Llama in Peru

7 Days Itinerary for Peru

Are you heading to Peru? How exciting! It is one of the most beautiful and amazing countries I have visited. I loved the food, people, and the landscapes. You will have a great time, I am sure. In this post, you will find the 7 Days Itinerary that I followed in Peru.

When one of my friends suggested a travel to South America as part of the yearly travels, all I could think of was the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. For me, the country Peru meant Inca trail and I wanted to see one of the natural wonders of the world Machu Picchu. I was super excited for the plan and I instantly started searching for the places to visit.

Unfortunately, this friend of mine is known for cancelling the plans without informing anyone, including the person who she made plans with. Anyway, long story short, I had convinced two of my other friends to come with me so I was not left alone. And the three of us started looking at options and the places/ activities to do.

Cusco streets Peru

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About Peru

Peru is a country in the western South America continent. With rich history and culture, Peru is home to a section of Amazon rain forests, and the ancient Incan city, Machu Picchu. It is also the country to do the sacred hiking trail Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Quick Traveling Information for Peru
Capital City: Lima.
Currency: Nuevo Sol (Sol).
Main Language Spoken: Spanish.
Basic Greetings in Spanish: Hola (Hello), Buenos dias (Good Morning), Buenos tardes (Good Afternoon), and Buenos noches (Good Evening).
Best Time to Visit: Winter season (May to September).
Adapter required (Power Points): Type A and C.
Driving Licence: International Unexpired Valid Driver’s Licence required.

Some amazing facts about Peru are:

  • The country has three main languages spoken. Spanish is the main language. Quechua is the second most spoken language. And Aymara is the third most spoken language. However, English is widely spoken as well, especially in the touristy places such as Cusco and Lima.
  • There are over 3000 varieties of potatoes grown in Peru.
  • The Giant Andean Condor, the largest flying bird on Earth, is found in Peru. I did see one in one of my hiking days in the country.
  • Peru is the third largest country in South America.

Visa process for Indian and Australian citizens

When I visited Peru, I had an Australian residency and an Indian passport. So, I had to go through the visa on arrival process to enter the country.

Tip: It is advisable to apply for visa (if required) one to two months before your arrival date into Peru.

  • Indian Citizen Visa Requirements – Indians need to get a tourist visa to enter Peru. It is a 180 days tourist visa application. You will need to fill out an application form, and submit the below documents at the Peru Consulate in your city:
    • Passport with minimum 6 months validity.
    • Return flight ticket.
    • Accommodation bookings.
    • 3 Passport photographs.
    • Bank statement showing the funds that you can survive in Peru during your travel.
  • Indian Citizen with Australian Residency Visa Requirements – Visa for Indian citizens having Australian permanent residency is On Arrival. At the time of me traveling, I had the Australian Permanent residency and because of which I did not go to the Consulate to get the tourist visa.
  • Australia Citizen Visa Requirements – Australian citizens do not require visa to enter Peru. They are allowed up to 183 days in Peru. Keep a watch on the Smart Traveler website for all up to date information on traveling requirements to Peru.

How to get to Peru?

  • By Air – Peru has 5 International airports at different cities and 18 domestic airports so you can travel within the country. The main international airport is in Lima and is called the Jorge Chavez International Airport. Many airlines operate from this airport and LATAM Airlines is one of the main ones.

Tip: Try for various routes when looking for flights to get affordable ticket prices. While researching for flights, I realised that the cheapest flights between Sydney and any point in South America is through North America (example, Los Angeles).

As part of my South American travel, I had already entered the continent and was in Bolivia before entering Peru. And in Peru, I took a number of flights as part of my travels.

Flight 1: La Paz to Cusco

  • Provider: LATAM Airlines.
  • Route: La Paz to Lima and connecting flight from Lima to Cusco.
  • Cost: AUD 235.10 (approx. USD 178.81) per person.

Flight 2: Cusco to Lima

  • Provider: LC Peru.
  • Cost: AUD 131.26 (approx. USD 99.83) per person.

Flight 3: Lima to Los Angeles

  • Provider: AVIANCA.
  • Route: Lima to San Salvador and connecting flight from San Salvador to Los Angeles.
  • Cost: AUD 1571.18 (approx. USD 1194.99) per person.

Accommodation in Peru

When I was in Peru, I stayed in Cusco city and Lima. And all the accommodations were booked on Booking.com website.



