16 days in Lima & Cusco Itinerary

16 days in Lima & Cusco Itinerary

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Lima
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Cusco
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Lima

— 6 nights

City of the Kings

Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedral of Lima and San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro). Explore hidden gems such as Balneario Embajadores and Caballeros Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Lima: Toboganes de Songos (in San Jeronimo de Surco) and El Silencio (in Punta Hermosa). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de Torre Tagle, kick back and relax at San Bartolo Beach, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina to Lima is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Lima is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Buenos Aires in July, things will get a bit warmer in Lima: highs are around 22°C and lows about 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Cusco

— 9 nights

Imperial City

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sacred Valley of the Incas and River Rafting & Tubing. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Mercado Central de San Pedro and Xapiri. Get out of town with these interesting Cusco side-trips: Pisac (ChocoMuseo Pisac & Pisac Market), Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray) and Winay Wayna (in Machu Picchu). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha, take a stroll through San Blas, delve into the distant past at Tipon, and stroll through Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi.

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You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in August, Cusco is colder at night with lows of 2°C. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 12: