9 days in Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu Itinerary

9 days in Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu Itinerary

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9 days in Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu Itinerary

Start: Porto Alegre
Fly:  8​h
1
Lima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Cusco
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
3
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
train:  4​h
4
Cusco
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h
End: Porto Alegre

3
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 parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, take a leisurely stroll along Miraflores Boardwalk, wander the streets of Miraflores, and admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

For traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the Lima day trip site .

Porto Alegre, Brazil to Lima is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Porto Alegre to Lima. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

2
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.
Centro Historico De Cusco has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, then contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, and then admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco travel route planning website .

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in April, you will find days in Cusco are slightly colder (23°C), and nights are cooler (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites
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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.
On the 30th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen and then steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), then stop by Mapi Art, and finally get great views at Intipuncu.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Plaza Manco Capac ©
Plaza Manco Capac

1
night
Cusco

Cusco ©
Mercado Central de San Pedro has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): hunt for treasures at Mercado Central de San Pedro.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco journey planner .

Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by combination of train and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Cusco

Shopping
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Mercado Central de San Pedro ©
Mercado Central de San Pedro

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