22 days in Peru & Ecuador Itinerary

22 days in Peru & Ecuador Itinerary

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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
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Puno, Peru
— 1 night
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Trujillo, Peru
— 3 nights
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Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to San Cristobal, Ferry to Puerto Ayora
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 4 nights
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Lima, Peru — 2 nights

City of the Kings

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Lima, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico de Lima, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally walk around Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then take a stroll through San Isidro.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lima day trip app.

Boston, USA to Lima is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Boston in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Lima, with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can fly to Arequipa.
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Arequipa, Peru — 2 nights

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, and then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): get impressive views of Volcan Misti, take an in-depth tour of Museo De Arte Virreinal, then don't miss a visit to Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and finally get a taste of life in the country at Mundo Alpaca Arequipa.

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You can fly from Lima to Arequipa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Arequipa, with lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly 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.
For shopping fun, head to Mercado Central de San Pedro or Museo Maximo Laura. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sacred Valley of the Incas and Tambomachay. Explore Cusco's surroundings by going to Moray (in Maras) and Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero (in Chinchero). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Tipon, take in the exciting artwork at Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and examine the collection at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Cusco road trip website.

Getting from Arequipa to Cusco by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in October, expect little chillier with lows of 43°F in Cusco. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Puno.
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Puno, Peru — 1 night

City of the Lake

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 19th (Thu): stroll around Parque Huajsapata, stroll the grounds of Sillustani, and then explore the activities along Lake Umayo.

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Fly from Cusco to Puno in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Cusco in October since evenings lows in Puno dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to fly 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Mandor and then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Natura Spa Healing Hands.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu trip planning app.

You can fly from Puno to Machu Picchu in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Trujillo.
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Trujillo, Peru — 3 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 22nd (Sun): steep yourself in history at La Huaca del Sol, contemplate the long history of Chan Chan, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Trujillo - Catedral de Santa Maria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Huanchaco Al Rescate, then get engrossed in the history at Cao Museum, then steep yourself in history at Capilla del Santisimo Sacramenteo dento del Arzobispado de Trujillo, and finally make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Trujillo trip maker website.

You can fly from Machu Picchu to Trujillo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Trujillo, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador — 2 nights

The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at El Garrapatero, then tour the pleasant surroundings at El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, then explore the galleries of The Angelique Art Gallery, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monumento de aves de Galapagos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas, and then make a trip to Santa Cruz Fish Market.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Trujillo to Puerto Ayora in 17.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. Traveling from Trujillo in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Puerto Ayora: highs are around 79°F and lows about 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador — 4 nights

The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Step off the beaten path and head to La Loberia and Cerro Tijeretas. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Chino Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Oro, appreciate the history behind Busto de Charles Darwin., and don't miss a visit to Kicker Rock.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Puerto Baquerizo Moreno road trip site.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 3.5 hours. In October in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.
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Peru travel guide

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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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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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