17 days in Cusco Region Itinerary

17 days in Cusco Region Itinerary

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17 days in Cusco Region Itinerary

Start: Lima
Fly:  1 h 45 min
1
Cusco
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Calca
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Lares
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Machu Picchu
— 5 nights
Train + Taxi:  2 h
5
Maras
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
End: Lima

7
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.
Step out of the city life by going to exploor and Zipline. Venture out of the city with trips to Pisac (in Pisac) and Perolniyoq Waterfall (in Ollantaytambo). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, and examine the collection at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

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Lima to Cusco is an approximately 2-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect colder evenings in Cusco when traveling from Lima in July, with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Calca.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Zipline, Perolniyoq Waterfall, Pisac
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
exploor ©
exploor
Zipline

1
night
Calca

Calca ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Calca trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cusco to Calca takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Calca are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lares.

Things to do in Calca

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

1
night
Lares

Lares ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Aguas Termales de Lares and then trek along Lares Trek.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lares trip maker website .

Getting from Calca to Lares by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Lares are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lares

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Lares Trek
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Lares Trek ©
Lares Trek
Aguas Termales de Lares ©
Aguas Termales de Lares

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Los Jardines de Mandor. Explore Machu Picchu's surroundings by going to Ollantaytambo (Qosqo Ayllu, Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, & more) and Zipline (in Santa Teresa). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Choquequirao Archeological Park, take in the awesome beauty at Phutuq K'usi, and take in the natural beauty of Banos Termales de Cocalmayo.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lares to Machu Picchu. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Maras.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ollantaytambo, Santa Teresa, Choquequirao Archeological Park
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Zipline
Phutuq K'usi ©
Phutuq K'usi

2
nights
Maras

Maras ©
Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. On the 24th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Moray, then explore the striking landscape at Salinas de Maras, then examine the collection at Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva, and finally hike along Urubamba Weavers' Route.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Maras route planner.

Do a combination of train and taxi from Machu Picchu to Maras in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Maras are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Maras

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva, Urubamba Weavers' Route, Iglesia San Martin de Tours
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Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Urubamba Weavers' Route ©
Urubamba Weavers' Route
Moray ©
Moray