17 days in Peru Itinerary

17 days in Peru Itinerary

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17 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  21​h
1
Lima
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Trujillo
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Arequipa
— 3 nights
4
Cusco
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  4​h
5
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  28​h
End: London

4
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.
Visit Huaca Pucllana and Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Miraflores and Larco Museum. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Lima, admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), take a stroll through Barranco, and take in the views from Bridge of Sighs.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lima holiday planner.

London, UK to Lima is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Peru Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in May: high temperatures in Lima hover around 26°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Huaca del Sol y la Luna, explore the ancient world of Museo Huacas de Moche, then contemplate the long history of Casa Urquiaga, and finally delve into the distant past at Chan Chan.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Trujillo trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Lima to Trujillo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Trujillo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Trujillo

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Chan Chan ©
Chan Chan
Huaca del Sol y la Luna ©
Huaca del Sol y la Luna
La Huaca del Sol ©
La Huaca del Sol

3
nights
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Historic Centre of Arequipa and Yanahuara. Monasterio de Santa Catalina and Monasterio de la Recoleta are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista), contemplate the geological forces at El Misti, and examine the collection at Cathedral of Arequipa Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Arequipa tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Trujillo to Arequipa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Arequipa when traveling from Trujillo in May, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

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Monasterio de Santa Catalina ©
Monasterio de Santa Catalina
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

5
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.
Popular historic sites such as Sacsayhuaman and Centro Historico De Cusco are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Plaza de Armas and Sacred Valley of the Incas. Venture out of the city with trips to Ollantaytambo (Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries & Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of San Blas, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Art Museum, explore the ancient world of Choquequirao, and pause for some serene contemplation at Convento de Santo Domingo.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cusco trip generator.

Getting from Arequipa to Cusco by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 4°C in Cusco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ollantaytambo, Choquequirao Archeological Park, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Machu Picchu and then look for gifts at Artesanias. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Machu Picchu market adjacent to the train station, then explore the ancient world of Winawayna, then identify plant and animal life at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, and finally explore the ancient world of Machu Picchu Cusco Trek.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Machu Picchu holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

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