17 days in Peru Itinerary

17 days in Peru Itinerary

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Start: Cape Town
Fly:  19 h 30 min
1
Lima
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
2
Trujillo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Iquitos
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
4
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
6
Paracas
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
7
Cusco
— 3 nights
Fly:  21 h 45 min
End: Cape Town

2
nights
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 19th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico de Lima, get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), thenbrowse the exhibits of Galeria Indigo, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, thenstop by Miraflores, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Playa Kon-Tiki, and finally see Taxi Directo.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lima trip planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Lima is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Peru Standard Time (PET) is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Cape Town in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Lima, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums Beaches
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Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): steep yourself in history at Chan Chan, contemplate the long history of La Huaca del Sol, thendon't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Trujillo - Catedral de Santa Maria. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Site Museum and then get engrossed in the history at Cao Museum.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Trujillo online itinerary maker.

You can fly from Lima to Trujillo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites Museums

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

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 23rd (Thu), stop by Centro Artesanal Turistico Anaconda, thentour the pleasant surroundings at La Isla De Los Monos, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Amazon Rescue Center, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Iquitos vacation planner.

You can fly from Trujillo to Iquitos in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Trujillo in December: high temperatures in Iquitos hover around 37°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Amazon Rescue Center ©
Amazon Rescue Center
Nature & Wildlife Tours
La Isla De Los Monos ©
La Isla De Los Monos

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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 25th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, thenget to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Misti, thenmake a trip to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus, thenget a taste of life in the country at Mundo Alpaca, and finally examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Arequipa online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Iquitos to Arequipa takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Iquitos in December; daily highs in Arequipa reach 24°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa ©
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus ©
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus

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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.
On the 27th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then admire the natural beauty at Mandor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at Mariposario de Machupicchu, thenexplore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, and then take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu road trip site.

Fly from Arequipa to Machu Picchu in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Paracas.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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nights
Paracas

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
On the 29th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Museo De Sitio Julio C Tello De Paracas, thenkick back and relax at Playa Roja, thenexplore the galleries of Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino., and finally see Off-Road Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): explore the fascinating landscape at Paracas Nature Reserve, thenkick back and relax at Playa Mendieta, and then make a trip to The Chandelier.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Paracas day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Paracas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Paracas are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Paracas

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Roja ©
Playa Roja
Off-Road Tours
Museo De Sitio Julio C Tello De Paracas ©
Museo De Sitio Julio C Tello De Paracas

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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.
Do your shopping at Mercado Central de San Pedro and Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco. Step off the beaten path and head to Spas and Tambomachay. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, delve into the distant past at Tipon, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cusco visit planning website.

You can fly from Paracas to Cusco in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, Cusco is little chillier than Paracas - with highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Spas Shopping
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Spas

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