Posted by: Ali | March 27, 2010

10-Day Itinerary of a Trip to Peru

Okay first of all, there is SO MUCH in Peru that you could spend a year here and not see everything.  This is not an itinerary that will let you see everything; it was custom made for my mom, who wanted to see Inca ruins and was also coming with an eleven-year-old boy.

Duration: 10 days

Pros: Kid-friendly, sees the highlights

Cons: Overdone, busy and touristy


Start in Lima

Day 1:

Day 2:

Day 3:

  • Flight to Cusco
  • Spend the afternoon acclimatizing to the altitude

Day 4:

  • Take a morning bus to Pisac
  • Hopefully this day is a Sunday (Tuesday or Thursday also works well) so you can see the impressive market of Pisac and even attend mass in Quechua
  • Spend the afternoon in the mountainous ruins
  • Take an afternoon bus to Urubamba

Day 5:

  • Go for a half-day horseback riding tour on the famous Peruvian Paso horses
  • Take a bus to Ollantaytambo
  • Have lunch at Heart’s Cafe in the main square
  • Visit the fortress ruins
  • Take a train to Aguas Calientes, or Machu Picchu Pueblo as it is sometimes known

Day 6:

  • Spend the day at Machu Picchu!
  • Take an evening train back to Cusco

Day 7:

  • Spend the day exploring the city.  Be sure to visit:

Day 8:

Day 9:


  1. OK, so we didn’t quite get to do all of these things. We kind of got a little sick toward the end of our trip and had to slow down (or wimped out now and then). And we didn’t get to go to Machu Picchu because the rains washed out the train bridge.

    But the itinerary was great. Hmm. I never did have Peruvian ice cream.


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