9 days in Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu Itinerary

9 days in Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu Itinerary

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Lima
— 1 night
Fly
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Cusco
— 1 day
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Train to Ollantaytambo, Bus to Cusco
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Cusco
— 1 night
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Lima
— 2 nights
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Lima

— 1 night

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 28th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lima trip itinerary builder site.

New York City, USA to Lima is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from New York City in March: high temperatures in Lima hover around 81°F and lows are around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Cusco

— 1 day

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.
On the 29th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, and then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas.

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You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in March, you will find days in Cusco are slightly colder (68°F), and nights are colder (46°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites

Machu Picchu

— 2 nights
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 30th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then take in nature's colorful creations at Mariposario de Machupicchu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), then look for gifts at Artesanias, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, and finally take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Cusco

— 1 night

Imperial City

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Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by combination of train and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. On the 1st (Thu), you'll travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Lima

— 2 nights

City of the Kings

You've now added Circuito Magico Del Agua to your itinerary. Family-friendly places like Museo Larco and Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Lima to Santa Maria Del Mar to see Playa Santa Maria del Mar about 1h 20 min away. Explore Lima further: ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Nacion, stroll through Playa Penascal, and stop by Miraflores.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lima road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Lima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cusco in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Lima, with highs around 76°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Parks · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

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