One week in Peru? Ok, let’s be sincere, Peru is a big country, and if you have only seven days in our country you could easily get overwhelmed with all the information found on the Internet. There are so many attractions and regions, activities and customs to enjoy  that sometimes it’s difficult to choose, but don’t worry, we are here to help. So, keep reading and let us show you our top 6 suggested itineraries for a week in Peru.  

#1 Machu Picchu & Amazon Rainforest  – One week in Peru

Tres Chimbadas lake in Tambopata National Reserve
Source: Rainforest Expeditions / Tres Chimbadas Lake

Discover two of the best destinations in all Peru. Travel through the lands of the old Inca Empire, including the city of Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and of course, the lost city of Machu Picchu, one of the most stunning places in the World. After being in the Andes, fly into Peru’s Amazon Rainforest to explore a region bursting with biodiversity. Explore the pristine wilderness of the Tambopata National Reserve on hike, canoe, and boat excursions. Peru’s Andes and jungle await!

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#2 Machu Picchu & Nazca Lines – One week in Peru

Nazca Lines overflight
Source: Lonely Planet

Machu Picchu and the Nazca Lines is another combination really hard to beat. Travel to Cusco, to explore its markets, bohemian neighborhoods, and cobblestone streets. Visit the Sacred Valley’s most important attractions, such as the salt-ponds of Maras, and the circular terraces of Moray. Finally, enjoy a beautiful train ride to Machu Picchu, one of the most stunning places in the World. Afterward, fly to Lima and drive to Paracas to finish your trip in the sunny coast of the desert. Explore the raw beauty of the Paracas National Reserve, sail to the Ballestas Islands and get ready to fly over the enigmatic Nazca Lines.  

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#3 Cusco off the beaten path – One week in Peru

Misminay community

With a single week in Peru, another good option is to focus just on one region to explore it in depth rather than trying to jump from one destination to another. In one week, you can explore the main attractions of the cosmopolitan city of Cusco with its bohemian neighborhoods and colorful markets. You can visit the Sacred Valley’s most popular attractions, but also, it’s traditional communities to learn about the local culture. And of course, go on a train ride towards Machu Picchu. Get ready to experience the land of the Incas like never before. 

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#4 Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain Hike – One week in Peru

Misminay community in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

For the ones with adventurous souls, we highly recommend a combination of two of the highlights of the Cusco region: The Short Inca Trail and the Rainbow Mountain. During these seven days in Peru, you’ll visit Lima, Cusco and the Sacred Valley and afterward hike along the Inca Trail towards Machu Picchu. On your last days in the Cusco region and hike to the unique Rainbow Mountain. Once you see the various pastel colors of this mountain, you’ll see why it makes a fitting climax of your trip.

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#5 Kuelap, hidden treasures of northern Peru – One week in Peru

Hike to Gocta waterfall, Amazonas

If you are the kind of traveler looking for the unconventional and you don’t mind skipping Machu Picchu, then you should consider a trip to northern Peru. Discover the mysteries of the relatively unexplored Amazon region going deep into the mountains and cloud forests where the best-kept treasures of the Chachapoyas culture await you. First, explore the Coastal desert of the Northern Peru and learn about our millenary civilizations. Go on a jungle trip to the Gocta Waterfall, one of the highest in the world, and finally, be ready to explore Kuelap fortress with its massive walls and stunning views.

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