12 days in Cusco Region & Ica Region Itinerary

12 days in Cusco Region & Ica Region Itinerary

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12 days in Cusco Region & Ica Region Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Cusco
— 4 nights
2
Paracas
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  3​h 45​min
3
Ollantaytambo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  23​h
End: Sao Paulo


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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Amarutrek Expeditions and Humedales de Huasao. Head to Mercado Central de San Pedro and Hilofor plenty of shopping. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, and admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco trip itinerary planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Cusco is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Cusco. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in September; daily highs in Cusco reach 25°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Paracas.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Humedales de Huasao
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

2
nights
Paracas

A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): stroll through La Catedral, then head off the coast to Islas Ballestas, and then don't miss a visit to The Chandelier. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino., look for all kinds of wild species at Paracas National Reserve, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Paracas online attractions planner .

Getting from Cusco to Paracas by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Paracas, with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Paracas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Paracas National Reserve
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas
La Catedral ©
La Catedral

2
nights
Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo ©
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
On the 13th (Fri), appreciate the views at Perolniyoq Waterfall, explore the striking landscape at Salinas de Maras, and then look for gifts at Seminario Ceramics. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo and then contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ollantaytambo trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Paracas to Ollantaytambo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Paracas in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Ollantaytambo, with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a train to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Seminario Ceramics, Salinas de Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo ©
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo

2
nights
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu ©
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 15th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then delve into the distant past at Intipuncu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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