Peru boasts a unique array of wonders among deserts, highlands and jungles. Therefore, spending one or two days in Peru is not enough to visit the countless destinations throughout this South American country. In addition, there are special Peruvian regions such as Cusco, Puno, Lima and Ica where you can enjoy several nearby attractions. And now you can check them all out to thoroughly enjoy your 7 days peru itinerary.
What to do in Lima
As soon as you land in Lima, the capital of Peru, you will feel the Peruvian atmosphere. Surrounded by colonial houses, you will drive through ancient streets to reach the heart of Lima, its main square, where you can see the Cathedral, the Government Palace and the City Hall. Then you can visit:
– Huaca Pucllana: It was built by the Lima culture, a society that developed on the Peruvian coast between 200 and 700 AD. This huaca served as an important ceremonial and administrative center for the Lima culture, as well as a burial site for the Wari culture, which later influenced the Lima culture. In addition, this ancient structure has an impressive pyramidal structure with seven staggered platforms surrounded by a plaza and a wall and you can visit it through the city tour in Lima.
– Pachacamac: It is an ancient archaeological site that was once an important religious center for several cultures, including the Huari, Lima, and Inca. There are remains of temples, pyramids, plazas and cemeteries that span over 1,300 years of history. You can also learn about the myths and beliefs of the people who worshipped Pachacamac, the creator god of the earth. The site is located about 40 kilometers southeast of Lima, in the valley of the Lurín River. You can visit the site by taking a guided tour at Pachacamac.
– The Magic Water Circuit: It holds the Guinness World Record for the largest fountain complex in a public park. Some of the fountains are interactive, so you can walk through them and get wet. The highlight of the circuit is the Fantasia Fountain, which has a 130-yard-long display of water, lasers, and music.
What to do in Cusco during 7 days peru
As you already know, Cusco boasts the most popular destinations in Peru such as Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, inca trail, Sacred Valley of the Incas, southern valley of Cusco, Humantay Lake and Maras Moray. However, there are incredible places that are not very popular, and that is an advantage if you want to connect yourself with nature and ancestral vibes through the following spots:
– Waqrapukara: Also known as the “Horn Fortress” because of its distinctive rock formations that resemble horns. It is located at 4,300 m.a.s.l. and requires a moderate to difficult level of physical fitness. It was also built by the Canchis culture and later occupied by the Incas. You can enjoy the scenic views of the Apurímac River and the surrounding mountains, which create a natural and majestic setting for the site.
– Huchuy Qosqo: It is a beautiful Inca archaeological site in the north of the Cusco region. It means “Little Cusco” in Quechua and was once a royal estate of the Inca Emperor Viracocha. It features impressive architecture and engineering, including temples, plazas, and stone and adobe warehouses. Meanwhile, its stunning views of the Sacred Valley and the mountains are impressive due to its location at 3650 meters above sea level.
– The Dwelling of the Gods or Apukunaq Tiyanan: This is a new tourist attraction in Cusco that features several giant sculptures carved in stone with designs alluding to Inca culture. The sculptures are based on Andean gods such as Viracocha, Pachamama and are between 15 and 17 meters high. The site is located about 40 minutes from Cusco and offers a panoramic view of the mountains while riding on quad bikes. A great experience!
What to do in Puno during 7 days peru
This city is on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, and the home of different islands and cultures. Some of the top places to visit in Puno are:
- Chullpas of Sillustani: These are ancient tombs, which are tower-like structures made of stone and adobe, they can measure up to 12 meters in height and have different shapes and decorations. built by the Qoya people, who were conquered by the Inca Empire in the 15th century. They are located on the shores of Lake Umayo.
- Uros Islands: A group of floating totora reed islands on Lake Titicaca. They are home to the Uros people, who use the totora reeds to build their houses, boats, crafts, and even food. They have preserved their ancient culture and traditions for centuries. In addition, you can interact with the friendly and hospitable Uros people who will welcome you to their islands and share their stories, customs and beliefs.
In short, there are many interesting places to visit during your Peru 7 days itinerary. However, if you want to discover all the treasures described above, you can ask for our Lima and Cusco 7 days package or one-week Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca tour. These options are for the adventurous traveler who wants to get the most out of their trip in Peru. If you want to know more about our packages, click here!