12 days in Cusco, Machu Picchu & Lima Itinerary

12 days in Cusco, Machu Picchu & Lima Itinerary

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12 days in Cusco, Machu Picchu & Lima Itinerary

Start: Belo Horizonte
bus + Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Cusco
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 30​min
2
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  12​h
3
Lima
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  11​h
End: Belo Horizonte

4
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.
When in Cusco, make a side trip to see Salinas de Maras in Maras, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco, explore the world behind art at Pre-Columbian Art Museum, and find something for the whole family at Manu Wildlife Peru.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco journey maker .

Belo Horizonte, Brazil to Cusco is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Belo Horizonte to Cusco, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Belo Horizonte in May, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Cusco: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

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

1
night
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 26th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then delve into the distant past at Intipuncu.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu trip tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

4
nights
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.
Lima is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, take a stroll through Barranco, and get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Lima.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Lima online holiday planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Machu Picchu to Lima in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Lima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. On the 31st (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Miraflores ©
Miraflores

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