15 days in Peru, Galapagos Islands & Quito Itinerary

15 days in Peru, Galapagos Islands & Quito Itinerary

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15 days in Peru, Galapagos Islands & Quito Itinerary

Riga, Latvia
Fly:  31​h
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
train:  3​h 15​min
Cusco, Peru
— Few hours
Fly + shuttle:  2​h 15​min
Puno, Peru
— 1 night
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly:  30​min
Baltra, Ecuador
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
Quito, Ecuador
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
Riga, Latvia

1
day
Machu Picchu, Peru

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Los Jardines de Mandor, delve into the distant past at Machu Picchu, then delve into the distant past at Intipuncu, and finally look for gifts at Artesanias.

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Riga, Latvia to Machu Picchu is an approximately 31-hour flight. Traveling from Riga to Machu Picchu, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

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Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

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Aguas Calientes
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Machu Picchu
Los Jardines de Mandor
Intipuncu

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hours
Cusco, Peru

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.
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You can take a train from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Puno.

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Historic Sites
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Sacsayhuaman

1
day
Puno, Peru

Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Catedral de Puno and then head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands.

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You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Cusco to Puno in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cusco in September, with highs in Puno at 21°C and lows at 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

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Uros Floating Islands
Catedral de Puno

1
day
Lima, Peru

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 27th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, then don't miss a visit to Miraflores, and finally don't miss a visit to Parque de la Reserva.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Puno to Lima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Puno in September, expect much hotter with lows of 18°C in Lima. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

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Huaca Pucllana
Parque de la Reserva

2
days
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
On the 29th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Charles Darwin Research Station, view the masterpieces at Galeria Aymara, then make a trip to Santa Cruz Fish Market, and finally stroll through Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay. On the next day, kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes, then shop like a local with Maki-Art Gallery, and then identify plant and animal life at Reserva El Chato.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lima to Puerto Ayora. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Lima in September, with highs in Puerto Ayora at 30°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
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Charles Darwin Research Station
Reserva El Chato
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay

2
days
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): head off the coast to Urbina Bay, don't miss a visit to The Wall of Tears, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Concha de Perla. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Tagus Cove and then head off the coast to Elizabeth Bay.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Villamil vacation trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Puerto Villamil can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Isabela
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Concha de Perla
The Wall of Tears

2
days
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, stroll through Puerto Chino Beach, and then stroll through Cerro Brujo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Punta Pitt, then don't miss a visit to León Dormido, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Loberia.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno vacation builder.

You can fly from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in an hour. Another option is to ride a ferry. The time zone difference moving from Galapagos Time to Ecuador Time is 1 hour. In October, daily temperatures in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to fly to Baltra.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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Cerro Brujo
La Loberia
Puerto Chino Beach

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day
Baltra, Ecuador

Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Ecua-Andino Galapagos and then step off the mainland to explore North Seymour Island.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Baltra travel itinerary planner.

Baltra is very close to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. In October, daily temperatures in Baltra can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Quito.

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North Seymour Island

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Quito, Ecuador

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): explore the world behind art at San Francisco Museum and Convent (Museo Fray Pedro Gocial), then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus.

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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Baltra to Quito in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Baltra in October, things will get slightly colder in Quito: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

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