10 days in Cusco & Machu Picchu Itinerary

10 days in Cusco & Machu Picchu Itinerary

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10 days in Cusco & Machu Picchu Itinerary

Start: Halifax
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Cusco
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3​h 30​min
2
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  30​h
End: Halifax

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas and Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi. Cerro Colorado Vinicunca and Horseback Riding Tours are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Cusco side-trips: Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray), Piquillacta (in Huarcapay) and Perolniyoq Waterfall (in Ollantaytambo). Spend the 3rd (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, examine the collection at Museo Quechua, take an in-depth tour of Museo Historico Regional, and explore the activities along Humantay Lake.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cusco holiday planner .

Halifax, Canada to Cusco is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time to Peru Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect colder evenings in Cusco when traveling from Halifax in August, with lows around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Maras, Piquillacta, Perolniyoq Waterfall, San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas
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exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Humantay Lake ©
Humantay Lake

2
nights
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 5th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Intipuncu, then delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, then admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor, and finally admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Machu Picchu planner .

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Zipline
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Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Zipline

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