11 days in Peru & Porto Alegre Itinerary

11 days in Peru & Porto Alegre Itinerary

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11 days in Peru & Porto Alegre Itinerary

Start: Santa Maria, Brazil
Drive:  4 h
1
Porto Alegre, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 45 min
2
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
3
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 30 min
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 15 min
5
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  9 h 45 min
6
Porto Alegre, Brazil
— 1 day
Drive:  4 h
End: Santa Maria, Brazil

1
night
Porto Alegre, Brazil

Porto Alegre
On your holiday to Porto Alegre, affectionately nicknamed "Smile City," you can expect a warm welcome from locals.
To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Porto Alegre trip itinerary planner.

Santa Maria to Porto Alegre is an approximately 4-hour car ride. October in Porto Alegre sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Sat) before leaving for Lima.

Things to do in Porto Alegre

Nightlife Museums Parks

3
nights
Lima, Peru

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo and Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar) and Plaza San Miguel. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima, take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, examine the collection at Museo del Automovil Coleccion Nicolini, and wander the streets of San Isidro.

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Traveling by flight from Porto Alegre to Lima takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Peru Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Porto Alegre 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 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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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

3
nights
Cusco, Peru

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sacsayhuaman and San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Q'enqo and Piquillacta. Step out of Cusco to go to Maras and see Moray, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's more to do: explore the ancient world of Tipon and hunt for treasures at Mercado Central de San Pedro.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cusco travel route website .

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in October, Cusco is a bit cooler at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

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

1
night
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
You've now added Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu to your itinerary.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Machu Picchu online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

1
night
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Museo y Catacumbas Del Convento San Francisco de Asis Del Cusco, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Maximo Laura, then see the interesting displays at Museo Quechua, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cusco trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Porto Alegre.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Iglesia De Santo Domingo ©
Iglesia De Santo Domingo

1
day
Porto Alegre, Brazil

Porto Alegre
To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Porto Alegre trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Porto Alegre takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Time (PET) to Brasilia Time (BRT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Porto Alegre when traveling from Cusco in October, with lows around 18°C. You'll set off for home on the 28th (Mon).

Things to do in Porto Alegre

Nightlife Museums Parks

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