6 days in Peru Itinerary

6 days in Peru Itinerary

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6 days in Peru Itinerary

San Francisco
Fly:  16​h
Cusco
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
+3
train + taxi + Fly + subway:  20​h 15​min
San Francisco

2
days
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.
On the 27th (Wed), admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, then admire the striking features of Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion, and finally look for gifts at Hilo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Art Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Sacred Valley of the Incas.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cusco itinerary planner.

Chicago, USA to Cusco is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Cusco. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in December: highs in Cusco hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

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Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

2
days
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, explore the ancient world of Intipuncu, and then stop by Artesanias. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor and then delve into the distant past at Machu Picchu.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Machu Picchu vacation trip planner.

Take a train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

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