10 days in Cusco Region Itinerary

10 days in Cusco Region Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cusco Region trip planner

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Cusco
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Ollantaytambo
— 2 nights
Train
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Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Teresa
— 3 nights

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Cusco

— 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cerro Colorado Vinicunca. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the ancient world of Qorikancha, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, then admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Cerro Colorado Vinicunca. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte Precolombino, then contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco day trip planning app.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in June, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can take a shuttle to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 5:

Ollantaytambo

— 2 nights
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Urubamba. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Sitio arqueológico Pinkuylluna, explore the ancient world of Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, then hunt for treasures at Mercado Artesanal, and finally examine the collection at Choco Museo.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ollantaytambo trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Cusco to Ollantaytambo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Ollantaytambo are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Historic Sites · Tours · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 5 — 7:

Machu Picchu

— 2 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Machu Picchu is known for historic sites, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, take in nature's colorful creations at Mariposario de Machupicchu, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Natura Spa Healing Hands.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu holiday builder.

You can take a train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 9:

Santa Teresa

— 3 nights
Just a stone's throw from Machu Picchu, Santa Teresa serves as an important stop-off point on several routes to the famous ruins.
Explore Santa Teresa's surroundings by going to Ruinas de Choquequirao (in Cachora) and Siete Tinajas (in Quillabamba). It doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities and take in the natural beauty of Banos Termales de Cocalmayo.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa trip itinerary planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Machu Picchu to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 9 — 12:

Cusco Region travel guide

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Historic Sites · Architectural Buildings · Ruins
Most visitors take a trip to Cusco Region for a chance to explore the eponymous city, capital of the mighty Incan Empire for over three centuries. Aside from discovering the World Heritage-listed city, which draws two million annual visitors, most Cusco Region tours involve visits to the legendary Machu Picchu. Known to many history buffs as the "Lost City of the Incas," these photogenic ruins remain one of the world's most visited archeological sites. A comprehensive Cusco Region vacation also includes an exploration of local cuisine, famed for specialties like the alpaca steak and roasted cuy (guinea pig).