18 days in Peru Itinerary

18 days in Peru Itinerary

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18 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  23​h
1
Machu Picchu
— 3 nights
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h
2
Cusco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Huaraz
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Lima
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
End: Sao Paulo

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Intipuncu. Visiting Zipline and Los Jardines de Mandor will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Mariposario de Machupicchu, look for gifts at Mapi Art, take in the views from Inca Bridge, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes).

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu day trip planning website .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Machu Picchu is an approximately 23-hour combination of bus, flight, and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Machu Picchu, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Zipline, Inca Bridge
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Zipline
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

3
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.
Sacsayhuaman and Plaza de Armas are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: Salinas de Maras (in Maras) and Centro Texti Urpi (in Chinchero). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, and examine the collection at Qorikancha.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Huaraz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Centro Texti Urpi
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

5
nights
Huaraz

Huaraz ©
One of the main cities in the Peruvian Andes, Huaraz mainly draws those seeking adventure out in the landscape.
Get in touch with nature at Climbing Tours and Callejon de Conchucos. Get a sense of the local culture at Archaeological Site of Chavin and The Archeology Museum of Ancash. Change things up with these side-trips from Huaraz: Lake Churup (in Huascaran National Park) and Chavin National Museum (in Chavin de Huantar). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Laguna Llanganuco, stroll through Park at Iglesia San Francisco, make a trip to Plaza de Armas, and stop by RUBRIX.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Huaraz road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Cusco to Huaraz in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cusco in June, Huaraz is a bit warmer at night with lows of 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Huaraz

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Chavin de Huantar, Lake Churup
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Lake Churup ©
Lake Churup
Climbing Tours
Archaeological Site of Chavin ©
Archaeological Site of Chavin

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Peruvian Soul and Balneario La Punta. Get a sense of the local culture at Museo Larco and Huaca Pucllana. Make the 19th (Wed) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Miraflores, ponder the world of politics at Palacio de Torre Tagle, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo, and get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Lima.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Lima online itinerary planner .

Fly from Huaraz to Lima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Lima when traveling from Huaraz in June, with lows around 63°F. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Balneario La Punta
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Peruvian Soul ©
Peruvian Soul
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana

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