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25 Best Peru Attractions in 7 days

As they may not have another opportunity to travel to South America anytime soon, many visitors to Ecuador would like to combine their trip with the cultural Attractions of Peru. Therefore we developed the Peru Lima - Cusco Cultural Attractions Tour.


This module provides a fantastic program for visiting the most famous cultural highlights of and Coolest things to do en Peru, Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu. At the same time it serves as the Lima hub function for the Peru National Parks Tour. This module is an extension to our National Parks Tour Module and our Galapagos National Park Module, each component of the Top 20 Things to do in Peru. The Manu module can be taken at the beginning and the end of your visit to Cusco, while the National Parks Tour is usually taken after your visit to Cusco and surroundings.


Day 1

  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel, 1-2 blocks away from the sea-side Parque del Amor Park. Located in the up-scale neighborhood Miraflores, Paragliders take off from the coastal cliff, right in front of the Marriott hotel;

  • Depending on your arrival time, we like to take you to the Plaza de las Armas in the late afternoon, when on sunny days, the Palace and the Cathedral are at their best;

  • Dinner may be taken in the center, so that you may walk back to the Plaza at night to enjoy the buildings in the splendor of their evening illumination;

  • Return to your hotel behind Parque del Amor.

25 BEST PERU ATTRACTIONS: Presidential Palace, Lima.25 BEST PERU ATTRACTIONS: Plaza de las Armas with fountain in Lima.25 BEST PERU ATTRACTIONS: Balconies Episcopal Palace, Lima.25 BEST PERU ATTRACTIONS: Municipal Palace Lima at night.

The Presidential Palace in Lima.

Fountain on the Plaza de las Armas in Lima.


Day 2

  • Morning walk along the highlights of old town Lima with its gorgeous colonial churches, palaces, manors and streets;

  • Lunch somewhere in old town Lima;

  • Visit of one of the Huacas - pre-colonial pyramids;

  • Visit of the Larco Museum with a fantastic Pre-Colombian collection - debatably the best in the country;

  • Barranco neighborhood, with countless taverns and restaurants the ideal neighborhood to have dinner and an evening-stroll along the pedestrian street descending to the sea;

  • Spend the night in the hotel behind Parque del Amor.

25 BEST PERU ATTRACTIONS: La Merced Church, Lima.25 BEST PERU ATTRACTIONS: Torre Tagle Palace, Lima.25 BEST PERU ATTRACTIONS: Hueco Mateo Salado Piramid, Lima.25 BEST PERU ATTRACTIONS: Museo del Oro, Lima.

La Merced church in historic Lima.

The Palacio Torre Tagle in Lima houses the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Day 3

  • Transfer to the airport on your way to Cusco and from there to your hotel;

  • Stay in one of our favorite lovely colonial mansion boutique hotels with a central patio (may not always be available) in old town Cusco, 2 blocks away from the Plaza de las Armas;

  • Depending on departure time, a morning excursion in Lima or afternoon excursion in Cusco;

  • Suggested: Take an evening stroll in beautifully illuminated Cusco and walk into any restaurant to have dinner;

  • Spend the night at your boutique hotel.

25 BEST PERU ATTRACTIONS: Court yard colonial house, Peru.25 BEST PERU ATTRACTIONS: Church of the Compania de Jesus, Cusco.25 BEST PERU ATTRACTIONS: Cathedral Cusco, main entrance.25 BEST PERU ATTRACTIONS: La Merced Church, Cusco.

Patio of a historic boutique hotel in Cusco.

Compania de Jesus Jesuit church in Cusco.


Day 4

Explore Historical Cusco. With its combined Inca and colonial cultures, Cusco requires a full day's visit.

  • In the morning a guided walk, and;

  • In the afternoon: wandering around on your own to soak up centuries of culture and lose yourself in one of the Indian art markets;

  • Spend the night at your boutique hotel.

25 BEST PERU ATTRACTIONS: Inca wall in Cusco.25 BEST PERU ATTRACTIONS: Quechua girls in Cusco.25 BEST PERU ATTRACTIONS: Cusco colonial street.25 BEST PERU ATTRACTIONS: Inca street, Cusco.

Famous Inca stones wall in Cusco.

Quichua Indian girls in traditional dresses.


