8 days in Lima Region, Sacred Valley & Cusco Itinerary

8 days in Lima Region, Sacred Valley & Cusco Itinerary

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— 2 nights
Fly to Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport, Drive to Yucay
— 1 night
— 2 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights



— 2 nights

City of the Kings

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 19th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana and then stop by Miraflores. On your second day here, ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Lima trip itinerary maker app.

Los Angeles, USA to Lima is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Peru Standard Time (PET), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect Lima to be somewhat warmer, temps between 75°F and 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Yucay.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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— 1 night
Yucay is a town in southern Peru. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): hike along Urubamba Weavers' Route and then steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Yucay route maker website.

Explore your travel options from Lima to Yucay with the Route module. When traveling from Lima in December, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yucay: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Yucay

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

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— 2 nights

Imperial City

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 22nd (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, steep yourself in history at Tipon, and then explore the ancient world of Tambomachay. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, then steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, and finally delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cusco online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Yucay to Cusco in 1.5 hours. December in Cusco sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

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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.
On the 24th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor and then contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu day trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. On the 25th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
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Lima Region travel guide

Encompassing the central section of Peru's coastline, the geographically diverse Lima Region remains a major destination for nature lovers and adventurers. Most Lima Region itineraries include visits to Lomas de Lachay, a national reserve containing a mist-fed ecosystem of varied plant and animal life unique to this part of the world. The region's lush landscapes also provide plenty of room for adrenaline-inducing sports, like whitewater rafting and paragliding. Visitors seeking a quieter holiday in the Lima Region concentrate on exploring the cities of Barranca, Lima, and Huaral--tourist-friendly places offering plenty of urban attractions and enough modern amenities to satisfy the most demanding of tourists.

Sacred Valley travel guide

Historic Sites · Landmarks · Mountains
Sacred Valley, once the heart of the Incan Empire, remains a favorite destination for tourists, not solely because of its proximity to Cuzco and Machu Picchu. The lush, fertile valley formed by the Urubamba river and surrounded by the imposing Peruvian Andes, contains numerous Incan ruins, sleepy villages, and scenic hiking trails. Besides an array of archaeological sites, attractions in Sacred Valley include picturesque colonial towns and their famous markets, as well as opportunities for trekking, rafting, and rock climbing.