5 Days in (Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu) Peru

Machu Picchu Peru

5 Days in Peru

The Peru trip, with my dear friend Keli, was amazing and I’ll will never forget the experience.  I would easily say that Machu Picchu is one of my top 3 favorite places I’ve been so far.  There is so much interesting history and the views are breathtaking.

5 days in Peru at a glance-
We arrived in Lima, Peru late in the evening
Day 1:
– Took early the morning flight to Cusco, Peru
– Took the day to sight see around the area where we were staying- Plaza de Armas
Day 2:
– Extensive day tour to Machu Picchu
Day 3:
– Went on an all-day organized tour of Cusco (saw Qurikancha, ruins of Saqsaywaman, Q’enqo, Pukapukara & Tambomachay)
Day 4:
– Caught a flight back to Lima
– Walked around the area were were staying- Miraflores
Day 5:
– Sight seeing at Plaza in Lima

– Headed back to the airport to catch our late night flight back home

Our plane from the U.S. landed in Lima at about 11pm the night we arrived. So after we got through customs and immigration, it was nearly midnight. The first flights from Lima to Cusco started at about 6am the following morning. Not sure why we thought it was a good idea to “sleep” in the airport. It made for a very fatigued start. Do yourself a favor and “splurge” on even the cheapest accommodations which could be something like a hostel for only $10 per person. Several offer a shuttle from the airport.

Following morning we boarded the Star Peru flight at 5:45am and landed in Cusco at 7am. Upon arriving in Cusco we got checked into our hotel and I look a very lonnnnng nap. We stayed in the city, just off Plaza de Armas.
Plaza de Armas Peru

 **Helpful hints- Admission to many of the most popular places of interest in Cusco can only be made using a ‘Tourist Ticket’ (Boleto Turistico). This ticket allows you entrance to many sites in and around Cusco and costs 130 Peruvian Soles (approx US$48) and 70 Peruvian Soles for students with an ISIC card (approx US$26). Click here for more information- Guide to the city of Cusco.
Plaza de Armas Peru

Plaza de Armas Peru

Plaza de Armas Peru

Keli & I- taking it all in at Plaza de Armas Peru

They say that the first day you arrive should be spent quietly relaxing and taking it all in as you gently acclimatize.  Definitely drink the coca tea.

A beautiful view at dinner, in San Blas

Peru

Day 2:
The start of our journey to Machu Picchu– we were instructed to meet the tour bus not far from the center of Cusco. There are no direct roads to MP so you have first drive (or ride tour bus, taxi, etc.) to the farthest point, and then catch a train. There is a certain point where no vehicles are permitted to drive any further to MP.

**Helpful hints- we pre-paid for the bus, train, etc. as a package deal. There are plenty of vendors all around Cusco airport, Plaza de Armas and other places looking to sell you packages like this. Make sure you bargain.

On our way to Machu Picchu

The bus took us to the train station. While we wait for the train, Keli grabs a snack.

Waiting for the train

And there it is, the Perurail.

Perurail

Perurail

We arrive in Aguas Calientes and enjoy a nice lunch before heading to MP.

Aguas Calientes

Aguas Calientes

After lunch we walk to where we will catch another bus that takes us straight to MP.

At last, we made it.

Peru

Peru

Machu Picchu Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

And there it is, the best view…

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Meeting fellow travelers along the way.

 

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Back in Cusco. Diner with a view.

Day 3:
Signed up for a tour of Cusco. First stop was Qurikancha, the church and convent of Santo Domingo.

Convent of Santo Domingo

Convent of Santo Domingo

Cloisters of Santo Domingo Convent

Cloisters of Santo Domingo Convent

Santo Domingo Convent

Santo Domingo Convent

Qurikancha with Convent of Santo Domingo above

Qurikancha with Convent of Santo Domingo above

Back on the tour bus and to the next stop- Saqsaywaman.

Saqsaywaman

Saqsaywaman

Ruins of Saqsaywaman

Ruins of Saqsaywaman

Ruins of Saqsaywaman

Ruins of Saqsaywaman

View of Cusco

View of Cusco

Next stops were Q’enqo, Pukapukara & Tambomachay.

Once we got back to our hotel, we planned a night out!

A night out in Cusco

A night out in Cusco

Day 4:
Awoke bright and early to catch our flight back to Lima.

Got a cab to the area in which we were staying, Miraflores, and set out to see the sights.

Lacomar- shopping center in Miraflores

Lacomar- shopping center in Miraflores

Lacomar- shopping center in Miraflores

Lacomar- shopping center in Miraflores

Walking around Miraflores

Walking around Miraflores

Miraflores

Miraflores

Miraflores

Day 5:
The plan was to do paragliding but I wasn’t feeling well after the meal we had the night before so we opted to skip that idea and do a bit of sightseeing at Plaza in Lima.

Plaza de Armas of Lima

Plaza de Armas of Lima

The Cathedral

The Cathedral

One more stop before heading to the airport… Huaca Pucllana.  It was nice but after you see MP, nothing is that impressive. 😉

Huaca Pucllana

Huaca Pucllana

Departed that evening on our 11:50pm flight.

Peru was amazing.  I would love to go back and do a bit more sightseeing in other areas.

Have you been?  What did you think?

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6 thoughts on “5 Days in (Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu) Peru

  1. Very good idea……beautiful photos. You sure pack a lot in 5 days…… Yep sleeping at the airport not such a good idea, maybe ok when you are 17 years old lol…..

  2. Nice job, Shannon!
    I particularily liked your post about Peru. Your itinerary was very similar to ours, including staying in Miraflores.
    I agree, it’s important to spend at least a day in Cusco, not only to acclimate to the altitude but to see this beautiful city!
    Thanks again, an enjoyable read.

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