16 days in Peru Itinerary

16 days in Peru Itinerary

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16 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Medellin
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Lima
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h
2
Ica
— 1 night
3
Arequipa
— 1 night
bus:  5​h 30​min
4
Puno
— 2 nights
bus:  6​h 30​min
5
Cusco
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Ollantaytambo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
8
Cusco
— 1 night
9
Lima
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Medellin

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro).

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Lima trip maker tool .

Medellin, Colombia to Lima is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Medellin, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Lima, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Fri) before leaving for Ica.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©

1
night
Ica

Ica ©
Located on the Ica River in the desert areas of Peru's southern coast, the city of Ica stands as something of an oasis in the dry, barren landscape.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Oasis of Huacachina. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): do a tasting at Tacama, then examine the collection at Regional Museum of Ica, and then explore the activities along Oasis of Huacachina. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Plaza de Armas, then learn about winemaking at El Catador, and then take in breathtaking views at Canon de los Perdidos.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ica trip itinerary builder .

You can take a bus from Lima to Ica in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Ica are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Ica

Nature Parks Wineries
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
El Catador ©
El Catador
Regional Museum of Ica
Regional Museum of Ica
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

1
night
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 29th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, then admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas, and finally admire the striking features of La Mansion del Fundador. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, admire the striking features of Casa del Moral, then examine the collection at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, then take in panoramic vistas at Yanahuara, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista).

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Arequipa itinerary planner .

Fly from Ica to Arequipa in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Ica in December, with highs in Arequipa at 24°C and lows at 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

2
nights
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.
On the 31st (Tue), head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands and then head off the coast to Taquile Island.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Puno trip planner.

You can drive from Arequipa to Puno in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 3°C in Puno. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands

3
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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, classes, trails, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, explore the activities along Humantay Lake, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and trek along exploor.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Puno to Cusco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Puno in January since evenings lows in Cusco dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
exploor ©
exploor
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo ©
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
On the 4th (Sat), sample the tasty concoctions at Cerveceria Willkamayu, then contemplate the long history of Salinas de Maras, and then contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Ollantaytambo road trip planning website .

You can take a bus from Cusco to Ollantaytambo in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Ollantaytambo can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Urubamba, Salinas de Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Zipline
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor. Here are some ideas for day two: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes).

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Machu Picchu trip planner .

You can take a train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trip

Zipline
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Zipline
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

1
night
Cusco

Cusco
For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cusco road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll set off for Lima on the 8th (Wed).

Things to do in Cusco

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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1
night
Lima

Your day-by-day itinerary now includes San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro). Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): stroll through Playa Penascal, take a leisurely stroll along Miraflores Boardwalk, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro). On the next day, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms and then stroll through Playa Kon-Tiki.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lima trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Lima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cusco in January: highs in Lima hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Room Escape Games
Miraflores Boardwalk ©
Miraflores Boardwalk

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