11 days in Cusco, Puerto Maldonado & Sacred Valley Itinerary

11 days in Cusco, Puerto Maldonado & Sacred Valley Itinerary

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11 days in Cusco, Puerto Maldonado & Sacred Valley Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cusco
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Puerto Maldonado
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Mollepata
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Yucay
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  29​h
End: Sydney

3
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Cusco: Pisac (in Pisac) and Salinas de Maras (in Maras). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, and get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco sightseeing planner.

Sydney, Australia to Cusco is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Sydney to Cusco. Traveling from Sydney in November, things will get little chillier in Cusco: highs are around 26°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Puerto Maldonado.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pisac, Salinas de Maras
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

2
nights
Puerto Maldonado

Puerto Maldonado ©
Puerto Maldonado sits at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers in the Amazon rainforest.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Lago Sandoval. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Panthera Sanctuary and then contemplate the waterfront views at Tambopata River.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Maldonado trip planner.

Fly from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. While traveling from Cusco, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Puerto Maldonado, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mollepata.

Things to do in Puerto Maldonado

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Lago Sandoval ©
Lago Sandoval
Tambopata River ©
Tambopata River

1
night
Mollepata

Mollepata ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): examine the collection at Casa Salkantay Museo Restaurant.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Mollepata trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Puerto Maldonado to Mollepata with the Route module. While traveling from Puerto Maldonado, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Mollepata, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 8°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Mollepata

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Casa Salkantay Museo Restaurant ©
Casa Salkantay Museo Restaurant

1
night
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 19th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then delve into the distant past at Intipuncu.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu trip planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mollepata to Machu Picchu. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yucay.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

1
night
Yucay

Yucay ©
Yucay is a town in southern Peru. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): trek along Urubamba Weavers' Route, steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, and then examine the collection at Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Yucay trip simple and quick.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Machu Picchu to Yucay. In November in Yucay, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yucay

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Urubamba Weavers' Route
Highlights from your plan
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Urubamba Weavers' Route ©
Urubamba Weavers' Route
Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva ©
Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva

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