17 days in Peru Itinerary

17 days in Peru Itinerary

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17 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Lima
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Paracas
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
3
Cusco
— 10 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: San Francisco

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the waterfront at Miraflores Boardwalk. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, then explore the galleries of Galeria Indigo, and finally wander the streets of Barranco.

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San Francisco, USA to Lima is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Lima is 3 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Lima, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Paracas.

Things to do in Lima

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Barranco ©
Barranco
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kangaroo Kite. Step out of Paracas to go to Pisco and see Ballestas Islands, which is approximately 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Islas Ballestas, kick back and relax at Playa Roja, take some stellar pictures from La Catedral, and browse the exhibits of Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino..

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You can drive from Lima to Paracas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Lima in August, Paracas is a bit cooler at night with lows of 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cusco.

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Parks Outdoors Nature

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Ballestas Islands
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Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas
La Catedral ©
La Catedral
The Chandelier ©
The Chandelier

10
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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, classes, trails, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas, take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, examine the collection at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral.

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Fly from Paracas to Cusco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Cusco when traveling from Paracas in August, with lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Huascaran National Park.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Museo de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo de Arte Precolombino
Cusco Cathedral ©
Cusco Cathedral

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