11 days in Cusco Region, Sacred Valley & Amazonas Region Itinerary

11 days in Cusco Region, Sacred Valley & Amazonas Region Itinerary

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11 days in Cusco Region, Sacred Valley & Amazonas Region Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cusco
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3​h 15​min
2
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Train + Taxi:  2​h
3
Maras
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
4
Valera
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Chachapoyas
— 1 night
Fly:  31​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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, classes, trails, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cusco tour builder .

Sydney, Australia to Cusco is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Cusco, you'll gain 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in November; daily highs in Cusco reach 26°C and lows reach 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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 16th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then delve into the distant past at Intipuncu. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, look for gifts at Mapi Art, and then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip planner .

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 your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Maras.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Banos Termales de Cocalmayo
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

1
night
Maras

Maras ©
Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. On the 18th (Mon), trek along Urubamba Weavers' Route, then see the interesting displays at Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva, then explore the striking landscape at Salinas de Maras, and finally make a trip to Moray.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Maras road trip planning site .

Do a combination of train and taxi from Machu Picchu to Maras in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in Maras are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Valera.

Things to do in Maras

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Urubamba Weavers' Route, Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva
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Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Moray ©
Moray
Urubamba Weavers' Route ©
Urubamba Weavers' Route

1
day
Valera

Valera ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Catarata De Gocta.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Valera trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Maras to Valera. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Chachapoyas.

Things to do in Valera

Parks Nature
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Catarata de Gocta ©
Catarata de Gocta

1
night
Chachapoyas

Chachapoyas ©
A good base for exploring the surrounding cloud forests, Chachapoyas remains a small and laid-back town despite its growing popularity with international tourists.
On the 20th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Mausoleum of Revash, delve into the distant past at Kuelap Fortress, then delve into the distant past at Petroglifos de Pitaya, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Pomacochas.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Chachapoyas trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Valera to Chachapoyas in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chachapoyas

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mausoleum of Revash
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Fortaleza de Kuelap ©
Fortaleza de Kuelap
Mausoleum of Revash ©
Mausoleum of Revash

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