18 days in Ecuador, Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

18 days in Ecuador, Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

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Quito, Ecuador
— 1 night
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Banos, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Cuenca, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Bus to Huaquillas, Drive to Tumbes, Fly to Arequipa
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Arequipa, Peru
— 1 night
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Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
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Copacabana, Bolivia
— 1 night
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Ferry to San Pablo de Tiquina, Bus to La Paz - Cementerio y Plaza Tomas Katari, Fly to Bogota

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Quito, Ecuador — 1 night

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 1st (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Basilica del Voto Nacional, admire the striking features of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, see the interesting displays at Museo Casa del Alabado, then pause for some photo ops at La Virgen del Panecillo, and finally walk around Parque La Carolina.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Quito driving holiday planning site.

Bogota, Colombia to Quito is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in July, expect Quito to be a bit warmer, temps between 73°F and 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Banos.
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Banos, Ecuador — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then get outside with Canopy Puerta Del Cielo, then whizz through the canopy at Puntzan Canopy, and finally whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico de San Martin, admire the sheer force of Cascada EL Pailon, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Ruta de las cascadas.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Banos attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Quito to Banos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive 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 4th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of El Cajas National Park. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at El Carmen de la Asuncion Church, admire the striking features of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, explore the ancient world of The Ruins of Todos Los Santos, then see the interesting displays at El Museo de Las Conceptas, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Ecuagenera - Ecuadorian Orchids.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cuenca tour itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Banos to Cuenca takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Cuenca sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Arequipa.
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Arequipa, Peru — 1 night

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
On the 7th (Thu), examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery and then get impressive views of Chachani.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Arequipa sightseeing planning website.

You can do a combination of bus, car, and flight from Cuenca to Arequipa in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Arequipa are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to fly to Cusco.
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Cusco, Peru — 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas & Wellness and Mercado Central de San Pedro. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, delve into the distant past at Q'enqo, pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, and admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Cusco road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 34°F in Cusco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive 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 11th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then take in the natural beauty of Banos Termales de Cocalmayo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado de Artesanias, get great views at Intipuncu, snap pictures at Inca Bridge, then explore the ancient world of Sitio arqueológico Pinkuylluna, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santiago Apostol.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to La Paz.
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La Paz, Bolivia — 3 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
On the 14th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Valley of the Moon, then examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore, then don't miss a visit to Mi Teleferico, and finally enjoy some diversion at Urban Rush Bolivia. On your second day here, explore and take pictures at WMDR Yungas Road.

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Fly from Machu Picchu to La Paz in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time (PET) to Bolivia Time (BOT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July in La Paz, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 25°F at night. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Copacabana.
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Copacabana, Bolivia — 1 night

The town of Copacabana represents the largest Bolivian settlement on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in the continent.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Horca del Inca.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Copacabana day trip planning site.

Getting from La Paz to Copacabana by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
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Ecuador travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · History Museums
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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Peru travel guide

4.6
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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Bolivia travel guide

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Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.
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