5 days in Peru & Mexico City Itinerary

5 days in Peru & Mexico City Itinerary

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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 day
2
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
3
Mexico City, Mexico
— 1 night

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): make a trip to Intipuncu and then contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Machu Picchu itinerary planning app.

Mexico City, Mexico to Machu Picchu is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Machu Picchu is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Cusco.

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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, thencontemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cusco trip builder website.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cusco

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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.
On the 19th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, thenlearn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, thendon't miss a visit to Museo Frida Kahlo, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Monumento a los Heroes de la Independencia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), thenexplore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, and finally delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mexico City driving holiday planning site.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Mexico City takes 11.5 hours. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Mexico City can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

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Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Zocalo
Zocalo

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