7
Tarapoto
— 1 day
Fly:  1​h 30​min
8
Iquitos
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sacred Valley of the Incas and River Rafting & Tubing. Visiting Horseback Riding Tours and Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Iglesia de Urubamba in Urubamba (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the ancient world of Q'enqo, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Company of Jesus Church.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cusco route maker site .

Amsterdam, Holland to Cusco is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Peru Time is minus 6 hours. When traveling from Amsterdam in February, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Cusco: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Puno.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Iglesia de Urubamba
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Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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 10th (Mon), stroll the grounds of Sillustani, make a trip to Catedral de Puno, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca. Keep things going the next day: race across the water with a speed boat tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia San Antonio, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fertility Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Catedral de Chucuito.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Puno online journey planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cusco to Puno takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in February, plan for little chillier nights in Puno, with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puno

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Fertility Temple
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Sillustani ©
Sillustani
Speed Boats Tours
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the world behind art at San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery, examine the collection at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, enjoy breathtaking views from Yanahuara, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, then steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Misti.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Arequipa holiday planner.

Drive from Puno to Arequipa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Puno in February, Arequipa is a bit warmer at night with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Arequipa

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Volcan Misti ©
Volcan Misti
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Yanahuara ©
Yanahuara

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.
On the 14th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Lima, then contemplate the long history of Centro Historico de Lima, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of San Isidro.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lima visit planning app .

Getting from Arequipa to Lima by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in February, things will get a bit warmer in Lima: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Spas
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Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima
San Isidro ©
San Isidro
Cathedral of Lima ©
Cathedral of Lima

1
night
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 15th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Huaca del Sol y la Luna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Mansiche, delve into the distant past at Chan Chan, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Trujillo - Catedral de Santa Maria.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Trujillo trip maker website .

Getting from Lima to Trujillo by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Lima in February, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Trujillo: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mancora.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites

Side Trip

La Huaca del Sol
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Chan Chan ©
Chan Chan
La Huaca del Sol ©
La Huaca del Sol

1
night
Mancora

In a busy little beach town, Mancora tourism industry continues to grow, largely thanks to the sunniest climate of any region in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then kick back and relax at Las Pocitas Beach.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mancora online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Trujillo to Mancora takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Trujillo in February, expect Mancora to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tarapoto.

Things to do in Mancora

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
day
Tarapoto

Tarapoto ©
As a busy commercial hub of northern Peru, Tarapoto straddles the foothills of the Andes and a high jungle plateau characterized by lush cloud forests.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): explore the activities along Laguna Sauce.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tarapoto tour planning site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Mancora to Tarapoto in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Tarapoto are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Tarapoto

Nature Parks
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Laguna Sauce ©
Laguna Sauce

2
nights
Iquitos

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.
On the 18th (Tue), wander the streets of Belen, identify plant and animal life at Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, then look for gifts at Centro Artesanal Turistico Anaconda, and finally identify plant and animal life at La Isla De Los Monos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then identify plant and animal life at Amazon Rescue Center, and then make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Iquitos.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Iquitos trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Tarapoto to Iquitos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, daily temperatures in Iquitos can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm ©
Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm
Nature & Wildlife Tours
La Isla De Los Monos ©
La Isla De Los Monos

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