17 days in Peru Itinerary

17 days in Peru Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Lima
— 3 nights
2
Lambayeque
— 2 nights
3
Arequipa
— 3 nights
4
Cusco
— 4 nights
5
Maras
— 1 night
6
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights

3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Larco and Museo de la Nacion. Popular historic sites such as Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas and San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro) are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru, admire the masterpieces at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima, steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Lima trip site.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Lima is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Peru Standard Time (PET), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect nights in Lima to be about the same, around °C, while days are slightly colder, around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lambayeque.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas ©
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana

2
nights
Lambayeque

Lambayeque ©
The main places to visit in Lambayeque are its archaeological museums, notable for their collections of artifacts.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Sican Museum, thenexamine the collection at Museo de Sitio de Tucume, and then make a trip to Piramedes de Pampagrande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Museo Afroperuano, thensee the interesting displays at Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Arqueologico Nacional Bruning.

To find photos and more tourist information, go to the Lambayeque online trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Lima to Lambayeque in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lima in December: highs in Lambayeque hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lambayeque

Museums

Side Trips

Museo Afroperuano, Sican Museum
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Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum ©
Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum
Sican Museum ©
Sican Museum
Museo Arqueologico Nacional Bruning ©
Museo Arqueologico Nacional Bruning

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Santa Catalina Monastery and Museo de Arte Virreinal. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, examine the collection at Museo del BCRP - Sede Arequipa, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Arequipa tour itinerary website.

You can fly from Lambayeque to Arequipa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Lambayeque in December, things will get little chillier in Arequipa: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
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Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos
Monasterio de la Recoleta ©
Monasterio de la Recoleta

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo de Arte Precolombino and Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco. Popular historic sites such as Sacsayhuaman and Centro Historico De Cusco are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Cusco to Urubamba to see Cerveceria Willkamayu about 1h 25 min away. Spend the 17th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas, explore the world behind art at Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Cusco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in December, expect slightly colder with lows of °C in Cusco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Maras.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Cerveceria Willkamayu
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha

1
night
Maras

Maras ©
Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. On the 21st (Mon), see the interesting displays at Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva, thendelve into the distant past at Moray, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Maras trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Cusco to Maras takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Maras sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva
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Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Moray ©
Moray
Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva ©
Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva

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 22nd (Tue): stroll through Mandor and then contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Mapi Art and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Banos Termales de Cocalmayo.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu tour builder website.

Getting from Maras to Machu Picchu by combination of taxi and train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Banos Termales de Cocalmayo
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Mandor ©
Mandor
Mapi Art ©
Mapi Art

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