8 days in Peru Itinerary

8 days in Peru Itinerary

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— 2 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
— 3 nights


Cusco — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: make a short side trip with exploor, then explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, then delve into the distant past at Qorikancha, and finally delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco.

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Newark, USA to Cusco is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. In April in Cusco, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Machu Picchu.
Historic Sites · Museums · Trails · Parks
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Machu Picchu — 2 nights

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 6th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor and then explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu itinerary site.

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. On the 7th (Thu), you'll travel to Lima.
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Lima — 3 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana and then take a stroll through Miraflores. Keep things going the next day: admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Lima trip builder tool.

You can fly from Machu Picchu to Lima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in April, and nighttime lows around 66°F. You will leave for home on the 10th (Sun).
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Peru travel guide

Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.