11 days in Cusco & Lima Itinerary

11 days in Cusco & Lima Itinerary

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11 days in Cusco & Lima Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Cusco
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Lima
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
End: Sao Paulo

6
nights
Cusco

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Iglesia De Santo Domingo as well as Puka Pukara. Change things up with a short trip to Pisac in Pisac (about 52 minutes away). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, examine the collection at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral.

For where to stay and more tourist information, read Cusco planning app .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Cusco is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Cusco, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in February: highs in Cusco hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 9°C. On the 7th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

3
nights
Lima

Lima ©
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.
On the 8th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Miraflores, contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, and then ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor). On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, explore the galleries of Galeria Indigo, then wander the streets of Barranco, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and finally make a trip to Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lima road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Lima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cusco in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Lima, with highs around 32°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

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