20 days in Puno, Ollantaytambo & Cusco Itinerary

20 days in Puno, Ollantaytambo & Cusco Itinerary

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20 days in Puno, Ollantaytambo & Cusco Itinerary

Start: Belo Horizonte
+3
bus + Fly + taxi + bus:  18​h 45​min
1
Puno
— 5 nights
+4
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Ollantaytambo
— 6 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Cusco
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  14​h 30​min
End: Belo Horizonte

5
nights
Puno

Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lake Titicaca and Kayaking & Canoeing. Explore Puno's surroundings by going to Iglesia Matriz de Santa Catalina (in Juliaca) and Laguna Lagunillas (in Santa Lucia). On the 11th (Thu), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Sillustani, don't miss a visit to Chullpas, head off the coast to Taquile Island, and take some stellar pictures from Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Puno trip planner .

Belo Horizonte, Brazil to Puno is an approximately 19-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Belo Horizonte to Puno due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Belo Horizonte in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Puno, with highs around 20°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Puno

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trips

Chullpas, Iglesia Matriz de Santa Catalina, Laguna Lagunillas
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Speed Boats Tours
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Sillustani ©
Sillustani

6
nights
Ollantaytambo

Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sacred Valley of the Incas and Perolniyoq Waterfall. Explore Ollantaytambo's surroundings by going to Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray) and Cerveceria Willkamayu (in Urubamba). On the 16th (Tue), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Catarata Perolniyoc, stop by Misha Wasi, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and explore the ancient world of Sitio arqueológico Pinkuylluna.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ollantaytambo attractions planning tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Puno to Ollantaytambo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Puno in July since evenings lows in Ollantaytambo dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Cusco.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Urubamba, Maras, Lares Trek, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Zipline
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Moray ©
Moray

6
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas & Wellness and Horseback Riding Tours. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Ollantaytambo to Cusco by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Horseback Riding Tours
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
River Rafting & Tubing

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