8 days in Cusco, Machu Picchu & Buenos Aires Itinerary

8 days in Cusco, Machu Picchu & Buenos Aires Itinerary

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8 days in Cusco, Machu Picchu & Buenos Aires Itinerary

Start: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
bus + Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
2
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  22​h 15​min
3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Belo Horizonte, Brazil

2
nights
Cusco, Peru

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.
On the 9th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and finally look for gifts at Hilo. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, then admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cusco trip planner.

Belo Horizonte, Brazil to Cusco is an approximately 13-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Belo Horizonte to Cusco. In January, Cusco is cooler than Belo Horizonte - with highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

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

1
night
Machu Picchu, Peru

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 11th (Sat): stroll through Los Jardines de Mandor and then explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

3
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, historic sites, parks, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, look for gifts at El Ateneo Grand Splendid, get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, and take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Buenos Aires sightseeing planning site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Machu Picchu to Buenos Aires takes 22.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Peru Time (PET) to Argentine Time (ART), which is usually a 2 hour difference. In January, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
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Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

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