Week In Cusco and Lima Peru

When Visited?

March

Price Point?

Average

Travel Size?

Small Group (4 or Less)

Duration?

7 Nights

Sights We Recommend?

Must-See

Top Things To Do & See In Cusco

Plaza de Armas
Machu Picchu
Humantay Lake
Maras, Moray
Salt Mines
Rainbow Mountain
Chocolate Museum
San Pedro Market

How We Got To Peru?

Multi-Destination Flight

Price: $680
Flight Path

Houston, TX → Lima, Peru (AeroMexico)

Lima, Peru → Cusco, Peru (Viva Air)

Cusco, Peru → Lima, Peru (Viva Air)

Lima, Peru → Houston, TX (AeroMexico)

Rating:

★★★☆☆

Review

Review: The AeroMexico portion of my flight was perfectly fine. We used Viva Air for our in-country flights between Lima and Cusco and failed to realize that it had a policy like the budget airlines of Spirit and Ryan Air whereby you must pay for a boarding pass if you failed to physically print one (mobile boarding pass not an option). We were charged about $20/person.

How We Got Around The City?

Mode: Taxi, Walking
Price: $60
Rating: ★★★★☆

Review

Review: There is an abundance of taxis in Lima and Cusco and they are very affordable. We took taxis mostly but walked where we could also.

Where We Stayed?

Hotels

Hilton Garden Inn Cusco

Breakfast Incl.: No
Room Type: Double Room
Price: $100/night
Rating: ★★★★★

Details & Review

2 Guests | 6 Nights
Review: Our hotel was beautiful. The hotel is exceptionally clean, well-designed, centrally located with amazing staff. We were given a complementary welcome drink, deserts on both our respective birthdays as well as discount cards to top restaurants in the city. We had no complaints whatsoever and highly recommend this property.

Hilton Lima Mira Flores

Breakfast Incl.:No
Room Type: 2 Queen Beds
Price: $180/night
Rating: ★★★★★

Details & Review

2 Guests | 1 Night
Review: We stayed here for one night for our time in Lima before flying back to the US. This has to be one of the best hotels we’ve ever stayed anywhere in the world. The hotel is spectacular. Everything from the design, furniture, building architecture, restaurant, staff, and the pool was just breathtaking. We HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend this hotel. It’s just amazing in every way!!

What We Did?

Activities

Cusco Activities

Rainbow Mountain

Price: $45
Rating: ★★★★★

Review

Review: This is such a worthwhile but difficult hike. Cusco is a high altitude region and adjusting takes time. We did not have enough days to adjust given we only had 6 nights and a packed itinerary. We did this hike on our second day in Cusco and we struggled with altitude sickness on this day and throughout the rest of our trip. This was the most arduous hike of all the ones we did because it was the highest at 17,000 feet above sea level. Despite our struggles, the view is worthwhile.

ATV Ride, Maras Moray & Salt Flat

Price: $40
Rating: ★★★★★

Review

Review: This was a fun activity to do on a day between our different hikes. The ATV ride was great and the Moray and Salt Flat were great to see. The ride was a good distance and the picturesque view along the way was an additional bonus.

Humantay Lake

Price: $47
Rating: ★★★★★

Review

Review: This hike was how we celebrated Regi’s birthday and it was spectacular. The view is so surreal and the water is an amazing shade of blue. It looks just like the pictures you see and it just doesn’t disappoint in any way. Like all the hikes in Cusco it is steep and its difficulty cannot be understated. You can rent a horse to get to the top but the level of steepness does mean that the only way down is by foot. We LOVED the view and I’m glad we did this hike.

Machu Picchu

Price: $339
Rating: ★★★★★

Review

Review: This was a very pricy tour but it’s because we did a day trip to Machu Picchu. We left in the morning (bus, train, bus) and came back that night (bus, train, bus). The cost of the tour included our round trip transportation, personal tour guide, and entrance tickets. Machu Picchu is a must-do activity. It is a beautiful historic site with a rich history.

Where We Ate?

Restaurants

Cicciolina

Price Point: $$$
Rating: ★★★★★

Review

Review: Pricey but delicious. We ate here for my birthday and everything we had was very tasty. It’s a small restaurant that makes delicious food.

Chicha por Gaston Acurio

Price Point: $$$
Rating: ★★★★★

Review

Review: We ate here for THREE nights in a row and celebrated Regi’s birthday here. That is how much we loved this restaurant. The bread and ravioli were my favorites and Regi loved the Lomo Saltado and wood-fired chicken. For dessert, we recommend the chocolate balloon–it is heavenly and fun to eat.

Jack’s Cafe

Price Point: $$
Rating: ★★★★★

Review

Review: This is a highly reviewed restaurant. We went there for breakfast and loved it. I recommend their pancakes. The area around the restaurant is also great for a stroll and to visit the many shops around it.

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Damilola Olatayo

Damilola "Lola" Olatayo is the founder of StampedTribe. She's traveled to 30+ countries in the past four (4) years and views travel planning as an art form. She Identifies as a group and 'luxury on a budget' traveler. She has a travel family that she does most of her travels with and she is always planning her next trip. She prioritizes places where she has a contact and locations that are off the beaten path.