23 days in Metro Manila, Cusco & Machu Picchu Itinerary

23 days in Metro Manila, Cusco & Machu Picchu Itinerary

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Start: Newark, United States
Fly + Drive:  23 h 30 min
1
Makati, Philippines
— 10 nights
Drive + Fly:  34 h
2
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Newark, United States

10
nights
Makati, Philippines

Makati ©
One of the 16 cities of the metropolitan area surrounding the capital, Makati stands as the financial hub of the country, possessing a large number of towering office buildings and the main trading floor of the stock exchange.
Change things up with these side-trips from Makati: Quezon City (Quezon Memorial Circle & University of the Philippines) and Manila (Manila Ocean Park, Fort Santiago, &more). There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Greenbelt Mall, see the interesting displays at National Museum, don't miss a visit to Greenbelt Chapel, and try your luck at Resorts World Manila.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Makati trip builder website.

Newark, USA to Makati is an approximately 24- hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Newark to Makati, you'll lose 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Makati when traveling from Newark in August, with lows around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Makati

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manila, Pasay, Quezon City, Bonifacio Global City, Solaire Resort and Casino
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Rizal Park ©
Rizal Park
Fort Santiago ©
Fort Santiago
San Agustin Church ©
San Agustin Church

2
nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, and then admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cusco travel itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Makati to Cusco with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Makati to Cusco is minus 13 hours. Traveling from Makati in September, expect nights in Cusco to be cooler, around 41°F, while days are slightly colder, around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

7
nights
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Explore Machu Picchu's surroundings by going to Ollantaytambo (Misha Wasi, Mercado Artesanal, &more) and Zipline (in Santa Teresa). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Phutuq K'usi.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu online visit planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Ollantaytambo, Santa Teresa
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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