Peru Travel Guide: Part 1 – Itinerary Highlights (With Video)

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Even for off-the-beaten-path travelers, the thought of seeing the famous Machu Picchu is tantalizing. As I always say though, there is more to a destination than its sights, so I’m going to tell you about the diverse experiences that collectively made the journey to Machu Picchu unique in my Peru Travel Guide.

Just a few highlights that come to mind include: the friendly locals, insanely lush vistas, delicious Peruvian cuisine, grimly fascinating history lessons, and the ever-so-adorable llamas and alpacas happily grazing throughout the countryside. Machu Picchu may have been the main attraction, but all the cultural delights I experienced along the way are what made the trip remarkable.

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PERU TRAVEL GUIDE OUTLINE

My Peru Travel Guide will be split up into a total of 6 blog posts and videos, covering all the cities I recently visited.

Part 1: Introduction with Itinerary Highlights

Right now, you’re reading Part 1 of my Peru Travel Guide, which summarizes what I’ll be covering in the next several blog posts and videos. This is where to find my itinerary, the cost of my trip, and highlights from my overall journey.

Part 2: Essential Tips to Know Before you Go

I have a ton of tips to share to help your journey in Peru go as smoothly as possible. For example: how to cure altitude sickness! You don’t want to let dizziness or vomit prevent you from enjoying your trip, so check out my advice on preventing and curing altitude sickness, in addition to other essential tips.

Read & Watch Part 2 here: Peru Travel Guide: Part 2 – Top 12 Essential Tips (With Video)

Part 3: Cusco City

This is where we started our adventure after catching a flight from Lima to Cusco. Once the capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco City is where you’ll see a mix of archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture.

Read & Watch Part 3 here: Peru Travel Guide: Part 3 – Exploring Cusco City on Foot (With Video)

Peru Travel Guide Part 3: Cusco City - Watch the Video!

Peru Travel Guide Part 3: Cusco City – Watch the Video!

Part 4: Sacred Valley

Not only did we love staying in the Sacred Valley–we cherished the drive there too. I’ll list out all the places we stopped at along the way, show you the sites we explored the following day, and review the lush Airbnb property we booked–yet didn’t want to leave!

Peru Travel Guide: Salineras Salt Mines in the Sacred Valley

Read & Watch Part 4 here: Peru Travel Guide: Part 4 – Sacred Valley and the BEST Airbnb EVER (With Video)

Part 5: Machu Picchu

Some places simply can’t be put into words. So I’ll just have to do my best and show you through my videos and photos!

Peru Travel Guide: Machu Picchu

Read & Watch Part 5 here: Peru Travel Guide: Part 5 – Machu Picchu (With Video)

Part 6: Lima

Don’t make the mistake of ignoring Lima! Carve out time in your schedule to include at least a full day of exploring this city–especially if you’re a foodie.

Peru Travel Guide: Miraflores District of Lima

Read & Watch Part 6 here: Peru Travel Guide: Part 6 – Lima (With Video)

ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

DAY 1: Arrived in Lima and checked into a hotel near the airport
DAY 2: Flight from Lima to Cusco City first thing in the morning
DAY 3: Full day of exploring Cusco City
DAYy 4: Checked out of hotel and drove to the Sacred Valley, stopping to explore several places along the way
DAY 5: Full day of exploring the Sacred Valley
DAY 6: Train ride to Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu
DAY 7: Flight from Cusco City to Lima
DAY 8: Full day of exploring Miraflores district in Lima
DAY 9: Adios Peru

COST OF TRIP

For flights, hotels, attractions, and accommodations, I spent a total of $860 (this number doesn’t include food, taxis, trains, souvenirs, etc.). All accommodations, with the exception of where I stayed in Cusco City, were split between my two friends and me. We used the Travefy app to keep track of our itinerary and major costs.

PERU TRAVEL GUIDE: CONTINUE TO PART 2!

Continue on to the next post in this series: Peru Travel Guide: Part 2 – Top 12 Essential Tips (With Video)

This covers all the essential planning and survival tips you’ll need to know BEFORE traveling to Peru!

Peru Travel Guide Part 2: Top 12 Essential Tips

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Peru Travel Guide: Part 1 - Itinerary Highlights

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