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 explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

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Dallas, USA to Machu Picchu is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Peru Standard Time (PET) is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cusco.
Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
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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 30th (Sun): examine the collection at Museo de Arte Precolombino, then steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and finally view the masterpieces at Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Qorikancha, and then admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco.

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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. January in Cusco sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight 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 1st (Tue), steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana and then take a stroll through Miraflores. On the next day, admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco.

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Getting from Cusco to Lima by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in January, you will find days in Lima are a bit warmer (31°C), and nights are warmer (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · 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.