17 days in Peru Itinerary

17 days in Peru Itinerary

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Start: Toronto
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Cusco
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
2
Machu Picchu
— 3 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  6 h
3
Puerto Maldonado
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Arequipa
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Trujillo
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 45 min
6
Paracas
— 2 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  16 h
End: Toronto

2
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 Q'enqo. Popular historic sites such as Sacsayhuaman and San Blas are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and explore the world behind art at Museo Maximo Laura.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Cusco is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. When traveling from Toronto in March, plan for warmer days in Cusco, with highs around 23°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Horseback Riding Tours

3
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 7th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Phutuq K'usi, then contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, and then get great views at Intipuncu. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Banos Termales de Cocalmayo.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu trip itinerary tool.

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 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Maldonado.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, Sitio arqueológico Pinkuylluna
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Sitio arqueológico Pinkuylluna ©
Sitio arqueológico Pinkuylluna

3
nights
Puerto Maldonado

Puerto Maldonado ©
Puerto Maldonado sits at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers in the Amazon rainforest.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Inkaterra Ecological Reserve and Lago Sandoval. Escape the urban bustle at Panthera Sanctuary and Jungle Nature Hikes. The adventure continues: choose your vessel at Puerto Maldonado Tours, take a peaceful walk through Monkey Island, make a trip to Puente Billinghurst, and stop by Native Community of Ese"Ejas.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Maldonado vacation app.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Puerto Maldonado by combination of train, bus, and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Puerto Maldonado can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puerto Maldonado

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Lago Sandoval
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Lago Sandoval ©
Lago Sandoval
Puerto Maldonado Tours ©
Puerto Maldonado Tours
Inkaterra Ecological Reserve ©
Inkaterra Ecological Reserve

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, and then stroll through Santuario Nacional Lagunas de Mejia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): examine the collection at Casa Museo Villalobos, get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, then see the interesting displays at Monasterio de la Recoleta, then take a stroll through Yanahuara, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Colca Canyon.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Arequipa trip builder website.

You can fly from Puerto Maldonado to Arequipa in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Puerto Maldonado in March: high temperatures in Arequipa hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Arequipa

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Colca Canyon
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus ©
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery

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 15th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Chan Chan, contemplate the long history of Huaca El Dragon, then contemplate the long history of La Huaca del Sol, and finally steep yourself in history at Site Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Trujillo tour planner.

You can fly from Arequipa to Trujillo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Arequipa in March, with highs in Trujillo at 28°C and lows at 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Paracas.

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
Site Museum ©
Site Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Museo Arqueologico Paracas. On your second day here, head off the coast to Islas Ballestas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yumaque Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de la Mina.

Start your trip to Paracas by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Trujillo to Paracas by car takes about 12 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Trujillo in March: highs in Paracas hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Museo Arqueologico Paracas, Tacama
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Supay Beach ©
Supay Beach
Tacama ©
Tacama
Playa de la Mina
Playa de la Mina

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