8 days in Cusco, Sacred Valley & Lima Itinerary

8 days in Cusco, Sacred Valley & Lima Itinerary

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— 3 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
— 2 nights


Cusco — 3 nights

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, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, and see exploor.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco travel planner.

Denver, USA to Cusco is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Denver to Cusco due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Denver, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Cusco, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Machu Picchu.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Tours
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Machu Picchu — 2 nights

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 17th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip itinerary maker website.

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Lima.
Historic Sites · Tours · Adventure · Outdoors
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Lima — 2 nights

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.
On the 19th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Museo de Minerales Andres del Castillo, admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lima planner.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Lima by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in August, and nighttime lows around 60°F. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.
Museums · Historic Sites
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Sacred Valley travel guide

Historic Sites · Landmarks · Mountains
Sacred Valley, once the heart of the Incan Empire, remains a favorite destination for tourists, not solely because of its proximity to Cuzco and Machu Picchu. The lush, fertile valley formed by the Urubamba river and surrounded by the imposing Peruvian Andes, contains numerous Incan ruins, sleepy villages, and scenic hiking trails. Besides an array of archaeological sites, attractions in Sacred Valley include picturesque colonial towns and their famous markets, as well as opportunities for trekking, rafting, and rock climbing.