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While it's great to pick one destination to enjoy to the fullest, a day trip to a nearby town or attraction can be the icing on the cake of your vacation. ShermansTravel experts have rounded up the top day trips within a few hours' drive so you can experience that must-visit stretch of beach, national park, or under-the-radar city.

Day Trips from Lima

Islas Ballestas

Erosion has transformed this isle into an undisturbed haven of arches and caves, providing shelter for thousands of rare seabirds, sea lions, and penguins.

159 miles south of Lima (9 miles from Pisco),
Tags: family | outdoors | day trip | wildlife

Islas Palomino

These tiny islands beyond San Lorenzo are inhabited by small colonies of sea lions, Peruvian boobies, and Guanay cormorants. If you can’t get to Paracas, it’s the perfect alternative.

30 minutes by boat from Callao,
Tags: family | outdoors | day trip | swimming | wildlife


Translated as 'he who animated the world,' this sacred city, which is dedicated to the Wari God, showcases the finest ruins near Lima. See plazas, adobe-brick palaces, and pyramid temples that were inhabited by several pre-Inca cultures.

19 miles south of Lima,
Tags: family | culture | architecture | history | day trip


This beautiful nature reserve bustles with marine wildlife (everything from tiny fish and mollusks to scores of sun-basking sea lions), condors, giant sea turtles, and red-and-white flamingos.

152 miles south of Lima (9 miles from Pisco),
Tags: family | outdoors | day trip | wildlife


This port city, the birthplace of the national Pisco sour drink, is named after the white Pisco grapes that grow nearby. It was here that the Peruvians and the Spaniards clashed in the 1800’s.

156 miles south of Lima,
Tags: culture | history | day trip

San Lorenzo Island

Board a boat or ferry from Callao to discover the natural caves, abysses, beaches, and ravines of the Peruvian coast’s highest island at 1,214 feet.

30 minutes by boat from Callao,
Tags: beach | family | outdoors | day trip

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