7 days in Cusco & Machu Picchu Itinerary

7 days in Cusco & Machu Picchu Itinerary

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7 days in Cusco & Machu Picchu Itinerary

Start: Cusco
1
Cusco
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
2
Machu Picchu
— 3 nights
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
End: Cusco

3
nights
Cusco

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.
Explore Cusco's surroundings by going to Pisac (in Pisac) and Salinas de Maras (in Maras). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, stop by Hilo, and steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cusco road trip tool .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airport is Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport. In August, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac, Salinas de Maras
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

3
nights
Machu Picchu

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 10th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then explore the ancient world of Intipuncu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), and finally delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna.

Discover how to plan a Machu Picchu trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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