6 days in Cusco Region & Puno Region Itinerary

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Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Rumicolca and then delve into the distant past at Piquillacta.

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Lima to Huarcapay is an approximately 22-hour car ride. While traveling from Lima, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Huarcapay, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.
Historic Sites
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Machu Picchu — 2 nights

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Phutuq K'usi, admire the natural beauty at Mandor, and then take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes).

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Explore your travel options from Huarcapay to Machu Picchu with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Puno.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Puno — 1 day

City of the Lake

Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, stroll the grounds of Sillustani, and then make a trip to Mirador Puma Uta.

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You can fly from Machu Picchu to Puno in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Cusco.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Cusco — 2 nights

Imperial City

Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, explore the ancient world of Q'enqo, then stroll through Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, and finally steep yourself in history at Tipon. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Inca Jungle and then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas.

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Fly from Puno to Cusco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puno in January, Cusco is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
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Cusco Region travel guide

Historic Sites · Architectural Buildings · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Most visitors take a trip to Cusco Region for a chance to explore the eponymous city, capital of the mighty Incan Empire for over three centuries. Aside from discovering the World Heritage-listed city, which draws two million annual visitors, most Cusco Region tours involve visits to the legendary Machu Picchu. Known to many history buffs as the "Lost City of the Incas," these photogenic ruins remain one of the world's most visited archeological sites. A comprehensive Cusco Region vacation also includes an exploration of local cuisine, famed for specialties like the alpaca steak and roasted cuy (guinea pig).

Puno Region travel guide

Islands · Bodies of Water · Cemeteries
Puno is a region in southeastern Peru. It is bordered by Bolivia on the east, the Madre de Dios Region on the north, the Cusco and Arequipa regions on the west, the Moquegua Region on the southwest, and the Tacna Region on the south. Its capital is the city of Puno, which is located on Lake Titicaca in the geographical region known as the Altiplano or high sierra.Puno was the territory of the Tiahuanacos (800 A.D. – 1200 A.D.), who were the highest cultural expression of the Aymara people who established themselves in what is today Peru and Bolivia. The Incas took over these lands in the fifteenth century, and the Spanish, attracted by the mining industry developed there, left an important Colonial legacy throughout the entire area.GeographyThe Puno region is located in the Collao Plateau. The western part of Lake Titicaca, which is the world's highest navigable lake, is located in the region. The Andean mountains make up 70% of the region's territory, and the rest is covered by the Amazon rainforest.The lake contains numerous islands whose inhabitants continue to live as their ancestors have in custom and tradition. The Uros an example of this; this people group lives on "floating islands" that they have artificially made entirely of totora reeds, and they navigate in their traditional boats also made out of totora reeds. Taquile, Suasi, and Amantaní are known for their kindness of their residents, their ancestral skill in weaving, their pre-Columbian constructions, and lovely countryside. The Titicaca National Reserve (36,180 hectares) protects extensive stretches of totora reeds and various species of plants and animals.