My most days in Cusco were spent trekking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, but the first and the last night, my friends and I spent at the below hostels. The stay were comfortable and they were close to the city centre.

  • Killaqente, Jr.Atahuallpa 454 Urb Tahuantinsuyo, Cusco City Center, Cusco, Peru 51 – AUD 42 (approx. USD 32.09) per night for 3 people.
  • Sunset House Hostel, Tandapata 353B, San Blas, Cusco, Peru – AUD 51.24 (approx. USD 39.15) per night for 3 people.


  • Hostal Iquique, 758 Jr. Iquique Brea, Lima, Peru – AUD 43.42 (approx. USD 33.17) per night for 3 people.

7 Days Itinerary in Peru with Planned Activities

Cusco and Lima are the only two cities I visited in Peru.

Note: All these tours except the Inca Trail are booked with Viator. It is easy and convenient to book the tours.

Days 1 and 2

  • Cusco is a vibrant city with plenty of things that can be done. The food, and the vibes of the city is absolutely amazing. From pretty things to shop for to the old churches and landmarks, the city is stunning. Here are some of the awesome things to do when you are in Cusco.
  • Activity planned: Cusco City Tour. Cusco is one of my most favourite cities in Peru. The city has character and you can also do the other things that the city can offer. If you are a digital nomad and want to spend a few days / months in Cusco, read things that can be done in Cusco.
    • We explored the city on our own without any tour but to do a hassle free tour of the landmarks, then definitely book them either on GetYourGuide or Viator.
  • There are entrance fee to enter the landmarks. I bought a collective entrance ticket for 30 Sols per person that gave access to 6 landmarks in Cusco.
  • Do not forget to take the audio set to listen to the history and information about the place.

Qori Kintu San Blas

One of the most prominent landmarks in the city is Qori Kintu San Blas. This beautiful church is definitely worth visiting.

  • This was my first stop as part of the Cusco city tour.
Qori Kintu San Blas

Shopping at Ciudad Del Cuzco

Everything in Cusco is beautiful and colourful. The bags and the little souvenirs are definitely worth buying. I got home plenty of these tiny things.


Museo Arzobispal

The Museum Arzobispal has the most beautiful artifacts of Cusco history. My favourite artifact was a massive painting of Jesus.

Museum Arzobispal

Templo de la Sagrada Familia

The Templo de la Sangrada Familia is a Renaissance church in Cusco. The building was designed by Franscisco Becerra.

Templo de la Sangrada Familia

Templo de la Compania

The Templo de la Compania is a historic Jesuit church in Cusco. It is built on an Inca Palace and is one of the best examples of Spanish Baroque architecture in Peru.

Templo de la Compania

Day 3 to 6

  • Activity planned: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4D/3N.
  • Local tour contact: Inca Trail Reservations.
  • Cost of the tour: AUD 1007.98 (approx. USD 770) per person.
  • The tour is a return tour from Cusco.
  • Tip: Ensure you get your permit first before booking anything else, as the permits get sold out pretty quickly.

Machu Picchu is a 15th century Inca citadel on a 2430 metres high in the Andes Mountains in Peru. It is above the Urubamba River. The ancient site is located kilometres from Cusco.

  • There is an entrance fee of 152 Sols to get into Machu Picchu. The best way is to buy tickets online as there are long queues at the ticketing office in Machu Picchu.
  • There are trains that go between Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and buses that go between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu

Day 7

  • Activity: Rainbow Mountain Day Trip from Cusco.
  • Local tour contact: Rainbow Mountain Cusco.
  • Cost of the tour: AUD 63.84 (approx. USD 48.77) per person.
  • The tour is a return tour from Cusco.

The Rainbow mountain is a mountain in Andes of Peru with an altitude of 5200 metres. The colours on the Rainbow mountain is due to weathering and mineralogy.

  • I found hiking this mountain more difficult than the Inca trail. And unfortunately, I had to take a horse to go to the top of the mountain. The horse ride is an extra cost.

I do not encourage riding animals. I did ride a horse to get to the Rainbow Mountain peak which I will never do it again.

Rainbow mountain
Rainbow mountain

Closing Notes

Peru remains very close to the heart and is my most favourite country that I have visited in South America. The vibes, llamas, people and the food were absolutely amazing in Cusco and I enjoyed traveling in this amazing country.

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