5 days in Peru & Mexico City Itinerary

5 days in Peru & Mexico City Itinerary

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5 days in Peru & Mexico City Itinerary

Start: Mexico City, Mexico
Fly + Drive:  18​h 15​min
1
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 day
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h 15​min
3
Mexico City, Mexico
— 1 night
End: Mexico City, Mexico

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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 17th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Intipuncu and then delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Machu Picchu itinerary maker app .

Mexico City, Mexico to Machu Picchu is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Machu Picchu. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, and then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Cusco are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo de Arte Precolombino

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Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, then see the interesting displays at Museo de Frida Kahlo, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Monumento a los Heroes de la Independencia, delve into the distant past at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor, and finally explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Mexico City road trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Mexico City takes 11.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. December in Mexico City sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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