Eight nights and seven days is all we had to explore a really big country. We saw some of the sights, but not all. I would have loved to have flown over the Nazca lines or relax on the beach next to the Pacific Ocean. Oh! And then there is Lake Titicaca. Yea, there is never enough time. But, what, we did see captured our hearts and made a lasting impression. I hope that this itinerary will help you plan your trip to Peru. Use it as a road map, jumping off point or to fuel your wanderlust – either way, I am honored that you are here to read it!
Day one: We left Miami International Airport late and arrived in Lima, Peru even later. We went straight to our super nice hotel in the Miraflores neighborhood of Lima. Swanky and expensive. But, hey! We were on our honeymoon.
Day Two: We kicked off our time in Peru with a great tour of Lima. We toured a gold museum, city squares, a cathedral with catacombs and ate lunch at a seaside restaurant, where I tried ceviche for the first time. It was a good day and helped us acclimate to Peru – their people, climate and food.
Day 3: We flew from Lima to Cusco this day. It was a lond day of travel between sitting in airports and taxis and needing to take a nap once in Cusco hotel due to the altitude. Do not skip the nap; your body needs to time to adjust to the altitude. We were able to explore the cobblestone streets and town squares of Cusco for a few hours before hitting the sack early as there was a lot planned for Day 4.
Day 4: We spent the day touring the Sacred Valley this day. It was full of ruins, history, learning, eating and fun. It was one of my favorite days in Peru. I would say a tour of The Sacred Valley should be a must-do on your Peru itinerary.
Day 5: It is time for Machu Picchu! The train ride was scenic and comfortable. We splurged on the Vistadome tickets and do not regret it. Arrival to the village of Machu Picchu, or Aguas Caliente, was easy. We walked to our hotel and then walked out. Not quite what we imagined. (That is another post!) We walked into an über expensive, but exquisitely appointed, hotel, begged a lot and then were given a little discount.
Day 6: It is not everyday you wake knowing that you are exploring a city that Inca Indians built centuries before. It was an early wake up call for us on Day 6, but we were ready to hike Waynapicchu and explore the ruins of Machu Picchu!
Day 7: We rode the train back to Cusco after a leisurely morning in Aguas Caliente. We stayed at a nice hotel in the middle of Cusco and were able to shop and people watch in Cusco before sleeping in Peru for one last night.
Day 8: We flew out of Cusco early this day and caught our flight home to Miami a few hours later. So much fun in such a short amount of time!
But, if we had more time, we would also check out Puno, the Nazca Lines, Colca Canyon and the beaches of Punta Sal!