16 days in Machu Picchu & Cusco Itinerary

16 days in Machu Picchu & Cusco Itinerary

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16 days in Machu Picchu & Cusco Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  14 h 15 min
1
Machu Picchu
— 7 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Cusco
— 8 nights
Fly:  10 h 15 min
End: Sao Paulo

7
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Machu Picchu: Ruinas de Choquequirao (in Cachora) and Zipline (in Santa Teresa). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas Allcamayo, take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu, and take in nature's colorful creations at Mariposario de Machupicchu.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip tool.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Machu Picchu is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Machu Picchu, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Santa Teresa, Choquequirao Archeological Park, Ruinas de Choquequirao
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Choquequirao Archeological Park ©
Choquequirao Archeological Park
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

8
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Cusco: Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras), Ollantaytambo (Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo & Qosqo Ayllu) and Hacienda del Chalan (in Urubamba). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and take a stroll through San Blas.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cusco trip maker app.

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 April, daytime highs in Cusco are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Ollantaytambo, Maras, Hacienda del Chalan
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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