7 days in Peru Itinerary

7 days in Peru Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Peru travel planner

Make it your trip
— 1 night
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Train to Ollantaytambo, Bus to Cusco
— 3 nights



— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lima trip itinerary planner.

Porto Alegre, Brazil to Lima is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto Alegre to Lima is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Porto Alegre in December, expect nights in Lima to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums
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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.
Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Lima to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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— 3 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 19th (Sun), admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, then examine the collection at Museo de Arte Precolombino, then steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, and finally contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, then explore the ancient world of Tipon, and then delve into the distant past at Tambomachay.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cusco road trip app.

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, daytime highs in Cusco are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums
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Peru travel guide

Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.