5 days in Cusco, Machu Picchu & Lima Itinerary

5 days in Cusco, Machu Picchu & Lima Itinerary

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5 days in Cusco, Machu Picchu & Lima Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  10 h 15 min
1
Cusco
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
2
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Lima
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Sao Paulo

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, then explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco travel planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Cusco is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to Cusco is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in April: highs in Cusco hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Iglesia De Santo Domingo ©
Iglesia De Santo Domingo

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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 19th (Sun): stop by Mapi Art and then steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip itinerary 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 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Mapi Art ©
Mapi Art

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then wander the streets of Miraflores, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): explore the world behind art at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lima travel route planner.

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to Lima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Miraflores ©
Miraflores

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