Day 5

  • A full day's excursion exploring the Sacred Valley;

  • In the late afternoon you will be dropped of at the train station of Ollantaytambo, from where a quality train takes you further down into the Sacred Valley until you reach the end station AguasCalientes, a small town stuck between the river and the steep mountain on which Machu Picchu is built;

  • You will stay at a hotel in the main (pedestrian) street, where you will be surrounded by countless pleasant restaurants;

  • If you like, upon arrival, you can take a 10-minutes walk to the hot springs and take a soaking in one of the volcanic baths and/or have a massage before dinner.

25 BEST PERU ATTRACTIONS: Saqsayhuaman Inca slide.25 BEST PERU ATTRACTIONS: Saqsayhuaman multi-corner Inca stones.25 BEST PERU ATTRACTIONS: Saqsayhuaman Inca door.25 BEST PERU ATTRACTIONS: Tambomachay Inca fountain.

Saqsayhuaman rock slides.

Saqsayhuaman giant multicornered wall stones.


Day 6

  • Early in the morning, take the bus up the mountain to Machu Picchu World Heritage Site (±20 minutes), before the crowd gets there;

  • A guided excursion along through Machu Picchu sacred citadel;

  • Pending availability, hike Huayna Picchu Mountain, towering over the actual site of Machu Picchu. Only a limited number of tickets per day are sold and availability is not guaranteed;

  • In stead of taking the bus, walk down through the cloud forest of Machu Picchu Reserve watching birds and plants;

  • Take the late afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo, where a transportation is waiting for you to take you back to Cusco.

25 BEST PERU ATTRACTIONS: Machu Picchu City.25 BEST PERU ATTRACTIONS: Machu Picchu guard house.25 BEST PERU ATTRACTIONS: Machu Picchu altar.25 BEST PERU ATTRACTIONS: Machu Picchu wall on rock.

View over Machu Picchu World Heritage monument.

Machu Picchu Guardian houses.


Day 7

Airport transfer for your flight Cusco - Lima from where you can board your international flight.


Special adjustments may be needed to accommodate your international flight itinerary as to include all, or most of the coolest attractions of Peru.


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Indians take you in their agile dug-out canoes along winding rivers.


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Children learning about the rainforest.


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excursion on Lake Cuyabeno


The Cuyabeno Lake Program explores all the wild places surrounding the Cuyabeno Lake. Bonsai-shaped Macrolobia trees with the whispering of the mysterious prehistoric Hoatzin birds and the noisy Blue and Yellow Macaws. Our Cuyabeno Lodge is on the best location, because we were the first and chose the best location on a seasonal island in the Cuyabeno Lake itself.

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Alpacas in Chimborazo Wildlife Reserve are the domesticated form of the vicuñas.


Our Northern Andes Tour lets you get a taste of some of the best Andean National Parks, visiting the highest groves in the world: the Polylepis trees, the highest mountain in the world calculated from the center of the Earth, the Chimborazo with Vecuñas and Lamas, the highest active volcano in the world, the Cotopaxi.



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San Rafael Falls


Our National Parks Tours take you on a fantastic journey along the best possible sample of Andean and coastal parks. They have been designed to complement Galapagos and/or Amazon cruises. They can start from different places, particularly Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca. While the full program lasts 9 days, it is possible to make a limited selection of parks, like the 6 days' "Andes and Coast" module.

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Bartelome Island at Galapagos National Park


We have a fabulous selection of Galapagos programs, including cruises, island hopping, scuba diving or relaxing on one of the many different hotels varying from modest inns to deluxe resorts.



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Inca wall in Cusco.


A fabulous program for visiting the most famous cultural highlights Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. At the same time it serves as the Lima hub for the Peru National Parks Tour. This module is an extension to our National Parks Tour Ecuador and/or Galapagos National Park and/or Amazon Cruises.

Price: $ 1199

7 days

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Parks Man Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil is author of this website and founder of Parks and Tribes. He dedicated his life to the conservation of nature. https://www.facebook.com/DrDaanVreugdenhil, https://www.linkedin.com/in/drdaanvreugdenhil/. He was part of the team that selected the first 39 protected areas of Ecuador, including. Yasuní and Cuyabeno, the latter of which he he later recommended to be expanded from originally 150,000ha to 600,000ha, together with then Cuyabeno director Prof. Dr. Flavio Coello and Parks and Tribes partner. Daan is also the founding father of the Cuyabeno Lodge and co-manager of the Cofan Lodge. This website and its programs have been created by the renowned conservation biologist "Parks Man" Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil

This website and its programs have been created by the renowned conservation biologist "Parks Man" Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil