18 days in Machu Picchu & Cusco Itinerary

18 days in Machu Picchu & Cusco Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cusco Region travel planner
Make it your trip
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Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
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Cusco
— 15 nights

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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 13th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): get great views at Intipuncu, then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and then take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes).

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Machu Picchu online road trip planner.

Cusco to Machu Picchu is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cusco.
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Cusco — 15 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sacsayhuaman and Qorikancha. Appreciate the collections at Museo de Arte Precolombino and Museo Inka. Venture out of the city with trips to Salinas de Maras (in Maras), Urubamba (Hacienda del Chalan, Cerveceria del Valle Sagrado, &more) and Ollantaytambo (El Albergue Farm, Perolniyoq Waterfall, &more). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to San Blas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, examine the collection at Planetarium Cusco, and delve into the distant past at Tipon.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco visit planner.

Traveling by car from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.
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