So You’ve Got 10 Days In Peru… Here’s What You Should Visit

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Itinerary For 10 Incredible Days in Peru

There are so many things to do in Peru, but if you are looking for an unforgettable experience and you just got 10 days, here’s the perfect itinerary to get to know the best that Peru has to offer.

Day 1 – Welcome to Peru

To start your adventure in Peru you’ll arrive at Lima, the capital city. If you arrive in the morning you can take time to explore the most popular neighborhoods like Miraflores or Barranco, and try peruvian food like the famous Pollo a la Brasa or Ceviche. 

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Day 2 – Travel to Treehouse Lodge in Iquitos

This morning you should take a flight to Iquitos, the biggest city in the Peruvian Amazon. If you’ve already made your reservation, upon arrival you will be picked up by your guide who will accompany you on a 1.5 hour transfer to Nauta Port for your boat transfer on the Amazon River to Treehouse Lodge. Once there you’ll receive your first meal included in the Treehouse experience, then we recommend you to start with this excursion: “Sunset on the Amazon with the Dolphins”.

Day 3 – Treehouse Lodge Activities

At the treehouse resort we offer more than 19 excursions and tours included in your stay. The second day you must be able to enjoy between 3 and 5 excursions. You can start your day with an early morning bird watching, and then go piranha fishing or swimming in the Amazon River, and finally enjoy one of the night time excursions like caiman spotting.

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Day 4 – Treehouse Lodge Activities

This will be your last night at Treehouse Lodge, so you can choose between spending the day resting in your treehouse or ask for other great excursions. 

Day 5 – Fly To Cusco and meet the Sacred Valley 

This morning, after breakfast, you will be transported back to the Iquitos Airport for your flight to Lima. Then you must take a flight to Cusco, once there you should rest for a while to avoid altitude sickness. Then you’ll be ready to start exploring the ancient capital of the Incas. We offer you the option to stay at Hacienda Urubamba, one of the most incredible hotels in the whole country located in the heart of the Sacred Valley.

Day 6 – The Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley of the Incas is often a favorite experience on a trip to Peru. You will be able to observe llamas and alpacas at the Awana Kancha llama reserve, as well as observe local Andean women making textiles. Then, you can observe the world famous Pisac artisan market and Pisac archaeological site. Also, you can get to Ollantaytambo: the Living Inca City, one of the most stunning sites in Peru.

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Day 7 – Chinchero/Moray and Train to Machu Picchu

We recommend you start this day observing the incredible colonial Andean town of Chinchero. A local Andean woman will tell you about life in the Andes and show you how they dye and produce textiles by hand. Also you can have lunch and a tour of the archaeological site of Chinchero, where you will visit the incredible circular Incan ruins of Moray that looks down over the Sacred Valley and up to glacier-covered mountains.

Following those tour activities, you will board your train to Machu Picchu. Known as one of the top 5 train rides in the world, you will get to observe the change in scenery from high Andes to the cloud rainforest. You’ll arrive at Aguas Calientes, the base city of Machu Picchu where you will spend the night. Don’t miss the chance to try some traditional peruvian dishes and drinks!

Day 8 –  Machu Picchu

Explore the ruins and enjoy the incredible views of the Lost City of the Incas. When ready, enjoy a private 2.5 hour tour of the entire city. If you booked the Huayna Picchu hike, then you will enjoy that hike at some point during your morning at Machu Picchu. In the late afternoon, return to Aguas Calientes to relax and recount the day’s adventures.

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Day 9 – Return to Cusco + Tour of Cusco

This morning you must return to Cusco to explore the most incredible sites that this place has to offer, including the world famous Saqsayhuaman fortress ruins high above the city, the Qorikancha Incan Temple of the Sun, and the Main Plaza de Armas, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 10 – Free day in Cusco + Fly to Lima + Await Intl. Departure

This is your last day to enjoy one of the most historic, scenic, and interesting cities in the world. Take a time to visit popular scenic spots like San Blas Neighborhood and to visit some popular restaurants like Morena Peruvian Kitchen. Then, you must take your flight to Lima. Depending on your departure you can spend your remaining hours experiencing great food, culture, and ocean views, until it is time for your return flight home. 

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6 Facts You Should Know About Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu is mysterious. So much is still unknown about this Wonder of the World. But there are many details that you should know before you travel to the Lost City of the Incas.

1. How to get to Machu Picchu

The first step it’s getting to Lima, Peru. Then take a flight to Cusco, which takes a little over an hour. There are only 3 ways to get to Machu Picchu.

Train: You can purchase a round-trip train ticket from PeruRail or Inca Rail, this is the easiest way to go. in both Lima and Cusco to buy the tickets and 3 stations where you can board: Poroy, Urubamba, or Ollantaytambo.

Trek: The famous Inca Trail sells out months in advance and needs to be booked through an accredited trekking company. It’s a 4-day hike that will take you past more than a half dozen Incan archaeological sites.

Car/ Trek: This might be the cheapest option, but it’s not as safe. You’ll need to arrange for transfer via car from Cusco to Santa Teresa (6-hour ride approx.), and this involves a long trek along the tracks from the Hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes.

Aguas Calientes is the city at the base of the ruins. You can head directly to the mountain or to your hotel. This is a great place to spend a night. You can choose between hiking approximately 2 hours to the entrance, or taking a bus. A round trip ticket to and from Machu Picchu is about $25. It is open from 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

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2. What is Machu Picchu?

It’s a 15th-century Inca site located on a ridge between the Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains. Nobody really knows the original function of Machu Picchu. Some hypothesize it was a retreat for Incan royals; others believe it was a place for the Incan virgins to live.

Machu Picchu is a Quechua word that comes from Machu which means old or ancient, and Picchu meaning mountain, therefore, is translated as Old Mountain. 

3. Huayna Picchu 

The famous jagged mountain that looms behind the “Lost City” in photos is Huayna Picchu. Each day, just 400 people are permitted to hike it, so it’s important to get your ticket with some anticipation. Hiking is the only way to get there, the hike takes between 1.5 and 2 hours.

4. Elevation

Machu Picchu (7,972′ feet) it’s lower than Cusco (11,152 feet) and is located northwest of Cusco and the Sacred Valley, down into the Amazon jungle. The elevation may cause some altitude sickness. To avoid it you could try “mate de coca“, a traditional herbal tea from Cusco, or took a pill before you arrive. Please consult with your doctor.

5. Machu Picchu Stamp

The passport-stamping station is located just to the left of the entrance to the Lost City of the Incas. You have until 5:00 pm to get the stamp. The least busy time is between 2:00 – 5:00 pm.

6. Best Time To Go 

If you are looking for the perfect photo, you should go from May to October, during Peru’s dry season. Between June and July, it’s the crowdest time because Peruvians are on vacation and “Inti Raymi“, the festival of the sun is celebrated each year on June 24.

What is the Inca Trail?

Machu Picchu is consistently the #1 travel destination in the world. Why? The answer is simple: the experience is mesmerizing and unique. You aren’t merely driving up to the lookout, getting out of the car, and snapping a few photos; you are traveling to the depths of South America, into the heart of the Andes. Stumbling onto the Lost City of the Incas is just one part of the journey. Read more What is the Inca Trail?