24 days in Peru & Ecuador Itinerary

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Trujillo, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Puerto Villamil
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Fly to Guayaquil, Taxi to Cuenca
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Cuenca, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Drive
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Banos, Ecuador
— 1 night
Drive
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Quito, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Trujillo, Peru — 2 nights

Capital of Culture

Considered the country's capital of culture, Trujillo was the birthplace of the North Group, a community of artists and intellectuals that included celebrated poet Cesar Vallejo and notable novelist Ciro Alegria.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Trujillo, steep yourself in history at Chan Chan, then contemplate the long history of Casa Urquiaga (Casa Calonge)ggj, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Trujillo - Catedral de Santa Maria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Site Museum, then steep yourself in history at La Huaca del Sol, and then contemplate the long history of Casa Orbegoso.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Trujillo route planner.

London, UK to Trujillo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Peru Standard Time (PET), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Trujillo reach 26°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Machu Picchu.
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Machu Picchu, Peru — 2 nights

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 17th (Sat), make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac, admire the natural beauty at Mandor, and then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu, delve into the distant past at Intipuncu, and then steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Machu Picchu driving holiday planning app.

You can fly from Trujillo to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cusco.
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Cusco, Peru — 5 nights

Imperial City

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi and exploor. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sacsayhuaman and Sacred Valley of the Incas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cusco: Iglesia Colonial de Chinchero (in Chinchero) and Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Tipon, admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and delve into the distant past at Tambomachay.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cusco travel planner.

You can drive from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 9°C. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Puerto Villamil.
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador — 3 nights

Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Los Tuneles and Concha de Perla. Step out of the city life by going to Las Tintoreras and Sierra Negra. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Rosedelco- Day tour, kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Villamil, tour the pleasant surroundings at Laguna Salinas, and explore the activities along Laguna de los Diablos.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Villamil online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Puerto Villamil takes 14 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cusco to Puerto Villamil due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador — 3 nights

The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Explore hidden gems such as Las Grietas and El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Charles Darwin Research Station. And it doesn't end there: stroll around El Garrapatero, kick back and relax at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, look for gifts at Chocolapagos Darwin's Favourites, and take an in-depth tour of Maprae.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora day trip planning app.

Getting from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora by ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador — 3 nights

The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Escape the urban bustle at Cerro Tijeretas and La Loberia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eco-Challenger Galapagos Tour Agency and Kicker Rock. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Punta Pitt, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Carola, and make a trip to La Casa del Ceibo.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno tour itinerary maker website.

Ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cuenca.
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Cuenca, Ecuador — 2 nights

Athens of Ecuador

Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
On the 2nd (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mirador de Turi, explore the activities along Rio Tomebamba, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park, and finally explore the activities along Laguna La Toreadora. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Museo Catedral Vieja, immerse yourself in nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon, admire the landmark architecture of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Plaza de las flores, then examine the collection at Pumapungo Museo, and finally view the masterpieces at Homero Ortega.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cuenca travel route builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Cuenca takes 7 hours. Traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in January, you will find days in Cuenca are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are much colder (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Banos.
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Banos, Ecuador — 1 night

A trip to Banos, a relatively small town in the picturesque Andean highlands, ensures plenty of chances for outdoor activities like horseback riding, hiking, climbing, canyoning, and mountain biking.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): get outside with Outdoor Activities, grab your bike and head to Ruta de las cascadas, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada EL Pailon, then admire the sheer force of Cascada el Manto de la Novia, and finally get great views at La Casa del Arbol.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Banos itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Cuenca to Banos takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Quito.
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Quito, Ecuador — 2 nights

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of El Sagrario, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, admire the striking features of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, and finally see the interesting displays at Intinan Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Quito trip planner.

Traveling by car from Banos to Quito takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Quito are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Peru travel guide

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Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.
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Ecuador travel guide

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With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.
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