15 days in Peru & Galapagos Islands Itinerary

15 days in Peru & Galapagos Islands Itinerary

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15 days in Peru & Galapagos Islands Itinerary

Start: Krasnodar, Russia
Fly + Drive:  32​h
1
Baltra, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly:  30​min
2
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 1 night
Ferry:  2​h 30​min
3
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Ferry + Taxi + Fly:  9​h 45​min
4
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Nazca, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
6
Arequipa, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
7
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3​h 15​min
8
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  39​h
End: Krasnodar, Russia

2
nights
Baltra, Ecuador

Baltra ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore North Seymour Island and then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal de Itabaca.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Baltra trip itinerary builder website .

Krasnodar, Russia to Baltra is an approximately 32-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Ecuador Time (ECT) is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Krasnodar in December, things will get much warmer in Baltra: highs are around 32°C and lows about 26°C. You will leave for Puerto Villamil on the 28th (Sat).

Things to do in Baltra

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Canal de Itabaca
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North Seymour Island ©
North Seymour Island
Canal de Itabaca ©
Canal de Itabaca

1
night
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Puerto Villamil ©
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 28th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at El Faro, kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Villamil, then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de los Diablos, then take in the waterfront at Malecon Cuna del Sol, and finally stroll through Concha de Perla. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to The Wall of Tears, cruise along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, tour the pleasant surroundings at Laguna Salinas, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Posada de flamengos, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Cristo Salvador.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Villamil trip planner .

Puerto Villamil is just a stone's throw from Baltra. The time zone difference moving from Ecuador Time to Galapagos Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla
Iglesia Cristo Salvador ©
Iglesia Cristo Salvador
Posada de flamengos ©
Posada de flamengos

2
nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): kick back and relax at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, view the masterpieces at Galeria Aymara, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): stroll through Playa las Bachas, then stroll through El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, and then admire the masterpieces at Maprae.

To see more things to do and tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora online tour itinerary planner .

Ride a ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora in 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Galapagos Time (GALT) to Ecuador Time (ECT) is 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
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Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve

1
night
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
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 1st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, then wander the streets of Miraflores, and then view the masterpieces at Galeria Indigo. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and finally wander the streets of Centro Historico de Lima.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Lima trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Lima in 10 hours. Traveling from Puerto Ayora in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Lima, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Nazca.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco

1
night
Nazca, Peru

Nazca ©
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
On the 3rd (Fri), delve into the distant past at Cantalloc Aqueduct, don't miss a visit to Mural of Maria Reiche, and then make a trip to Nasca Lines.

Make your Nazca itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Lima to Nazca in 6.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Nazca

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cantalloc Aqueduct ©
Cantalloc Aqueduct
Nasca Lines ©
Nasca Lines

1
night
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
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 4th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, then see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Arte Colonial.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Arequipa trip planner .

Getting from Nazca to Arequipa by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in January, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus ©
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus

1
night
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, and then wander the streets of San Blas.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cusco online tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Arequipa to Cusco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in January, expect little chillier with lows of 9°C in Cusco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
San Blas ©
San Blas

2
nights
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
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 6th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor and then explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

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