8 days in Cusco, Sacred Valley & Lima Itinerary

8 days in Cusco, Sacred Valley & Lima Itinerary

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Cusco
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Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
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Lima
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Cusco — 2 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.
On the 14th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Precolombino, then steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, explore the ancient world of Qorikancha, and then admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco.

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Denver, USA to Cusco is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Denver to Cusco, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Machu Picchu.
Historic Sites · Museums
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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 16th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. On the next day, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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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 17th (Mon) early enough to fly to Lima.
Historic Sites · Tours · Adventure · Outdoors
Side Trip
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Lima — 3 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 18th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Museo de Minerales Andres del Castillo, ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and then browse the exhibits of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge your senses at Explore & Taste and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco.

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Fly from Machu Picchu to Lima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 61°F. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Thu) before leaving for home.
Museums · Tours · Wineries · Classes
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Sacred Valley travel guide

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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.