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Hello, I am planning a trip to Peru for my husband and I for the end of May. My husband has family in Lima and has been there a few times. This will be my first time in Peru. He has never been beyond Lima, so I have been doing research trying to plan the trip. The first part of the trip is going to be family time for him. Any suggestions/recommendations regarding my itinerary would be very helpful. I am not sure if I have too much time allotted for Cusco and could add a side trip in?

Day 1- Friday night (traveling to Lima)
Day 2-Saterday (In Lima with family)
Day 3- Sunday (In Lima with family)
Day 4- Monday (In Lima with family)

Day 5-Tuesday We will take a very early 120 minute flight to Cusco. I assume that we can get a taxi (about an hour’s drive?) to stay in a hotel in either Ollantaytambo or Urubmba. My understanding is that they are at a lower elevation than Cusco, and it would be better to make this the home base. My questions would be, is it easy to see the sites of all of the Sacred Valley and Cusco, Machu Picchu, etc..staying at a hotel in this location? Do you have any hotel recommendations? After landing, I thought we could start touring the sacred valley. I have read some posts that say you should spend two days really exploring. What are your thoughts on this?

Day 6-Wednsday will be our second day exploring the Sacred Valley (unless anyone has better suggestions?)

Day 7-Thursday Matchu Picchu (Is one day enough? Should we stay in a hotel in the area?)

Day 8-Friday Explore Cusco- Any recommendations?

Day 9-Saterday Explore Cusco- Any recommendations?

Day 10 Sunday Flying home out of Cusco

Thank you for your input!

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