16 days in Peru Itinerary

16 days in Peru Itinerary

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16 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Salt Lake City
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Iquitos
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Trujillo
— 1 day
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Lima
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Paracas
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Nazca
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
6
Arequipa
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Puno
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Maras
— 1 night
taxi + train:  2​h
9
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
10
Cusco
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Salt Lake City

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day
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): push the limits with an extreme tour, identify plant and animal life at Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, look for all kinds of wild species at Amazon Rescue Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at La Isla De Los Monos, and finally stop by Centro Artesanal Turistico Anaconda.

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Salt Lake City, USA to Iquitos is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Salt Lake City to Iquitos is 2 hours. When traveling from Salt Lake City in July, plan for little chillier days in Iquitos, with highs around 88°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm ©
Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm
La Isla De Los Monos ©
La Isla De Los Monos
Amazon Rescue Center ©
Amazon Rescue Center

1
day
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.
On the 18th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Trujillo - Catedral de Santa Maria, delve into the distant past at Chan Chan, delve into the distant past at El Brujo, then steep yourself in history at Huaca del Sol y la Luna, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Moderno, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Trujillo online tour planner .

Getting from Iquitos to Trujillo by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Iquitos in July, with highs in Trujillo at 69°F and lows at 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Chan Chan ©
Chan Chan
Huaca del Sol y la Luna ©
Huaca del Sol y la Luna

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, view the masterpieces at Galeria Indigo, delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Lima, and finally wander the streets of Centro Historico de Lima.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lima online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Trujillo to Lima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Lima are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Paracas.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Cathedral of Lima ©
Cathedral of Lima
Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana

1
night
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 20th (Sat): browse the exhibits of Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino., take an in-depth tour of Paracas History Museum - Juan Navarro Hierro, then make a trip to The Chandelier, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Roja, and finally head off the coast to Islas Ballestas.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Paracas driving holiday website .

Traveling by car from Lima to Paracas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Lima in July, Paracas is a bit cooler at night with lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nazca.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Roja ©
Playa Roja
Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas

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night
Nazca

Nazca ©
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): delve into the distant past at Cahuachi, stop by Taller de Artesania "Andres Calle Flores", get engrossed in the history at Didactic Museum Antonini (Museo Antonini), then delve into the distant past at Cantalloc Aqueduct, then stroll the grounds of Cementerio Chauchilla, and finally make a trip to Nasca Lines.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Nazca using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paracas to Nazca takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Nazca

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Cahuachi ©
Cahuachi
Cementerio Chauchilla ©
Cementerio Chauchilla
Cantalloc Aqueduct ©
Cantalloc Aqueduct

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day
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 22nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, examine the collection at Cathedral of Arequipa Museum, steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, then wander the streets of Yanahuara, and finally admire all the interesting features of Mundo Alpaca.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Arequipa day trip website .

You can drive from Nazca to Arequipa in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Arequipa can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus ©
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Cathedral of Arequipa Museum ©
Cathedral of Arequipa Museum

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night
Puno

Puno ©
Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, then head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands, then delve into the distant past at Sillustani, and finally explore and take pictures at Enrique Torres Belon Stadium.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Puno road trip website .

Getting from Arequipa to Puno by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Arequipa in July, plan for slightly colder days in Puno, with highs around 64°F, while nights are colder with lows around 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Maras.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Sillustani ©
Sillustani
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands

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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. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Moray, then explore the striking landscape at Salinas de Maras, then examine the collection at Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva, and finally trek along Urubamba Weavers' Route.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Maras travel route planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Puno to Maras in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puno in July, Maras is a bit warmer at night with lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Urubamba Weavers' Route, Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva
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Moray ©
Moray
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
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.
On the 25th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Intipuncu, then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and then steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then take in the natural beauty of Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, then make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac, and finally identify plant and animal life at Los Jardines de Mandor.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Machu Picchu driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Maras to Machu Picchu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Santa Teresa
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Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

4
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.
Let the collections at Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco and Museo de Arte Precolombino capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Horseback Riding Tours and Tipon. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Q'enqo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha, steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco online sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in Cusco sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
River Rafting & Tubing

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