What To Do With 10 Days In Peru

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What To Do In Peru?

Lima
Lima, Peru's Capital City

Most Peruvian vacations start in Lima, Peru’s Capital City. Below is the best 10 day Peruvian vacation itineray imaginable. This is customizable as well.

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Day One Of Your Peruvian Vacation

We begin your tour in Lima’s Historical Center (AKA COLONIAL LIMA), home to over fifty historical monuments and colonial buildings. These landmarks include San Martín Square, ‘Jirón de la Union,’ the Main Square, the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Cathedral Basilica, and the City Council Palace. During the Spanish Empire, the Viceroyalty of Perú was the most significant, with Lima as its capital. While here, you can try the famous ‘Pisco Sour’ and explore the opportunity for souvenir shopping.

Next, you’ll explore the impressive SAN FRANCISCO CONVENT, boasting the largest collection of religious art in America. The highlight of your visit will be the underground catacombs known as ‘Catacumbas,’ where you can see crypts and human bones.

Day One's Next Stop

Huaca Pucllana
Found in the heart of Miraflores

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Your next destination on the itinerary leads us to a panoramic view of the remarkable “Pucllana Pyramid.” This ancient ceremonial and archaeological complex, constructed in the 4th century A.D., held immense significance as an “Ancestral Lima” in the eyes of the ancient Peruvians. The complex, a testament to their advanced architectural and cultural achievements, offers a captivating window into their rich history and traditions. As we explore this site, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the enigmatic world of the ancient Peruvians and witness the architectural marvels that have stood the test of time.

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Day One Comes To A Close

You’ll visit traditional residential areas of Lima, such as El Olivar of San Isidro, Miraflores and The Love Park. Finally, we’ll drop you back at your hotel or maybe to a nearby restaurant.

Tours range from 09:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00. This gives you time to do some exploring on your own and doesn’t wear you out.

Day Two Of Your Epic Peruvian Vacation Starts Now!

Cusco Peru

Arrange a Gringo Taxi for your trip to the Lima airport and fly to Cusco. Your legal Tour guide will arrange to meet you in the lobby of your hotel to start your tour. Your first stop is Cusco’s Plaza de Armas, where the renowned cathedral awaits you. Later, you’ll explore on foot, following an ancient Inca-built street from the Plaza de Armas to the Q’oricancha, known as the Temple of the Sun. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to compare the contrasting architectural styles and methods used by the Incan culture versus those of Catholicism. The Q’oricancha, once the central spiritual hub of the Incas, served as a gateway to all four quarters of the Inca Empire. Be sure to admire the bronze high altar on display.

Continuing your journey, you’ll walk along Avenida El Sol, reaching our bus for a 25-minute ride outside the city. Our destination, the awe-inspiring Inca site of Sacsayhuaman, where you’ll encounter its colossal 200-ton monoliths. Your guide will provide insights, and you’ll also have time to explore independently.

Next, a five-minute bus ride takes us to the Q’enqo Inca site, revealing its intriguing Incan altars. Another short drive brings us to Puca Pucara, a compact circular Inca site. Your final stop for the day is Tambomachay, a water temple featuring remarkable water fountains believed to have been used by the Incas for bathing. We’ll return to Cusco, ending today’s tour at the main square, unless you have opted for a private tour, in which case, the guide will ensure your return to your hotel.

Day Three And You're Still Going!

Cusco Vacation Tour

Chinchero – Maras – Moray & Ollantaytambo

Your tour kicks off with an early morning hotel pick-up in Cusco, scheduled for around 07:30 hrs. Setting out from Cusco, you’ll take a one-hour car journey to our first destination, Chinchero. Here, you’ll be introduced to alpaca and llama wool, handcrafted textiles, and a captivating demonstration showcasing the weaving of all-natural wool. Chinchero also boasts Inca ruins once employed for potato farming, as well as a Catholic church constructed atop the former Palace of the Incas.

Stop Two

Moving on from Chinchero, our next stop is the enchanting town of Maras, where you’ll be enthralled by the remarkable natural salt mines still actively in use today. The site’s thousands of small salt-evaporating ponds are nothing short of impressive. Don’t forget to explore the small shop offering soothing bath salts made from the salt extracted in Maras.

Stop Three

Continuing your journey, we make our way to the intriguing site of Moray, located in the Sacred Valley and famed for its distinctive ruins. Moray features deep circular terraces believed to have served as agricultural terraces during the Inca Empire. Here, you’ll have the chance to appreciate the site’s grandeur and marvel at the precision of its construction.

Cusco Hotel

Day 3 Wrap Up

Wrapping up our tour, we proceed to our final destination, the town of Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo, you’ll explore the town’s archaeological fortress and one of the region’s most significant Sun Temples.

Your tour concludes after the guided tour in Ollantaytambo, where we’ll ensure your drop-off at your accommodation.

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DAY.4 –THE ROYAL INCA TRAIL HIKE TO MACHUPICCHU

Hiking To Machu Picchu

Day 1.Cusco – Ollantaytambo – KM 82 – Llactapata – Huayllabamba.

    • Total Walking Distance: 11kms
    • Total Walking Time: 5h
    • Minimum Altitude: 2,700m (8,858 ft) / Maximum Altitude: 3000m / (9,842 ft)
    • Altitude of camp: 3000m (9,842 ft)
    • Approx. night temperature: 7˚C (45˚F)

You’ll be picked up early morning from your Cusco hotel by private transport. Make sure to have breakfast at your hotel or bring some snacks along. Your first stop today will be in Ollantaytambo for any last-minute purchases or a quick breakfast if you missed it in Cusco. Afterward, we’ll continue to Piscacucho, also known as Kilometer 82, where the Classic Inca Trail begins.

