South America Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all South America activity »
  1. 1 Torres del Paine, 3 hotel oprions
  2. 2 MP and Torres del Paine on same trip?
  3. 3 Trip Report Welltravbrit's Colombia - Statues, Tombs, and Carnaval!
  4. 4 Cajamarca
  5. 5 9 days in Ecuador-need help planning
  6. 6 Patagonia - Equipment
  7. 7 Extra two days In Cusco or Lima..Early September
  8. 8 Chile or Argentina?
  9. 9 Extra two days in Cusco or Lake Titicaca
  10. 10 Iguassu Falls footwear?
  11. 11 Nazca Lines from Pisco or Ica Airport?
  12. 12 Chile cell phone and sim card advice needed
  13. 13 What to do with two free nites on arrival in Argentina
  14. 14 Advice? First SA experience in Ecuador has so far been disappointing
  15. 15 Flights to Northern Peru
  16. 16 Santiago neighborhood
  17. 17 Hotels in San Pedro de Atacama?
  18. 18 Drive or Get Driven? Santiago > Valparaiso
  19. 19 Backroads or Nat Geo hiking Patagonia
  20. 20 Hiking in Ecuador: Water and Clothing Advice Please
  21. 21 CasaCor Lima 2016
  22. 22 Buenos Aires-ideas for side trips
  23. 23 Self Drive from BsAs to Tierra del Fuego
  24. 24 Time in Lima, then Guayaquil, Manta
  25. 25 Steak house rec in Buenos Aires near Recoleta
View next 25 » Back to the top

13 days in Sacred Valley and Cusco, Peru -- ideas?

Jump to last reply

We have 13 days between our flight into Cusco and our flight out. We're a family of 2 adults and 2 children (twins, age 10). We want time in the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco, without feeling rushed. Preferably we'd have 5-6 days in the same accommodation in the Sacred Valley, then a visit to Machu Picchu, then the train to Cusco where we'd rent an apartment for the balance of our time.

*Not rushing around* is key, because this will be just the second leg on a 5-month trip around the world. And it'll be the first new-to-us location (the first leg is NJ and NYC, which is familiar.)

I need to figure out:
where to stay in the Sacred Valley (what city/town to use as a base)
how to get there from Cusco on our arrival day (our flight arrives around 9am in Cusco)
how to get from wherever we're staying in the SV to Aguas Calientes (overnight there, then up early in the morning to hike up to Machu Picchu)
where to stay in Aguas Calientes - and for how long
how to get from Aguas Calientes back to Cusco
where to stay in Cusco

We are on a backpackers' budget with a preference for independent travel. We opted not to book multi day hikes and have decided to just do some day trips, to be arranged when we're there. We would prefer modestly priced apartment rental or basic accommodations. 1 quad room is preferred but not required.

The girls love hikes, art, and using their iPods as cameras, so we don't need any specific "kid entertainment". They'll also need some downtime for homework since we're "roadschooling" them through the last couple months of grade 5.

Thanks in advance, Fodorites, for your suggestions

11 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement