10 days in Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu Itinerary

10 days in Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu Itinerary

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10 days in Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu Itinerary

Start: Santa Maria
Fly:  17​h
1
Lima
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Cusco
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3​h 15​min
3
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Santa Maria

3
nights
Lima

Lima ©
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.
Popular historic sites such as Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo and Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima and Museo Larco. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of San Isidro, admire the masterpieces at Museo Pedro de Osma, examine the collection at Museo del Automovil Coleccion Nicolini, and browse the different shops at Plaza San Miguel.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lima trip itinerary site .

Santa Maria, Brazil to Lima is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Santa Maria to Lima, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Santa Maria in October, plan for slightly colder days in Lima, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

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Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo ©
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima ©
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima
San Isidro ©
San Isidro

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sacsayhuaman and Q'enqo. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mercado Central de San Pedro and San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas. Step out of Cusco with an excursion to Piquillacta in Huarcapay--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Tipon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and see the interesting displays at Qorikancha.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Cusco when traveling from Lima in October, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

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Side Trips

Piquillacta, San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Piquillacta ©
Piquillacta
Tipon ©
Tipon

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, then stop by Artesanias, then get a sense of history and politics at Serpost, and finally explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna.

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You can 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 26th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen ©
Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen

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