Planning a new trip to Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley? Check out a 7-day itinerary through Peru visiting its main attractions
Perfect doses of nature, culture and mysticism make Peru one of the most sought after destinations by travelers. In addition to the great symbol and main business card Machu Picchu, the country offers many other ruins that present more than 2 thousand years of history.
For anyone planning a trip across the country, deciding what and when to visit can become a daunting task. For this reason, we prepared together with the agency Peru Grand Travel, specialized in packages and tours in Peru, a suggestion of 7 days itinerary. The option includes cusco, Machu Piccho and Sacred Valley. The agency even offers a complete package that includes this same route.
So, get to know our suggestion of 7-day itinerary discovering the beauties of Peru.
7 days itinerary in Peru
Peru Tour: Day 1 (Cusco)
The journey of this 7 days tour of Peru starts at Cusco. In fact, the city is the gateway for those who want to visit Machu Picchu and has many attractions. Situated at 3400m above sea level, Cusco features rich Spanish-influenced architecture.
The tour can start from the Plaza de Armas, as it was where the Spanish colonist Francisco Pizarro carried out the conquest of the city. The place concentrates several important buildings, such as several temples and Inca constructions that gave rise to the churches when the Spanish arrived, in addition to shops and restaurants. In addition, at this point it is possible to visit the Cathedral of Cusco, which took more than 100 years to complete and is among the largest in the world.
Nearby is also the Inca Museum, which has a large collection of the history and culture of the people who inhabited the city. Don't forget to also include a visit to the charming neighborhood of San Blas. After all, it is located a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas and has a large number of handicraft, religious art and souvenir shops in general, spread across its steep and narrow streets, in addition to colonial-style mansions.
Peru Tour: Day 2 (Cusco)
Book the second day in Cusco for a visit to the ruins near the city, which together form one of the most important archaeological complexes in the region. Sacsayhuamán is undoubtedly one of the best known and is located just 2 kilometers north of Plaza de Armas. It has more than 4,000 meters of an ancient fortification built with giant stones that surrounds sacred buildings, aqueducts, towers, shrines and much more.
Another ruin to visit is that of Qenqo, a site entirely carved out of a large stone. It was used to perform fertility ceremonies, among other celebrations – even many Inca leaders were mummified there. In addition, the space still served as a temple for astronomical observation.
Tambomachay is considered the temple of the waters, a place that concentrates much of the hydraulic technology developed by the Incas. Its purpose was to supply water to the surroundings and supply, for example, the Inca baths. The ruins of Pukapukara, which means Red Fort, has an archaeological site with several well-preserved paths, and closes the itinerary of this second day through Peru.
Peru Tour: Day 3 (Cusco)
On the third day of this Peru tour you can choose between two amazing tours, which are the Laguna Humantay or the Montaña de 7 colores. Certainly, both require long walks. That's why they are two tours recommended for those who like to practice trekking and who love beautiful natural landscapes.
Rainbow Mountain, also known as Vinicunca or Cerro Colorado, located near Cusco, is one of the alternatives to include on your third day in Peru tour. It is necessary to hike for three hours at an altitude of more than 5,000 meters to see the incredible colorful mountains of Peru up close. However, the place is unlike anything you've ever seen, featuring incredible mixtures of colors formed by minerals found in the region.
In addition, another tour option to take on your third day in Peru is to visit Laguna Humantay. One of the highest lagoons in the world, at an altitude of 5,000 meters. A walk of approximately three kilometers takes you to the paradisiacal place, which has crystal clear water with incredible shades that vary between blue and green.
Peru Tour: Day 4 (Ollantaytambo)
On the fourth day of this Peru tour, it's time to leave Cusco on the way to the Sacred Valley. In order to get to know places like Pisac, Chinchero, Salinas de Maras, Moray and Ollantaytambo.
Pisac is at 3400 meters of altitude and has some of the biggest ruins in the Sacred Valley, whose origin is attributed to pre-Incas and Incas. Its well-preserved archaeological site features several buildings such as tunnels, bridges, aqueducts, cemeteries, as well as an incredible view of the valley and the city.
The city of Chincheros is a very charming strategic stop, also known as the “rainbow city”. The name was given because of the Andean traditions that are very preserved there. Therefore, in addition to ruins, the place offers several workshops with alpaca wool blouses and handicrafts.
Afterwards, it's time to visit the city of Maras, which has a structure for extracting salt that has nothing to do with the Inca civilization. However, it is impressive for its more than 4000 pools that receive salt water from underground springs kilometers away. The salina, or “salinera” is located in a valley surrounded by mountains, forming a spectacular setting.
Very close to the Salinas de Maras is the archaeological site of Moray, which houses the ruins of an ancient Inca agricultural laboratory. For sure, the scenery is sensational and shows how the Inca civilization used advanced techniques even using few resources.
Finally, Ollantaytambo or Ollanta, as it is known, is not only the best preserved city in the Sacred Valley, but also the only one still inhabited in the region, which makes it unique. Thus, the idea is to spend the night in the city and, in the morning, head to Aguas Calientes.
Peru Tour: Day 5 (Aguas Calientes)
On the fifth day of this itinerary in Peru, it's time to take the train in Ollantaytambo towards Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo, gateway to Machu Picchu. The route, of approximately two hours, is very beautiful and perfect for enjoying the landscapes that appear along the trails.
The village of Aguas Calientes was built to house tourists who want to visit the sacred city of the Incas, but it also has attractions worth visiting. One of them, without a doubt, are the thermal baths, perfect for recovering energy after the trip. The thermal pools are located at the top of the city and take advantage of the warm waters coming from the rocks that surround the town.
Be sure to visit Plaza Manco Capac to take that classic photo with the “Bienvenidos a Machupicchu” sign. Very close to the Train Station is the Handicraft Market, which offers various regional items and gifts for those who want to take home memories of Machu Picchu. Now, it's time to rest to enjoy the great attraction of the sixth day of this itinerary through Peru, Machu Picchu.
Peru Tour: Day 6 (Aguas Calientes)
Finally, it's time to visit the mysterious and beautiful Machu Picchu. From Aguas Calientes to the sacred city, the journey can be done through a trail that lasts an hour and a half. Another option is by bus in about 25 minutes.
The place, which is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the 7 wonders of the world, is at an altitude of 2,400 meters and was populated from 1450 to 1540. It is probably the most important city of the Inca Empire. There couldn't be a better place to practically end this 7 days tour of Peru, Is not it?
Tickets for access to the park have an appointment and the new rules for visiting Machu Picchu establish that entry to the archaeological site is only allowed when accompanied by a guide. In addition, it is worth being dazzled by the charms and mysteries of the place and letting yourself be hypnotized by the view of the citadel isolated by mountains.
On this day, it's time to return to Cusco in the afternoon to catch your breath after a series of accumulated emotions and adventures.
Peru Tour: Day 7 (Cusco)
Finally, the last day of this amazing tour of Peru can be dedicated to walking around Cusco and doing some shopping. After all, the outcome of this trip deserves a little rest and quieter activities, right?
A tip is to take the opportunity to get to know the San Blas neighborhood better, which brings together several street artists and where you can buy typical products, souvenirs and souvenirs to gift friends and family. At the end of Avenida El Sol, which is the main one in the city, is the Centro Artesanal. In other words, an exhibition center that brings together several vendors offering products at stands. There is a lot of variety and great prices, as well as snack bars that offer various Peruvian snacks.
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