16 days in Peru Itinerary

16 days in Peru Itinerary

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16 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Leeds
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  26 h
1
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Cusco
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h
3
Puerto Maldonado
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Arequipa
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Trujillo
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 45 min
6
Iquitos
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  27 h
End: Leeds

1
night
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 12th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then explore the ancient world of Intipuncu. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna and then admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Machu Picchu day trip planner.

Leeds, UK to Machu Picchu is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Peru Time is minus 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

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.
Get some cultural insight at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi and Sacred Valley of the Incas. Get some historical perspective at Tipon and Salinas de Maras. It doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cusco day trip planning website .

You can take a train from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Puerto Maldonado.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Salinas de Maras
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Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Tipon ©
Tipon

2
nights
Puerto Maldonado

Puerto Maldonado ©
Puerto Maldonado sits at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers in the Amazon rainforest.
Take a break from the city and head to Inkaterra Ecological Reserve and Monkey Island. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Panthera Sanctuary and Native Community of Ese"Ejas. Spend the 17th (Mon) exploring nature at Sandoval Lake. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Mariposario Tambopata.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Maldonado travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Cusco in September, things will get much hotter in Puerto Maldonado: highs are around 39°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puerto Maldonado

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Lago Sandoval ©
Lago Sandoval
Inkaterra Ecological Reserve ©
Inkaterra Ecological Reserve
Monkey Island ©
Monkey Island

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.
On the 20th (Thu), enjoy breathtaking views from Yanahuara, then make a trip to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus, then get impressive views of El Misti, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus. On your second day here, browse the exhibits of Cathedral of Arequipa Museum, steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, then see the interesting displays at Monasterio de Santa Catalina, then take in breathtaking views at Colca Canyon, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Arequipa travel site .

Getting from Puerto Maldonado to Arequipa by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In September, Arequipa is cooler than Puerto Maldonado - with highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Colca Canyon
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Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa ©
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus ©
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus

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 22nd (Sat): explore the ancient world of Chan Chan, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Trujillo - Catedral de Santa Maria, and then make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Trujillo trip tool .

Getting from Arequipa to Trujillo by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Arequipa in September since evenings lows in Trujillo dip to 18°C. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Iquitos.

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
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.
On the 24th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, then look for all kinds of wild species at Amazon Rescue Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tapiche Reserve. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at La Isla De Los Monos and then make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Iquitos.

Make your Iquitos itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Trujillo to Iquitos takes 5 hours. When traveling from Trujillo in September, plan for much hotter days in Iquitos, with highs around 38°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Iquitos

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

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