10 days in Lima, Machu Picchu & Cusco Itinerary

10 days in Lima, Machu Picchu & Cusco Itinerary

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10 days in Lima, Machu Picchu & Cusco Itinerary

Start: Porto Alegre
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Lima
— 2 nights
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  12​h
2
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3​h 15​min
3
Cusco
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Porto Alegre

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco and then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, stroll around Plazuela Chabuca Granda, then take a stroll through Barranco, then wander the streets of Miraflores, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lima trip planner .

Porto Alegre, Brazil to Lima is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Porto Alegre to Lima due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Lima when traveling from Porto Alegre in July, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

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Museo de la Nacion ©
Museo de la Nacion

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Zipline in Santa Teresa (about 32 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Phutuq K'usi, don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes).

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Machu Picchu trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Lima to Machu Picchu takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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Santa Teresa
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Los Jardines de Mandor

4
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 Cusco's surroundings by going to Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cusco vacation planning website .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Cusco are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

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Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Salinas de Maras
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