16 days in Peru & Galapagos Islands Itinerary

16 days in Peru & Galapagos Islands Itinerary

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16 days in Peru & Galapagos Islands Itinerary

Start: Krasnodar, Russia
Fly:  29​h
1
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Arequipa, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Puno, Peru
— 1 night
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  11​h 15​min
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
+4
Fly + Foot + Fly + Foot + Ferry:  16​h
6
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  33​h
End: Krasnodar, Russia

2
nights
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.
On the 27th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, then wander the streets of Miraflores, and then take a stroll through Barranco.

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Krasnodar, Russia to Lima is an approximately 29-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Krasnodar to Lima. Traveling from Krasnodar in December, expect Lima to be much hotter, temps between 28°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Playa Santa Maria del Mar
Highlights from your plan
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Miraflores ©
Miraflores
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©

3
nights
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, then see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, then take a stroll through Yanahuara, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

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You can fly from Lima to Arequipa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in December, things will get slightly colder in Arequipa: highs are around 24°C and lows about 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

1
night
Puno, Peru

Puno ©
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 1st (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, make a trip to Arco Deustua, and then steep yourself in history at La Casa del Corregidor.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Puno road trip planner.

Getting from Arequipa to Puno by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, Puno is a bit cooler than Arequipa - with highs of 20°C and lows of 5°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Puno

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
La Casa del Corregidor ©
La Casa del Corregidor
Arco Deustua ©
Arco Deustua
Iglesia San Antonio ©
Iglesia San Antonio

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.
On the 27th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Intipuncu, stroll through Los Jardines de Mandor, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, then look for gifts at Artesanias, and finally ponder the world of politics at Serpost.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu driving holiday planner .

Krasnodar, Russia to Machu Picchu is an approximately 39-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Krasnodar to Machu Picchu due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

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.
For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cusco trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Cusco are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. You will leave for Puerto Ayora on the 5th (Sun).

Things to do in Cusco

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Galeria Aymara and The Angelique Art Gallery. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and Playa de los Alemanes. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, take an in-depth tour of Maprae, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon de Puerto Ayora, and look for gifts at Chocolapagos Darwin's Favourites.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora day trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cusco to Puerto Ayora in 16 hours. When traveling from Cusco in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Puerto Ayora: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
Highlights from your plan
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
Playa de los Alemanes ©
Playa de los Alemanes

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