20 days in Cusco Region Itinerary

20 days in Cusco Region Itinerary

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20 days in Cusco Region Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  17 h 30 min
1
Calca
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Machu Picchu
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Mollepata
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Andahuaylillas
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Cusco
— 8 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: New York City

3
nights
Calca

Calca ©
Museo Inkariy and ChocoMuseo Pisac will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lares Trek and Iglesia Colonial de Chinchero. Change things up with these side-trips from Calca: Chinchero (Centro Texti Urpi, Centro Textil Acllas, & more) and Jardin Botanico Pisac (in Pisac).

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Calca journey planner .

New York City, USA to Calca is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from New York City in September: highs in Calca hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Calca

Outdoors Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chinchero, Pisac, Lares Trek
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Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero ©
Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero
Huchuy Qosco ©
Huchuy Qosco
Lares Trek ©
Lares Trek

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Intipuncu and Igreja Virgen Del Carmen. Step off the beaten path and head to Zipline and Los Jardines de Mandor. Go for a jaunt from Machu Picchu to Santa Teresa to see Banos Termales de Cocalmayo about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, stop by Artesanias, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Mariposario de Machupicchu, and take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes).

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Calca to Machu Picchu with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mollepata.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Teresa
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Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Zipline
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

1
night
Mollepata

Mollepata ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Casa Salkantay Museo Restaurant.

Start your trip to Mollepata by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Machu Picchu to Mollepata. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 43°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Andahuaylillas.

Things to do in Mollepata

Museums
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Casa Salkantay Museo Restaurant ©
Casa Salkantay Museo Restaurant

1
night
Andahuaylillas

Andahuaylillas ©
On a trip to Andahuaylillas, you'll experience the culture and traditions of the indigenous Quechua people, who make up the majority of the town's population of 5,400.
On the 7th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Piquillacta, then explore the ancient world of Rumicolca, then steep yourself in history at Tipon, and finally make a trip to San Pedro de Andahuaylillas (Sistine Chapel of America).

For photos and more tourist information, use the Andahuaylillas road trip planning website .

You can drive from Mollepata to Andahuaylillas in 3.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Andahuaylillas can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Andahuaylillas

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Huarcapay, Tipon
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Piquillacta ©
Piquillacta
San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas ©
Rumicolca ©
Rumicolca

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.
You'll explore and learn at Planetarium Cusco and Pre-Columbian Art Museum. Visit Sacred Valley of the Incas and Qorikancha for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Pisac Market (in Pisac), Moray (in Maras) and Choco Museo (in Ollantaytambo). There's still lots to do: hunt for treasures at Mercado Central de San Pedro, explore the ancient world of Q'enqo, get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, and view the masterpieces at Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco tour planner.

Traveling by car from Andahuaylillas to Cusco takes an hour. In October, daytime highs in Cusco are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac Market, Moray
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Cusco Therapeutic Massage ©
Cusco Therapeutic Massage
Moray ©
Moray
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries ©
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries

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