16 days in Peru Itinerary

16 days in Peru Itinerary

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16 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Lima
1
Lima
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  3 h 30 min
2
Urubamba
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Cusco
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
4
Paracas
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Lima
— 1 night
End: Lima

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Lima trip planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airport is Jorge Chávez International Airport. In July, daily temperatures in Lima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Urubamba.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Miraflores ©
Miraflores

5
nights
Urubamba

Urubamba ©
The largest town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Urubamba represents a transport hub, often frequented by tourists wanting to get out and see the ruins and natural sights of the valley.
You've added Pisac, Mercado de Artesanias, Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero, and other attractions to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Urubamba: Cusco (Machu Picchu Viajes Peru, Tambomachay, & more), Choco Museo (in Ollantaytambo) and Moray (in Maras). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Salinas de Maras, look for gifts at Seminario Ceramics, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cerveceria Willkamayu, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Qosqo Ayllu.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Urubamba day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Lima to Urubamba takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Lima in August, Urubamba is much colder at night with lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to take a shuttle to Cusco.

Things to do in Urubamba

Historic Sites Shopping Tours

Side Trips

Ollantaytambo, Cusco, Chinchero, Maras, Pisac
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Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Machu Picchu Viajes Peru ©
Machu Picchu Viajes Peru
Pisac ©
Pisac

3
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 list of things to see and do now includes Qorikancha, Museo Historico Regional, Mercado Central de San Pedro, and other attractions. Here are some ideas for day two: kick your exploration up a notch at Qolqanpata Inka Park, then steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, then explore the ancient world of Q'enqo, and finally steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco trip maker site .

Take a shuttle from Urubamba to Cusco in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. August in Cusco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 2°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Tue) before leaving for Paracas.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qolqanpata Inka Park ©
Qolqanpata Inka Park
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

3
nights
Paracas

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
You've added La Catedral, Buggy Huacachina, Oasis of Huacachina, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Islas Ballestas, explore the engaging exhibits at Culturides La Maquina del Tiempo, and view the masterpieces at Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino..

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Paracas route planning app .

You can fly from Cusco to Paracas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in August, Paracas is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lima.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Paracas National Reserve, Oasis of Huacachina, Buggy Huacachina
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Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas
La Catedral ©
La Catedral
Yumaque Beach ©
Yumaque Beach

1
night
Lima

Lima
For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lima trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Paracas to Lima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Lima

Tours Outdoors Nightlife
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