17 days in Cusco & Lima Itinerary

17 days in Cusco & Lima Itinerary

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17 days in Cusco & Lima Itinerary

Start: Glasgow
bus + Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Cusco
— 8 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Lima
— 8 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Glasgow

8
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.
Visiting Kayaking & Canoeing and Horseback Riding Tours will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sacred Valley of the Incas and Spas. Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: Ollantaytambo (Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries, Qosqo Ayllu, & more), Moray (in Maras) and Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero (in Chinchero). There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central de San Pedro, trek along exploor, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and explore the striking landscape at Montana de Siete Colores.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco day trip planning app .

Glasgow, UK to Cusco is an approximately 19-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Glasgow to Cusco. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Glasgow in April: high temperatures in Cusco hover around 23°C and lows are around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ollantaytambo, Piquillacta, San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas, Zipline, Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero
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Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Moray ©
Moray
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries ©
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries

8
nights
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.
Visit Centro Historico de Lima and Cathedral of Lima for their historical value. Visit Playa Santa Maria del Mar and Balneario Embajadores for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Lima: Playa Agua Dulce (in Chorrillos) and El Silencio (in Punta Hermosa). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, kick back and relax at Playa Kon-Tiki, tour the pleasant surroundings at Caballeros Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Site Museum and Archaeological Sanctuary of Pachacamac.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lima trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Cusco to Lima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cusco, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Lima, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Santa Maria del Mar, El Silencio, Playa Agua Dulce
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima
San Isidro ©
San Isidro

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