8 days in Peru Itinerary

8 days in Peru Itinerary

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


Machu Picchu — 2 nights

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mandor and then delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu tour itinerary builder tool.

Dallas, USA to Machu Picchu is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dallas to Machu Picchu due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cusco.
Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, then delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and finally stop by Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, and then admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco trip maker.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In April in Cusco, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can fly to Lima.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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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 11th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana and then take a stroll through Miraflores. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lima journey planner.

You can fly from Cusco to Lima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cusco, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Lima, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 66°F. On the 13th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Peru travel guide

Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.