16 days in Peru Itinerary

16 days in Peru Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Peru tour planner

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Arequipa
— 2 nights
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Cusco
— 5 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu
— 1 night
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Lima
— 2 nights
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Iquitos
— 3 nights
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Arequipa

— 2 nights

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
On the 21st (Mon), contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, stop by La Iberica, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, and finally wander the wide-open spaces of Mundo Alpaca. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Miguel Arcangel, don't miss a visit to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus, then examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Arequipa trip planner.

London, UK to Arequipa is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Arequipa due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in March, with highs in Arequipa at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

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Cusco

— 5 nights

Imperial City

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 some cultural sightseeing at Sacsayhuaman and Horseback Riding Tours. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas and exploor. Spend the 25th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, and stroll through Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cusco trip itinerary builder site.

Fly from Arequipa to Cusco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Cusco, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

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Machu Picchu

— 1 night
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 28th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Natura Spa Healing Hands.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu online trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 29:

Lima

— 2 nights

City of the Kings

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Casa de Aliaga, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church and Sanctuary of Saint Rose of Lima. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, take a stroll through San Isidro, and then wander the streets of Miraflores.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lima trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Lima takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. March in Lima sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Iquitos

— 3 nights

Capital of the Peruvian Amazon

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Amazon Rescue Center. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Iguana Lodge & Camp and Spas. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museum of Historic Boats.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Iquitos online tour planner.

You can fly from Lima to Iquitos in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. While traveling from Lima, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Iquitos, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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Peru travel guide

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Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.