16 days in Sao Paulo, Cusco & Machu Picchu Itinerary

16 days in Sao Paulo, Cusco & Machu Picchu Itinerary

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16 days in Sao Paulo, Cusco & Machu Picchu Itinerary

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

4
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sao Paulo: Skydiving (in Boituva) and Fazenda Santo Antonio da Bela Vista (in Itu). There's still lots to do: stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, see the interesting displays at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, savor the flavors at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, and engage your brain at Catavento Cultural e Educacional.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sao Paulo online trip planner.

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major aiports are Congonhas Airport, Guarulhos - Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport and Viracopos International Airport. April in Sao Paulo sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Adventure

Side Trips

Skydiving, Fazenda Santo Antonio da Bela Vista
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

6
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cusco: Moray (in Maras), Sitio arqueológico Pinkuylluna (in Ollantaytambo) and Urubamba (Mercado De Urubamaba, Cerveceria Willkamayu, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Cusco trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Sao Paulo to Cusco in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Cusco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in April, expect nights in Cusco to be much colder, around 7°C, while days are slightly colder, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Urubamba, Sitio arqueológico Pinkuylluna, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Moray
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exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha

4
nights
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.
Machu Picchu is known for historic sites, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Mariposario de Machupicchu, take in the natural beauty of Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, and don't miss a visit to Intipuncu.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip itinerary app.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Banos Termales de Cocalmayo
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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