8 days in Peru Itinerary

8 days in Peru Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Peru tour itinerary planner

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Cusco
— 3 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu
— 1 night
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Lima
— 3 nights
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Cusco

— 3 nights

Imperial City

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, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, explore the ancient world of Qorikancha, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cusco visit website.

Minneapolis, USA to Cusco is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Minneapolis to Cusco, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Minneapolis in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Cusco, with highs around 69°F, while nights are colder with lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

Machu Picchu

— 1 night
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 5th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Lima

— 3 nights

City of the Kings

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.
On the 6th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, and finally make a trip to Circuito Magico Del Agua. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, then take a stroll through Miraflores, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Indigo.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lima online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Lima takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. June in Lima sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Peru travel guide

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Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.