Upon arrival at Kilometer 82, you need to show your entrance tickets, original passport, and or a student card if applicable. Crossing the Urubamba River, you’ll commence your trek through a typical dry forest with prickly pear, cactus, and the tara tree. The walk, approximately 3 hours (6kms), will lead you to Llactapata, the first archaeological site on your journey. From there, another 4 km of gentle uphill through farmland takes you to Huayllabamba, your campsite for the night.

Hiking Peru
Let The Journey Begin!

DAY 5 - INCA TRAIL HIKE

Now that you’ve enjoyed a restful night, it’s time to tackle what’s often considered the most challenging day of the Classic Inca Trail trek. An early wake-up sets the tone for the day. As you bid farewell to pastoral villages and farmlands. This is where we venture into the subtropical forest, pausing for lunch around Llulluchapampa.

The journey continues with a steep ascent to the highest pass, the Abra of Warmihuañusca, also known as ‘Dead Woman’s Pass,’ towering impressively at 4,215m (13,828ft). Reaching the summit is an incredible feat! Following a brief rest, we descend 600m (1,968 ft) over 3 kms (1.8 mi) through a lush, humid forest to our evening campsite at Pacaymayo.

DAY 6 – INCA TRAIL HIKE

Day 3-Pacaymayo – Sayakmarka – Phuyupatamarca / Wiñaywayna

    • Total Walking Distance: 15km (to Phuyupatamarca); 16km (to Wiñaywayna)
    • Total Walking Time: 9h
    • Minimum Altitude: 2,670m (8760 ft) / Maximum Altitude: 3,680m (12,073 ft)
    • Altitude of Camp: 2,670m (8,760 ft) Wiñaywayna / 3,680m (12,073 ft) Phuyupatamarca
    • Approx night temperature: 9˚C (48˚F)

After another early breakfast, we walk to the beautiful Inca site of Runkurakay, one of the check points and the beginning of the original Royal Inca trail to Machu Picchu, known as Qhapaq Ñan. We continue on to Sayaqmarka, one of the most beautiful Inca remains on the Classic Inca trail. After lunch, we enter the cloud forest, trekking through some incredible scenery filled with orchids and hummingbirds.

Hummingbird

An hour later we arrive at Phuyupatamarca (‘town in the clouds’), the third highest point on the trail (3680m / 12,073ft) where we will have breathtaking views of Salkantay mountain. After feasting our eyes for a moment, we continue downhill through the forest for about 3 hours until we reach Wiñay Wayna (‘forever young’), our campsite for the evening. Steps away from camp is the Inca site of the same name, the most impressive on the trail. No matter how tired you are, talk to your guide and don’t miss out on seeing this wonder!

DAY 7 – INCA TRAIL HIKE TO MACHU PICCHU

Day 4-Wiñay Wayna – Inti Punku – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco.

    • Total Walking Distance: 5.5km
    • Total Walking Time: 2h (from Wiñay Wayna); 5h (from Phuyupatamarca)
    • Minimum Altitude: 2,670m (8,760 ft) / Maximum Altitude: 2730m (8,956 ft)

Today, you’ll wake up bright and early to make your way to Inti Punku, also known as the ‘Sun Gate’ (2730m/8,956ft), as the morning light begins to break. This early morning hike marks the culmination of the renowned Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. From the Sun Gate, you’ll witness your initial glimpse of the mysterious Machu Picchu. If luck is on our side, we might even catch the sun rising over this iconic site!

After taking in the breathtaking views, we’ll descend the final stretch of the trail to the perfect spot for that classic shot of the ancient city. Moving from Inti Punku, we descend into Machu Picchu through the control point, where we register and leave our backpacks. Soon, we step into this famous city. The next destination is Machu Picchu itself! During your 4-hour exploration, you can choose to venture along alternative routes before your guide leads you on a 2-3-hour walking tour of the historic citadel.

Following your time at Machu Picchu, you’ll make your way back to Aguas Calientes independently, either on foot or by bus (bus fare is included in your trek price). There, you’ll reunite with your guide, savor your final lunch together, and then board the train for the journey back to Cusco.

DAY 8 – FREE DAY FOR REST

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DAY 9 - RAINBOW MOUNTAIN HIKE

Rainbow Mountain

Embark on a journey to explore one of Cusco’s newest natural wonders, the Rainbow Mountain, in this exciting program. Your adventure kicks off early in the morning, with a hotel pickup in Cusco scheduled between 04:00 and 04:30 am. A two-hour car ride takes us to the south, reaching the Cusipata – Paucarpata district for a satisfying breakfast. From there, we continue our journey by car for another hour to the control point (Llaqto), where the trek begins.

The trek itself lasts around 1 hour and 20 minutes, offering a glimpse of the typical Andean landscape and its rich flora and fauna, with Llamas and Alpacas dotting the scenery. Upon reaching the viewpoint of Vinicunca or Montaña de Colores (5080 masl.), our guide will provide insights into the geography, ecosystem, and the mountain’s vibrant colors. Capture the breathtaking scenery with a moment for photos and admiration. The return trek follows the same route back to the starting point (Llaqto), where our transport awaits to take us back to Cusipata for a delightful buffet lunch.

After lunch, we’ll return to Cusco, expecting to arrive between 4 and 5 in the afternoon. From there, we head directly to the airport for the flight from Cusco to Lima.

Day 10 - Fly Home

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